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    So I picked up a 1978 19ft tunnel hin id says its Makai marine I'm thinking it's just a mach 1. got it from the original owner who's passed away who but his wife said I could have it. Came from Huntington Beach he must have used it only a hand full of times. Since I can't front any scratched on the bottom of the hull. Since I picked it up I've built the motor it's now a 468 Chevy with the original Mickey Thompson finned valves coveres and edelbrock tunnel ram with 1965 396-427 closed chambered heads mildly ported and cleaned up. Heads were completely rebuilt. Kept it a flat tappet motor with hydraulic lifters.
    Running a engine pro stage 4 cam
    Flat top pistons
    Dooley 1 off 12qt oil pan I got from Craig at Dooley.
    Compression is 10.5-1
    I'm running a single Holley 850 that J&j carbs rebuilt for me and flow tested to the engine specs.
    So far I've polished the entire original gel coat back to its prime
    Builts a set of transom plates out of scrap 3/16 and 1/8 aluminum from work
    Had Chris at B1 overhaul the pump
    Added a place diverter that I got from Greg at G&S stripped that and repainted it white.
    Polished the transom plates
    Did earls bulkhead fittings for the stainless hydraulic lines I'm having made for the place diverter.
    Bought a set of buckets from Dan at canyon marine.
    Got hooked up with some nice used parts from a fellow forum guy.
    Polished my 67 us indy mags and got new tires for the trailer Click image for larger version. 

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    Pics are out of order but this has been the most fun over the last 2 months getting this thing from a terd to cleaned up.
    Hope to freshen up the trailer next. New wider fenders bunks and led lights




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    Not to be an ass, but I would ditch that tunnel ram. either get a Dual carb top, or put a different manifold all together on it. That thing is going to kill your engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futs View Post
    Not to be an ass, but I would ditch that tunnel ram. either get a Dual carb top, or put a different manifold all together on it. That thing is going to kill your engine.
    What's the reason it will kill my engine?
    I'm having it tuned and dyno before I even put it on boat. Trying to keep it old school


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    Quote Originally Posted by Futs View Post
    Not to be an ass, but I would ditch that tunnel ram. either get a Dual carb top, or put a different manifold all together on it. That thing is going to kill your engine.
    I'm also in the city of orange off chapman where abouts you from?


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    Quote Originally Posted by rejohnson425 View Post
    What's the reason it will kill my engine?
    I'm having it tuned and dyno before I even put it on boat. Trying to keep it old school


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    They are pretty famous for poor fuel distribution.
    Another Hot Boat refugee

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    Yeah I've been reading up on them. Basically building a period correct cruiser just to play in nothing to race.


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    poor fuel distribution and lack of performance, not saying it wont work, but saying there are many better choices out there.

    Im off of main and chapman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futs View Post
    poor fuel distribution and lack of performance, not saying it wont work, but saying there are many better choices out there.

    Im off of main and chapman
    Nice maybe cruise by and give me a few pointers one of these days. I'm chapman and prospect
    I really just like the cool old school look I know it's not going to make me anymore powrr but I'm going for that old rat gasser look and wanna keep it all In that era
    Maybe down the road after I'll do a dual set up with that tr2 tunnel ram

    I got boat motor and trailer and the rest basically for free so in honor of the original owner I'm keeping old school also one of the other reasons.


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    Also mounted the diverter pump off the transom in between the transom plate bolts tucked away and simple

    My only concern is how much weight can the ass end of the boat have?
    I was thinking of doing a panel on the opposite side to mount the starter solenoid off with the rest of my wiring harness going to and a few relays to even out the weight that the pump has on driver side.

    The battery is bolted off the stringer on passenger side about 12 inches off the transom.
    I'm using all weather pack style connections trying to hide as much of the wiring as I can. I would even like to hide the coil if I could.


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    hey man, I am in LA for the next couple of weeks (back on monday) but would like to cruise by and take a look at your boat.

    thx,

    jeremy
    520-834-4046

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    Quote Originally Posted by rejohnson425 View Post
    Yeah I've been reading up on them. Basically building a period correct cruiser just to play in nothing to race.


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    Some people have made the single TR work, some have not.

    My vote would be to go with the dual carb and couple of velocity stacks.

    But I'm not paying for it, so your vote wins.

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    If I had the money I would be going with quad webers and a offenhouser tr


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    Quote Originally Posted by TrollerDave View Post
    Some people have made the single TR work, some have not.

    My vote would be to go with the dual carb and couple of velocity stacks.

    But I'm not paying for it, so your vote wins.
    I hope I'm one of those who make it work 😁


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    Quote Originally Posted by jypense13 View Post
    hey man, I am in LA for the next couple of weeks (back on monday) but would like to cruise by and take a look at your boat.

    thx,

    jeremy
    520-834-4046
    I'm in the city of orange


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