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    Hi all!!

    Just joined the forum and just picked up my first boat two days ago. I havn't been able to sleep the past few nights I'm so excited. I bought a 23ft Kachina closed bow sight unseen with a 454 and a Dominator 12-S. The hull is in good shape other than UV damage. Engine clock says 168hr but no idea if its true. The seller says it runs but I didn't fire it up due to not having headers on it, but for what I payed, even if it dosn't run it was still a deal. I'm planning on looking into ether repainting or vinyl wrapping the boat. Im also going to pull the engine and tear down to inspect. A few questions to start.

    #1. Can anyone recommend some good books on BBC's , Dominator Jet Pumps, Jet boating in general, Boat Fiber-glassing/refinishing

    #2. Any threads for new guys

    #3. Threads on thru-hull headers. ( the boat came with wet log headers but not sure if I want to put them back on )

    Thanks for the help and cant wait to become a part of this community.

    More pics to come after this hurricane goes through.
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    I am newbie here so I'll let the experienced guys chime in on your questions but wanted to say great looking boat. I saw that listed for sale on Ebay and REALLY liked the lines of that hull.

    Good luck with the project and keep us posted on your progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gun-runner View Post
    Hi all!!

    Just joined the forum and just picked up my first boat two days ago. I havn't been able to sleep the past few nights I'm so excited. I bought a 23ft Kachina closed bow sight unseen with a 454 and a Dominator 12-S. The hull is in good shape other than UV damage. Engine clock says 168hr but no idea if its true. The seller says it runs but I didn't fire it up due to not having headers on it, but for what I payed, even if it dosn't run it was still a deal. I'm planning on looking into ether repainting or vinyl wrapping the boat. Im also going to pull the engine and tear down to inspect. A few questions to start.

    #1. Can anyone recommend some good books on BBC's ,

    Thanks for the help and cant wait to become a part of this community.

    More pics to come after this hurricane goes through.
    If what you paid would still be a deal if the engine were missing, maybe you did alright... Expect the engine to be junk. Cracked block, heads, damaged crank, etc etc... If any of it is salvageable, you'll be ahead of expectations... As far as a book, pick up the HP series book, "How to Hot Rod A BBC"... It's pretty basic at first, but has a lot of good information, and does get into some performance tips and parts lists.... Read it COVER TO COVER, not just the parts you think are necessary, COVER to COVER, and you'll have somewhat of an understanding about BBCs.... Boy, I hope you got a smokin deal, cause I see another horror story coming about a boat that wasn't tested prior to purchase...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moneypit View Post
    If what you paid would still be a deal if the engine were missing, maybe you did alright... Expect the engine to be junk. Cracked block, heads, damaged crank, etc etc... If any of it is salvageable, you'll be ahead of expectations... As far as a book, pick up the HP series book, "How to Hot Rod A BBC"... It's pretty basic at first, but has a lot of good information, and does get into some performance tips and parts lists.... Read it COVER TO COVER, not just the parts you think are necessary, COVER to COVER, and you'll have somewhat of an understanding about BBCs.... Boy, I hope you got a smokin deal, cause I see another horror story coming about a boat that wasn't tested prior to purchase...
    Ray

    I paid 4500 for it so I figured if I take my time and go down with the engine and pump and inspect EVERYTHING, I can possible come out even by parting out if it looks like a POS under the surface. If the engine turns out to have a good block and heads than I think it will make a good project. I know its alot of boat for a jet but I love projects and this will be my first BB build sense collage. Went to Nashville Auto Diesel and had a teacher with a Jet and Iv been wanting to build one ever sense.

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    Consider pump refresh, possible rewire and new cables...after a rebuild on your engine. That would be a safe bet. Put the drain plug in and fill her up (a few inches) with water to check for leaks. I haven't seen that much caution tape since Tony did that on his daughters car from the show "Who's the Boss"...
    Good looking boat BTW. If you have an enclosed engine, just make sure you take all safety measures on what parts needed for enclosed.
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    Welcome to the boards, nice boat!! If the motor is there you are fine.... At least then you have all the external parts even if the long block is junk. Those are the parts that add up quick, its all the bolt on stuff. The actual long block is no biggie and even if you do have to go thru it over the winter, at least you will know you have a fresh piece....

    You never know, it may be fine and ready to run with a litlle clean up. My recommendation would be to pull all the plugs, drain the oil, roll it over by hand and check it out prior to putting a hose to to it and firing it up. Do a comp test and change the fuel filters (maybe even drain the tanks if its been sitting a long time). Also maybe pull the valve covers and check the valve train for any obvious problems.

    Nice lookin boat!!! There's lots of good info on this forum............RD

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    Quote Originally Posted by gun-runner View Post
    I paid 4500 for it so I figured if I take my time and go down with the engine and pump and inspect EVERYTHING, I can possible come out even by parting out if it looks like a POS under the surface. If the engine turns out to have a good block and heads than I think it will make a good project. I know its alot of boat for a jet but I love projects and this will be my first BB build sense collage. Went to Nashville Auto Diesel and had a teacher with a Jet and Iv been wanting to build one ever sense.
    At $4500. you'll be fine.... That is a lot of boat, in more ways than one.... A lot of boat for a jet, but that's OK too.... That is a good "project" price, and a good project to work with.... AND, as mentioned, be VERY CAREFUL with a closed engine cover. Just about everything needs to be Coast Guard approved. Starter, alternator, carb, fuel pump etc etc...If in doubt, go "Marine" CG approved, on the parts... Most important, remember boating is suppose to be FUN, and boating projects can also be FUN.... So, have FUN....
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    Very Sexy Cruiser , Would be proud to have it myself , Welcome and good luck on the project ! Tom

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    welcome to the boards gun-runner
    as far as the paint/gel you would be surprized how well it will buff out if it is gell
    maybe color sand and buff
    some of these guys are pretty helpfull on here
    me not so much im kind of an asshole but you will learn to love me never the less
    good luck with your project

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    Thanks for the warm welcome. Are there any member with some enclosed engine jet builds so I can get some ideas and see what others have done.

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    As for headers inside an engine compartment - I am a big believer in Lightning headers. Expensive, but are a great set of headers.

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    Cool

    looks like a nice piece, have fun on the build and enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gun-runner View Post
    Thanks for the warm welcome. Are there any member with some enclosed engine jet builds so I can get some ideas and see what others have done.
    This is what I put together a few years ago...I had reflective material under at first(last pic) then re-carpeted it and added diamond plate.
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    Cool lookin boat. I love the big jets. You might take a look through Corbins SleekCraft thread. He has an enclosed engine compartment. He has done a lot of work on a budget. It is a Ford but a lot of the questions you are going to have are already asked and answered in that thread. You can throw pretty much anything you know about a car motor out the window especially when it comes to the cooling system. Welcome to the board. Look forward to the progress.

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