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    I have received a 1976 Haskell Jet Boat with a 360 AMC motor and Panther Jet. I received this boat free from my father-in-law. It still has all the original parts, except the ones you need to replace every two years or so. The boat has not been run for 8 years, but is in good condition. Gas tanks have been drained for the whole time. Does anyone know anything about this boat, where they fast? Easy upkeep? What would I need to replace after 8 years of inactivity? Never had a boat before, need a little advice.

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    Welcome to the board and to the world of jet boating.. Hope you have deep pockets and an understanding spouse...

    im sure someone with more experience than me will pipe up but i would think you should go thru the engine and make sure thats all good to go. Then maybe inspect the pump/impellor and wear ring to make sure thats all in good shape... Also make sure all your steering and control sufaces and linkages are in good order and not deteriorated.

    If the tanks have been empty you may want to check for any signs of rust or corrosion. Would hate to fill it up just to have the rust start running thru your carbs. Also inspect the hubs and bearings. Dont want one of those failing on the way to the water or on the way back.
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    Welcome to the Performance boats boards , The Haskell should make a good starter boat for you , if in good operation shape the AMC and Panther should be Ok and provide alot of fun times ! Good Luck ! Tom

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    Whatever you do, change the oil/filter and PRIME THE OILING system before you try and run it or before you even try and turn the engine that matter. Those bearings are probably bone dry after sitting for 8 years

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    Would be a good idea to change the rubber lines water and fuel,Oil/filter and prime like already said, plugs and wires, and the drain plug maybe.

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    Thanks to everyone. Your advice will be put to good use. I am not a horsepower junkie (yet), so I hope this sport does not get to expensive.

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    Great Video. LMAO!

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    Make sure the transom in that boat is in good shape, the transom is VERY important for a panther, as it does not sandwitch mount to the keel as a berk style jet, it uses the transom 100% to stay in place.
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    You may consider doing a quick pressure check on that Rebel motor...The AMC has a front aluminum timing cover similar to that of a 460 Ford and are prone to corroding through putting water straight into the crankcase.

    After sitting for almost a decade, that deal will be very oxidized and may be asking for some TLC...

    Those 360's run well, good luck be careful and most importantly have fun...

    Performance related articles can be found at the Rebel club's website...Bunch of AMC freaks if you ask me...
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    Put a 300 on the back of it, Flywheel it and a nosecone. $15,000 later you'll have a 65 mph pile of shit......

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    Nothing wrong with an AMC- Panther pump combo, ran one 25 plus years in a southwind no prob. good ski, pleasure boat AMC was a copy of a small block chevy, use it and enjoy it you can allways upgrade later

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    Quote Originally Posted by chevy View Post
    Nothing wrong with an AMC- Panther pump combo, ran one 25 plus years in a southwind no prob. good ski, pleasure boat AMC was a copy of a small block chevy, use it and enjoy it you can allways upgrade later
    Not sure where that came from, the AMC 304, 360, 390 and 401 are not even somewhat similar to any Chevy....A Buick, maybe, Olds...Could be, but not a Chevy..

    Just my opinion....
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    Put a 300 on the back of it, Flywheel it and a nosecone. $15,000 later you'll have a 65 mph pile of shit......

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    your right, just saying amc took some chevy- delco parts, points,I think starters were the same and a few other parts, my 360 was bullit proof last 5 years tried to blow it up and it still just ran and ran

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    Quote Originally Posted by chevy View Post
    your right, just saying amc took some chevy- delco parts, points,I think starters were the same and a few other parts, my 360 was bullit proof last 5 years tried to blow it up and it still just ran and ran

    LOL, they took stuff from everybody. My AMC powered jet had an Autolite ignition system, Motorcraft starter, Delco alternator, and a Thermoquad carburetor...It was built like my 1992 Jeep Cherokee, the big three were all represented

    It did run good though, made it through three summers of abuse from four guys in their 20's just beating the crap out of it, still ran good when we sold it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quickjet View Post
    Put a 300 on the back of it, Flywheel it and a nosecone. $15,000 later you'll have a 65 mph pile of shit......

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