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    Posted: September-29-2018 at 2:10pm
Just picked up this 1968 Mustang yesterday. It was repowered with a 351R at some point in the 70s. Got new gelcoat three years back and appears to be in pretty solid shape, just needing some tinkering. It’s pretty quick with the 351.

Unfortunately our boating season in New England is coming to an end. I will winterize and shrink wrap the mustang soon. What would you all suggest for a punch list of Mustang-specific maintenance items? I already plan to properly winterize the motor and change the oil in the engine and trans.

The trailer is missing the forward stop - I don’t plan to tow it any distance until I figure out a replacement. Any suggestions? The V-frame design isn’t compatible with a modern winch tower.

This is replacing my 2001 13’ Whaler and will life on a lake in NH. My dad previously had a 2001 Malibu Sunsetter LXi, so I’m happy to be back in an inboard boat.

Foolishly I forgot to write down the hull number. Can an original build sheet be pulled for these boats?
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Congratulations, She is a beauty.
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Welcome to CCfan and yes, congratulations on picking up that Mustang.

There really isn't a specific list for the Mustang. Treat it just lick you would with any other inboard of the era. I would suggest checking the engine/shaft/strut alignment as well as the condition of the stringers.

In the reference section there's a PCM engine manual that should be close to the 351 you have. The layup section may be beneficial to look at.


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In addition to your above plan, I would disconnect battery.

The rest of the stuff (like alignment, repacking gland, RWP impeller) can be done in the spring.

For bow stop, I would copy a CC trailer #2 design.
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There are 2 different stops on a #2 that I can think of my avatar has the upright ones. I have the measurements, I will find them and post later.
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Originally posted by zwoobah zwoobah wrote:

Just picked up this 1968 Mustang yesterday. It was repowered with a 351R at some point in the 70s.


Nice looking boat but that engine is a mystery for sure, since Ford never made anything called a 351R.

You most likely have a 351W.

Maybe the R was somebody's way of trying to tell you it's it's reverse rotation.

Somebody is bound to come along and ask if it's reverse rotation and a bunch of other engine questions

Some engine pictures would be good

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Pretty sure 351R stands for RACE MOTOR.

Here’s the tag. It’s a 351W. I think the R means either reverse rotation, right hand rotation, or rebuilt. The supplier is out of business and I don’t have paperwork, so who knows.

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2nd pic seems to be a right hand prop. R does stand for Racing,everyone knows that

You can click on this pic to enlarge it=

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Nice looking boat. With that 351W in there I look forward to you winding it out with a GPS attached to see what top speed you can reach. After working out all the bugs of course.
It is so light I bet it will fly.
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That boat was parked on route 16 in ossippe nh at a boat shop they wanted 5000 dollars for it I checked it out
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Originally posted by Gary S Gary S wrote:

2nd pic seems to be a right hand prop.

You can click on this pic to enlarge it=


CR,
I just happened to notice that when Gary did his bow stop drawing, he ID'd the pipe as "1&5/8". What it really is scd. 40 1&1/4" pipe which does have a O.D. close to 1&5/8".of 1.660". Mentioning it so you don't go looking for 1&5/8"!! Gary's forte in life was chasing down problems with little wires and not pipe fitting!

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Yes, it looks like a RH prop.


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Originally posted by DasBoot67 DasBoot67 wrote:

I checked it out

Andrew,
And what did you find? Anything you can add?


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Originally posted by 8122pbrainard 8122pbrainard wrote:

Gary's forte in life was chasing down problems with little wires and not pipe fitting.


I'll say,never understood pipe sizing, Tubing size is a no brainier- 1,2,3 person tubes is an easy concept to comprehend.
Wire gauge size is easy- 26 is a money maker,22 was standard, 19 is a wrestling match
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Andrew - yep, that’s the boat. Came through the boat museum auction last spring, my neighbor on the lake picked it up, did some work, and used it all summer. I just bought it from him. Prior to the auction is was with the original owners family.

Gary and Peter, thanks for the drawing and details. I’ve been planning to take a welding course, this may end up being my first project. Has anyone added a winch to this design?
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there are several threads on winches. You want to mount it high so it pulls the bow of the boat up when loading. The boat angle then will match the angle of the trailer closer when it's on the ramp. Then for trailering, use the original turnbuckle to the eye on the stem.


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Did they use a turnbuckle back then? There is no evidence of one ever being on mine. The PO did mount a winch on the mount for the spare tire there in the center of the goal posts. I will get a picture later.
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I launch I my yard on a sandy beach. The sand gets deep once in the water, so I can either back the trailer in 3/4 of the way and use the trailer winch to haul the boat out a bit. Or, I can back the trailer in all the way and then use a tow truck winch to haul my stuck truck and boat out of the lake.
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Originally posted by zwoobah zwoobah wrote:

Or, I can back the trailer in all the way .

Yes, without the winch, you do need to get the trailer in pretty deep.



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Did this the other day while pulling out my Whaler. Forgot to put the chains on the tractor, spun the wheels, buried up to the frame. Pushed the boat back off the trailer, detached the trailer, lifted each side of the tractor with a floor jack and stuck plywood under it. Then tried again with tire chains and plywood, no isssues. Wasn’t planning to spend 1.5hr pulling out a 13’ boat...

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Here is the winch mount - just a C channel welded to what was the spare mount



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Thanks for the photos, looks perfect. Seems like a lot of these trailers are missing the front stop. Dunno why.
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They were considered loading equiptment which was optional. If you look in the reference section here the 1975 brochure has trailer info.
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Can't seem to embed video here, so links are below. Got her in the lake for one last ride. Changed oil in the engine and trans - this swapped-in 351W takes nearly 8qt. Winterized the motor, yanked all the seats/accessories/battery, and dropped her off for shrink wrap.

Already ordered new step pads from Jetwinn on ebay and dropped the frames off today for re-chroming. Bought a salvage trailer winch post and will need to get that welded in place. Looking forward to snowmobiling this winter, but it's tough to put away the new boat already.

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