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Good documentation ~~~~~~ there is NO WAY that is a 1968 boat.

March 10 2014 at 11:00 AM
Paul  (no login)


Response to Pictures on Thompson

Glenn,

That boat drips of "old school" and the fact that it has a small block Ford (and Eaton outdrive) means it is an EARLY Thompson by Chris-Craft boat. My guess is they got the number 3 mixed up with the number 8.

SOMEWHERE on the inner side of a cross brace or MAYBE hammered into the engine stringer itself, you will eventually find a series of numbers. My 1956 and 1957 Chris-Craft 17 Sportsman models have the number hammered into the engine stringer, and at a few other places around the hull in addition to the brass plaque that often gets lost on these boats and then sold at an antique shop.

The photos are intriguing, showing a well cared for but well used boat in near original condition but with some modifications over the years. It has the patina of character now, and is still a very interesting find. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, I want to see more when the boat comes out of the shed, and of course we'll want to see some in the water shots while under way !!! happy.gif

Regards,

Paul


 
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