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    Default My 74 Challenger jet

    I've been looking through the site for a while now and decided to join up. Here is my 74 Challenger jet. My wife and I picked it up about 9 months ago. It has a 454 with some work done. We bought it with 54 hours on it. The jet is a jacuzzi yj with the american turbine conversion, a rooster booster and jetovator. I'm in the middle of recabling and just finished a nozzle rebuild. It needs some interior work but has a solid hull and is fun to run around in. Please excuse the simple questions as I am new to jets.
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    Welcome! Nice boat. Try to use the search option as much as possible. Most of the questions you have im sure have been discussed in these forums. If you do search and still cannot find the answer, then post it here. Otherwise enjoy the new ride!

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    Thank you and I will. I hope to have everything buttoned up for a test run soon.

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    Looks like a great boat!

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    Thank you. It needs some sanding and gel coat restore. Not a lot but it'd make it look better. Its getting better though. Hell the first time we took it out the alternator died and we were stuck on the lake for a while. I now carry a spare battery until I get the stuff for a dual battery setup.

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    Good boat to have as your first jet. I say that because my first boat was a Challenger, and we never forget our first! Is that a 19'? I don't recall seeing many with a bow rail and a windshield. Throw up some better pics with the cover off. Don't worry, we've all seen what "project boat" looks like. People can see what you got and maybe offer advice of doing things different if needed. Have fun with it, they're a great boat to get out and play on the water in, just don't expect it to be a race boat.

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    Sure! I'll do that shortly. I have twins on the way so no racing for me anyway. Im just looking to have a nice clean boat with a good sounding motor. I enjoy watching other people haul ass. I like to watch. Here is a better picture of the interior. Carpet is in decent shape but its time I consider new seats. Click image for larger version. 

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    Nice looking rig , were rerigging a similar hull in the shop right now


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    Wow that looks really clean. I need to get some suggestions on cleaning and sanding the gel coat. I'd like mine to look somewhat close to that.

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    I attempted to search to no avail. I picked up a polished foot throttle (redone used) and the Allen head bolt that holds the cable in place is missing. Does anyone have a tip or trick on what to use? Its a floor mount throttle with a 33c cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 74challenged View Post
    I attempted to search to no avail. I picked up a polished foot throttle (redone used) and the Allen head bolt that holds the cable in place is missing. Does anyone have a tip or trick on what to use? Its a floor mount throttle with a 33c cable.

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    Missing ? Typically theres a iron set screw (allen) that , in their infinite wisdom our "jet boating forefathers" opted to install using using dissimilar metals (iron set screw in aluminum casting= seized ) often times these are challenging/near impossible to extract , often when drilled out (after no other choice is left) we overdrill and replace with a larger 1/4 20 stainless bolt .. pics of your would be helpful...

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    I'm sorry I should've snapped a pic. My old pedal was seized and I found a nice throttle for a good price. No problem, I can drill out a 1/4" and tap it. Does the Allen bolt need to be stepped in order to fit into the step of the cable?

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    You mean something like this Tom?
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    I'm sorry guys. I have an hoa and they don't take kindly to my boat being in my drive way. Had to take it to my in-laws.

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