1956 STAN CRAFT TORPEDO
SUBMITTED BY THE EXHIBITORS
Terry & Bobbie Fiest
Make: 1956 Stan Craft
Engine: Indimar “Hammer Head” 5.7 Liter Corvette LS 1
Hull #: 9 out of 10
Concours Catagory: Post War Runabouts
Glacier Girl is a 22-foot Stan Craft Torpedo Stern boat built in 1956 at Somers Montana on Flat Head Lake. The Boat is hull number 9 of 10 built from 1946 to 1956. Stan Young built these beautiful Torpedo Stern hulls in the winter and debut them in the spring of the year to attract customers to his business. They were all handmade and each year he made changes in the design. The big change came in 1954 when he added the “Bat Wings” and widened the transom design. There were only four built with the Wings and only three are known to exist.
The boat operated on the lake until the mid-60s and remained in Montana for several years. Like most old wood boats, it passed through many owners and was eventually donated to the University of Oregon for a tax write off. The University sold it to an individual in Portland and he cosmetically made it into a running boat and after a couple of years he decided to sell it and I purchased it “Sight-un-seen”.
Through a network of friends, Glacier Girl made its way to Orlando and underwent a total restoration. It has a new bottom, sides and decks. The side frames, covering boards, deck frames and shelf are all original. One of the most difficult challenges of the restoration was to remove all the steel screws and hardware. Stan Craft boats were built with steel fasteners because of the low moisture content in Montana. The restoration was a 3 ½-year project and is an owner restored boat.
The original engine was a Chrysler 6-cylinder M47S, but that engine was replaced in the early 60s and it is currently powered by a Indimar “Hammer Head” 5.7 Liter Corvette LS 1.