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1978 Hammond El Dorado 4 months 1 week ago #140514

Ive found what I think is a 1978 El Dorado that has been in storage for 20 years. Physically in excellent condition. I would say a 9 out of 10. We dont know how long its been since the engine has been cranked. Maybe over 15-20 years. The inboard engine looks fantasic. Even the hoses look fresh and its very clean. Im not sue what the engine is maybe a 302? Does anyone know if this boat has any value as a classic boat? I'm not a boat guy but I called a local Marina and he didnt want to work on it, had never heard of Hammond and said parts would be impossible to find. I could buy it for $1000 maybe a little less but if I did it would probably be to flip. Love your input. i have included a STOCK photo of the boat but it almost looks as good.
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1978 Hammond El Dorado 4 months 1 week ago #140515

Hammonds are a company Bob Hammond started after he left Glastron , which he co founded . They were well built for their time but are still susceptible to the same things boats from that era suffer from , mostly rotten wood . If the boat is complete , all trim and badging , all the other parts are off the shelf available . As far as value throw up some pictures .
If you can grab a 9 out of 10 Hammond for a grand or less , i wouldn't hesitate .
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1978 Hammond El Dorado 4 months 1 week ago #140519

I should be able to get some pics in a couple days. It really seems like a time capsule to me. Thanks for the input

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1978 Hammond El Dorado 2 months 1 week ago #141115

Ok so I now own this boat and its incredible. It drives like a new one but with 56 hours I guess it should? I dont know if this boat has ever seen ethanol gas:) I will post some pics and am looking for anyone who may be a Hammond enthusiast that may know what its worth. Its really in incredible shape like it was in a time capsule.

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1978 Hammond El Dorado 2 months 1 week ago #141117

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Very impressive and well preserved! That is some serious interior!

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1978 Hammond El Dorado 2 months 1 week ago #141121

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The engine is a 305 CID (Chevy based) V8 with an OMC stringer outdrive. If you can grab it for $1,000 or less, I'd say go for it. The engine/outdrive alone, with just 56 hours, is worth at least triple that amount.
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Great shape but not my thing...the interior is way too gaudy. It looks like it should have shag carpeting. On a positive note: The engine is a 305 CID (Chevy based) V8 with an OMC stringer outdrive. If you can grab it for $1,000 or less, I'd say go for it. The engine/outdrive alone, with just 56 hours, is worth at least triple that amount.

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1978 Hammond El Dorado 2 months 1 week ago #141125

Russella wrote: Ok so I now own this boat and its incredible. It drives like a new one but with 56 hours I guess it should? I dont know if this boat has ever seen ethanol gas:) I will post some pics and am looking for anyone who may be a Hammond enthusiast that may know what its worth. Its really in incredible shape like it was in a time capsule.

You can join the Classic Glastron Owners Association Minnesota chapter , we consider Hammonds part of the family and there are a bunch of Glastron facebook pages also .

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1978 Hammond El Dorado 2 months 6 days ago #141148

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There is an entire web site devoted (and devoted is the right term) to Hammond boats. Thye have a real cult following
look here https://www.classicglastron.com/hm-hammond-index.html and here https://www.classicglastron.com/78hm-1950intro-2.htm
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1978 Hammond El Dorado 1 week 4 days ago #141507

I also found a 1979 Hammond El Dorado this year on Craigslist. In late August pulled it from Maine back to Pennsylvania.
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1978 Hammond El Dorado 1 week 4 days ago #141508

That interior is hideous...and it should stay that way. Congrats on the time capsule, classics are only original once.

Great save, hope you enjoy the heck out of her!

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1978 Hammond El Dorado 1 week 4 days ago #141510

The interior while gaudy at first, does grow on you. Plus the fact that it is almost all original.
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