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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Ontario
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1969 SRV 185, 1974 SRV 240 Weekender (next project)
    Engine(s)
    Mercruiser 120/Pre-Alpha drive, Mercruiser 225/TRS drive
    Posts
    14

    Re: Just bought a '69 SRV 185 to restore/revive

    Quote Originally Posted by vandal View Post
    I had a 1971 180 with a 120 and had it for 10 years. On front of engine mount from serray they put a 3x4 peice of wood across front for engine mount. Got rid of it in 1991 stringers went and floor would flex up and down. Check out gas tank for rust on bottom they are 18 gallon.
    This piece was just stuck between the stringers, suspended a couple inches above the bottom of the boat, with wood screws (only one screw at one end, two at the other) screwed in at an angle into the stringers. They weren't catching much more than 1/4" of the 2x3. It's amazing it didn't break loose just from hitting bumps while being trailered!

    Once I get the engine/drive mounting all sorted out, I'm pulling the gas tank. It appears to be a newer aluminum version - the label is scratched, and hard to read, but I think the manufacture date is 198_ (can't read the last number).

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Ontario
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1969 SRV 185, 1974 SRV 240 Weekender (next project)
    Engine(s)
    Mercruiser 120/Pre-Alpha drive, Mercruiser 225/TRS drive
    Posts
    14

    Re: Just bought a '69 SRV 185 to restore/revive

    Had more time to work on the boat today. Got a front engine mount fabricated, and crawled into the bow, pulled out the steering gear and all of the gauges - the wiring was a mess and the steering wasn't installed very well. Going to re-do all of it. The gas tank came out too. It looks fine - it's a newer 24 gallon model.

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Chicago IL./Vero Beach, Fl
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1970 SRV 180 w 2.5L Mercruiser. 2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer
    Engine(s)
    120HP Mercruiser
    Posts
    201

    Re: Just bought a '69 SRV 185 to restore/revive

    This past summer I purchased this nice little 1971 SRV180, has a cute 120 mercruiser. Boat runs very nicely, economical, and is quite heavy for this size. I plan on replacing the carpet, having the vinyl restored to original color, adding electronic trim tabs and a depth finder, complete top to bottom detail, then installing a brake controller on my expy and away I go to visit all the lakes and head down to Florida. Great little boat.

    Enjoy.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Location
    Michigan
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    74 SRV220. nearly mint condition, garage kept and covered
    Engine(s)
    188 Mercruiser
    Posts
    16

    Re: Just bought a '69 SRV 185 to restore/revive

    I am about to replace a 1984 Volvo 270 4cyl disaster with a mercruiser
    , can I see some pics of the transom work?

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Pacific Northwest
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1972 Sea Ray SRV 190 I/O 12 Ft Rowboat 8 Foot Sailing Dinghy
    Engine(s)
    Mercruiser 165 6cyl inline GM 250
    Posts
    231

    Re: Just bought a '69 SRV 185 to restore/revive

    This past summer I purchased this nice little 1971 SRV180,
    Wow. Looks just like mine.1972 SRV 190 (actually only 18') Mine has the original Mercruiser 165. 6 cylinder GM 250. Runs really well. If you take it out in any kind of a chop you will appreciate right away that it is rather heavy for a boat that size. They ride really well. I too replaced the carpet and the seats. The carpet is holding up really well but the seats are going to h*** fast. I plan on yanking them and recovering them with a much more durable marine vinyl.
    Peter D. Eikenberry
    New Boat Builders Home Page
    "Don't tell me that I can't. tell me how I can."

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Ontario
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1969 SRV 185, 1974 SRV 240 Weekender (next project)
    Engine(s)
    Mercruiser 120/Pre-Alpha drive, Mercruiser 225/TRS drive
    Posts
    14

    Re: Just bought a '69 SRV 185 to restore/revive

    Been a while since I posted here - but I've done a lot with the boat over the winter. New transom, stringers, floor. Decided to repaint the whole thing. New interior (still need to finish the seat boxes and cushions). All new wiring, switches, etc.

    This is how the transom came out:



    And this is what it looked like with the rot removed:



    Preparing the new core for the transom:



    Months later, this is how the transom is looking from the outside:



    Refinished teak, new dash panel:


  7. #17
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Ontario
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1969 SRV 185, 1974 SRV 240 Weekender (next project)
    Engine(s)
    Mercruiser 120/Pre-Alpha drive, Mercruiser 225/TRS drive
    Posts
    14

    Re: Just bought a '69 SRV 185 to restore/revive

    ... and another thing... since this boat is looking like it will be ready to run soon, I went and bought an old SRV 240 Weekender, just so I don't get bored once I'm done this one.

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer 2014 Seadoo 155 LTD 2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    Engine(s)
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Posts
    522

    Just bought a '69 SRV 185 to restore/revive

    Man that is beautiful! Are you selling it when you're done or just keeping it and building another?


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  9. #19
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Ontario
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    1969 SRV 185, 1974 SRV 240 Weekender (next project)
    Engine(s)
    Mercruiser 120/Pre-Alpha drive, Mercruiser 225/TRS drive
    Posts
    14

    Re: Just bought a '69 SRV 185 to restore/revive

    Quote Originally Posted by NotHerDecision View Post
    Man that is beautiful! Are you selling it when you're done or just keeping it and building another?


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    Way too much work to sell! I'm keeping it. Going to be my boat for going fishing for the day with my father, or just checking out a new lake, etc.

    The SRV 240 needs a LOT of work (at least a year's worth, probably two), as it needs all structural wood replaced (transom, stringers, floor). The interior has already been gutted by a previous owner - so I get to be creative and make it up as I go. My plan is to set it up as a modernized cruiser that I can use on the Trent Severn (or wherever else I decide to go).

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Houston, Texas
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer 2014 Seadoo 155 LTD 2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    Engine(s)
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Posts
    522

    Just bought a '69 SRV 185 to restore/revive

    Love the pics and story! Great lookin boat


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