Soon to be owner of a 1973 SRV 220

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  1. Madman960

    Madman960 New Member

    17
    Jan 20, 2020
    1973 SRV 220
    302
    Hello all. This is going to be my first big boat. I realize 21 ft isn’t that big. I currently own 2 kayaks and a jon boat. It has a 302 and a mercruiser out drive. Needs a prop. How do I determine what our drive is on the boat? Picture included. Also needs a starter and batteries. PO said it’s been completely rewired, new out drive but doesn’t appear new, all the power trim is supposed to be in working order. Boat is going to need bottom paint soon. Owner claims he winterized the boat. I also have to build an engine cover.

    Thanks for any information.

    Bill

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  2. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass, cape coral fl
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    Your taking a lot for granted. Do you know this PO ? If not, this could get ugly quick
     
  3. Madman960

    Madman960 New Member

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    Jan 20, 2020
    1973 SRV 220
    302
    I do not know the owner. Everything else seems to be in working order. I understand it’s a project boat. Outdoor storage near me is cheap.
     
  4. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
  5. Madman960

    Madman960 New Member

    17
    Jan 20, 2020
    1973 SRV 220
    302
    Thank you sir!!
     
  6. Snapon24

    Snapon24 Member

    68
    Sep 16, 2018
    Long Island, NY
    1988 340 Express Cruiser
    Twin FWC 7.4L Mercruisers w/straight drives
    That's a Pre Alpha outdrive since its a '73. You can also tell by those lines on the side of the gearcase and that old school Mercruiser sticker.
     
  7. Madman960

    Madman960 New Member

    17
    Jan 20, 2020
    1973 SRV 220
    302
    Thanks. I don’t know much about boats in general. However, I thought mercruiser out drives were typically paired with Chevy motors. It threw me off when he said it was a Ford 302.
     
  8. Ike

    Ike Active Member

    345
    Dec 17, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    1972 Sea Ray SRV 190 I/O
    12 Ft Rowboat
    8 Foot Sailing Dinghy
    Mercruiser 165 6cyl inline GM 250
    Yep it's a pre Alpha, what mercruiser called an MC1. Same drive as on my boat. You can find the manual for the engine and drive at https://boatinfo.no/lib/library.html. If it's the original engine and drive it would be volume 1 of the manuals. The 302 is in the manual see page 513. There is a propeller chart in the back of the book Page 972.
     
  9. Madman960

    Madman960 New Member

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    Jan 20, 2020
    1973 SRV 220
    302
    Thank you very much Ike. Will read through it all tomorrow.
     
  10. Justin1982

    Justin1982 Member

    55
    Dec 27, 2019
    Shelby Township, MI
    1984 unknown and will update when I can confirm
    305 228
    Do the hydraulic rams hold? That ratchet strap looks like it's doing something.
     
  11. Madman960

    Madman960 New Member

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    Jan 20, 2020
    1973 SRV 220
    302
    I am not certain. I thought it was for transport. I am supposed to take possession tomorrow. There are no batteries in the boat so I didn’t get to check any of the systems. I will be doing system checks this weekend or next week during our warmer weather.
     
  12. Madman960

    Madman960 New Member

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    Jan 20, 2020
    1973 SRV 220
    302
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  13. Madman960

    Madman960 New Member

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    Jan 20, 2020
    1973 SRV 220
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    Sorry, I only selected the pictures once each. No idea what happened.
     
  14. Justin1982

    Justin1982 Member

    55
    Dec 27, 2019
    Shelby Township, MI
    1984 unknown and will update when I can confirm
    305 228
    Haha. Mine is the same way. Some guy roped it off, left it in a field to die. My cousin bought the house due to foreclosure and gave me the boat because it would kill resale when he's done flipping it. Since it's cold and wet in Michigan, I have to wait a few months to even see if the thing will be worth salvation.
     
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  15. Madman960

    Madman960 New Member

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    Jan 20, 2020
    1973 SRV 220
    302
    I am near Cleveland Ohio and it’s supposed to be near 40 for the next 10 days so I plan to check systems and wiring and go from there. Have to locate a starter and prop. Need to build a Captain’s seat base, and motor cover.
     
  16. Justin1982

    Justin1982 Member

    55
    Dec 27, 2019
    Shelby Township, MI
    1984 unknown and will update when I can confirm
    305 228
    Nice.

    Any interior pictures?
     
  17. Madman960

    Madman960 New Member

    17
    Jan 20, 2020
    1973 SRV 220
    302
    No, but will be getting some tomorrow when we make the deal. Stove, fridge, and sink are all there and appear rarely used. Have to check those as well. Has ship to shore radio and a fish finder. I already own most of the safety gear. Fire extinguishers, signal device, life jackets, etc. I don’t have a throwable but that’s easy enough to get.
     
  18. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    Unless you are getting that boat for practically nothing I would think long and hard about taking this on. Without a professional marine survey (inspection) you have no idea if the transom or stringers are rotten. You said you had to make an engine cover. they were wood and usually gave way to rot. And if it did there could be, and probably is, more rot. If that boat sat out in the weather and was exposed to rain getting in the bilge you could have a serious problem

    I hate to be the one raining doom but I have seen more than one person get a "deal on an old boat" only to find it was not worth putting a dime into. That boat is 47 years old and while it may look good chances are there are issues. In fact, in your case, its best to assume there is rot and if you choose to proceed you can be pleasantly surprised if there isn't....and I hope for you, there isn't. Look up "FriscoBoater" on YouTube. Look at the Sea Ray 220BR videos.

    Find a professional Marine Surveyor in your area and have him check the stringers, foredeck and transom for rot. He will know what to do. It may cost you a few hundred dollars but save you thousands in the long run. If there is no rot you will know and be able to proceed with your project without having to worry if the ass of the boat is going to fall off.

    Best of luck. Let us know how it turns out.
    Shawn
     
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  19. Justin1982

    Justin1982 Member

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    Dec 27, 2019
    Shelby Township, MI
    1984 unknown and will update when I can confirm
    305 228
    Step 1.
     
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  20. Madman960

    Madman960 New Member

    17
    Jan 20, 2020
    1973 SRV 220
    302
    Shawn,

    thanks for the information. I won’t know anything about the transom and such until the weather gets warmer. I can do the repairs if needed. I only considered getting it cause it will be lifelong boat for me. At some point I will have to do the transom and stringers. Once I have to rip it apart, I have to decide on keeping the stern drive or fill the transom and go with an outboard setup. Thanks again for looking out.

    Bill
     
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