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    Just picked this boat up. It's a 1976 Eliminator, shallow V, 18' . Has 455 olds, berkeley jet with jetovator. Cav plates, good paint. Just wanted to know if anyone has owned one and can give a little info on them. What was it built for, ski or racing, can I build it up for the drags or is it a river boat. Top speed with healthy olds motor, stability, and any pics of other ones like it. I like the look of it, and the parts were good. Just hoping I didn't pick up a lemon, hoping it's a good little boat being an eliminator. Sorry for picture quality, will try and get some better ones later. Thanks
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    looks like an Eliminator "Sprint".
    I have a 75 Eliminator "Bubble Deck"
    I have heard the Sprints are a good hull up to ??? 70mph ???? or so...anything over that they starts porpoising real bad...
    there are a few real good threads on here about the old Sprints.
    as for the Olds Power...
    Nobody on here likes Olds... my first boat was a 75 Sleekcraft, with an Olds...I am so glad I didn't know to Run from Olds,when i bought it...i had to rebuild my 455 (along with the whole sleek)...between Timinator and Mondellos ran my 455 hard...5200rpm's all the way across the lake...it has been my most reliable boat...It is on it's 12th season now!!!

    I would say your boat will do 65mph..
    I don't know anything about your olds...so don't run it for very long W.O.T., check your oil gauge often...
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    Nice looking rig pics are a bit tough to see but suspect the year may not be a 76 but earlier , currently doing a resto on a similar boat , the cav plates suggest possibly and bit earlier deal ... some good info here scroll down (below) and you'll find input from Greg (Shoemaker) that may be helpful
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCronin187 View Post
    Just picked this boat up. It's a 1976 Eliminator, shallow V, 18' . Has 455 olds, berkeley jet with jetovator. Cav plates, good paint. Just wanted to know if anyone has owned one and can give a little info on them. What was it built for, ski or racing, can I build it up for the drags or is it a river boat. Top speed with healthy olds motor, stability, and any pics of other ones like it. I like the look of it, and the parts were good. Just hoping I didn't pick up a lemon, hoping it's a good little boat being an eliminator. Sorry for picture quality, will try and get some better ones later. Thanks
    What you have is a 18 Semi vee. This boat has a lot of rocker in the bottom that is why it has cavitation plates on it because it will porpoise badly without them. It should also have a keel fin, without the keel fin it will not turn. A few guys tried to put power in them and the boat just did not like it at all. Leave it the way it is and it will make a good ski boat. With the shallow vee it will have the tendency of riding rough thru choppy water. The big selling point of the boat is that it looked like a flatbottom on the trailer but was never really intended to be a jet boat. Eliminator only built the boat for a few years and then discontinued the model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg shoemaker View Post
    What you have is a 18 Semi vee. This boat has a lot of rocker in the bottom that is why it has cavitation plates on it because it will porpoise badly without them. It should also have a keel fin, without the keel fin it will not turn. A few guys tried to put power in them and the boat just did not like it at all. Leave it the way it is and it will make a good ski boat. With the shallow vee it will have the tendency of riding rough thru choppy water. The big selling point of the boat is that it looked like a flatbottom on the trailer but was never really intended to be a jet boat. Eliminator only built the boat for a few years and then discontinued the model.
    Yes what Greg said is true, I had a 72 looked just like that one, and I talked about it many years ago.

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    Yeah it has the fin on the bottom, good info, I saw the picture of a blue one on the other thread with a Blown motor in it, looks awesome.
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    Hey Greg, why no droop snoot on these? I read that in your post on the other thread from '08.

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    Are the pictures from 76?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnf View Post
    Are the pictures from 76?
    Naw, probably just a camera from '76.

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    Haha shot through my Iphone 4

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    Assuming I had the money for the set up, If I could get 60-65 mph out of it in 1/4 mile could it be raced in River Racer class at the drags?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCronin187 View Post
    Assuming I had the money for the set up, If I could get 60-65 mph out of it in 1/4 mile could it be raced in River Racer class at the drags?
    you can race your boat at any speed in river racer class. you just can't go faster than a 12 second quarter. we had a mini jet run a 30 second @ 30mph(roughly), and a ski boat run a 22 second @ 40mph(roughly)...
    what you are looking for in river class is consistency...(i am sure in all other classes also)
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    That sounds great. I am going to rebuild the olds motor, have the block and crank magnafluxed, put adjustable rocker arms on it, race cam, port the heads, and put new bearing in it. maybe a larger oil pan too. Although I could just save my money and buy a used 454 BBC and do all of that to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCronin187 View Post
    That sounds great. I am going to rebuild the olds motor, have the block and crank magnafluxed, put adjustable rocker arms on it, race cam, port the heads, and put new bearing in it. maybe a larger oil pan too. Although I could just save my money and buy a used 454 BBC and do all of that to it.
    oiling mods are going to be what keep your olds alive...
    i was able to get away with oil restrictors under the mains to the top end, a 10qt pan, and shaving groves in the big end of my rods(as shown in the mondellos article)
    this is a great read...
    http://www.mondellotwister.com/articles/455OldsToGo.pdf
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