Derek's Tracker TX-17 rebuild

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Derek's Tracker TX-17 rebuild

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So this is GOING to be my ride next year. I picked it up a few weeks ago, It is defiantly a project.
Its a 1988 Bass Tracker TX-17 Tournament. I think what makes this the tournament boat is the large livewell, longer front deck and tons of storage. The motor is a 70's Mercury 40hp, non-tilt and trim. The boat is rated for 80 hp. 40 LB thrust Minn Kota motor. Lawrence fish finder. On the original trailer.

The Good:
The trolling motor is 1 year old and the newer style foot pedal.
The front deck and carpet were replaced last year with marine grade plywood
The controls and steering for the motor were replaced last year.
Bilge, livewell, fish finder and trolling motor all work.
New trailer tires last year.
Its mine :D and I got a good deal.

The Bad:
The bracket for the starter on the motor is cracked, but I can weld that or have it welded. It also looks like the whole part maybe replaceable. Or upgrade?? :twisted:
The trailer is rotted, so I likely will be replacing it rather then fixing it. Craigslist here I come, again.
Some of the wood and carpet are in rough shape, but can be replaced fairly easily
The driving seats need to be replaced. They are hard plastic. The original fishing seats may be used there since I stand while fishing anyway.

The Pics: (clickable thumbnails)
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It needs some love, and I have plenty of time before the ice melts. Progress maybe slow, I have it stored over an hour away. I cant wait for soft water.

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