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Identification - '56, '57 Ranger? 03 May 2019 12:13 #95136

I may be wrong but I think it was made in 56 for the 57 year model R - 111 -176 -567 that's why it has the 567 at the end of the H.I.N. number
Charlie

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Identification - '56, '57 Ranger? 03 May 2019 12:06 #95135

As far as I understand, the only 56 FC that was anodized was the 56 Golden Rocket.

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Identification - '56, '57 Ranger? 03 May 2019 11:05 #95134

Hi Dan, Your pictures reveal a striking similarity to my Ranger. I also noticed the drain plug location in the floor at the same location and the bow handle is of the same vintage so I am thinking 57.
Sean
1957 Ranger 111; 1958 Johnsons; 5.5, 7.5, 10 [x2], 18, 35 Super Seahorse Super Quiet, 1957 Johnson 35 Golden Javelin, 1954 Johnson 5.5, 1960's Johnson 3 [x3]
1956 Evinrude 7,5

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Identification - '56, '57 Ranger? 03 May 2019 04:08 #95133

]You guys make Indiana Jones look like an amateur. A few minutes of scraping in exactly the predicted spot resulted in clear numbers. R III 12 176 567. I'll get better pictures of the bow handle tomorrow after work, but I think it's the ' 57 style loop.
Thanks Again!
Dan

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Identification - '56, '57 Ranger? 02 May 2019 21:07 #95130

here are the 2 different bow handles for '56 and '57..........not sure just when they changed over........could bin mid '57 ?

'56
'57

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Identification - '56, '57 Ranger? 02 May 2019 15:46 #95128

I am still trying to learn about the different models feathercraft had. So I don't know much. welcome aboard have fun and get out and ride!!

I do know I like the ranger lines, beautiful
Click the link below for information on vintage Mercury restorations

Mercury Restorations

1957 Clipper / 1969 Merc 1000
Lake life is the best life
Jump in a boat and go

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Identification - '56, '57 Ranger? 02 May 2019 11:03 #95125

It looks very much like my 56 Ranger, except the storage area behind the second seat is arranged differently and I have two vertical transom supports. I copied your picture and circled where my identification is stamped.
Also a picture of my ID.
Yours looks to be very solid!

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Identification - '56, '57 Ranger? 02 May 2019 10:56 #95124

Hi Dan and welcome. I agree with Jabe, 56 or 57. I have the 57 and see many similarities.
Lots of great help to be found here on the forum.
Post lots of pictures with you questions.
Sean.
1957 Ranger 111; 1958 Johnsons; 5.5, 7.5, 10 [x2], 18, 35 Super Seahorse Super Quiet, 1957 Johnson 35 Golden Javelin, 1954 Johnson 5.5, 1960's Johnson 3 [x3]
1956 Evinrude 7,5

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Identification - '56, '57 Ranger? 02 May 2019 09:43 #95123

welcome.............my guess by the style of your bow handle, it is a '57 .........Ranger111...........looks in great shape, only thing i see missing is the starboard rear storage box and parts of the port side as well..........windsheilds were an option from the dealers, not from the manufacture........enjoy and again welcome.........

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Identification - '56, '57 Ranger? 02 May 2019 01:17 #95122

Hello -
I am writing because the serial number on my recently purchased Feathercraft has been painted over, along with most of the hull. Not a bad job of it, but past experience finding a serial number on an unpainted transom leaves little hope for reading this one. Following some much needed advice on where to start (Thanks Steve!), the search narrowed to the 56-57 catalogs; a tape measure puts the boat in the 14 foot range, eliminating the 15 foot Vagabond. After that, though, the distinctions between Ranger models are still uncertain. This boat apparently had a windshield, while most Rangers are shown without. Blue anodizing inside the hull is faded but uniform, showing no sign of repair or patching. Why the outside was painted I can't say, but it may have just been faded from the Colorado sun. Seats are covered with what looks like school bus upholstery material. Most hardware (cleats, pulleys, fasteners) looks original. Facts, opinions, or just plain hearsay are welcome. It's not like I could know any less...
Thanks in Advance,
Dan Larson

Thank You,
Dan Larson

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