Hello to all, my name is Sam and I live in east TN. My girlfriend recently inherited a Jet boat when her dad passed away and we finally found time and a way to go get it from Knoxville. I am a fisherman and this is not exactly the jet boat I have been dreaming about, but itís a free boat and we are going to try and at least take it out a few times and play with it to see how we like it. My problem is that I donít know anything about jet boats. The boat is an 82 model I think and is made by Sundancer. It has a 454 Big Block with a marine jet drive (something on the back of the engine says Glenwood, maybe this is a brand name of the jet drive?) This thing looks mean and fast. He used it regularly up until he got sick and it hasnít seen the water in about 7-9 years. It has been started from time to time, but nothing at all done to it in the last 4 years. I think I can handle reviving the Big Block, but all this jet stuff is new to me. My biggest worry is how does this thing cool the Big Block? I see no radiator, so I am pretty sure that the jet drive somehow pumps water through the engine to cool it. I am pretty sure I can start this thing in my driveway as long as I just let it idle and donít give it heck. Problem is that I know there needs to be water hooked up to it somehow, but I canít figure out how to do that. Then when I do get it started and running again I need to figure out what all a jet requires to run. Does it need to be greased each time? (seems like I have heard something about doing that) What kind of maintenance things should I do to keep the pump in good shape?
Like I said I am new to this and am really just looking for advice on how to go about getting this thing running without doing any damage to the engine or the pump. Should I unhook the drive line to the pump while messing with the engine in my driveway? Can I just hook a garden hose up to the engine and let her rip? Maybe some of you jet boat owners can give me some pointers. Any info would be greatly appreciated! Really donít want to screw this thing up because of lack of knowledge. Also does anyone know anything else about this boat just from looking at it? Like what itís called, what do you call this type of boat? Does anyone on here have a boat similar to this that lives here in east TN, Boone Lake is where we will be running this thing if we ever get it going. Here are some pics.