flying fish wrote:
crowhater wrote:I have read some of this and I can tell you for a fact I will never own another BB airboat, its all about power to weight. The strongest old school SBC boat I ever say was that 434 set up that Flying Fish built and sold to a guy down here in Port Lavaca. That kid drove that freaking boat over and through anything you pointed him at and I don't think he had any idea how strong that boat was
Trying to keep the facts straight, was my engine design on the alumitech. You and Dan Huebner(spelling) set up the gear and prop and Alan Bills put the carb and final tune on her. Best I remember anyways.
I can only share in the way she breathed
Chris you kind of lost me on this one? My first Stroked out big Caddy from Potter came with a $1500 Holly that they had built by Stan Justin I believe. I ran it a couple times for maybe a couple miles each and it would fuel foul plugs, I searched around and was told about this Yoda like carb Guru named Allen Bills. I took my carb to him and could not believe the diff, my friend was so impressed he went home and pulled his carb. My friends boat ran perfect, he did not think there was anything to be gained from his carb he just figured what the Heck for 200.00. We put his carb back on and his boat picked up 200 rpm and the fuel mileage dropped.
As you know I blew that engine up and I think another one, the third one went to Redriver when they built my boat and it was 100% new. Redriver took my new boat for a test drive and told me my new engine was making a funny sound, when I showed up I discovered the spun a rod bearing in it. They swore they only drove it to church " wink wink " come to find out later they had my brand new 530CI Cadillac turning 5500-5800rpm driving up the side of the river banks, cutting donuts, etc.
The engine you sold that kid was on an Alumitech and he had no clue! He asked me to bring my airboat and go with him because he did not know what was safe to run and what was not. I would just back up and hit the brakes to unload mine on the wet sand and figured I would pull him off if he could not get lose. We dropped that sucker on the wet Sand in Boggy / Port O'Connor and I got on with him. The second he hit the gas that boat took off like it left a flight deck, I was trying to tell him ( no, stop, don't go there, Oh Sheet, Wait, stop, hold on, go right, go left ) he drove that thing over small dunes, shell, bushes taller than the cage, exposed oyster reef and he would stop. He would stop in the worse spots and start jabbering like a spider monkey about ( should we try that, how's it running, should we go there, I bet we can run down a hog if we keep running over these bushes, etc ) then punch the gas and it was gone. Now remember I have a brand new boat of my own 700+hp BB with an additional 300hp nitrous system and this small block boat has my Jaw hanging open. I have been on more than a few airboat and that sucker would freaking go. Chris you build one hell of an engine, I still cant believe a 434 could take that kind of whooping without puking is guts, no way on earth a BB could take a beating like that and not hurt something.