I was recently GIVEN a 30' Commander in total disrepair. Experience wise, they could have given me a jet engine and I would be standing on the same ground. Nonetheless, I'm super excited and a firm believer that with God's help, I can learn anything and I can do anything (just might take awhile). So, in my effort to take baby steps, I'm reaching out to the experts: YOU. This is what it says on my title: 1973 Chris Craft 30 Commander Runabout (Fiberglass & 2 Inboards). This is what it says on the engine head plate: Chris Craft Model 3070 Engine #104062 Firing order 15634278. Okay, neither engine has a carburetor and therein lies the first of my 647 questions. Extensive internet research does not tell me what the current replacement carburetor is that I need to find and purchase. I might also add that I'm located in Northwest Indiana should anyone from this illustrious group wish to get together and have their brains picked! Thank you in advance...  

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There is nothing more expensive than a free boat

Wise words...but, at one part at a time, my grandchildren will remember me longer...

They are Q's and from the model number you supplied they are 307Q.  Original Carbs were likely Carter AVS or AFB.  All manuals are in the files section.  

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That's a 30' Express, not a Commander. Later became the Catalina line. Looks like you have either 307Q or 350Q's for engines. They would have had a Carter carburetor on them, looks like someone had some automotive Holleys on it last. You could really put anything that uses a standard square bore mounting pattern on it. I have Edelbrock 1409's on my 327's, they work well except for starting after sitting for several days. 

Mike Watson and you are absolutely correct. It is indeed a 307Q. However, Mike H now has me baffled with the Express. Not that I doubt you one bit...but, I'd like to know exactly what model it is. My title clearly states 30 Commander under model, but even though I can't find any 30' Express models, there are 28 & 29' models. Do you guys happen to have a website that would allow me to research the HIN #MXA300026T73? (also on the title).

Don't even THINK about replacement carbs until you have a professional look at the engines. Oil tests on what ever is left in the crank cases and compression tests are a starting point (only). At least it will tell you if the starters work and the engine even turn over. There are also the subsystems like fuel, pumps of every flavour, electrical 12V & 120 V,. running gear, instrumentation and all the hull and superstructure concerns and on and on.

You are stepping into a mine field and as I learned in the army "God ain't gonna help you if you don't know what to look for"

Get a professional who does on board (no pun intended) and check it ALL out before you spend a dime on restoration. Sometimes "goodbye" is sweet!

Just sayin'

Bob Williams CCC 42 "Ruby"

MXA 30 is for a Chris-Craft Express   - From the Essential Guide:



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Mike Watson and you are absolutely correct. It is indeed a 307Q. However, Mike H now has me baffled with the Express. Not that I doubt you one bit...but, I'd like to know exactly what model it is. My title clearly states 30 Commander under model, but even though I can't find any 30' Express models, there are 28 & 29' models. Do you guys happen to have a website that would allow me to research the HIN #MXA300026T73? (also on the title).

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All Good advise Bob Williams. I guess I left the wrong impression. Step one will be to identify exactly what I am missing, step 2 is to price it, then, step 3 will be to sit on the information until I get to that point. The project has been sitting for so long that I fully intend to have both engines pulled and refurbished before purchasing anything. I intend on refurbishing most everything else...but the engines, NO. But...even before I begin, I like your advise of having an expert examine stem to stern so I don't miss anything.

Thank you Charlene Pike. I can't much argue with that page (I think I need to get that book). You've answered a number of questions for me. Bless you both in this upcoming holiday season! 

Titles get messed up over the years, mine is one example, it's titled as a 1968 but it's actually 1966. 

Jim Norris said:

Mike Watson and you are absolutely correct. It is indeed a 307Q. However, Mike H now has me baffled with the Express. Not that I doubt you one bit...but, I'd like to know exactly what model it is. My title clearly states 30 Commander under model, but even though I can't find any 30' Express models, there are 28 & 29' models. Do you guys happen to have a website that would allow me to research the HIN #MXA300026T73? (also on the title).

I have the same boat # MXA 30 0023. Just bought it as well last month.  It has been completely stripped with the exceptions of the power train.  Would be interested in any pictures you may have of the holds, pumps, equipment so I can replace them accordingly. 

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Hi Robert; Sound like we are in the same boat (no pun intended). Mine is not quite as bad as yours. Best I can tell I'm only missing, fuel tanks, batteries and carbs (not to say everything else will work). I did not take these pictures with the intent of getting an overall layout, but, maybe some will help. I'm not too bad a researcher...but, I have found nothing so far that shows me any type of layout. Even Chris Craft admits that when they changed hands, production records were lost. They could not even tell anything with the HIN. Here is what I have...hope it helps.

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