Hydrostream Troubleshoot

I own a 76 Vector w/115 Merc inline 6, I believe it is also the stock 76 motor. I don't know much about the original layout of a 76 Vector but some things have been added or removed from the dash. So I am wondering how it came off the factory line? More importantly this season I can't get it to start! I noticed that my middle carb is leaking, my friend a seasoned vet when it comes to Mercs, said I have a "stuck float"?? and that the motor should be level, pull out the plugs give 'em a shot of ether and tap lightly on the side of the carb to release the stuck float! Well it didn't work, so maybe if you have any suggestions I'm all ears because I need to get it back on the water!! I also was wondering about the best way to repair the fiberglass hull and maybe a product to semi-restore the original paint job?
Sorry to be so long but I have a lot of questions and really nowhere else to go. I am really excited to get this boat running and looking great.
                                               Thanks for the help
                                               Kali "beached in MN"



Get some new inlet needle and seats with new floats for all three carbs. Have them installed and your problems will go away. If your gel is faded and you want it shiny again the only real way is to have it recleared. I've seen some body shops make disasters of this so make sure they use only very good products. A few dollars saved usually results in disaster.

                                  For now buy the parts to get back on the water.



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