I am formerly known as "540Cobrajet" (Squirt Gun boat)but since I manned up and got my first Sanger Flat Bottom I needed a name change to go with it. I found a virgin 73 Sanger 3/4 Runner bottom that is pretty much unmolested. Power is a pretty healthy, fresh 468 BBC with less than 2 hours documented engine blueprinting specs recorded (brg clearences, lobe center cam installed to, etc), studded lower end & heads, polished tunnel & 2 - 4's, 10° Casale v-drive that is supposed to have 21% over gears, a 11 ½ x 17 prop, clean current registration, a Custom VM trailer and all the usual goodies including water/fuel separator, electric and mechanical fuel pumps, all braided steel lines, Mooneyes guages, custom battery tray, bildge pump, new steering cable, lots of polished aluminum including 2 - 12 gallon polished gas tanks, no extra holes in the stringers or plates, New shortie Bassetts with mufflers, a pro style fiberglass scoop, MSD box with soft touch rev limiter running a Mallory Unilite (junk) chrome driveshaft cover..... and believe it or not there wasn't a single drop of oil in the bottom of the boat. I have had it 5 days and still can't believe I found a boat like this that hasn't been hacked on and butchered with 17 different motors, seats etc. The only thing that was funky was the matt black paint stripes that looked "ratrod" with gravel in it for the non-skid effect...lol
So... here we go a week later and I started needing to make it "mine", boat is now all apart for a quickie custom paint job, a good general cleaning and repolishing gas tanks, all hardware, realign and polish cavatation plates and hardware, replace Mallory with a MSD Billet dist, new Valve covers with breathers into a tank, mini starter, different carbs, seat covers, torquing of all mounting plates, steering, replace slightly bent rudder, and will probably clear trailer with pearl to match the boat. This will all be done by next weekend as I haven't had it out yet due to the sucky California weather we have been having this year. Everything that has been done on this boat was done right, and as I am anal when it comes to being a perfectionist my inspection could find nothing wrong anywhere... all the wiring is nice, supported, wrapped and secured, hoses all secured & sanitary etc. The only reason I am doing the things I am doing is because of being a perfectionist and wanting a clean, shiny, sanitary boat and the need to inject my personality into it before I'm seen in it, and preference of ign systems, carbs and reassembly in show condition. I know it won't be the nicest or fastest flatty out there, but nobody will look at it and ask "why didja doo that" or it looks good except for??
I rationalized buying it to my wife (because I have 2 boats already) as needing the Adrenaline rush nothing gives me any more , and I know as sure as I am typing this that I will probably sh!t myself the first few times the hammer goes down, and a flat is always an e-ticket ride used to it or not. So I am on cloud 9 working like a cat trying to cover up turds on cement. My goal is to get it done and acclimate myself to it by mid summer so I can go to CFW with all the other nut cases (I mean normal guys...lol) The other good thing is I am 10 minutes from Orwoods Resort and there is a 20 plus mile long slough with high levees on both sides to wind proof it for some trial pilot taining as it's been 35 years since I drove a flat bottom. Wish me luck and I hope to see some of you out there this summer.
I started typing this last night while taking a break, went back out and went one step further and pulled the motor out so I can clean inside, and repolish the gas tanks and aluminum without having the motor in the way. It only took half an hour to yank it out and now I can do a better job inside (the perfectionist thing again). Now my wife thinks I am goofy, but she will be able to see why I gutted my new toy before it ever hit the water. I will update my progress as I go, but this thing will be done before next weekend... I still can't believe I finally got a Sanger Flat Bottom *wink* My wife is probably right... goofy but happy!