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by rick
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Other Important News
Topic: GMAC 76 - Birthday
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: GMAC 76 - Birthday

Happy Birthday GMAC!

Rick
by rick
Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Website Downtime...
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Website Downtime...

Appreciate that Deano. This old website seems to keep on cranking through the years thanks to people like yourself...thank you I did put in here by the house after the site was back online to test a new prop setting that went pretty well so it was still a good day here... just hate it when the site ...
by rick
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:14 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Website Downtime...
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Website Downtime...

Sorry for the downtime today. Had some unexplained problems with the server starting at around midnight last night.

Hopefully we'll be good to go now.

Rick
by rick
Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Birthday - glades cat
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Re: Birthday - glades cat

A day late, but Happy Birthday glades cat.

Rick
by rick
Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Other Important News
Topic: Obituary - Mr. William "BUDDY" Branch
Replies: 13
Views: 1407

Re: Obituary - Mr. William "BUDDY" Branch

Really sorry to hear.

One of the most highly respected reputations in airboating, Mr. Branch is gonna be missed big time.

Condolences to family & friends.

Rick
by rick
Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: 1 dead after airboat goes airborne
Replies: 7
Views: 1927

Re: 1 dead after airboat goes airborne

Really hate to hear that...condolences to his family & friends.

R.I.P.

Rick
by rick
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New/Old Airboat Hull
Replies: 68
Views: 8933

Re: New/Old Airboat Hull

Appreciate that Prototype. I plan on running it like it is for a short while, then putting some paint on the rudders & gas tank and maybe doing the pickling paste afterwards. I did get it out this weekend with some tape on the oil cooler and got the temp up to 150°+ per the gauge. Shot it from t...
by rick
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New/Old Airboat Hull
Replies: 68
Views: 8933

Re: New/Old Airboat Hull

Appreciate the info. and compliments. Where is the oil temp sending unit located? Sending unit is located at the oil filter kwanjangnihm. I would add some tape to the cooler Nascar style and wait until summer before making any changes to the cooler setup. I like that idea. Gonna put some time on it ...
by rick
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New/Old Airboat Hull
Replies: 68
Views: 8933

Re: New/Old Airboat Hull

Thanks...had a great first ride. Been many years since I rigged a boat out and it took a lot longer than I thought it would, but I am tickled shitless :D The one concern I do have though is that the motor probably runs a little cooler than it should. If the new oil temp gauge is correct, it never go...
by rick
Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New/Old Airboat Hull
Replies: 68
Views: 8933

Re: New/Old Airboat Hull

Well I finally filled her up with avgas this morning for the first time and as soon as my grandson gets here, we're gonna take it out for a short run and see how it does. Seems to run real good sittin on the trailer.

I'll post more pics later this evening.

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Rick
by rick
Mon Nov 09, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: 540 Headers...
Replies: 9
Views: 1589

Re: 540 Headers...

Thanks Frankie, but I went ahead & used the headers that I had. Bolted the flex pipe to the cage so I'll be able to lift everything at once when it comes time to redo the slick bottom.

Rick
by rick
Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Happy Birthday Dudley!
Replies: 3
Views: 432

Re: Happy Birthday Dudley!

Happy Birthday Dudley!

Rick
by rick
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Got a SS welding question...
Replies: 16
Views: 1653

Re: Got a SS welding question...

Looks good hdsadey.

Those tig welds look cleaner than the mig welds on my rigging. Might have to consider that pickling paste myself.

Rick
by rick
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Got a SS welding question...
Replies: 16
Views: 1653

Re: Got a SS welding question...

Appreciate the help. I was thinking about buying a high dollar bottle of that tri-mix, but spent the money on a tig welder to go with that bottle of argon instead. I'll either mig with the C25 or tig with the argon. I tigged a lot of aluminum in my younger years at work, but that was when I could se...
by rick
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Got a SS welding question...
Replies: 16
Views: 1653

Got a SS welding question...

I need to mig some flat bar & angles to my stainless rigging to mount a few things ie., fuel pump & filter, gas tank, battery tray, etc.. I have a little Lincoln Pro 135 welder with a bottle of 75/25 argon/co2 and a bottle of 100% argon. Pretty sure that neither bottle is best to mig SS, but...
by rick
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New/Old Airboat Hull
Replies: 68
Views: 8933

Re: New/Old Airboat Hull

Thanks everybody. I'll race ya, but only in the thick stuff... No way. I've seen those Stossel boats run that St. Johns River switch grass :) What HP and TQ does this 540's make? I'm no expert, but from what I understand the 8.5:1 straight valve 540's are rated at 260hp @ 2700rpms. This torque calcu...
by rick
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New/Old Airboat Hull
Replies: 68
Views: 8933

Re: New/Old Airboat Hull

Starting to look like an airboat now that the 540 is mounted on some nice stainless rigging. PM'd Darrin with Sensenich ( DAGWOOD0520 on SA). He set me up with a 3 blade 72" JN for the 540. I love the way that prop can be taken off and not change the pitch on the blades. First time to ever have...
by rick
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New/Old Airboat Hull
Replies: 68
Views: 8933

Re: New/Old Airboat Hull

Thanks NorthWestFloridaBoy. It is pretty easy to put together an airboat in Central Florida.

Good Luck with the hurricane cleanup and finding a deckover for your next ride.

I'm gonna try to get some new pictures up today.

Rick
by rick
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Finally-I'm building my boat
Replies: 377
Views: 94299

Re: Finally-I'm building my boat

pipedog, you built yourself a helluva boat right there. Always glad to see success when it comes to a new build. Almost 80,000 views on this thread. I'm sure this thread has helped others with their builds too, so thanks for that. And I am in to that "social distancing airboat style" stuff...
by rick
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New/Old Airboat Hull
Replies: 68
Views: 8933

Re: New/Old Airboat Hull

Hey I need the "Pull a CM Guy to Dock" punched. Gotta confess though...I have been pulled in per CM boat at least once in my life :)

Should be punching that "Build Airboat Rigging" spot real soon...maybe in the next day or two.

Rick
by rick
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New/Old Airboat Hull
Replies: 68
Views: 8933

Re: New/Old Airboat Hull

Tell her your back’s out, and you’re in terrible pain!
Yep, if that works, I can stay out of the dog house, get my boat built, and maybe get a back rub at the same time. Might as well dream big :D

Rick
by rick
Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: 46 years ago...
Replies: 4
Views: 946

Re: 46 years ago...

Yep, didn't notice the shrouds until now Jeff. Never had one, but I hear they keep them cylinders cooler...especially the middle ones. You run a shroud on your aircraft engine? just a few year later the Drag Queens took over That's funny (no pun intended) about the Parliament House lol. Being born &...
by rick
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New/Old Airboat Hull
Replies: 68
Views: 8933

Re: New/Old Airboat Hull

I'm pretty tough around the old homestead here, but I ain't that damn tough :lol:

Rick
by rick
Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: 46 years ago...
Replies: 4
Views: 946

46 years ago...

Old airboat magazine that Paul Dixon (RIP Paul) sent me years ago to scan & post. The whole magazine can be read here: http://southernairboat.com/pdf/5-74-magazine.pdf ...or by clicking the image. It was acturally posted quite a few years back...just thought I'd bring it back for old times sake....
by rick
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: New/Old Airboat Hull
Replies: 68
Views: 8933

Re: New/Old Airboat Hull

Thanks Deano. I think I'll try that amber light.

Hopefully I'll have some rigging pics soon.

I had also forgot about all them damn honey-do's that don't get done when you're trying to get a boat built. Anybody got any advice for staying out of the dog house while you're building a boat? :D

Rick

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