CHRIS CRAFT COMMANDER FORUM ® .......A photo-intensive technical reference file and ongoing newsletter regarding the original fiberglass Chris-Craft Commander series. This is an independent not-for-profit and non-commercial web site, not affiliated with the Chris Craft Commander Club ~~ or ~~ Chris-Craft Corporation. Our mission here is to "have fun and share information" about the Commander series (and those associated fiberglass boats on the Chris-Craft family tree) for your individual personal use, and by doing so help promote the good name of Chris-Craft, and help preserve, restore, and appreciate Chris-Craft boats. The main reference feature is the ever expanding MASTER INDEX File which contains what we believe to be the world's largest collection of documentation photos and technical information on the Chris-Craft Commander line of boats, (like these original brochure scans, featuring the iconic first 38 Commander styled by Fred Hudson, and many of the great Dick Avery renditions that followed) , (a huge collection of Chris-Craft 427 tuning and specification information), and a few words about how to use the forum.

We extend to you a cordial "WELCOME ABOARD !" Come on in, make yourself at home, we are a friendly group of enthusiasts, and we also appreciate the classic Chris Craft Roamer, Corsair, and Lancer boats too , as they are all on the same family tree and share much in common ! Just start by posting a note introducing yourself to the group, that's all it takes here (we don't ask for or retain any personal information here, because our intention is to just "have fun and share information".

This forum is registered as


1969 38 Sedan

November 13 2008 at 10:11 PM
Paul  (no login)

Response to Commander38 wiring diagrams?

Hello John, a big WELCOME ABOARD to you and your dad, and congratulations for scoring one of the iconic 38s. It's a comfortable and fast hull I think you'll enjoy.

On the wiring, be sure to use tinned marine wire and not the hardware store or automotive stuff. The non marine wire will corrode inside the plastic insulation. We've owned our 38 for 13 years or more, and I've never seen a wiring diagram yet. As you can see here in this thread, Curt Hill has a wiring diagram for a 38 SF, and its probably similar to yours and my 38, but the SF has more in common with your sedan than my express.

Rebuilding the 454 sounds like an interesting task, do they have the cast in "wipers" on the crankshaft like the big block Ford FE, and the directional seals? Just curious if GM had a "better idea".

If I can get my hands on a wiring diagram I'll surely send it your way. In the meantime, hope you feel welcome and comfortable researching your project, and ejoying the technology offered here by the members of The Forum.


forum moderator

Send us some photos,

 Respond to this message   

Contact the Chris Craft Commander Forum

©2005, ©2006, ©2007, ©2008, ©2009, ©2010, ©2010, ©2011, ©2012, ©2013, ©2014, ©2015, ©2016, ©2017, ©2018, Chris-Craft Commander Forum, Inc., ®, also known as and the Chris Craft Commander Forum, Inc.; Information and intellectual property on this not-for-profit non-commercial site may be copied for individual personal use, but any other reproduction or use requires written approval. Any entity who mines this site for names, material, or their other commercial/financial benefit in any way is subject to copyright and intellectual property law; the integrity of this site will be aggressively protected. The material here is for individual personal use and is not to be otherwise used or reproduced. Chris Craft is a registered trademark of Chris-Craft. Neither Chris-Craft nor any subsidiaries of Chris-Craft shall bear any responsibility for the content, comments, or advertising. Chris-Craft Commander Forum, Inc., is independent from Chris-Craft Corporation, and not affiliated with the Chris-Craft Commander Club in any way; it is an independent educational-based not-for-profit entity that is intended to share free information and have fun. Copyright/trademark/sales mark infringements are not intended, or implied.