Born to Hang
Post Rank: 79
||Posted: Jan. 01 2009,10:07 pm
||Post # 15
Hey there, everyone!!! Great to see my boat being enjoyed by new owners.
I will give ya the short version of why I sold it...
When I moved to Idaho, I took it out after putting the manifold back on (it had been powdercoated), as well as my carb (TPC had rebuilt and powdercoated it for me, that was a prototype carb BTW) and the manifold hadnt been torqued to specs, so water got into the cylinders, and bent a rod.
After fixing that, one of the cam lobes had been rounded off, so my Dad and I decided to rebuild it from the bare block up, which was a shame, as the motor was tight (as the people on here that rode in it with me could tell..lol) but that was the plan.
Tore it down, had the heads checked, the block cleaned and inspected, new Comp Cam, new rockers, all new rings, brand new Bassett twist headers (I had decided to get rid of the old style headers I had, and get new ones...lol).
All in all, it took me about $1200 to do a full rebuild. We ran it for 30 minutes to break everything in, and then drained the oil to get all of the lubes, grease, etc. out of there.
I then took it to a lake here in Idaho, and once I started the new motor, I had no oil pressure. I figured that the sending unit had gone bad when it was being rebuilt, and didnt even think to look back at the engine well. By the time I did, and saw oil pouring out of the filter, it was too late. What had happened was when we changed the oil and filter, a piece of gasket had stuck up in there, and upon installing the new filter, it wasnt seated right. So now the engine was toast again.
I then purchased a brand new engine from Superior Engines in Oregon. I had to make a few modifications to get it operable (the flywheel didnt match, I now had to get an electric fuel pump, as the new block wasnt set up for a mechanical one, etc.)
Well, I could never get the new motor running right. I messed with the timing, the carb, upgraded the fuel pump twice, and it would always choke out around 3000 rpm. I was just totally frustrated and bummed that my pride and joy wasnt working worth a $hiat anymore. It seemed that if I fixed one thing, two things would go wrong. This went on for well over a year.
I now think that the problem was that the 2 fuel tanks were top draw, and mechanical fuel pumps can easily draw the gas out no problem. Electric fuel pumps are better at pushing fuel, and not pulling it, so what I should have done was yanked the tanks, had the fittings re-welded to the bottom of the tanks, and they probably would have worked fine.
In the end, if I had the chance to do it over again, I would have spent the money to have Nelson Racing build me a 600 hp single carb set-up with no NOS of supercharger (fuel tanks were just too small). While it was in Idaho, I had yanked all of the carpet out, inspected the stringers, and recarpeted it, as well as having the pump blueprinted to a Stage II.
It was really a sad day when I sold that boat to a couple in Bend, Oregon, but I was honest and told him the problems that I had been having. I got WAY more for the boat than I should have!!!
Anyhow, I sure do miss the good times we all had, and if anyone ever knows of a classic jet or v-drive for sale that is on par with my "Aquaholic" let me know!!!!
By the way, yes, the paint is all original and I washed and waxed it everytime it came out of the water. I think the people that know me on here know how anal I was with that boat....lmao.
Anyhow, take care everyone!!! -DD
Edited by DickDanger on Jan. 01 2009,10:11 pm
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