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General Mark Twain Discussion / Newbie got a 79 24' MT 260V Mercruiser
« Last post by jjhamm22 on January 31, 2019, 11:54:46 AM »
Hey All,
I just bought a 1979 24' Mark Twain 240VCC cuddy cabin with a Mercruiser 260 I/O. I am very excited to have this boat, mainly because of the great reviews I read on your forum. It has beautiful lines and reminds me of my grandfathers cabin cruiser. This one needs a new deck and maybe stringers, but is in really nice shape otherwise for a 40 year old boat.

I have owned boats since I was a teenager, but this is my first I/O drive and my largest (by far) boat. My first task is to get acquainted with the boat and I'm hoping that someone has the manuals on the boat and/or motor and I/O. A buddy noticed that my engine has a fresh water cooling system and I would love to have some info on how that all works. The bimini top came in pieces so I'd love some help/pictures on how that goes together.

I would like to hear from anyone that has advice for a newbie before beginning the restoration work. I want to bring this baby back to her glory!
Kennett Square PA
General Mark Twain Discussion / Mercruiser stern drive OK?
« Last post by jjhamm22 on January 22, 2019, 04:14:15 PM »
I am considering a 1979 Mark Twain 24' cuddy cabin. It has a Mercruiser 260 and I have been doing some internet reading that makes me wonder what version I have. Can anyone tell me if this is an Alpha or an older version? I have always had outboards and this will be my first stern drive if it is a worthy project. Is this a good drive unit?  Anyway to tell if the engine isn't running?  I can use all the advice I can get as I don't want to buy a basket case. 

I am told the floor is spongy so I have read all about how to fix it. You guys have great information out there!! Other than that, it seems like a great boat. Was garage kept and used only in fresh water.
 Thanks so much!
South East PA
Classifieds / parts lower unit upper unit 120 HP 4CYL
« Last post by skip on October 09, 2018, 05:32:52 PM »
General Mark Twain Discussion / Late season catch-up
« Last post by Pgh70Twain on October 04, 2018, 09:55:26 PM »
Nice evening for a quick cruise up the Allegheny River, in the Oakmont pool.
(Had some engine trouble this season, but finally got 'er going again!)
Classifieds / 79 18' Vsonic Bowrider For Sale
« Last post by mjr7509 on September 14, 2018, 03:40:36 PM »
Very nice one owner boat.  Boat was purchased new in 1980. Always stored indoors summer or winter. Powered by a very nice sounding V-8 200 HP engine.  There is no hour meter but it is relatively low time for its age.  It is a carbureted engine and the carburetor probably is ready to be overhauled.  It was used somewhat regularly in the 80's and early 90's.  For the past 20 years it has been used only occasionally.  Interior was reupholstered approximately 12 years ago in the original color.  Options include AM/FM/Cassette w/4 speakers, depth sounder and bimini top.  Full canvas cover for towing.  Includes a Shoreliner trailer with wheels rather than bunks which make it much easier to get the boat on and off in a shallow boat landing.   Asking price: $3,000.
Classifieds / FS: 1973 Tri Hull 140
« Last post by bryandrake24 on August 25, 2018, 10:50:21 AM »
1973 Tri Hull Mark Twain 140hp for sale. Has new floor, seats, Bimini Top, water pump, fuel pump, and exhaust bellows. This boat runs great! Trailer has new tires. Please contact me for more information and pictures. Awesome boat for a low price!!
General Mark Twain Discussion / Help with restoring my Famlies 1986 MTB 195.
« Last post by B3farm on August 02, 2018, 10:00:12 PM »
Greetings. my name is Zachary Bartels. My parents have owned a 1986 MTB 195 since they got married, Mom always thought us kids would grow up on the lake. Sadly this wasn't to be. Some time in the 90's my dads brothers poked a hole in the cover and it started to rot out the floor. Rather than buy a new cover, my dad just took the old one off with plans of fixing the floor, but never got around to as he traveled for work. So its in very poor shape. However, the engine was winterized prior to the indecent. My dad and I are planning on trying to get the motor running on Saturday. ( 08-04-2018) I'm trying to figure out where the fuel pump and tank are located prior to us working on it. can anyone shoot photos my way or tell me if the fuel pump is in the tank or motor house?
Thanks for any help. I'll post photos tomorrow.
General Mark Twain Discussion / 1973 Back Seat Frame
« Last post by RogerC on August 01, 2018, 01:22:40 PM »
Looking for 1973 Mark Twain I/0 18 ft back seat frame-any color
General Mark Twain Discussion / Re: PARTING OUT EARLY 70'S MARK TWAIN BOAT
« Last post by RogerC on August 01, 2018, 01:14:05 PM »
Looking for 1973 Mark Twain 18ft inboard/outboard back seat frame.  Any color-will re-cover.
General Mark Twain Discussion / Re: PARTING OUT EARLY 70'S MARK TWAIN BOAT
« Last post by cuffnup on July 30, 2018, 09:29:50 PM »
email what pics you have..I am restoring a 1975 and might be interested in some of it.
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