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    Hello all I'm a new guy so say what you will I can take it. Ha Ha. Im 25 and a United States marine. I have a few questions on jet boats. I'm not to familiar with them. I'm looking at an older Cheetah I cant tell what model it is but is has a volvo out drive and a ford 302. I'd like to make it a jet drive and I have a nasty little 406 sbc for it. Tahnks to all love the site.

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    I have a feeling most are going to tell you it is not worth the work/cost involved to convert that boat to a jet. Just keep looking until you find one that is already a jet. They are also going to tell you that no matter how nasty that small block is, it will not work well in a jet. You really need a big block for the torque.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usmc0352 View Post
    Hello all I'm a new guy so say what you will I can take it. Ha Ha. Im 25 and a United States marine. I have a few questions on jet boats. I'm not to familiar with them. I'm looking at an older Cheetah I cant tell what model it is but is has a volvo out drive and a ford 302. I'd like to make it a jet drive and I have a nasty little 406 sbc for it. Tahnks to all love the site.
    Welcome USMC, I my self am new to jets and bought my first one reacently and totaly redoing it. I believe it was converted to a jet so its not impossible. My son is a marine aswell stationed at camp leagune N.C. BTW this is a great site with alot of good info Ive learned alot in a short time from the folks on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usmc0352 View Post
    Hello all I'm a new guy so say what you will I can take it. Ha Ha. Im 25 and a United States marine. I have a few questions on jet boats. I'm not to familiar with them. I'm looking at an older Cheetah I cant tell what model it is but is has a volvo out drive and a ford 302. I'd like to make it a jet drive and I have a nasty little 406 sbc for it. Tahnks to all love the site.
    Welcome to the PB Forums lots of good information and help here post up pics if you have them Tom

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    I would get a jet if that is what you want, I have a berk 12 jc if you need one.
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    Welcome Devil Dog! I wouldn't get all wrapped up in a huge project like that. It's gonna take three times longer than you anticipate and three times the money. Start with a good turnkey jet that can get you and the family on the water and do little things at a time to improve on your good foundation. Things to look at when shopping for a jet: Make sure stringers are sound (knock on them to make sure they are not hollow. If they are move right along). Look at the impeller from under the boat to make sure it isn't all beat up. Some dings here and there is ok, chunks missing are not. Look at cables, work smooth and are not all rusty. If it has fiberglass tanks look for cracks and leaking gas, not a good combo for a family. If you can't take it to a lake for a test run do not run it dry. You must have water to the motor (very little when connected to a garden hose) and you must have water in the pump to protect the impeller and wear ring from being damaged. A lake test is the best choice though.Go get a winner and enjoy the summer with the family. Good luck Jarhead. Semper Fi!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Need4Speed77 View Post
    Welcome Devil Dog! I wouldn't get all wrapped up in a huge project like that. It's gonna take three times longer than you anticipate and three times the money. Start with a good turnkey jet that can get you and the family on the water and do little things at a time to improve on your good foundation. Things to look at when shopping for a jet: Make sure stringers are sound (knock on them to make sure they are not hollow. If they are move right along). Look at the impeller from under the boat to make sure it isn't all beat up. Some dings here and there is ok, chunks missing are not. Look at cables, work smooth and are not all rusty. If it has fiberglass tanks look for cracks and leaking gas, not a good combo for a family. If you can't take it to a lake for a test run do not run it dry. You must have water to the motor (very little when connected to a garden hose) and you must have water in the pump to protect the impeller and wear ring from being damaged. A lake test is the best choice though.Go get a winner and enjoy the summer with the family. Good luck Jarhead. Semper Fi!
    Welcome to the boards! there is enough stuff (inventory) out there people are dumping out of for a fraction of the cost to build, If you have limited funds, IMO think the above listed advise is the way to go.....thanks for your service, veteran here too!
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    I cant imagine how much work converting a I/O to jet would be, there are some here that have done it though. There are alot of jets for sale in the spam section here to look at, and if you post up a WTB Jet project in the boat spam, mention your ideal budget and location you will find something easier for sure.
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