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by SWAMPHUNTER45
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:54 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Trailer supplier in Central Florida
Replies: 17
Views: 786

Re: Trailer supplier in Central Florida

Fast ship fyi my order came over the weekend and was accurate.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:39 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Turbo LS vs 496
Replies: 13
Views: 714

Re: Turbo LS vs 496

Really for a large heavy boat you can not beat a large (big inch) displacement engine. We have seen guys on here who went from BBC to blown LS and it worked but they had an issue. Not to name any names but another key piece is getting a purpose built engine (airboat) is vital to finding long term su...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:06 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Trailer supplier in Central Florida
Replies: 17
Views: 786

Re: Trailer supplier in Central Florida

Chris aka Smuggler builds a very nice trailer for the price. Anyone who goes over to Mr. Branches shop can see one, his is in the backyard with a Jimmy White hull sitting on it. You guys who know how anal Mr Branch can be for him to buy one, you know he must have been impressed. Chris has always bee...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Using airboat engines to fight forest fires
Replies: 7
Views: 574

Re: Using airboat engines to fight forest fires

It's a concept but I just don't think that it will be enough to overcome mother natures ability. If it was employed on calm days to target small pockets of under growth it may prove useful. Years ago I met an old fellow who was hired at the former football stadium in Tampa to push water off the fiel...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:29 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Turbo LS vs 496
Replies: 13
Views: 714

Re: Turbo LS vs 496

A big heavy boat needs a strong well built big inch engine!

Sure you can force induction a mouse but in the end your running the balls off it and durability / longevity will suffer.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Dialing in new boat..
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: Dialing in new boat..

You have to try it every boat responds differently and the JX are new so I personally have not run them. Based on the S blade data, I can tell you that adding pitch increased thrust and I never lost speed. I only gained in every area keeping the engine in it's sweet spot. If it was my boat, I would ...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: replacing polymer Who?
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: replacing polymer Who?

Great advice Mike! Probably no mater where you go to have major work done and ensure you get exactly what you want spell it out detailing the thickness, type of fasteners and color etc.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: replacing polymer Who?
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: replacing polymer Who?

May try Brown Water Airboat's up on US41 in Floral City they just put poly on a local guys aluminum hull boat and he was happy with the work.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:37 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Radiator coolant
Replies: 5
Views: 252

Re: Radiator coolant

In a steel head and steel block engine the Ethyl Glycol (typically green) at a 50/50 ratio with distilled water is a good product for the Southern United States. Often you can find it pre-diluted and ready to pour if you don't want to deal with mixing it yourself. If running aluminum heads the new D...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Mini-Airboats
Topic: Jon boat to airboat
Replies: 6
Views: 356

Re: Jon boat to airboat

Well stated and great advice Glades!

Real simple.....you would be better off keeping the MudBuddy rather than try to use a 20hp lawnmower engine to push the same hull with air
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Engine oil additive
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: Engine oil additive

When your dealing with a label that outsources it's manufacturing you never know batch to batch about the quality. I can tell you first hand based on multiple filter autopsy's that quality can be compromised while the filter looks and appears the same from the outside. K&N has never been altered...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: case pressure...
Replies: 4
Views: 488

Re: case pressure...

Let us know how that works for you and if it corrected the blow by. While I am NOT an A/C guy there had been numerous folks who have reduced some of their blow by by using a heavy blending of Lucas in their oil. If your leak and blow by continue you may want to search some of the old threads on the ...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Engine oil additive
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: Engine oil additive

The T4 will work fine but as stated we use 20% Lucas and a few ounces of CompCam #159 to boost it. K&N is one of the better filters on the market but there are other good ones. If your wondering what could be different among all the filters on the market look at some of the YouTube oil filter co...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Engine oil additive
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: Engine oil additive

Lucas is good just don't overfill The Rotella formula that we had great success with was the T3 blend. Shell has reformulated the oil to a "new and improved" more environmentally friendly product. This typically spells out to them removing more of the zinc and phosphorus from the oil as su...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: one off belt drive
Replies: 13
Views: 1529

Re: one off belt drive

Chuck Rackey from AIrboat Pro's would probably be able to point you in the right direction. Over the years he had done some one off prototype stuff. Search his name in the threads his phone number will pop up. The shop is closed but last I heard he was still taking calls and helping guys with EcoTec...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Boat will not get up on plane and is really slow???
Replies: 39
Views: 3538

Re: Boat will not get up on plane and is really slow???

There has to be a mechanical difference in your rebuilt engine or several issues coming together in concert to have this effect. Generally these causations would lead to a substantial power decrease. Things to cross off the list: Camshaft not degreed, damaged or different spec not well suited for DD...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:11 pm
Forum: Mini-Airboats
Topic: Honda CBR 600cc 10x6 Aluminum Airboat Build
Replies: 17
Views: 912

Re: Honda CBR 600cc 10x6 Aluminum Airboat Build

Real cool! Only MC boat I have seen in person was the HD 88B engine that I think Chuck at Airboat Pro's had built. I would think your going to need a fabricated chain drive of sorts and may need to shift a gear to max out push. Probably a ratio of like 3.2 to 1 or more with an engine turning up arou...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: 5250 vs 5,000
Replies: 18
Views: 1151

Re: 5250 vs 5,000

Leave it alone that is probably a good setting based on your reported results.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Florida Airboaters
Topic: Flying eagle this weekend?
Replies: 8
Views: 544

Re: Flying eagle this weekend?

As stated the river is over flood stage and a rather dangerous place at the moment. Potts and the Hernando pool are looking good.

Ramp by hardware store is open
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Boat registration
Replies: 10
Views: 683

Re: Boat registration

Typically you would go to your tax collectors office in Florida and point out that an error was made when the title was applied for. Usually when they are digging that deep it has another purpose such as someone took a title "paper boat" and transferred the hull id number and registration ...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Reduction unit
Replies: 8
Views: 566

Re: Reduction unit

I think it is important to get a boat you will be happy with and one that is safe and in good running order. Why limit yourself to just those 3 specific boats. There are a large selection of used boats to choose from and a Chevy small block on a gear drive is probably about as common as anything on ...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:40 am
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Finally-I'm building my boat
Replies: 310
Views: 44204

Re: Finally-I'm building my boat

She snaps right up! Sounds good and looks like a really nice build.

Congrats on the new boat and many safe adventures PipeD
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: New YouTube Video Posting Procedure
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: New YouTube Video Posting Procedure

Thanks for all the effort you put forth to keep this site up and running.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Caddy 500 melted spark plugs
Replies: 15
Views: 950

Re: Caddy 500 melted spark plugs

Not to hijack the thread but to answer Russ. There have been several sources that I had read about ethanol fuel degradation, don't have a link for you but I first found issues with ethanol enhanced (oxygenated) fuel in a vented system about 7 years ago. The scientific name is "phase separation&...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Thermostat or no thermostat
Replies: 7
Views: 653

Re: Thermostat or no thermostat

The Moroso kit has three restrictors. If your running to cool which in Florida with 90 plus degree weather is really hard to believe swap to the smaller diameter restrictor. If not pop in a 165 stat and watch the gauges.

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