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    Default 73 Kona ultra low buck project

    My friend Fred is putting this together.
    The motor is a 73 Olds 455 taken from another boat that he sold, so it's pretty much a freebie.
    The motor is good for sure.
    The well used Bassett headers were purchased at a swap meet for $70.
    The rail kit is home made.
    The stainless plumbing is home made.
    The trailer is home made.
    Including the new intake and paint supplies, the total investment into this boat is under a grand so far.

    Should be done within another month or so....

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    Default A couple more pics...

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    Awesome, I love the grassroots stuff
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    Good to hear about budget boat building. I'm doing the same thing with my boat. I bought it as an unfinished project. I doing all of the engine, glass work and painting myself. I learn everything from reading this forum. I don't know anyone else with a jet boat around here.

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    Sounds familiar.
    Last several times I went to the lake, I was the only one there that was not fishing.

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    nice job looks killer for the money

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    I like those waterlines A lot. But do yourselves a big favor and add one to the back of each head just below the rocker cover , then route them to the pan on each side near the back. It's cheap and it works
    Trent

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    Default Misleading??

    Quote Originally Posted by trently View Post
    I like those waterlines A lot. But do yourselves a big favor and add one to the back of each head just below the rocker cover , then route them to the pan on each side near the back. It's cheap and it works
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    Not big on Olds but im I seeing right that the inlet lines are going to the intake first not the block? I thought it was block first and out the intake last! Looks very cool! WT


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    The water comes from the jet pump then up under the balancer to a tee, then to either side of the timing cover and into the block(those are also tees at either side of the timing cover), and then continues to the top of the thermostat housing which has a diaphragm that lets water go to the headers. The bottom half of the thermostat housing has the stat and water goes from there on out the back of the boat.

    I THINK I explained that right.

    Works like a charm.
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    Moneypit, Not to much to explain. The more oil you can get back to the pan the better. I've had these on for years with no more stacked rod bearings and they are the only change I made. Trent
    PS, is this what you meant?

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