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    Default rogers 18ft flat deck NJ/CJ river boat build

    Icecream man said I should do a build thread and since I am not a football fan and I'm trying to light a fire under my ass to get this 2 year project done, I figured what the heck. My Uncle started CJ racing a few years back and I had a blast going and helping out at the races. After spending 6 years with a very competitive class 1 off road team, I was looking at these boats thinking to myself that I can do that. I had some great ideas (so I thought) stirring around my head that nobody agreed with so here it is. Money is tight like most, so progress is slow but still moving along. For now its just has a little 454 and a stock berk. I would like to go get some seat time in NJ and at the river. My uncle bought the boat out of riverside, I towed it home tore it all apart and figured I should buy it from him since I tore it all apart. I think NJ will be a really fun class while I put a small cu single carb engine together to go beat up on the CJ guys. I know Jerm is putting together a NJ and a few others so maybe after a few years of talk it might go.


    No bottom work done yet just flipped it to check it and buff it up. Its a little wavy but no major hook



    Taught myself how to glass and replace wood.




    First set of engine plates mocked in


    I was not a fan of the standard round tank everyone used in the center. I wanted to try and get the CG a little lower and if I could ever afford real power I want to have zero questions that its fed correctly, so I folded up some aluminium and had a friend weld it all up



    I could not afford the big fancy circle boat seats. In Burley I saw the Valores used a cut up Kirkey seat. So I went to summit ordered me up a seat and took the die grinder to it. The tank sits up behind it and still holds 20+ gallons.

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    In an attempt to get my legs out from under the dash, I made a long steering column with quick connect on the end. I need to glass in some braces under the dash to stiffen everything up.


    After a few to many beers in the shop one night I took a old cat stick (hard to find shifter for big trucks with cats) and cut it up to make a forward reverse lever.


    Found some new autometers in the garage. Love freebees


    While making the new engine plates in CAD I decided to make a pump adapter for my ride plate turn buckles, a steering wheel adapter and a forward/reverse bracket.




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    I got everything in and the mock up process started today. Because I am pretty much self taught I have made quite a few mistakes. I need to redesign the front plate. and the pump adapter.




    I have some really good ideas for the pedal set up. and I have a very different idea for a cav plate set up but that will have to wait till its on the water and I have some seat time in it. Other then headers and a droop I have almost everything to finish it. I would like to make the end of April race at puddingstone, But I have been saying that for 2 years now.

    Let me know what you think, what you like or what you would change.

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    Nice cant wait to see it at the races

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    Looks good Kyle! Get that thing on the water and show jerm how it's done!

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    Nice job!, You know using CAD and a water jet are already cheating right? Just curious why the seat seems to be so far back? I don't no shit about circle boat set ups, is it a weight distribution thing or are your legs that long? Having that steering shaft hanging that far out looks like it's asking to rip the dash out of that boat the first time you hook it and that's what your using to hold yourself in the boat by. Cool job so far, keep it up!

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    CAD is something I've been goofing around with for fun. I consider it using the recourses I have on hand. The water jet is very nice. If anyone ever needs anything contact Ken at aqua art in San Marcos ca.

    As for the seat that far back. At 6ft 4in tall I'm not a small guy. And having my legs out from under the dash seemed like a safe idea. I don't know how it will effect the boat with the weight being back. But I set it up so I can slide everything forward if need be. The seat also holds me very well so I should be able to have a pretty light grip on the wheel. I will also glass in braces from the dash to the deck to strengthen it all up.

    Thanks for the feedback. Being my first compete build it all helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desrtrat256 View Post
    CAD is something I've been goofing around with for fun. I consider it using the recourses I have on hand. The water jet is very nice. If anyone ever needs anything contact Ken at aqua art in San Marcos ca.

    As for the seat that far back. At 6ft 4in tall I'm not a small guy. And having my legs out from under the dash seemed like a safe idea. I don't know how it will effect the boat with the weight being back. But I set it up so I can slide everything forward if need be. The seat also holds me very well so I should be able to have a pretty light grip on the wheel. I will also glass in braces from the dash to the deck to strengthen it all up.

    Thanks for the feedback. Being my first compete build it all helps.
    Right on princess now get after it see you in parker april 6,7
    Its a FORD thing chevy's arent quick enough to understand

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    Quote Originally Posted by desrtrat256 View Post
    If anyone ever needs anything contact Ken at aqua art in San Marcos ca.
    Isn't it aqua jet art?
    I was stoked on my rails he did.

    Hit those plates with a 1/4 round router bit and wd40 and it'll put a nice little finishing touch on them
    You can see it on the window in this plate

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    Aqua Jet Art is probably right. I just know him as Uncle Ken. He does awesome work. I like the router idea. Before I send them to anodize ill do that.

    Had a good talk with Jeremy today and he helped me find a good baseline setup. Now to find more money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by desrtrat256 View Post
    Aqua Jet Art is probably right. I just know him as Uncle Ken. He does awesome work. I like the router idea. Before I send them to anodize ill do that.

    Had a good talk with Jeremy today and he helped me find a good baseline setup. Now to find more money!
    Uncle rice bowl Ron
    Its a FORD thing chevy's arent quick enough to understand

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78CoLeBBF View Post
    Uncle rice bowl Ron
    "RICE BOWL" the name of our next race boat

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    Quote Originally Posted by 76 Bonneville View Post
    "RICE BOWL" the name of our next race boat
    i thought its warloc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Electric View Post
    i thought its warloc
    the Warlock is sitting in it's enclosed trailer
    Its a FORD thing chevy's arent quick enough to understand

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