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Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:31 pm

I'm way behind most of you I started late, if I would have ridden on an airboat when I was a kid I would have owned one most of my life. Oh well better late than never... What an incredible machine good fun. So any way I blew my motor up on the first one I bought last December the first week of this December.... Time for the motor I knew I should have.... 540 SV so I bought one p.vento had after he took me for a ride (it was in his boat) . Great thanks to Pete he is a super guy with amazing talent what he's doing up there I'm mins with his Mamba hulls is impressive. Here it is coming homeImage


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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:39 pm

So then I really Id t want to hack up my existing rigging to accommodate the new mounting type from gpu to the 540 mounts so I decided to redo the rigging. I also decided to build it myself - shouldn't take too long and save some money and learn how to use my new welder - great first metal project skip making a welding table jump right into a real project lol. So I ordered the metal from sunshine welding Matt knew just what I needed and ordered it up - thanks Matt I appreciate your assistance in getting me headed in the right direction with the right material. What I started with...Image


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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:47 pm

So now I'm thinking... New motor, new custom rigging.... Heck a new hull it will be all new boat and I'll have a hull and rigging to sell so it won't be too bad.... So I decide to get a mamba 13' from Pete and start looking at colors like silver and black, maybe some dark green.... Then I'm offered a deal I couldn't resist and it's everything I didn't want lol. Red boat, lots of red. 11'6" and its a diamondback: polymer, grass rake, walk boards and it's already built sitting on the ground ready to go saved me about 3 weeks. Thanks Tommy from DB I appreciate you taking the time to deal with me picking up all the gauges, switches, the hull and all the other parts I needed. Here it is...Image


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Re: Airboat #2

Postby rick » Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:59 pm

Looks like my hull...only painted up.

470 does good on mine and I'd say your new 540's gonna do better...congratulations on the new build.

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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:00 pm

Time to build that rigging over the weekend. Lol I was so far off its unbelievable... I thought it would take a long weekend to build the rigging. How about 20-30hrs a week for 4 weeks. Wow I have a whole new respect for the guys that do this. A friend helped all along the way... Scott young helped he was my welding and metal mentor week after week I know who I'm gonna have to call every time I go gigging I owe him lots - thanks Scott! A few pics along the way....ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage


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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:05 pm

Dropped it off yesterday to get powder coated Excell Coating at port Canaveral.... They do some of the best work your money can pay for.... Got a surprise call today ... Come pick it up all done... Looked outstanding wow after being all dressed up it doesn't look like I built it lol it looks great. Best powder coating job I've ever seen lol I'm biased for sure... Here it isImageImageImageImageImageImage


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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:07 pm

I'll be putting all the parts back together this week and I'm determined to see if it floats this coming weekend....


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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:23 pm

Thanks too wade at Hamant for making the gas tank I needed to fit in the rigging, and the rudders, and the NGQ prop, and the other stuff. I have a little bit fro everywhere on this thing if I spent all my time bugging just one person they would have shot me :)


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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:40 pm

Oh yeah the guys over at Panther were a great helped with all the small ear dynafocal mounts, bushings, steering joints, and bent the hoops. I appreciate your help with that.


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Re: Airboat #2

Postby HuntingBigun » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:41 pm

Nice job should run well, :thumbleft:
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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:43 pm

Rusty with buttraxx is making some cool seats. I ask him for pictures or ideas he says he can make anything just tell him what I want. I don't know what I want, so.... Just make me some nice comfy seats cause I plan on using them this weekend :). I know he will do a great job all his work is nice.


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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:48 pm

Lots of other super folks who have helped out thank you too I appreciate all the help. Jeff, bob, bobby, Brandon, Wally, jerry, Shane , Rick and on and on. I've met a lot of really nice and giving people dealing with airboats I look forward to many more years of enjoyment and the awesome people that I meet along the way.


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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:56 pm

My daughter wanted to make the graphics to polish the build out.... Here was some of her drawings :)
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Not sure where she gets those ideas lol guess it rubs off. I think it will end up looking close to this Image


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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Tony480 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:25 am

Looks good

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Re: Airboat #2

Postby lariat » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:45 pm

Yeah man. It looks really good.

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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Rich Andrews » Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:08 pm

wow , quality powder coat job
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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Sat Jan 17, 2015 12:05 am

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Re: Airboat #2

Postby kwanjangnihm » Sat Jan 17, 2015 5:55 am

looks good HG!! :rebel:
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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Swamper470 » Sat Jan 17, 2015 8:58 am

Looking good man!
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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:35 pm

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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:49 pm

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We are heading to the river after lunch Sunday.... That day is finally here :)


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Re: Airboat #2

Postby mojoe » Sun Jan 18, 2015 5:55 pm

Cannot wait to see it run!!! Looks perfect so far.
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Re: Airboat #2

Postby lariat » Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:48 pm

How'd she do????

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Re: Airboat #2

Postby Hog Guts » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:47 pm

Ran great on trailer had a little more to do than I thought didn't make it to river but it sure is turning out very nice I'm happy so far.ImageImage. And the green seat was a loner till mine are done this week :)


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Re: Airboat #2

Postby trailerdon » Mon Jan 19, 2015 7:23 am

So close now. Must be hard to sleep through the night thinking about it.


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