1963 Twain - \'63 Twain V-sonic

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« on: December 01, 2006, 07:57:14 PM »
I am a new member and was glad to see that there were people that love these boats as much as I do. My family bought a new 1963 Twain at Lake of the Ozarks when I was an infant. My fondest memories are of all the boating we did as a family. Most peopl don\'t even know that there was a \'63. It was the best looking boat ever made! I still have the hull, but only to remind me of the worst thing I have ever done...tear it apart to make a tournament ski boat. I did this in 1985 and the boat was perfect then. I was young and stupid. I still have some great pictures for anyone interested in seeing what they looked like. Biggest difference was thet the engine had a hatch that went from side to side, not a doghouse and two seats. I now own 4 twains and just went to Illinois and bought a 1-owner garage kept all original \'76 20\' bowrider. It is sweet. I will be posting some pictures here shortly. Thanks for the site!!

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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2006, 08:22:22 PM »
Please! Post some pics!! I know that everyone would love to see and hear about your \'Twains! I was under the assumption that they started production in \'64.
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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2006, 10:05:14 AM »
Welcome!
I don\'t know if I can stand it, I will be checking the screen constantly waiting for your photos. Is it an I/O or outboard (sounds like an I/O) and what engine does it have? Please share any information you have on it. I have a 64 and I too thought that was the first year. The 64 is not called a V-Sonic either. I thought that was because they had not come up with the name yet. Every MT prior to 1968 I have seen has a model number like 18-150. It sounds like you have the oldest Mark Twain in existence I would be interested in any information about the capacity plate also. Mine is S/N 20068 and it says it was manufactured in Hannibal MO. Sinker has helped me with history more than anyone else was able to, He has a great deal of MT info.




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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2006, 02:52:06 PM »
You have no idea what you have started with this post. I too would be quite interested in any pics and history that you have on the vessel.
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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2006, 04:13:08 PM »
me too me too

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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2006, 03:58:00 PM »
He disappeared as quickly as he appeared, and left no photos or information behind. Does anyone think there was a 63 MT?
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2006, 04:44:45 PM »
I thought 64 was the first year,  I have a 64 I/O sitting on the ground out back, hull is pretty good but that is about it, needs power and floor replacement.  But it had the mercruiser drive that was painted white with no power tilt.

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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2006, 06:44:32 PM »
Hi,
Do you have a photo of your 64 I/O. I would love to see it. What size is it? Also, is it a Mercruiser 80?




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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2006, 07:03:15 PM »
that year could be a mercruiser 60 even

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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2006, 08:33:40 AM »
It had a 120 mercruiser in it, I\'ll see if I can get a pic of it soon.  We are up to our arm pits in snow right now.  I believe that it is 16ft but from the front it looks very much like your outboard.

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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2006, 11:28:04 AM »
Good luck with digging the snow. I am in the Chicago suburbs, and we got snow, it is more like concrete now, but no ice. You have had a strange winter down there so far. Take your time with the photos, I\'m not going anywhere right away. If you lose interest in the project, drop me an e-mail, I may be interested. I will be selling my 64 in the spring because I prefer I/Os, and this was a project to try to get back on my feet after several surgeries from a work related injury. Although I need to finish the 72 MT and a project pontoon boat I am well along with, I am always looking for a new project. I wanted to find a Lone Star Meteor to restore, but after looking for one for years, I am afraid that will never happen. I got my 64 in Grand Bend, Kansas and went through Kansas City with it on the way home last year. It was a long non stop drive from Chicago to Grand Bend and back with the boat.
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2006, 11:35:10 AM »
Here is what the back looks like, I never posted a photo of it. It has the two hard hatches that open up for storage, fuel, battery, tilt and trim motor and the likes.
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2006, 12:03:48 PM »
I probably will not restore this one, I have a 76 that is taking forever to complete, If you are interested you can have the 64 hull, it would be quite a project.

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« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2006, 12:33:38 PM »
I was just looking at the catolog pictures and the 64 16ft I/O in the picture is similar to mine with the white drive ect. but this one doesn\'t have the doghouse over the engine, it has a fiberglass lid that is hinged in the back, maybe a very early example of a MT I don\'t know for sure, it hasn\'t been in the water for many years.

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« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2006, 01:38:02 PM »
Hi,
I have a few questions about your boat. Does it have the windshield and deck fittings? Is the engine and stern drive complete, and when did it last run. I have seen a couple of old Twains that have serious gel coat problems and I don\'t want to get into redoing all the gel coat, however I am interested. Many times it is dull and has a little dock rash, and I can fix that, all it takes is some marine tex and about 40 to 60 hours of wet sanding and buffing. Please tell me all you can about the boat. When you get time. I am really interested in the photos. Your boat sounds like the one that started this thread with a hatch instead of a dog house. Does yours have the capacity plate. As I said earlier mine says it was manufactured in Hannibal MO. My S/N is 20068 which I suspect may be the 68th boat they produced. For some reason a few manufacturers begin their production with 20001.
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