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by Striker543
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Mild 350. 2 blade vs 3 blade
Replies: 11
Views: 713

Re: Mild 350. 2 blade vs 3 blade

How long are your JW blades? I thought that was a direct drive prop. If it’s the prop I’m thinking of then my guess is it’s both too short and too narrow for a year reducted engine.
by Striker543
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: BMW m57 engine for DD? Diesel.
Replies: 19
Views: 1018

Re: BMW m57 engine for DD? Diesel.

That’s a lot of reinventing the wheel for not much horsepower.
by Striker543
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Another 500 DD
Replies: 16
Views: 1420

Re: Another 500 DD

I tried a lot of props when I had my direct drive 472. It was freshmen rebuilt to basically stock except for an MTS cam. I think the 2 blade 74” ngh (not ngq) pusher the best. I ended up running a 3 blade 72” ngh because it was smoother. You’ll lose snap, but I think you’ll find your best push is wi...
by Striker543
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Boat run dry better with motor forward or back?
Replies: 8
Views: 1346

Re: Boat run dry better with motor forward or back?

I think what probably made it push better on the cottonmouth with the removed splash pan is the fact that (I’m guessing) your engine was mounted much lower. Generally, the lower the push point (engine mount), the better the push. There is lots of information on here about that if you search.
by Striker543
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Cool Video
Replies: 79
Views: 17623

Re: Cool Video

pipedog wrote:
Great video! Where was that?
by Striker543
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: gotta rebuild
Replies: 42
Views: 1625

Re: gotta rebuild

I think your most economical option is going to be to have buddy build you a stout dd engine. I’m a gearbox fan and have one now, but even buying used you likely need to add $5000 to your overall cost for the gearbox and prop alone. Then you’ll also need to modify at least your engine stand, likely ...
by Striker543
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: gotta rebuild
Replies: 42
Views: 1625

Re: gotta rebuild

Do you have a gearbox now? My recollection is that you were running a direct drive. If that’s the case, you will never see 700hp at the prop and buying that type of engine would be a waste of money. I’ve dealt with buddy branch in the past when I ran a direct drive Cadillac and highly recommend him....
by Striker543
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Hulls Hey
Replies: 6
Views: 2071

Re: Hulls Hey

I’m another alumitech fan. I bought one of their boats used, but they’ve been great every time I’ve brought the boat to them for work I wanted done to the rigging. The hull is strong and rides flat.
by Striker543
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: Need help figurung out what egine I have
Replies: 24
Views: 2755

Re: Need help figurung out what egine I have

You can also go to lake cypress. Take 441 north and turn left on canoe creek, then head north till you get to the lake cypress road. It’s about 45-60 minutes from yeehaw.
by Striker543
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Help Staying on plane. LS2 6.0, rotator 2.37, 80" Sensinich R
Replies: 13
Views: 2806

Re: Help Staying on plane. LS2 6.0, rotator 2.37, 80" Sensinich R

Russ, What do you think about a wider hull? I read somewhere he has less than 4’ of planing bottom. Wouldn’t such a narrow hull require more power than an 8’ hull to keep on a plane? Absolutely. Though I am unaware of way to add beam to a boat after the hull has been built. Excellent point for anyo...
by Striker543
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Help Staying on plane. LS2 6.0, rotator 2.37, 80" Sensinich R
Replies: 13
Views: 2806

Re: Help Staying on plane. LS2 6.0, rotator 2.37, 80" Sensinich R

Russ,

What do you think about a wider hull? I read somewhere he has less than 4’ of planing bottom. Wouldn’t such a narrow hull require more power than an 8’ hull to keep on a plane?
by Striker543
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Water Walker Blades in a Sensenich hub
Replies: 3
Views: 1292

Re: Water Walker Blades in a Sensenich hub

Water walker blades work in the old style sensenich hubs, but not the new. I did it once and didn’t really like it because it was not a perfect fit - the blades were very hard to adjust.
by Striker543
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Ecotec 2.4 v/s 0360
Replies: 17
Views: 2326

Re: Ecotec 2.4 v/s 0360

Hopefully Onebfc chimes in, but there’s no comparison of an 0360 to his ecotec - his ecotec has far more power and pushes his boat places an 0360 wouldn’t dream of.
by Striker543
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Gear Box or Not
Replies: 24
Views: 2632

Re: Gear Box or Not

SWAMPHUNTER45 wrote:Old timers didnt run barges...lol
And they ran light boats with aircraft engines, which is old technology that will do what you’re asking.
by Striker543
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: The Game Changer
Replies: 41
Views: 4679

Re: The Game Changer

digginfool wrote:
digginfool wrote:
kwanjangnihm wrote:diggin what model & size prop was he running?
He's running a cut down (66") three blade Sabre.

My bad. It's a cut down Alpha. Not Sabre.
At such a short length I’m guessing he’s turning that thing well over 3,000rpms
by Striker543
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Gear Box or Not
Replies: 24
Views: 2632

Re: Gear Box or Not

To push a 12 ft boat well with a car engine I think 300hp with a gearbox is probably the base line. Yes you can make a water boat with a lot less hp than that, but what you’re describing is not a water boat. If I were building it I would either put a 300-400 car engine and gearbox on it or a 6 cylin...
by Striker543
Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Gear Box or Not
Replies: 24
Views: 2632

Re: Gear Box or Not

Most likely you will need a gearbox to run dry ground. I had a direct drive sbc 350 that would run a little dry, but it was a light boat with slick bottom. It’s more likely than not that a direct drive 305 would not push a 12ft boat with poly on dry ground.
by Striker543
Tue May 21, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Building a 70k airboat
Replies: 36
Views: 4202

Re: Building a 70k airboat

My guess is a lot has to do with people being able to finance new boats. Not many people are paying cash for 200k center consoles either.
by Striker543
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 1976 cad 500/16' alum panther
Replies: 4
Views: 1074

Re: 1976 cad 500/16' alum panther

I would also add to the good advice you’ve already received that how well that engine will push that boat depends on your expectations. Even under a best case scenario, that boat and motor combo is not going to run a bunch of dry ground with a load. Depending on the setup and condition of the engine...
by Striker543
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 18x8 with 450Hp LS3
Replies: 13
Views: 1954

Re: 18x8 with 450Hp LS3

That's not enough power for that size boat to go over a levee with just you in it, let alone 2-4 guys. You will need serious horsepower for that. If you're married to 450 hp, I would not go larger than a 14x8 boat.
by Striker543
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Outer edges of glass hull sagging
Replies: 4
Views: 1345

Re: Outer edges of glass hull sagging

Is the trailer set up so that the weight bearing stringers are lined up over the bunks?
by Striker543
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Solid grass rake builder?
Replies: 5
Views: 1498

Re: Solid grass rake builder?

X2 on alumitech. They do good work for a fair price in my experience
by Striker543
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Cadillac 500 vs BBC 454 motor mounts
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Re: Cadillac 500 vs BBC 454 motor mounts

If the caddy is direct drive and you’re going to put a gearbox on the bbc, you will need to change the engine stand, and possibly the cage and rigging too
by Striker543
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 520 Continental rebuild
Replies: 127
Views: 8351

Re: 520 Continental rebuild

I liked my dick waters (Airtec) starter. He’s in the cocoa area
by Striker543
Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Need Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 959

Re: Need Recommendations

I wouldn’t repair that boat. We’ve done it, and the repair worked for many years, but it was a much heavier boat and did not ride the same after. I would look at rivermaster hulls too from Marty Bray or Jimmy White hulls.

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