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by RickMc
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 400 Small Block build
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: 400 Small Block build

We heard from the machine shop today. The heads are 1970 vintage 350 heads. They are drilled for the steam holes. One gasket was drilled. The one that blew wasn’t. They need valve seats and they are going to replace them with smaller ones. They plan on using 9.5to1 pistons and a comp cams recommende...
by RickMc
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 400 Small Block build
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: 400 Small Block build

Thanks for the replies. Yes it’s a direct drive setup. The prop looks like ones from Ivoprop corp. It will probably get replaced the next time he gets $3000. He had just gotten the boat with a broken tach so we didn’t have a good rpm number before the blown head gasket. When we told the machinists w...
by RickMc
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 400 Small Block build
Replies: 17
Views: 969

400 Small Block build

A friend of mine has a 17 x8 high sided aluminum hull on the heavy side. It has a 400 small block that was recently dropped off at the local machine shop after an over heating issue. It has a 72 inch 3 blade fixed pitch prop that looks like an IVO type. It would spin it 2400 rpm on the trailer with ...
by RickMc
Wed May 16, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: hull tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 1190

Re: hull tuning

Hey guys , I'm pretty sure it wasn't over heated . No direct sunlight anywhere near here that time of year. haha. I'm pretty sure what happened was we didn't have the whole sheet hot enough. We worked it in the best we could with a heat gun and a propane torch .Pulling the poly around the chines wit...
by RickMc
Sun May 13, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: hull tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 1190

Re: hull tuning

I was really surprised the way it rode after the poly. It was completely different. Direct opposite. The bottom seemed flat upside down on the lift before I installed it. The glass is really thin in the rear third of the hull. 1/4 or less. That’s a big part of why I installed the poly. It’s pretty r...
by RickMc
Sun May 13, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: hull tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 1190

Re: hull tuning

Your not going to like the answer but not much sticks to poly after the fact! Build it up flat before poly or suffer another bad poly job because the hull prep was not done before new poly? Kind of a no brainer with a water hose and good eye or a even a flash like at night. Your hull was rippled or...
by RickMc
Sat May 12, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: hull tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 1190

hull tuning

Hey guys, I have a 4 cyl Lycoming on a 12 ft fiber glass hull. Before I added 5/16 poly to it it would hop badly in deep water at speed.It has a trim tab that would settle it right down. After I added the poly it rode hard on the nose as soon as I got on plane. After reading some post and looking in...
by RickMc
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 400 sbc
Replies: 5
Views: 797

400 sbc

Hey guys , A friend of mine is looking at a boat tomorrow. Its a 400 cid. small block Chevy and a 3 blade prop. Other than general condition are there any other BIG flags we should be looking for on a DD small block . It looks like fun but I don't want him to buy a money pit . I don't want to let hi...
by RickMc
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Warp drive pitch
Replies: 6
Views: 982

Re: Warp drive pitch

I would love to try a few different props. With my mufflers where they are now the most I can clear would be about 64 in. That would only 2 in. To close for my taste. I need to redo my exhaust then I’ll be able to move up. Thanks for the offer though Rick


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by RickMc
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Private message
Replies: 2
Views: 584

Re: Private message

I don’t have that tool bar at the top when I open the app


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by RickMc
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Private message
Replies: 2
Views: 584

Private message

I’m not very tech savvy. I think I have a few messages but I can’t find them on my phone. How do I do that? I have an iPhone 6s and I’m using the SA app. Thanks Rick


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by RickMc
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Honda power
Replies: 2
Views: 417

Re: Honda power

I did a mini build a few years ago with a old Yamaha sled motor. I wanted to keep the torque converter in play but it started to get more complicated and busted the price point I was shooting for. I finished it with a pulley direct drive and was sadly disappointed with the project. Obnoxiously loud ...
by RickMc
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Honda power
Replies: 2
Views: 417

Honda power

I was at the Freedom Ride on Saturday and saw a Honda powered boat. I looked at it for a few and it looked a lot like the vision in my head. I would like to see more about it. If the owner is on here or if someone knows him please chime in. Thanks Rick Sent from my iPhone using Southern Airboat mobi...
by RickMc
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Florida road trip
Replies: 12
Views: 1139

Re: Florida road trip

We ended up going to saw grass. My grandson loved the zoo. The next day we went to the Loxahatchee boat ramp. Tried some fishing with no success but it was fun. Saturday my brother in law and I went to the Freedom Ride. Lots of cool boats and good people. Thanks guys who helped push me off. We are g...
by RickMc
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Warp drive pitch
Replies: 6
Views: 982

Re: Warp drive pitch

I pitched it 2 more deg. now at 18deg at tips. It brought my trailer rpm down to 2750 and cruise down to around 2000 in deep water and 1800 or so in skinny. Cruising at a GPSed 27 and top end around 38. Still stuck all three times I stopped yesterday at the Freedom Ride. A new prop is probably in my...
by RickMc
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Warp drive pitch
Replies: 6
Views: 982

Warp drive pitch

I have a 12 Ft Fiberglas boat with poly. It has a 320 conversion Lycoming. It has a 62 in 4 blade warp drive. I have it pitched to turn 2900 on the trailer. I’m looking to get the most push out of this setup. I hate getting stuck. Would adding mor pitch help? I’m under the impression the warps like ...
by RickMc
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Florida road trip
Replies: 12
Views: 1139

Re: Florida road trip

We started to go to Loughmans yesterday but they were closed for a repair of some kind. So we went to the jolly gator. Food was good and riding was good. Saw a few gators and an eagle. Good times. Tomorrow we are thinking about going to Mack’s fish camp. My boat only really holds 2 adults and a kid....
by RickMc
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Florida road trip
Replies: 12
Views: 1139

Re: Florida road trip

WOW. Thanks for all the tips. I will be looking into tonight when we stop again. We got lucky and outran the snow. I’ll be there by the weekend. We have plans to ride out of the Loxahatchi boat ramp and lake Kissimmee for the Freedom Ride. Looking forward to seeing it all I hope to meet some of you ...
by RickMc
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Florida road trip
Replies: 12
Views: 1139

Florida road trip

Hey guys. I’m heading south with my boat in tow. Escaping the snow for a little while and wanting to put some miles on the boat. We are starting in St Augustine and working our way down to Ft Lauderdale. I’m looking for some good places to ride along the way. Are there any good spots along St Johns ...
by RickMc
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: List of people & places who can do an overhaul
Replies: 10
Views: 1381

Re: List of people & places who can do an overhaul

Where in NE Pa. are you ? I'm in Hop Bottom. I thought I was the only nut with an airboat around here. Not many people up here to work on "airboat spec. " AC motors .Every one I talked to wanted crazy money for aircraft spec. work. I had to mail my stuff to Gary Barber at Outlaw Aircraft i...
by RickMc
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: KRVSA Freedom Ride Pics and Thanks to all that came
Replies: 8
Views: 1733

Re: KRVSA Freedom Ride Pics and Thanks to all that came

Thanks for the pics . We were there.We are from Pa.My wife grandson and I have made our second migration down to this event. I love the.., What I call, dust offs.... When some one leaves...Its,... OK ,I'll see you later....everyone near there holds on to there stuff....Hammer Down an angry 6 cyl A.C...
by RickMc
Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Thank you guy in blue boat named Slow Ride
Replies: 0
Views: 834

Thank you guy in blue boat named Slow Ride

We were at the Freedom Ride today. Riding up to Miles Point sneaking along the West Bank when we found ourselves 100 yards or so up in a pasture. We were stuck. I could see water about 75 yards away on the other side of a small hill. We were looking around and assessing our situation when he saw us ...
by RickMc
Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Freedom Ride
Replies: 1
Views: 700

Freedom Ride

Anyone going out there this weekend? See you there Rick
by RickMc
Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Polymer changed my boat. Help
Replies: 15
Views: 2394

Re: Polymer changed my boat. Help

I got a sander and removed the the turn down at the back of the poly. We took it out at the Loxahatchee boat ramp for a quick rip late yesterday It made a big difference and It rode much better. It's still really loose in the rear and slides sideways a lot in turns. It still probably still needs a l...
by RickMc
Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Polymer changed my boat. Help
Replies: 15
Views: 2394

Re: Polymer changed my boat. Help

That crossed my mind. I'll have to see how my day goes tomorrow. I'm not vacationing alone so it's not all about the boat. Worst case we are heading to Ft Lauderdale to see my brother in law Saturday. He has one and we are planning to go riding in the glades. Hopefully we can get it worked out then....

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