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    Hello, I am new to this forum however over the years I have had several Jet Boats My first was a 1976 Baja with a Olds 455, then I stepped up to a 1978 Southwind with a Ford 460. I ended up selling it to a guy in New Orleans around 1999 or 2001. I have ALWAYS wanted a Picklefork and the Youngblood has honestly been my favorite hull. Well the years have gone by and I have dabbled around in hopes of finding one but have had very little luck, that is untill recently I decided to put a wanted add on craigslist just to see if anything was around. I posted a wanted add stating what I was looking for ie... a picklefork jet preferably a youngblood or eliminator hull. 6 hours later I recieved a telephone call from a elderly man "60 years old" who stated that he thought he might have what I was wanting, we talked for a while about the boat, price etc.. and exchanged e-mail addresses and he sent me several pics of what he had. I couldnt believe my eyes and was exstatic when I saw the pics he sent me. Turns out it is a 1987 TX20 Youngblood with a 454. He bought the boat sometime before Hurrican Katrina in La Fete lousiana from a marina for the storage fees owed on the boat "i have no idea what he actually paid" He said the boat had lots of racing graphics all over it that were in vinyl so he removed them when he got home with the boat. It came with a 454 equipped with a 6-71 Blower, the #6 cylinder was froze up so he had the block bored, bought a steel crank, new cam etc and re-assembled the motor, he told me he could never get it to run right with the blower on it so he pulled it, put a single 4bbl intake on it and it ran perfect. Hurricane Katrina hit that week so he put the boat in his barn and its never been touched since then. I bought this gem for $3,500 and he threw in the 6-71 Blower for free Now I'm not a Blower guy so I doubt I will be putting it back on, I am visualizing a Tunnel Ram with 2 450cfm Holleys and I nice scoop to top things off. I have started some restoration on it already, I pulled the seats, carpet etc and checked the stringers and thay are just as nice as the day they were made, This boat has been taken care off Ie... not left in the weather. I am ordering new carpet this week and I am going to stick with the front bucket seats and add a small center console between them along with building my own rear bench seat. I finially got my boat I have always wanted! And I feel like I got a smokin deal on it too! I would love to see you other guys Youngblood Pickleforks. I will keep this post updated with my progress and pics.
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    very nice, i didnt know they made that style tunnel

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    Very nice!!! I've told people before, if you're patient the right boat at a great price will come along. Congrats Bro!!!
    Too much horsepower is almost enough!!!


    My boat is fast.....on Craiglist or EBay.


    I've been 340mph+ with a boat........In the back of a C130!

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    That's a clean looking boat if the floors are in good shape I wouldn't lay carpet down let the floors show they look much better with the balsa showing .. just my opinion... Boat looks damn good keep the pictures coming....

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    Congrats man, sweet find !!!!! I've always loved all the Youngblood boats Good luck with it !!!!
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    nice find!! hope you have lots of fun with your new boat. This is my wife 1987 youngblood tx18! has a 482 bbc in it.
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    Man. 60 is considered elderly now? I know several guys in their 60s still layin down some serious passes. Congrats on the find. Should make a nice ride.

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    heres my 2003 warhawk tx 20, 565 c.i. you got a great buy, have fun!
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ID:	339586I built a back bench seat for it and coated it in fiberglass resin, repaired both fiberglass bucket shells "they were cracked" and have already taken them to my upholstery guy. I also beefed up the stringers a tad bit where the rear bench will mount and glassed it all in. Good news is I discovered the motor is s 69 427! The guy I bought it from wasnt sure if it was a 454 or a 427 but the casting number codes out as a 427. Ive already got a nice set of billet valve covers, billet timing cover, gear drive and a extreme marine comp cam 11-240-4. Next up is a tunnel ram combo with 2 450cfm carbs from Summit Racing. Someone at some point clear coated the top of the boat and I have completely stripped all of it off "it wasnt prepped correctly and was peeling off". Here are a few pics so far.
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    Here are a few pics of me removing all the clearcoat off the boat. Ill have it ready for paint very soon. Click image for larger version. 

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    After I get my seats back im building a center console similar to this one.
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    Default Youngblood header clean up

    This stuff works good. Did this lil spot by hand to test it out, ill finish them off with my high speed air polisher.
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    Im just about dead set on copying this paint scheme. Im not wanting a flashy look at me paint job. Something subtle but nice.
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ID:	339706Here are a couple motor pics and a pic of the Blower he threw in for free. Ive already sold it and its pretty much funding all my upgrades etc..
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