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by Slidin Gator
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Baptized boat
Replies: 8
Views: 237

Re: Baptized boat

That Garmin unit is rated IPX7, good for 3 feet of immersion. They warranty them not to leak, put in a claim.
by Slidin Gator
Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: 350 DD boat
Replies: 132
Views: 13650

Re: 350 DD boat

Nice to see her running, nice job :cheers: Watching the video I kept thinking you gotta get your buddies to move them damn kicker boats out of the way, but then I remembered you needed one to tow you back. :banghead: Carry a spare distributor, cap and coil assembly with yah. Those HEI modules will g...
by Slidin Gator
Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: ECOTEC 2.0 LTG SWAP
Replies: 407
Views: 34938

Re: ECOTEC 2.0 LTG SWAP

Fish, The boat is lookin good, I'll be heading your way for some quality welding :thumbleft: Just one comment on the rudder mounts, maybe still in process, but the support bracket to the lower support cross bar doesn't look like it is doing much. https://southernairboat.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/rtM...
by Slidin Gator
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Rookie, Noob, booter looking for prop advice
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Re: Rookie, Noob, booter looking for prop advice

Fryer, I had a 74 Buick Regal, but it was just a 350. I probably wanted the 455 but don't remember much from those days :drunken: Internet says 4.31-inch bore and 3.90-inch stroke, 510 ft-lbs at 2,800, which puts in in the category of Caddy's and mild 6 cylinder aviation. Assuming she is direct driv...
by Slidin Gator
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Best place to ride near jupiter
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: Best place to ride near jupiter

Fellsmere Grade and TM Goodwin Launches for starters. Those will keep you busy, just keep going and looking.
by Slidin Gator
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: ECOTEC 2.0 LTG SWAP
Replies: 407
Views: 34938

Re: ECOTEC 2.0 LTG SWAP

And no that does not include any of the tools. 1200, 200, 100, 700, 550, 300......about $3,000. Of that I would say only the tig and bender were necessary. I have used the lathe on some parts but there were other options. You don't need to lie to me, I ain't your wife. All of those tools and the on...
by Slidin Gator
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: ECOTEC 2.0 LTG SWAP
Replies: 407
Views: 34938

Re: ECOTEC 2.0 LTG SWAP

When I was saying the 3/8 or 1/2 might not be strong enough what I was really thinking about was the bending moment where it would be bolted to a tab. 3/8 stainless bolt would probably be the weak link. Understood, but you see all that shim, which is bending moment and it is all good. I think 3/8" ...
by Slidin Gator
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: ECOTEC 2.0 LTG SWAP
Replies: 407
Views: 34938

Re: ECOTEC 2.0 LTG SWAP

Looks like my total all in is going to be about $17,500. No trailer. Tools included? Just one more point of reference, I use the 3/4" joints for axle wrap control on my buggy. I use a single unit on each axle near the center vs. traction bars so my buggy suspension rides like a marshmallow. These t...
by Slidin Gator
Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: ECOTEC 2.0 LTG SWAP
Replies: 407
Views: 34938

Re: ECOTEC 2.0 LTG SWAP

Same on the bottom, just less shims. Leave yourself some room to adjust the height, washers are cheap. Don't use just one, it will wear the other end out way faster. The rod end joints last for years without lubrication and fail gracefully (a season of warning). Yes, these are 4' tall x 3-1/2' long ...
by Slidin Gator
Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Best place to ride near jupiter
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: Best place to ride near jupiter

The best places near by are all illegal now. In order of distance and recommendations for beginner: Area 2 Via Loxahatchee Road Lake O Via Okee Tantie Park Sebastian marsh Kissimmee River Via Starvation Slough launch (high water only unless the boat runs ground for a mile solid, otherwise use Istokp...
by Slidin Gator
Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: ECOTEC 2.0 LTG SWAP
Replies: 407
Views: 34938

Re: ECOTEC 2.0 LTG SWAP

1/2" top and bottom for me, I'm not sure why you would do it any other way except to save money (doesn't look like your plan). Spherical rod ends are smooth. Regardless of how the cage flexes they are always aligned. The bell crank steering uses another four 3/8". McMaster is my go to for these, ple...
by Slidin Gator
Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Other Important News
Topic: Toilet Paper?
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Re: Toilet Paper?

All good on TP down here, the frogs got me plugged up good. With the price of AV gas and Corona beer dropping it looks like we are gonna be able to make the full 14 days. I hope the music ain't too loud.


by Slidin Gator
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Will my propeller work with this new engine.
Replies: 15
Views: 591

Re: Will my propeller work with this new engine.

Your hull is only 6' wide, but it is a full flat bottom and the 20 foot of length helps counteract torque roll. I would think a 66" prop would be the maximum I would put on, that only leaves 6" of total clearance to build the rigging. That diameter of prop is going to be suitable for up to perhaps 1...
by Slidin Gator
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Will my propeller work with this new engine.
Replies: 15
Views: 591

Re: Will my propeller work with this new engine.

What you want to accomplish is possible, but not exactly as you are thinking. You are correct that with a higher torque engine and the same gearing, prop and thrust acceleration will be improved. But assume you had the gearing set up to turn the prop at 3,000 RPM with the 2.8 at wide open throttle. ...
by Slidin Gator
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Will my propeller work with this new engine.
Replies: 15
Views: 591

Re: Will my propeller work with this new engine.

What RPM does your present engine achieve on the 1.5 ratio?
by Slidin Gator
Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Will my propeller work with this new engine.
Replies: 15
Views: 591

Re: Will my propeller work with this new engine.

Welcome to the site. Unfortunately you can't double the Hp/Torque on the same prop, you will over rev the prop and turn it into splinters. Even direct driving is probably too much motor for that prop, plus you will be adding a good bit of weight, up high on a relatively narrow hull. Are you turning ...
by Slidin Gator
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: 350 DD boat
Replies: 132
Views: 13650

Re: 350 DD boat

I use ISSPro gauges. They make electronic and mechanical and I have an electronic with a scale to 3,000 RPM on my boat with electronic ignition.

https://www.isspro.com/
by Slidin Gator
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors
Replies: 141
Views: 16320

Re: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors

He sure was, we had some adventures and good times over the years. Bloodied it up again today. We were not having any luck, so we used one of Mert’s tactics, stop for a beer. We cut the dogs loose and hung out, pretty soon the tracker said “Roscoe is Barking.” Game on. The boat runs awesome, wish he...
by Slidin Gator
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors
Replies: 141
Views: 16320

Re: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors

This picture was missing, my favorite round.

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by Slidin Gator
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors
Replies: 141
Views: 16320

Re: I'm Building 2 Stossel Boats with High Torque Motors

I have had a chance to put some hours on the Mert boat, it put's one hell of a grin on my face, just like it did Mert. My buddy Mert could kill a deer, but he was huntin hogs all year. I managed to bloody up his boat for him proper last weekend. https://southernairboat.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/rtMe...
by Slidin Gator
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Converting from car engine to aircraft.
Replies: 18
Views: 1701

Re: Converting from car engine to aircraft.

To make your 16 foot boat do what you are asking, it is going to take something with a gear box and a whole new prop. I will leave it to the caddy guys to chime in, but the advice is that you don’t just take a stock caddy (new or used), put on a gearbox and expect it to hold together for long. The l...
by Slidin Gator
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Converting from car engine to aircraft.
Replies: 18
Views: 1701

Re: Converting from car engine to aircraft.

That is good information and shows that the engine is reasonably strong. The e185 is NOT going to turn more prop than that without modification, probably a bit less pitch. The conversion would net you a decrease in weight, not a bad thing, but not enough to achieve your goals. Run on is common, part...
by Slidin Gator
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: Cadillac 500 - HOLY GRAIL
Replies: 6
Views: 857

Re: Cadillac 500 - HOLY GRAIL

So don't keep us in suspense, who owns the engine now?
by Slidin Gator
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Converting from car engine to aircraft.
Replies: 18
Views: 1701

Re: Converting from car engine to aircraft.

Yes, the e185 is an aviation motor with dual mags and plugs and a bearing system made to swing a prop. GPU's were made to turn generators at 1,800 RPM. The e185 is tuned to prop speed and rated 205-225 Hp and about 360 lbs depending on details. Loosing 200 lbs is roughly equivalent to gaining 25 hp ...
by Slidin Gator
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Converting from car engine to aircraft.
Replies: 18
Views: 1701

Re: Converting from car engine to aircraft.

You’re thinking is correct, but the difference will not be as significant as you hope. That is a big, heavy boat. The point is that you are gonna put a lot of work into a new engine stand etc, don’t set your expectations too high.

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