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    Cool 1977 Dominator project- any info on these?

    My "new" project....this boat will replace my Kona next year. Does anyone know the history or any background info on Dominator Custom Boats?
    It's a really nice hull.....just gotta round up a few parts. I'm gonna take my time detailing her out, may repaint the edges since it's a bit chipped up....the custom paint does look pretty good though for it's age.
    I will be pulling the 454 out of my "tow" rig for her...it's a little over 400 hp, lots of quality parts inside. I have the pump and mounting plates for engine, but need to round up the mounting blocks to mount plates to rails, a set of TT headers, old SW gauges, and few little odds and ends. I'll be pulling the Place Diverter off the Kona at the last minute.

    This boat should be a bit faster than the Kona....lighter and more power....with a small sacrifice in interior room.....I hope my wife can handle that....haha.....




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    Engine mockup......boat had a BBC in it and I'm building a small block for now, so had to make new front mounts...also made my own blocks to mount plates to rails.
    I'm hoping a sbc with @ 500 hp will push her to 70.... If not, I'll build a 440 Mopar....
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    Sweet looking hull and it looks to be in really good shape.

    I actually really like the wheels on your trailer as well.

    What are your plans for the SBC? I am have a SBC as well (not a real hi performance build) but I'm curious as to what you are going to do as most of the guys here are running BB motors.

    Good luck with the build and keep the thread going with your progress.

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    are you going to do any bottom work to it? if you ever plan on going over 80 with it in my opinion it will need it. i was involved a lot when josh was setting this boat up. if you need any help with it let me know.
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    way to get at it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibbitz View Post
    What are your plans for the SBC? I am have a SBC as well (not a real hi performance build) but I'm curious as to what you are going to do as most of the guys here are running BB motors.

    Good luck with the build and keep the thread going with your progress.
    Well...current "plan" is a .030 350, forged pistons @ 10.1, steel crank, a set of used Trick Flow aluminum heads, big roller cam, Victor Jr. intake, 850 Barry Grant carb and maybe a small hit of spray.

    Quote Originally Posted by wajetboy View Post
    are you going to do any bottom work to it? if you ever plan on going over 80 with it in my opinion it will need it. i was involved a lot when josh was setting this boat up. if you need any help with it let me know.
    Thanks.
    No bottom work planned.....no real desire to go 80 in it.....just a better overall hull than my Kona. Josh has given me some tips. I'm sure I'll have ???'s once I get 'er on the water next spring.
    Someday when I wanna go real fast I'll be getting a V-drive....this is just another "step" towards that goal...

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    Finally started working on my boat again...busy summer finishing up my hotrod. Now to try and get this on water before fall. Rewired and installed fuel pump. Going with a BBC.
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    Rounded up a very low mile rebuilt 454 and some Twisties....have a used diverter on the way(thanks Tom! ). Have most of rest of parts bought...waiting for them to show up and finally get back on water.
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    Nice looking boat! Just my opinion, I'd move the MSD 7AL or whatever one that is somewhere else, try and keep it on the back of the transom by the pump or something..

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    Quote Originally Posted by larryfknrocks View Post
    Nice looking boat! Just my opinion, I'd move the MSD 7AL or whatever one that is somewhere else, try and keep it on the back of the transom by the pump or something..
    X2 Nice boat!!!

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