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    Is this boat worth $1500 even though it has an olds 455? Its a project but the hull is good needs everything else.
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    Here's the vin what hull is this it has a drake pump to. Looks like a ground up project are these hulls able to run high speeds like my tunnel in the backround. Any info on these would be great.
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    Man, that's a lot of work for $1500. You can find some better deals than that. I just picked up a beautiful boat for $1500 less engine and gauges. But then again, it is an Eliminator.

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    ELB..........this is an eliminator!!!!!!

    not sure about drake pumps??? looks like a 5 hundred dollar head ache to me...theres alot of work there!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Agreed. JMO but that thing would require way more to get on the water than it would ever be worth for resale, even though it is an Eliminator. Just interior and gel would cost more than the boat would be worth in the end. Keep your sites set on a Berk/BBC combo IMO.

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    Leave it where its sitting, and just hope you didnt get your boat close enough to it catch any bad habits from it. Its missing its plates and turnbuckles too, and trust me it NEEDS them. Talk to Greg Shoemaker about those things, he knows them well and tried to help me with the one I had.




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    I've had two Drake pumps and couldn't give em away. you would replace everything before you was happy run away. I wouldn't mind seeing a few of your sleek. what part of Wyoming are you from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleek Freak View Post
    I've had two Drake pumps and couldn't give em away. you would replace everything before you was happy run away. I wouldn't mind seeing a few of your sleek. what part of Wyoming are you from?
    Cheyenne but just moved to Laramie. Here is a couple pictures of my sleek.
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    Nope keep looking
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    Don't do it. My dad has one and it is something that you don't want to be going high speed in. Even with adjustable plates it bounces big time. I wouldn't want to be in it over 75mph. Brian Busby had one that he had a blown engine in it so he might have some ideas. If you are looking to go fast there are a lot of better boats out there even for the price.

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    Thanks everyone my buddy was interested in it. I just wasn't sure about it, we aren't afraid of work. Just concerned on safety at high speeds as he wants to be able to keep up with our tunnel sleeks and eliminator scorpion lol we will keep looking. Thanks again to all that replied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnyLe View Post
    Don't do it. My dad has one and it is something that you don't want to be going high speed in. Even with adjustable plates it bounces big time. I wouldn't want to be in it over 75mph. Brian Busby had one that he had a blown engine in it so he might have some ideas. If you are looking to go fast there are a lot of better boats out there even for the price.
    The one I posted pics of above is Busby's old boat. I'm the one that bought it from him and tried to turn it back into a lake/river boat. I spent years building and fighting with that boat. I wouldnt own another one of those things if it was free. Busby tried to help me with with it too. But with his set up it would only behave at WOT. Cruising out to the hang out spot was a nightmare. The thing would porpoise like flipper on crack. IMO, the only way to make one behave, and be reasonably fast, would be to put a handle and a down pedal on the plates.

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    That looks like the same hull as my 1973 Eliminator. I have had mine since around 2005 or so. It also had a drake pump. The first thing I did was remove the pump and rework the bottom and removed the plates on the back. Now the boat has a new American Turbine SD-312 setback with a 421 ci small block Chevy. The boat works very well at ALL speeds, reaching top speeds in the low 90's. But it took countless hours of work to get the boat where it is at now. All though I don’t know if I would pay 1500 bucks for the boat to start with. Mine was free. I just had to drive from Idaho to Arizona to pick it up. My opinion is that it could be a pretty nice boat if you have a lot of time on your hands and could pick it up for next to nothing.

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    drake pumps were manufactured 40 some years ago by john drake (drake offenhauser). he actually circle raced jets for a time, which helped market the drake pump, and why you'd see some in early 70s jets. they're a bit larger than a berk, so they worked pretty well in big daycruisers. they quit making these things decades ago, which is why there are no oem parts for them. an enterprising an energetic jetdrive shop could make them work, like for a daycruiser. but nowhere near as well as a modern jetdrive.

    from the looks of this boat, it might be worth the price in gas of hauling it off. considering how deteriorated it is, and how it's sitting, there's a good chance the floor and stringers are all rotted, not to mention other delam of the hull. it would be a very big project, redoing or replacing everything. not seeing anything in the pics worth saving, except maybe the trailer which also needs help...

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