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Wrapped up the Mustang on Sunday. First season in the books, and it was a good one.

Got some work done before putting her to sleep for the winter:
-Fuel tank boiled out and painted by JP Carroll's in Lexington MA
-Broken mechanical fuel gauge removed
-New Kus electric fuel level sender installed
-Teleflex International series fuel gauge found on ebay (matches the rest of the dash), wired and installed after bench testing with the new sender.
-Hour meter moved to new location below bilge switch. New hole drilled in dash.
-Rudder packing replaced
-Bow stop acquired, painted, installed.
-New fuel fill and vent lines installed
-Bilge cleaned out. Looks like it's been painted before, maybe when the 351 was swapped in.
-Carpet re-glued to inside of hull

Will order a new UPD windshield and a Quick Fuel M600 over the winter. I've decided against installing a swim platform - the boat does look better without it, and after a full summer of use I don't really need it. I'll have a platform and brackets from a '78 American Skier for sale at some point.









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Great looking boat.
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Love the dash!
Nice touch on the "67 Mustang" Steering wheel center!
(I grew up with a couple land-based "67 Mustangs".)
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Well done, nice looking. I decided same about swim platform, looks better without. Cool wheel.
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Very nice! Well done and a piece of art.
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I am building a 68 Mustang . On the dash next to the ignition switch is another switch with a chrome knob . What does that switch control?
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Navigation lights.
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Great thank you
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Michael - as Riley said, it controls your nav lights and will also turn on a small bulb inside the fuel gauge viewing window on the rear deck. Make sure that bulb is connected/working while you have the boat apart.

Does your '68 have the same narrow dash panel as mine? At some point in 68/69 they switched to the wider dash panel. My boat also has the longer rectangular fiberglass decoration on the stern - I think the newer boats just have a small V-shaped line there. What does yours look like?

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Still wiring and installing switches.
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Originally posted by Nautiquehunter Nautiquehunter wrote:

Still wiring and installing switches.


Michael,
It's sure looking fantastic. You should be proud of your efforts.


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Looking good Mikey! Proud of you for keeping it close to OEM. Can't wait to see and Drive it!

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Looking good! I’m jealous of your bow light flag. Need to find one of those. What goes in the hole on the bow behind your lifting ring?
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Here is some trivia for you newer owners that was originally supplied by Dave Hendricks



Someone will correct me if I'm wrong Chris but I seem to recall that obviously there were more than one mold for Mustang,American Skier,Skylark,Skier,Sportsman,Tahoe hulls and yours with the raised transom was also used for the optional I/O version. I thought at one time there was a thread on this but could not find anything. I also seem to recall that TRBenj has stated that that version is the faster of the two hulls
There are also 2 other dash versions as well- the 68 and 69 SS models-
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Gary, the inside of your car looks like a boat, super cool
Are the CC mustangs a little more deluxe than Ski Nautique of same era
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Yea but I’m driving from the wrong side, must be the English model I would not say more deluxe at least on the standard Mustangs. Your boat was built and marketed to the genuine hard core skier. Mustangs IMOH were up against every other recreational runabout out there. SS’s whether or not in Barracuda or Mustang guise were obviously more deluxe with more gauges,console and chrome but in the Mustangs case it really kills the room inside and most likely why the console had been removed from mine when I bought it.
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Originally posted by zwoobah zwoobah wrote:

Looking good! I’m jealous of your bow light flag. Need to find one of those. What goes in the hole on the bow behind your lifting ring?


That hole in the front is a mystery to me I didn't take photo's of it before I started and I can't find anything that fits it. I think it was a navigation light that was installed by a previous owner . I could have filled it in before I painted it but its too late now. What do you think the best way to cover the hole is ?. Install a accessory or make a cover?   
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That hole in the front is a mystery to me I didn't take photo's of it before I started and I can't find anything that fits it. I think it was a navigation light that was installed by a previous owner . I could have filled it in before I painted it but its too late now. What do you think the best way to cover the hole is ?. Install a accessory or make a cover?   


Were there any smaller holes around the big one?



A spot light at one time could also explain any extra holes in the dash for a on/off switch?


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Or at one time someone for some reason mounted a Perko socket link
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Gary, thanks for the info. Your boat is gorgeous, though I understand what you're saying about the console reducing interior space. The only storage space on my boat is under the dash - I always keep the passenger seat facing backwards. The picture of the '68 SS dash shows four large round gauges - one tach and three speedos?
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