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by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: ISO Sensenich Q to try out
Replies: 22
Views: 304

Re: ISO Sensenich Q to try out

Start watching the classifieds. I had a super clean 1.53 that I got years back from Dutch. It went from me to Blu to now Kwan has it. If you get a drive that's been cared for they last upwards of 1500 hours. If you need tech advice pm but plan to get a rocker upgrade and try to find out if you engin...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: ISO Sensenich Q to try out
Replies: 22
Views: 304

Re: ISO Sensenich Q to try out

Tuff to beat a 13 1/2 Jimmy White with the wide beam for a Caddy. That's the best hull we have found for both speed and dry ground. So much so that Mr Branch is in the very slow process of putting his own JW boat together. He has been busy this year and had a death in the family that forced him to c...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: ISO Sensenich Q to try out
Replies: 22
Views: 304

Re: ISO Sensenich Q to try out

You could probably over the next 6 months get a used 2 or 3 blade S and gear drive for around 4K then upgrade the rockers for around a grand to a shaft system. Maybe less but think I am close on budget. Not sure if you have room to make it work but my rig was converted over from DD or GD. No going b...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: ISO Sensenich Q to try out
Replies: 22
Views: 304

Re: ISO Sensenich Q to try out

If you want push and snap in a big boat try a Branch 542 Cadillac bolted to a 2.37 gear drive with 4 "S" blades.


I agree a hull set up is critical to your ride and running the hill. That and weight are huge factors.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: ISO Sensenich Q to try out
Replies: 22
Views: 304

Re: ISO Sensenich Q to try out

The Q blades like to run at 3,000 to 3,100 it's the wider NGQ that likes to be choked to 2,800 rpm. My experience with them was the Q didn't have quite as much push on dry but gave a bit more running speed on the water. If you want a prop for a DD Caddy 500 that is lightly modified a 74 innch NGQ pi...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Hunting & Fishing
Topic: Utah duck hunting.
Replies: 6
Views: 213

Re: Utah duck hunting.

Very kind offer Matt It sure does sound cold. Are the coffins a metal box set down at the waters edge? I hunted Arkansas a few years back and we were all in a steel box with a bench seat together. It had a natural camo lid that flipped back. Once the lid flipped back it was like a little battle ship...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: PHANTOM STARTS
Replies: 12
Views: 588

Re: PHANTOM STARTS

It sure would be enough to scare the pants of you.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: PHANTOM STARTS
Replies: 12
Views: 588

Re: PHANTOM STARTS

YIKES

So did it crank up or just throw a spark and light off ?
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Whirlwind Propellers
Replies: 5
Views: 361

Re: Whirlwind Propellers

Always nice to hear about great customer support!

Patti has been a good friend to the Southern Airboat community and always willing to offer up her technical opinion for those seeking guidance in a prop selection.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Torque specs
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: Torque specs

Keith the torque specs are not standard for prop hubs they vary by brand, location and bolt diameter.

FYI we use a little bit of anti-seize on the threads of the bolt when we assemble them.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Who makes mini airboat hulls ?
Replies: 6
Views: 261

Re: Who makes mini airboat hulls ?

Not sure how small you are looking for but try Marty Bray, he did a few for Chuck at AirboatPros
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Fuel system issues
Replies: 40
Views: 1003

Re: Fuel system issues

Interesting idea Rich and you will also have a foot or two of extra hose is you needed it.
It makes sense as it keeps a supply of fuel close to the pump to quickly prime it rather than it drawing dry. Good tip
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Hydro-Lock
Replies: 3
Views: 365

Re: Hydro-Lock

Old saying Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure Should it be exposed to the elements either while out on a trip or in storage how you respond to it can save the engine. If I get caught in rain uncovered we disable the ignition and slowly hand prop it to check for resistance. Compression will...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Hydro-Lock
Replies: 3
Views: 365

Hydro-Lock

If your boat sits out or you have trailered through heavy rains be cautious some water has not entered into the engine. We have gotten some heavy stuff in the past week on the Nature Coast.

When in doubt pull the plugs to prevent hydro-lock and crank it for 15-20 seconds don't take a chance.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 350sbc reduction ID help
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: 350sbc reduction ID help

No one has more hours on a Roberts than the (Turtle) screen name PONTOON OUTLAW !

That dude has put the Roberts drive to the test it is mated to a Branch Series 3, 507 cubic inch Cadillac.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Fuel system issues
Replies: 40
Views: 1003

Re: Fuel system issues

As outlined I was taught to put a cheap inline filter just after the tank and before the pump. Call it a pre-filter that's function is to keep debris from entering into the pump. Then mount the pump at or below the tanks lowest level and push fuel up to the water separator and engine. I suggest doub...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Fuel system issues
Replies: 40
Views: 1003

Re: Fuel system issues

As I was instructed by a wise old fellow the preferred method to rig an electric fuel pump is to have a simple inline filter prior to the pump to trap tank sediment. Then make sure the pump inlet is mounted below or equal to the tank bottom. We then run the fuel line toward the engine and utilize a ...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Who makes river master hulls now?
Replies: 9
Views: 356

Re: Who makes river master hulls now?

He is located around Live Oak, Florida.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Who makes river master hulls now?
Replies: 9
Views: 356

Re: Who makes river master hulls now?

If you want a rough and tough Gulf boat to bolt poly on you tell him, if you want a light weight haul ass hull he will build it. They really are built to the need of the buyer. The mold is a convertible slider so a 12ft and 18ft all come from the same birth place. His metal flake work is awesome! Ma...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Who makes river master hulls now?
Replies: 9
Views: 356

Re: Who makes river master hulls now?

The River Master design hull is built by Marty Bray.

He builds one hell of a hull !

386-590-3859
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Fuel system issues
Replies: 40
Views: 1003

Re: Fuel system issues

Rich do you use a mechanical diaphragm type pump or rotary electric ?

I think a mechanical pump may be better for pulling fuel through a filter.
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Fuel system issues
Replies: 40
Views: 1003

Re: Fuel system issues

When I left a self regulated pump and went to a free flow Mr Branch stressed that the regulators are often a fail point. He was adamant that I use the Mallory fuel pressure regulator saying they are a better choice than some other designs. You can see the quality in the build and feeding fuel to a t...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: Rudder height?
Replies: 18
Views: 473

Re: Rudder height?

It was explained to me the propeller grabs air from the outer area of the blades and compresses it toward the center. The strongest portion of the thrust column is reported to be toward the center. This may be where the old saying "diameter trumps pitch" comes from ? If your rudders are ce...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: GM HEI Billet Distributor - Asian
Replies: 14
Views: 386

Re: GM HEI Billet Distributor - Asian

It is my understanding that the MSD system is a different animal as it uses a remote box. Now that said I still believe inspection of the pins and plate area are wise. Mr Branch advised the Accel billet GM HEI does need to have it's pins re-welded like the Asian products they are not secured as well...
by SWAMPHUNTER45
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: GM HEI Billet Distributor - Asian
Replies: 14
Views: 386

Re: GM HEI Billet Distributor - Asian

If you have an HEI upgrade feel free to post.

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