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    Default For your pleasure, here it is...The Poor mans Carrera Project build

    I picked up my first boat, A 1989 Carrera Eclipse, last September and I've been trying to fix it up to my taste. I've always loved the look and sound of a jet boat and as a gift to myself for some time I spent in Iraq I said F**k it and bought one. The boat is, or I should say WAS in working condition before I started F**king with it. I posted tid bits of little things here and there but the time has come to consolidate it all into one action packed thread that is fun for the whole family.

    First and foremost some pics of the boat:

    First day in the shop right after I bought it.


    And a Mild HM 454 BBC with a 715 CFM holley

    The Boat cost me $5000
    Last edited by back2k5; 03-30-2009 at 09:46 PM. Reason: I took some big pics off that was screwing with everything...will repost when I resize them

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    There were a few things I wanted to do to it...one was spruce up the dated interior even though it was in decent condition. I've never really done anything with my hands except play a guitar and shoot a gun so everything Im doing or did was pretty difficult. I called around to find out how much some new interior would cost and it looked to be about $2500 for two buckets and a bench from west coast Marine interiors. Their portfolio looks really nice but I am 26 year old trying to climb the ladder and I dont have the flow for that. F**k it Ill build some seats myself. My mom does uplostery...happy birthday to me. Here are some pics:




    I made some side panels and I just finished the cup holders/speaker inlays:

    Heres what itll look like when its attached to the side panel:

    I still have a little bit of bulding for the interior. The Seats wont be done for Desert storm but should be done for memorial day. Ill post the pics of course.

    Ill post more tomorrow. Thanks for looking
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    keep up the good work! make sure that cup holder is beer coozie friendly *i e big enough for one**

    Nice boat!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahiti Boss21 View Post
    keep up the good work! make sure that cup holder is beer coozie friendly *i e big enough for one**

    Nice boat!
    Damnit...I already bought them...hopefullythey work

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    Quote Originally Posted by back2k5 View Post
    Damnit...I already bought them...hopefullythey work
    They make thin ones! LMAO! Looks good keep at it! WT


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    Also make sure you seal the wood with resin so it doesn't rot before you install the upholstery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BUSBY View Post
    Also make sure you seal the wood with resin so it doesn't rot before you install the upholstery.
    Yeah thats happening right now actually

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    Default Diverter handle

    I've always wanted a muscle car too (68 Camaro or 67 Chevelle) and I've always like the hurst t shifter. I decided to turn my diverter handle into a hurst T. I bought the shaft for about $80 and the handle for $25 on Ebay. My old man has a Machine shop at his work so they made a bracket for me:



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    lookin good.. your passengers will love that bench seat compared to the side saddle seats
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    Looking good. You hit the parent jackpot. one does upholstery and one is a machinist. Get them divorced and remaried to a gel guy/ girl and a boat mechanic and you are set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moneysucker View Post
    Looking good. You hit the parent jackpot. one does upholstery and one is a machinist. Get them divorced and remaried to a gel guy/ girl and a boat mechanic and you are set.
    Hah!!! It would almost be worth it

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    Nice project, nice work and most importantly THANK YOU for YOUR SERVICE

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    On to the GPS. I wanted a GPS speedo but they're like $450 so I decided to go the cheap way and mount a Garmin. My original intention was to find some kind of bezel out there that would work but I was unable to find anything. I then was thinking of flush mounting it but I neither have the skills nor desire to cut that much fiberglass out of my dash. I'm the production manager at a sign shop and we do a lot of plastic fab so I decided to make an acrylic mount. I would have worked fine but it would have stuck out to far and it would have required me to drill into the fiberglass as well. This is what I came up with:

    Some Velcro (no drilling required, easily removeable/adjustable)

    I bought a Garmin Nuvi 200 for 100 bucks of the ebay


    my acrylic cover (subsurface painted) with some velcro to secure it

    slide it in
    secure it

    and there you have it...the 100 dollar GPS speedo. It will hold a charge for several hours and also doubles as my truck GPS. Kind of mickey mouse but it works and it looks good (to me at least). Also pictured is the new switch panel I got from Rex (still havent figure out how to connect the fuel valve).

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    That thing is nice. But make sure it is not where it will rip you're leg off if something bad happens and you leave the driver's seat unexpectedly.

    Quote Originally Posted by back2k5 View Post
    I've always wanted a muscle car too (68 Camaro or 67 Chevelle) and I've always like the hurst t shifter. I decided to turn my diverter handle into a hurst T. I bought the shaft for about $80 and the handle for $25 on Ebay. My old man has a Machine shop at his work so they made a bracket for me:



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