1977 Ranger 175-A Bassboat I have owned this ranger for approx 10yrs. I left it parked at my pops house for him to watch it for me and of course it slipped his mind and it got sun baked for a few years. (Any help with the brand and/or top cap paint/color restoration would be great) In the past 7 yrs ago, I replaced the Transom with treated lumber, recently replaced the floor and carpet. I am almost finished replacing components on the '75 model mercury 1150 I'm going to put on my boat instead of the '77 Mercury 850. I want to be able to fish a little further out and still make it home for dinner! The "A" on the end of the boat name stands for Allison. Ranger bought the hull for this boat from a Allison racing boat and it became a bassmaster classic bassboat in 1975 and 1976.
This is a boat launching of a 175a like mine. This was for a 1975 bassmaster tournament.
This is a 1776, which is my exact same boat except the engine is raised 1" on the transom to help for higher speed with that 115 merc.
This is the front view of my boat. It has a tri-hull in the front but the back is a semi-V and it runs pretty good on the water. Don't wanna run in much more than 2' swells though!
Looks definately like a bassboat from the rear. The 85hp is a GREAT motor! It would push this ranger 45mph with me and some gear in it alone. I want that to be my cruising speed, thats why the upgrade of motor.
Before Floor shot
This is the floor before I replaced it. The area in front of the right seat all the way to the side wall was soft. I replaced with 3/4" treated lumber and fiberglassed the top cap to the floor. (The top cap can't be removed anyway so I sealed the whole floor)
This is after I have replaced the floor and Carpet. I guess I should have painted the boat first before installing the carpet. Too late now!
You can see in this shot how damaged the paint is. You can feel the metal flake in the paint. Can this be sanded smooth and buffed out??? Or is this a repaint job needing to take place?
Good Deck view
I think this shot looks cool, so I added it.
1975 Mercury 1150 Motor
I purchased this motor for a GREAT deal, it was a garage kept motor. It was on the exact same boat as mine, small world. It looks like all the holes will align up good from the 85 to the 1150 which will save drilling any new holes. Yay! The 115 should push my boat into the mid 50's. Not bad for...