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    I have a 1985 20' sleekcraft with a 460 outve a 1975 f350. Dont know much about it other than that. Have had it couple of years but due to a severe motorcycle accident and laziness I am just now getting into it. Does anyone have any suggestions. It is in rough condition but for the price I couldnt pass it up. The pump was recently rebuilt before i got it. The 460 ran before pulled out of the truck and the prior motor was blown. The 2 center motor mounts bolt right up but i feel something needs to be done different on the front mounts. Thanks and any little help will go a long way.
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    Unless you have some real emotional attachment to that boat, or the previous owner paid you a fair sum to take that boat, I'd take the usable rigging out of it and scrap the rest. There is some very nice boats out there only needing a motor or minor repair for under 3000.00. You won't get that in decent shape and in the water for that price, not counting all the hours you'd save working on it instead of enjoying it.

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    Check your hin #. I don't think that's an '85 or a 20'. Looks a lot like my '79 Sportster 18'. Mine was in similar condition when I started the resto, maybe even worse because of the dead kittens in the bow and all.
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    after some research i found that it is a 1985 18' sleekcraft sportster. The title for some reason says 20' but the HIN's match. Scrapping it isnt an option. I didnt buy it to have on the water soon. I just wanted it for something new to learn. Thanks for your guys help.

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    I wouldn't run that 460 on the water unless you verify the oil pan is baffled. If it was pulled straight from a truck it won't be.
    Also, what kind-of rigged up deal are those front "mounts"? Someone try to make their own 5-pt mounts?
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    I blew up a 460 with a truck pan already. Not fun. Look for an Armando's pan, nothing but rave reviews for their pans. Armando's Oil Pans Bassett is okay and Milodon is hit and miss. A lot of people have problems with the Milodon pan. The front mount deal looks to be some sort of torque strap to keep engine from rotating under hard torque. I've seen it done before on budget race cars with rubber motor mounts. I have no idea why they did it on a boat. If you're in no hurry, I would take the 460 apart and freshen it up with rings (gapped for jet boat), bearings, and ARP rod bolts. Cheap insurance against problems. Jet boats run a lot cooler and run higher cruise rpms that a street/truck motor, so you really need to have it dialed in for jet boat usage. You can also search past project builds (especially Hollarinal's builds) for ideas on what you want to do. The more work you do yourself, the more you save. You can also search the parts section here and other jet sites for parts to save money.

    If you check daily, you can often find some really great deals on parts!
    Good luck on your project, take lots of pictures and keep us updated on your progress!
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    The front "mount" looks to be someones effort to hold the motor in place while the pump was out for repair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcrafter View Post
    The front "mount" looks to be someones effort to hold the motor in place while the pump was out for repair.
    That actually makes sense lol.
    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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