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    I guess I should do a build thread. I ended last season with a pop in the firing that no matter how hard I tried I couldn't tune out. It started the weekend before the avi trip. Well after the season I pulled the head and had a cracked ring land. The boat still did 70 on 7 cylinders. Not bad for a 325.


    Come to find out that it is common for a steam pocket to develop around that cylinder. So I figure while the engine is stripped I'll get rid of the flat DOD cam and put a little lump in it.
    224/234 @.569 114lsa
    this is a standard 3 bolt cam now so future cam swaps will be way easier.
    While off of work I got tired of looking at the boat with no progress. (Teacher, 3 months off no pay) I decided to start fixing some cracks. There was a crack on the right rear cap, on both sides of the bulkhead, both sides of the dash, and a spider crack on the bow.
    I ground them all out and filled them 100% with glass. I started at the transom and pod. I kept chasing and chasing the crack. It went all the way through in a few spots.


    A whole lot of work and glass later I had it filled


    just a couple pinholes left for filler.
    In between waiting for the resin to kick on the pod and transom I figured I might as well fix all cracks.
    The bow, bulkhead, and dash


    Then the fun part... The bulkhead
    It was cracked completely loose and the wood was beginning to rot.


    I yanked the bulkhead out with my handy $15 multi tool. For doing glasswork it kicks ass
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    it literally took 15 mins to get the bulkhead out without glass being flung everywhere.
    decided I didn't want to deal with wood rot ever again so I decided to completely glass all sides of wood going into the boat. This adds a ton of work. I also used clear laminating resin, surfboard cloth to finish. I wanted the wood to show.



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    The floors had some checkering and cracks. Decided to fix those and re flow coat and gel the floors. So I'm plugging stringer holes and fixing it all with glass. I flipped the boat to fill gouges in the bottom and made a rotisserie to flip it myself.


    Blocked the whole bottom

    Filling rock scars

    And as of last weekend I poly primed it. Pretty much where I'm at right now.

    This weekend ill be blocking the primer. Flipping the boat over and tackling the floors.
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    Wow Kev, nice work, that old bulkhead look pretty battered.
    What color are you going to paint it and when will it be done?
    Im itching to get out to the river, might go to elsinore for some nitrous testing this saturday..
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    damn fine job
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    Beautiful work! I'm feeling the itch all the way from here. Keep the updates coming
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    good work, it is nice to see all these swtd builds
    1978 Southwind Tunnel Dragster/1980 SWTD center steer
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    Dude you better get crackin, summers coming fast! Question, why are you going to flip it back over after you block the primer? Why not just shoot the bottom while it's upside down and be done with it? Anyway nice job, I know that's a lot of work!
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    Thanks for all the kind words.
    Still figuring paint out. Im gonna block it then flip it back over, then trailer the hull to the paint shop. With the rotisserie I made, flipping the boat over by myself is a piece of cake. It takes maybe 10 minutes myself. I would just shoot it but I want the paint done in the booth. I have alot of work left but I am facing the downhill stretch. Well, I guess it will be downhill after I do the flowcoat. Still have alot of stuff to fab so we will see how quickly I progress. I hope to have it all done by may 1st. If everything goes right, I will have the turbo done as well. I will probably end up having just the cam only deal this summer.
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    Great job. What color you going with? Back to original?
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    Looking great. Subscribed.
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    No gonna try to stay away from the darker colors. My last 2 boats have had dark brown on em and I now have a black truck. To say I'm tired of water spots is an understatement. Still not sure on paint but I got a little time to figure it all out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Mohican View Post
    Looking great. Subscribed.
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