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    I just wanted to say hi to you guys because i read so many interesting threads and How To's that i just have to thank you for your building threads.
    My project is a small german 16ft wooden runabout built in the 70'.
    I bought it 3 years ago with nothing but the steering wheel in it.
    My idea was to rebuild it with a small fast engine like the Mazda Rx7 13b and the original I/O.
    In the past 3 Years i renewed most of the bottom with mahagoni plywood, glass cloth and epoxy and pulled the engine out of the Rx7 i bought.
    I spend alot of time reading about jet drives last winter and i had some conversations with marine stuff dealers here in Germany.
    I bought a Berkeley 12 Jc pump from a dealer here and had to buy the intake in the US, because jet drives are exotic stuff here.

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    I'll post some better pictures of it in the future.
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    That is just to cool...Looks like a 1959 chevy in wood from the back... Where is the loader ,shoe, ride plate!!!!!!!

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    X2, That things is BAd ASS. Now that's a different resto. Keep the updates coming!

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    Thank you for the positive reaction.
    As long as the intake is not glued in the hull i should add a rideplate i think.
    But i won't need a shoe because i won't go much over 300hp.

    Edit: i will do the cutout for the rideplate today, are there any angles or specs i will have to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverslide View Post
    That is just to cool...Looks like a 1959 chevy in wood from the back... Where is the loader ,shoe, ride plate!!!!!!!

    Exactly what I was thinking. LOL

    Very cool project.

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    That is bad ass

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    As my rotary 13b NA is too small for a jet, i am looking for a bigger engine. Marinized v8 engines are not easy to find here.

    Engines i could buy:

    Chrysler v8 383 260 horsepower, not used for 10 years, replacement engine, turns with the starter no carb (so can't test) 1200$
    Ford v8 351, stood so long in the shop it seems to be stuck, looking clean. 900$
    Omc v8 5.0 185 hp, runs in a boat, fully serviced, but the most expensive one. 1500$

    The first two need a rebuild i guess, the 3rd is too small?
    I don't know much about those v8 till now so please leave a comment which one would be the best choice.
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    What are your ultimate goals for the boat? Top Speed?

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    If your looking for reliability you cant go wrong with a small block chevy. Parts are everywhere on ebay and and is the most well known engine around the world. In a boat that small I would almost think about using a 4.3L V6 for weight and space but I just don't know how it would run with a jet. Good luck on your project, super cool.

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    and if you were looking for just any marine engine, I have a volvo 120hp 4cyl and a 270 drive you could have very cheap but the shipping would kill you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batzen View Post
    As my rotary 13b NA is too small for a jet, i am looking for a bigger engine. Marinized v8 engines are not easy to find here.

    Engines i could buy:

    Chrysler v8 383 260 horsepower, not used for 10 years, replacement engine, turns with the starter no carb (so can't test) 1200$
    Ford v8 351, stood so long in the shop it seems to be stuck, looking clean. 900$
    Omc v8 5.0 185 hp, runs in a boat, fully serviced, but the most expensive one. 1500$

    The first two need a rebuild i guess, the 3rd is too small?
    I don't know much about those v8 till now so please leave a comment which one would be the best choice.
    If the OMC is marinized and running, that would probably end up being the cheapest one of the three. The 5.0 would probably be more than enough motor for your boat. Is the OMC 5.0 a chevy based engine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batzen View Post
    As my rotary 13b NA is too small for a jet, i am looking for a bigger engine. Marinized v8 engines are not easy to find here.

    Engines i could buy:

    Chrysler v8 383 260 horsepower, not used for 10 years, replacement engine, turns with the starter no carb (so can't test) 1200$
    Ford v8 351, stood so long in the shop it seems to be stuck, looking clean. 900$
    Omc v8 5.0 185 hp, runs in a boat, fully serviced, but the most expensive one. 1500$

    The first two need a rebuild i guess, the 3rd is too small?
    I don't know much about those v8 till now so please leave a comment which one would be the best choice.
    Sebastian,The Mopar and the 351 are more difficult and expensive to marinize for your purposes, you'll save money on the long run on the 5.0 and it should be adequate , you'll likley find it equipt with a recirculating type water cooling system (could eliminate this) and cast iron exaust that could be modified to use but weigh a ton suspect the oil pan depth may be a problem on the OMC 5.0, check it at 8 in or less If the OMC has mounts you'll likley be able to modify and use them , the coupler from flywheel to the jet will need to be changed Tom

    PS gotta a hunch your going to want the engine set forward a bit from a traditional type position

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    Hi guys, all 3 engines are fully marinized sorry if that wasn't clear.
    The Ford 351 and the Chrysler 383 are completely equipped with water headers, risers and so on. Ready to put them in a boat.

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