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    Default New to Jets.. Picked up an Avenger

    Well Hello Everyone, Like I said Im New to the Jet boat Scene.
    I Picked up an Avenger Boat. Im guessing a 1970 something..
    I measured it form the furthest point on the back to the tip and come up with 19.5'
    Does this sound right ? A 19.5 Avenger ?
    the Cee Bee Mfg. Plate on the inside says Model 185 ? That mean 18.5' ?

    It had a olds 455 ?, im pretty sure, but its gone,

    All i have is the Jet which is a Berkley Jet 12JC. I dont have a bell housing, or mounts. I do have some olds heads, and Some Cool looking Hardin Marine Valve covers, the flywheel. and thats about it.

    It has all the Drive equipment, pedal & cable, steering works. Wiring harness, looks like most of the hoses, and stuff for the engine, bilge pump.
    Gas tank mounted under the bow, still has gas in it(bad).

    Been gutting it out to get to the bottom of everything, and seems, the floor probably needs replaced.
    The Hull, looks good as for as I can tell, there is a spot by the Gas filler where the glass is broken. but other than that i dont really see anything major (YET)..

    Any Help or Recomendations Will Be Appreciated..
    Thanks guys
    Heres the Pics
    Oh Forgot to mention, that I will prolly be swapping to a Chevy engine, do to ease of available parts.
    Probably a BBC.









    Last edited by Chris1530; 02-07-2010 at 01:13 AM. Reason: Added more Pics

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    protect those windshields the best you can. They look to be in pretty darn good condition and you won't want to have them damaged. The cost to replace isn't cheap.

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    Thanks for the warning, yeah they seem to be pretty decent..
    I am getting ready to take them off and put them away till i get it together.

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    Looks like a fun project. Nice Cee Bee avenger know a few peeps with the sled. My Brother just sold his and another boat buddie has a clean one.
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    Looks to have the makings of a nice project. Its made by Cee Bee, not Bee Gee.... Model 185 is just that, a model designation. There was a Model 170, Model 171, Model 180, Model 181, & Model 185, which is the one with the split windshield. This brochure shows the different models...



    I may be mistaken, but I believe the bottoms were the same, the differences were in the deck? I have wondered about it in the past, maybe someone that knows them a little better will chime in. Registration on mine has it titled as 18", that brochure shows them as 17'7". Friend of mine had one for a short while that he swore was a 16 footer, but I never saw it in person to verify, not sure if they made them bigger than an 18' though.

    As was said, protect those windshields at all costs. Hard to find them anymore in good shape & I have had no luck whatsoever finding anybody that can provide replacements. Up to a few years ago, you could still get them from Cee Bee, but I don't think that still holds true. Other than that, kind of a heavy boat, it rides pretty decent & mine runs right at 60 with a wore out old truck motor in it.

    Couple of pics of mine, I've had a blast with it....




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    Sweet lookin Classic Chris Welcome to the PB boards ! Tom

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    Thanks yeah i meant Cee Bee... Opps..
    yeah idk were exactly to measure from but i came up with 19.5' ish..

    Looks like you kept the original seating configuration.. I really dont like how it is, id rather have two buckets and a bench, so when i redo it that will be how i design it, and i plan to lose the engine cover as you did..
    I also plan on redoing the dash, to face the gauges towards me, and sink the spot for the radio, more towards the front..

    What are your guys thoughts on side tanks ? and getting rid of the tank under the bow ?

    and thinking maybe colorized bed liner on the flooring ? so that its not carpet, but not slippery ? what you guys think on that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris1530 View Post
    Thanks yeah i meant Cee Bee... Opps..
    yeah idk were exactly to measure from but i came up with 19.5' ish..

    Looks like you kept the original seating configuration.. I really dont like how it is, id rather have two buckets and a bench, so when i redo it that will be how i design it, and i plan to lose the engine cover as you did..
    I also plan on redoing the dash, to face the gauges towards me, and sink the spot for the radio, more towards the front..

    What are your guys thoughts on side tanks ? and getting rid of the tank under the bow ?

    and thinking maybe colorized bed liner on the flooring ? so that its not carpet, but not slippery ? what you guys think on that
    Cool project. Keep the pics coming of you progress. Lots of great info here.

    You can get angled bezels to angle those gauges. Easier than doing the glass work IMO.
    http://jetboatperformance.com/index.php?p=gaugebezels

    Is the front tank glass? If so you probably want to change it anyway. The ethanol in pump gas has been eating away the resin in glass tanks.

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    First Chris, where are you? Second, replacing a bad gas tank is obviously a necessity, moving it is not. You could upset the balance of the boat and create handling issues that you'll fight for years. Third, depending on where you are, it might be easier, as well as cheaper, to retain the Olds power. There are a lot of Olds parts out there, (once again depending on where you are), very cheap. I know I have just about anything you'll need to get back on the water with a decent Olds powerplant, Marine Pan, wet logs, a decent ignition, aluminum intake, motor plates etc etc. The first thing people will tell you is dump the Olds, and go to a BBC. I guess that is OK advice, but there are thousands of jets, running 100s of hours each season, with dependable Olds power. The boat looks like a great start to fun on the water. Please, don't try to make it something it is not and take away the "fun" part....Decide what the boat will be used for and stay focused on that goal. Now, back to location. Where are you, and where will the boat be used?....My shop is based in the Bullhead City Az. area and I'd be happy to discuss your project with "a budget" in mind. PM me with any questions if you want, and remember "Speed costs money, how fast do you want to go"..and never forget the "fun" part of boating.......Ray
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    Since all thre Olds stuff is gone, I would not even consider puttting an Olds back in. Mounts and hardware are readily available, new or used for Ford and Chevy. Too many limiters in the Olds configuration IMO, and being your pretty much starting from scratch for a motor anyway, with no hardware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris1530 View Post
    Thanks yeah i meant Cee Bee... Opps..
    yeah idk were exactly to measure from but i came up with 19.5' ish..

    Looks like you kept the original seating configuration.. I really dont like how it is, id rather have two buckets and a bench, so when i redo it that will be how i design it, and i plan to lose the engine cover as you did..
    I also plan on redoing the dash, to face the gauges towards me, and sink the spot for the radio, more towards the front..

    What are your guys thoughts on side tanks ? and getting rid of the tank under the bow ?

    and thinking maybe colorized bed liner on the flooring ? so that its not carpet, but not slippery ? what you guys think on that
    If you included the pump in your measurement, maybe thats where the extra length came from? I've never known if you measure the pump with it or not.

    When I got mine, the floor was bad & the seats were pretty hammered. I couldn't make up my mind on what kind of arrangement I wanted & ended up keeping the original set-up. Although, I have thought about changing it up some to accommodate another front bucket. A buddy of mine (Sturat's brother) had his set up that way it was nice. Got a pic somewhere I'll get posted for ya, ... The engine cover was already gone when I got it, yours looks to be in good shape, so I'd hang onto it if you decide to run without it.

    X2 on the angled bezels, that will tilt them your direction easily. One of the things I want to get for mine, just never have. You say that about sinking the radio, a friend of mine eliminated that "bumpout" there on his dash, it looked pretty good. I've got a pic on another computer, I'll post it for you when I get to it...

    Mine still has the bow tank, its aluminum. Yours is probably the same, it would be easy to check to make sure though. Some people have suggested getting rid it & adding side tanks, to transfer some weight to the rear. Honestly, for me, it would be more hassle than its worth. Somebody that has done it may chime in & say what kind of results they got, I'd be interested to hear if it made a big difference or not.

    Far as the floor, I have heard of people using the bedliner, but general opinion seems to be that it adds weight to the boat. I opted to stay away from carpet & went with a gelcoated floor. Its got some texture to it, so its not slippery at all & very easy to clean/maintain...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcrafter View Post
    Since all thre Olds stuff is gone, I would not even consider puttting an Olds back in. Mounts and hardware are readily available, new or used for Ford and Chevy. Too many limiters in the Olds configuration IMO, and being your pretty much starting from scratch for a motor anyway, with no hardware.
    Yep thats pretty much why i will go to BBC, because i have to start from scratch anyway.. and chevy cheaper..

    Tank is Aluminum, was just looking for some more leg room, and storage, figure if the tanks were in the sides, i could achieve that..

    I dont mind doing Glass work, so the rework of the dash wont bother me...
    And look forward to Seeing those pics..

    I got me a nice project, with enough time "hopefully" to get her on the lakes for Summer..

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