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    Default New here, just picked up a 76 Hondo

    Hey all, been on this forum for a while now and finally picked up another jet and had a reason to post finally. I bought a '76 Hondo 18' w/ a 455 and Jacuzzi WJ. Pump looks to have had some work, have not torn it down yet to see whats in it but it has a wedge, droop and diverter. However its got some home-made diverter linkage brackets and no reverse bucket. Been trying to track down some parts breakdowns or any information on identifying it, and not having much luck. Stamped on the droop says "Super Droop" and "Super Jet" on the diverter rudder, but I cant find anything else to ID it... Any info on this would be appreciated, gonna try and track down a reverse bucket for it and just run it as-is this summer to see what else it needs and tear it apart this winter to re do the interior, paint and anything else that comes up.

    Figure I'll throw in a picture, threads are worthless without em. Paint and interior is rougher than the picture looks, but all the wood and glass is solid as a rock. Cant beat the price I picked it up for either

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    Would help if I posted the diverter pics...



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    Congratulations! Cool project! Classic Hondo T-deck jet hull. I looked at that boat last week. It seems pretty solid but needs a lot of work. Good Completive trailer under it. Needs a new intake as the intake fins are broken off. He had the original nozzle and reverse bucket on the back seat when I looked at it. I do not know if it will work with that cool looking Super Droop. Jacuzzi WJs are good pumps. You should find Olds and WJ pump parts cheap. Contact Eddies Inboard at 520-298-9322 if you are in located Tucson when you need help on restoring that Hondo. You will also meet a lot of nice Tucson Hot boat folks there too. Keep us posted on your progress.

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    The boat is actually in pretty good shape. Few spots that need some glass work but nothing I can handle in a few days. Just got it all torn apart besides the engine and pump today, EVERYTHING except for the steering work. Going to try and get a cable and get it on the water the weekend of the 6th to see how the pump is. Popped the valve covers off and the valvetrain looks brand new. Not too bad for what the guy was asking, and he was straight forward and honest.

    Met a few guys from Tucson July 4th weekend. Last year we were at Apache for the gathering Eddies does in August with my old boat, a 78' Centurion T-deck. Had a blast, met a few people. Thats where we are headed on the 6th for it again, my buddy who I sold that Centurion to will have it on the water, just got the new motor in it and we'll see how she goes. A few buddies and I are from up in Cottonwood. I have this new project, one has my old Centurion and another has a jet, cant remember what hull. We are hoping to be camping at 3-mile or upper burnt corral. Cant miss our campsite, about 5-6 motorhomes and trailers, horseshoes and alot of drinkin and yelling at night under flood lights.
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    ya sure thats a WJ? Doesnt look like one at all unless its been heavily modified.
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    Log off and go float, hang in the party coves, Show and shine on the trailer, fill up the boat, wax it, v-drive, jet, outdrive, and if you got a canoe and your reading this, you sir, need to phucking upgrade.

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    Pretty classic "fare" for Hondos of that vintage (Olds and Jacuzzi WJ) Should be a nice project we did a complete resto on a very similar boat a couple years back , Good Luck ! re the Super Jet , located north of LA as I recall they made alot of interesting stuff ( we have quite a few "SJ" odd pieces) I also have their entire catalog as a PDF file somewhere Honestly I would give thought to upgrading the droop and steering/trim to a late style deal , would be much more efficiant and functional Tom

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    I've had that thought floating in the back of my mind, upgrading to a newer style... just sent you a pm back about a steering rack and cable as well. Just trying to get this thing out on the water to see if I need to more than just cosmetic and interior. If you maybe have access to a reverse bucket for this to get me by for now shoot me a price

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