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Bought a "new" Boat 9 months 3 weeks ago #146198

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I bought myself a little 1941 Chris Craft runabout. I figured it was way past time to own a wooden boat that actually runs! It's turn-key, a show winner and needs nothing! Should be a lot of fun. I pick it up at the show in Mt. Dora next month. Maybe I should stuff a big block Chevy in her. (?)

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Bought a "new" Boat 9 months 3 weeks ago #146202

Beautiful...

What's it powered by currently?
Why change it?

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very good looking boat. may be a silly question but is owning a wooden boat a lot more work? Having worked in the wood working industry I know that no matter what you seal it with you will get a bit of shrinkage or swelling with moisture. (at least the woods I have worked with) I imagine owning a wooden boat you would have to have the time to frequent the lake to keep her water tight. Or am I overthinking it?

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Larsspar: That was a joke.

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Don't you still have something like a V-12 Allison looking for a home?

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Allison? I should be so lucky. No, it's an American-LaFrance V12, 1947. They were derived from the old Auburn V12s. I have a home for it, a 1954 Chris-Craft Riviera 20...if I ever get the time to fool with it.

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Bought a "new" Boat 9 months 3 weeks ago #146215

Jan, sorry late to this was out of town. She looks awesome!!! Can't wait to see her in person!

Lenny, yes you have to swell them, unless it has what's known as a "dry bottom" installed.

Bob

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Oh.....
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I guess it would be kind of a tight fit anyway.:) Also, owning a wood boat becomes more of a hobby than a chore. That being said, all of the comments and admiration you get from onlookers makes all of the work worth while.

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Well, if the boat receives favorable comments, that's fine. I'm just tired of standing on shore watching restored wooden boats cruising around and me telling other bystanders all about the one I'm working on...always working on! Now I'm finally back in the game.

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Bought a "new" Boat 8 months 3 weeks ago #146362

Have seen that boat before. Of course I live by Mt. Dora and boat on the chain all the time anyway.
Will be at the show as well all weekend long. Lesa and I will have one or two boats on display down at the outboard end of the show. Come on down and say hello if you like.

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Bought a "new" Boat 8 months 1 week ago #146399

Crap missed you today also!!!! I was there all day today sitting by Bill Anderson and his buddies Samoan. Was there with my wife and we were walking around alot.

Jan looked for you all day and didn't see you or the boat!

Bob

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Crap missed you today also!!!! I was there all day today sitting by Bill Anderson and his buddies Samoan. Was there with my wife and we were walking around alot.

Jan looked for you all day and didn't see you or the boat!

Bob

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While I was at the show, I ran across a 1948 Century Resorter I really liked but it was "sold." I gave the lady my card just in case. Turns out the guy was a deadbeat. The lady called me three days later and I bought it. Now all I have to do is drive all the way back down to Mt. Dora again to get it.

Hey Bob...want to meet me there and take her on a cruise through the river?

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Bought a "new" Boat 8 months 10 hours ago #146453

Great looking Century! Hmmm river cruise sounds intriguing but I couldn't be available until Saturday. Running full tilt all week at work, won't be able to get away.

Bob

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I'm picking it up late on the 13th, shakedown cruise at Mt. Dora on the 14th.

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very cool looking purchase!

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Bought a "new" Boat 7 months 4 weeks ago #146458

Well crap, looks like I miss another one. :(

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Bought a "new" Boat 4 months 3 weeks ago #146817

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...and ANOTHER one: 1959 Century Resorter, beautiful inside and out but with a cracked block, 283 Chevy...got it cheap. It's kind of a rare bird...has a factory original gas pedal. I just happen to have a new high performance 350 sitting on a cradle in the shop. "Chance favors the prepared mind."





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Bought a "new" Boat 4 months 3 weeks ago #146818

That is beautiful! Do you have to do anything other than engine work?

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No...just pull out the old and drop in the new.

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Nice score! Congratulations.

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Beautiful boat!

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Bought a "new" Boat 3 months 2 days ago #147090

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Finally finished the new 350 engine with GT heads for the '59 Resorter. It should be a serious increase in performance.
Here's what I bought:



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Bought a "new" Boat 3 months 1 day ago #147093

Wow....that does look like a serious piece of 'kit'.

Will you keep the tunnel ram intake or go with something lower profile?

What is the rpm operating range?

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Bought a "new" Boat 3 months 1 day ago #147094

Nice!!! Well that definitely isn't going to fit under the "dog house"! LOL
Bob

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I'll have to get rid of the air scoop with the built-in flame arrestor...but it does look good! The operating range is right around 4,600 RPM. I'll be turning a 13X14 wheel.

I'm building another engine for a client...SBC with dual #1409s, progressive linkage. It should pass everything but a gas pump.

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Bought a "new" Boat 3 months 21 hours ago #147096

Agreed the scoop looks awesome but alas it won't fit. The 4600 sounds about right. I think mine will be somewhere around there. Not sure on the prop yet. Was thinking of calling ACME and see what they suggest.

The other sbc sounds like it will be a blast. What are they putting it in?

Bob

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I'll be installing the other SBC into a 1954 Chris Craft Riviera 18.

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Bought a "new" Boat 2 months 4 weeks ago #147107

Oh nice, if I remember correctly that should fit height wise. How tall is the dual quad intake you're using?

Bob

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Bought a "new" Boat 2 months 4 weeks ago #147108

I don't have any experience with the Carter AFB line of carburetors. In dual quad configuration, that should be quite a show piece. Wonder how well it will climb out of the hole......

Thanks for sharing.....I really enjoy the unique stuff you put together.............

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I'll be using two Edelbrock #1409s, 600 CFM...my go-to carb for V8s. Here's one I built a few years ago.

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Bought a "new" Boat 2 months 3 weeks ago #147118

That's really cool. The Corvette valve covers are timeless.

Tell me more about the exhaust manifolds. Are they custom? How the the water cooling work?

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I can't read the name on them but I believe they are vintage Edelbrock manifolds. The one I'm building now will be using vintage Nicson manifolds. These types of vintage aluminum manifolds for a small block Chevys are getting harder to find but I have an Ebay search saved for them. You can find them easily for big blocks and Oldsmobiles but the small blocks are really scarce and they need to be good ones...even harder to locate.

These types of manifolds have two 3/8" female pipe openings in the front. The water goes in at the lower fitting, fills the manifold and exits through the top fitting which is then plumbed (in this case with 5/8" aluminum tubing) to the exit fitting and out the exhaust.

They were made by Glenwood, Nicson, Edelbrock and Hardin...probably some others as well. They're not cheap but generally can be had for the cost of new cast iron manifolds with risers.

Ford 351W with old Interceptor exhaust manifolds:


Ford 351W with Glenwood exhaust manifolds:


Chevrolet 454 with Hardin exhaust manifolds:
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Thanks for the information and pictures. I'm accustomed to the hulking cast iron manifolds. I did a quick search to find some more information. There's a site called 2040-parts.com you might consider giving a look. There are some SBC Edelbrock pieces you might find interesting and at a good value.

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Engine for the 1954 Chris Craft Riviera is finished...2x4 Edelbrocks, GT heads, Pertronix distributor/coil, Nicson aluminum manifolds, lots of other performance goodies.





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ATTA BOY LUTHER!

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Excellentent as usual!

Bob

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Very cool powerplant there.

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Bought a "new" Boat 4 weeks 6 hours ago #147342

Beautiful!! I love the hard plumbing and the corvette style valve covers. With the ignition upgrade should make that pretty reliable.

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