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by Christie
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 500 Cadillac Crankshaft
Replies: 8
Views: 550

Re: 500 Cadillac Crankshaft

Guys, good news for 2021 is that Rob at CF Machine & Speed located a crank and we’re steaming forward again! Should have her back together in a few weeks. You’re right about a standard crank being awfully hard to find; I’ll take my luck as it comes to me and be grateful for it. Really want to th...
by Christie
Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 500 Cadillac Crankshaft
Replies: 8
Views: 550

Re: 500 Cadillac Crankshaft

Thanks for the help guys. The builder thinks he can lay his hands on a standard crank. The rub is that the motor was set up really well with a Buddy Branch DD custom cam, pinned timing gear and he did a custom tune on the carb with OEM intake like Deano suggested. Buddy also did the initial break in...
by Christie
Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 500 Cadillac Crankshaft
Replies: 8
Views: 550

500 Cadillac Crankshaft

I know that they’re tough as hell to find, but I’m looking for a standard 500 crank for my engine rebuild. First attempt at a rebuild lasted a sum total of 5 hrs before spinning a bearing and gouging the crank. Took it to a different builder to start over again. I had another parts motor on hand, bu...
by Christie
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Chuck. James Rackley
Replies: 39
Views: 8626

Re: Chuck. James Rackley

Skinnypockets, Thanks for taking the effort to set up the GoFundMe. I know Diane will need the support of friends. Really gonna miss Chuck. He was one innovative man, respectful of everyone, respected by the good folks and one tough old Marine! Go in peace Chuck..... probably outfitting heaven with ...
by Christie
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Caddy 500, 4bbl carb or Holley Sniper?
Replies: 7
Views: 3370

Re: Caddy 500, 4bbl carb or Holley Sniper?

Buddy did up the first new 650 on my motor with the stock intake and 1” riser. Great response and runs great on my 500!
by Christie
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Caddy 500 intake - Stock vs Edelbrock?
Replies: 9
Views: 1570

Re: Caddy 500 intake - Stock vs Edelbrock?

Buddy has my 2115 Edelbrock in his shop. We went back to a stock intake and Edlelbrock 1905 carb for my Direct Drive boat to get more low end torque. I'll sell you that intake for roughly half the cost of new. Fit my 500 caddy fine.
by Christie
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 500 Caddy Rebuild
Replies: 11
Views: 2150

Re: 500 Caddy Rebuild

PM sent
by Christie
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 500 Caddy Rebuild
Replies: 11
Views: 2150

Re: 500 Caddy Rebuild

Roger guys. I've been going over the 3,000 or so threads on 472/500Cadillacs and have been printing off the "wisdom" that applies to this build. Calling Buddy tomorrow to see if he's got the DD cam available.

Thanks again for the help.
by Christie
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 500 Caddy Rebuild
Replies: 11
Views: 2150

Re: 500 Caddy Rebuild

Hate spellcheck. Turned Deano into someone else!

Anyhow, thinking about getting a B Branch DD cam.
by Christie
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 500 Caddy Rebuild
Replies: 11
Views: 2150

Re: 500 Caddy Rebuild

Roger, thanks Delano. I’ll ensure he does the upgraded springs. Old engine had a valve train failure so you’re spot-on with the input. Second question is about the cam for it? I’ll do a search, but any advice on cam? Dropped both 500’s off today and have a bit of time to figure out a cam for DD appl...
by Christie
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 500 Caddy Rebuild
Replies: 11
Views: 2150

Re: 500 Caddy Rebuild

Still cheaper than most AV motors I’d reckon though? I found Gerald & Charlie’s in Sanford who will rebuild it fairly reasonably. They’ll use the edelbrock 2115 aluminum intake, cloyes timing chain, plug the thermostat port and chamfer the bearing to lube the thrust bearing. Keeping valve train ...
by Christie
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 500 Caddy Rebuild
Replies: 11
Views: 2150

500 Caddy Rebuild

Need some help with advise on an engine builder near Orlando who can work on cadillacs. Nothing fancy, just a rebuild of a 500 caddy to make it DD capable again. I’ve got the blown 500 plus a ‘72 and ‘74 for spares. :fishing
by Christie
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Fuel Tank Location
Replies: 8
Views: 1999

Re: Fuel Tank Location

The 30 gallon fuel tank on my 13’6” Cottonmouth w/ 500 caddy is positioned under the front driver seat. Seems to work well and keeps the boat from being stern heavy.
by Christie
Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Gator Tags
Replies: 11
Views: 2338

Gator Tags

I filled my tags first season on Jesup and helped a buddy tag out on Monroe in the first two days. Didn't see another soul on either lake and wondered what was up??? Took the two big Jesup gators to CTFH in Mims to sell 'em and heard that PETA has been buying tags to keep us off the water. Anybody e...
by Christie
Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Retiring and Closing Shop
Replies: 22
Views: 6462

Re: Retiring and Closing Shop

Chuck, well deserved and I'm surely gonna miss you still being in business man! Saved my bacon on my old caddy boat plenty of times. If you make it over to Orlando in your travels, stop in and say Hi! Will see if Curtis has any interest in the shop equipment; he'll be getting his ASE certs completed...
by Christie
Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Hull weight capacity question
Replies: 11
Views: 2691

Re: Hull weight capacity question

After you get a feel for the boat and determine what you can safely carry, I would certainly break out the GPS and track your route to the duck hunting spot in daylight hours. You don't want to be searching around to find your track out to the blind at O'dark thirty in the morning. Also helps keep y...
by Christie
Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: 472 caddy/ rivermaster prop question.
Replies: 20
Views: 5011

Re: 472 caddy/ rivermaster prop question.

I have a 72" Water Walker on my 500 with a 13.6 old Cottonmouth and it does okay for me.
by Christie
Sat Sep 27, 2014 2:46 pm
Forum: Hunting & Fishing
Topic: Teal?
Replies: 14
Views: 4003

Re: Teal?

Rode south out of Jolly Gator this morning and set up on Puzzle Lake. Only saw 6 fly by a long ways off and no one busted a cap. No one around us did either?? No coots around either, so maybe that's an indicator.
by Christie
Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: Hunting & Fishing
Topic: anyone shoot talipia in central Fla? esp Lake county?
Replies: 7
Views: 1392

Re: anyone shoot talipia in central Fla? esp Lake county?

They will come up into the shallows when the river floods up onto the grass during the summer. Only thing then is that the water is warm and I think they get mushy and muddy tasting.
by Christie
Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:31 am
Forum: Hunting & Fishing
Topic: anyone shoot talipia in central Fla? esp Lake county?
Replies: 7
Views: 1392

Re: anyone shoot talipia in central Fla? esp Lake county?

Tilapia all shut down spawning on the St Johns around Lake Harney. There all over the place on Tuesday and beds all abandoned by Saturday night.
by Christie
Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:01 pm
Forum: Hunting & Fishing
Topic: Cleaning a gator skull?
Replies: 20
Views: 5399

Re: Cleaning a gator skull?

Turned out really good. The one on the left has a round hole in his top jaw that looks like an old bite wound. I had an 11 1/2 footer that had a .22 slug wedged into the corner of his eye socket. Did ya pull the teeth and glue them back in? They can really look like a darned T-Rex if you cheat the t...
by Christie
Tue Oct 08, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Hunting & Fishing
Topic: Cleaning a gator skull?
Replies: 20
Views: 5399

Re: Cleaning a gator skull?

I'm with the "cook it" process others have mentioned and you don't want to boil it so much that all of the cartilage comes out from between the teeth and sutures on the skull or you'll just end up with a jigsaw puzzle. I just cook it long enough for the skin and meat to loosen up, then I g...
by Christie
Wed Sep 25, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Airboat Safety
Topic: SUNK.
Replies: 625
Views: 82254

Re: SUNK.

Rick,

$50 has been sent.

Best of luck guys on the recovery!
by Christie
Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:08 pm
Forum: Airboat Safety
Topic: SUNK.
Replies: 625
Views: 82254

Re: SUNK.

Unfg11B, Have you thought about a kayak if no one comes through with an airboat? See if MWR has one of those. It will haul a lot of gear, won't wear you out in the muck and runs skinny water. Take your I-phone with you and send some pics. Maybe you'll get some advice that you won't think of on the s...

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