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    I figured I post some pics of this project so I can get some input from some of you guys...

    I bought this boat out of Mississippi..the guy towed it out and met me in Parker...boat was not as advertised, but it's the hull I wanted, so I bought it anyway.

    Here's one of the pics he sent me before I bought it. It's a SWTD bottom with a T-deck on it...looks like from the SW formula 19.








    The motor was thrashed, but it was a good core block that I took .060 over and used as a foundation for the new mill since I discovered my old motor had some creative line honing work that I missed when I built it last year. Motor is a mild 10.5:1 496 solid roller motor with Dart 310 heads and a single dominator...I'm hoping for 750hp out of it, which probably won't happen but everyone can dream right?

    The goal was to get it together by labor day, but I'm gonna slow down and do it right. I've got a bunch of little trick details I'd like to work on, and they won't get done if I rush it.

    Here it is all cleaned up.



    Not to crazy about the red stringers, but even less crazy about sanding it off...so they'll stay red. I've got some holes to plug. The previous owner/builder mounted everything right through the bottom of the boat, so most of that is coming out and the holes will be filled.

    Here's the motor mounting arrangement...two 5/16 bolts holding the blocks down and one 5/16 bolt holding the plate to the block...This disturbs me a bit. At the very least, I've already drilled out the blocks to accept 3/8" bolts to the plates, but I'm not even sure I trust that. Any opinions on this?



    I had the motor hanging on the cherry picker so I thought I'd throw it in just to see how much room I've got around it....I've still gotta figure out how to mount the alternator and where to put my oil cooler.



    I know I'm gonna catch some crap cutting the pod down, but after having transom plates on my old boat, I absolutly hate the cast transom adapters w/ all the cables/steering going through them. I pull the bowl after every couple weekends to check stuff out and it seems that servicing is a ton easier with the plates. I've got it cut and started prep on Tuesday...also dug into a few little "stress cracks" that I saw through the paint and the glass underneith seems to disappear pretty quick, so I ground out the cracks...found a few more, and will be glassing these up as well. I'm glad I found 'em now instead of after they got lots bigger on the water. I've got to jack the boat up tonight and pull the ride plates off of it to put the pod back together correctly. I'll post some more pics tonight.
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    I remember someone on the boards owned one like this. I am sure somewhere Mouzer or big proppa did. You will definately want to look into a splash guard as my boat sits with the water line right about the rub rail. The shape of the SWTD raises up more and deflects the water and raises the freeboard.



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    A splash guard is definately on the list...probably aluminum like the one one the yellow boat you posted.

    got the plates off tonight and finished prep, then glassed the back of the pod back on....got one layer around the outside, I'll grind and do 2 more layers tomorrow.

    While I've got all the hardware off the back of it...the plates need to be refinished and I'm going to make some aluminum plates to distribute the load of the braces. What kind of finish should I go with?

    polished? Red powdercoat? Black powdercoat? Clear anodized? Red anodized? black anodized?
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    yes i had the same t-deck swtd boat but the pod was cut off.


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    I've been working on this for way too long....but finally got some paint on it today, got a couple more coats to go. don't worry about the top...that's getting cut for an access panel I can actually fit my hand through.



    I'm back to getting it done for this weekend...pump and motor are going back in tonight, I'll make the transom plates tonight and tomorrow, then wire and plumb it tomorrow and friday.....I hope.

    Objective is to see if it floats this weekend, we'll make changes when I get back home if need be.
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    how much did you cut off the pod?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaun View Post
    how much did you cut off the pod?
    About 4 inches, which luckily enough put the plates right on top of a couple of the bolt heads that hold the pump to the intake. That figures. I measured everything so I'd just miss 'em, but I guess I built up the glass a bit more than anticipated. I countersunk those 2 holes and I'm using flat allen heads to "solve" my problem.

    Got the plates cut and mostly fitted...just have to machine them tomorrow night so they make a nice lap joint at the seam and glue 'em on.

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    Looks great. If I drop off mine you want to cut the pod off? It should be really easy since you already did one. lol.
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    [QUOTE=moneysucker;1205668]

    This boat will never get by me again! put money on that! actually, it didnt in the beginning, I tried the game of "Yuma catch up" all the way down the sand bar, but I am not one for excuses, the next time I hope Tre has his A, B and C game with him! here Tre, Tre Tre! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRG View Post


    This boat will never get by me again! put money on that! actually, it didnt in the beginning, I tried the game of "Yuma catch up" all the way down the sand bar, but I am not one for excuses, the next time I hope Tre has his A, B and C game with him! here Tre, Tre Tre! lol
    You sound so deffensive!!!
    I think that boat is gonna kick your T-bagged ASS!!!
    AGAIN!!
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    this boat is screaming out "i want some zoomies!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by blender over View Post
    this boat is screaming out "i want some zoomies!!"

    What it really needs are some upswept Chrome headers.
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    Haha, I mustev been doin a lil drinkin last night!....but I wouldnt fall for that trick again!

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    This boat is screaming ...I can't break a hundy!!!!!

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