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    Hey guys whats up?? So I am heading out of town on sat to pick up my first jet boat. First off I have never drivin nor have ever ridden in one. I grew up on a 18 sanger flatty vdrive(dads boat) bought my first boat at 21, it was a 26 sleekcraft with an I/O. I sold that boat and bought a 25' talon cat with twin 2.5's on it. Moved outta the socal area to the Boise area a few years ago and figured out real quick that the lakes here kinda suck for a larger cat with a lot of speed. Basically I couldn't go 100 ft without a tourny boat whipping his kid on a tube in front of me! So I dumped that boat and gave up on the boating thing for awhile, till I discovered that I live 12 miles from the snake river with a free launch ramp and MILES AND MILES of river to run. SO.....JET BOAT came to mind!! So i decided to pick up a 75 Tahiti jet with a 455 OLDS and a berkeley pump. I know the boat won't be super hero fast and the 455 isnt quite the "badass" motor.....But Im still excited for it!! The boat currently does not have a place diverter on it, so i think that will be my first purchase/upgrade. The pump is a one piece bowl and the motor only has 8-10 hours on the rebuild. As far as i know the motor has forged pistons and an upgraded cam, I plan on changing the intake manifold....this is where questions start coming up. I've built motors for vdrive's not jets. What should I look towards getting? I was thinking of a victor or a torker?.....anyways I will have lots of questions soon.

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    the dreaded 455 olds i woulden't buy it if it was'nt almost free there are too many boats for sale these days that would be a much better deal

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    not to be nosey!, but, who did you buy the boat from?...also...Craig4937 on the boards has a Olds in his boat...lives in Star ...Rattle Can Lou lives in Boise as do a few others (names slip my mind)...they are all "good" people that can help you out...Ray (Moneypit) builds olds motors also & can help...just trying to help

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    p.s. the above people know more places than the Snake River to go boating!!!! ...just sayin'

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastRat View Post
    not to be nosey!, but, who did you buy the boat from?...also...Craig4937 on the boards has a Olds in his boat...lives in Star ...Rattle Can Lou lives in Boise as do a few others (names slip my mind)...they are all "good" people that can help you out...Ray (Moneypit) builds olds motors also & can help...just trying to help

    FastRat

    p.s. the above people know more places than the Snake River to go boating!!!! ...just sayin'
    the boat is in the Sacramento area, thanks for the info about the members in this area. More boats=more fun!

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