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    Default 76 Manta Ray Day Cruiser Budget Build

    First of all I want to thank all the folks from this board & a couple of others that have helped this build become a reality for my neighbor, by either donating or selling him parts at an unbelieveable price! He has been boatless for about 10 years. Finaly found a jet boat in need of a bit of work that he could afford. Scared as many of the marine parts up he could find over the last summer, and this what we managed to put together so far.

    found a used BBC (cheap)


    So inspected the bottom end, looks great!


    some of the parts he collected during the summer.


    I installed the timing set, marine pan & pickup, even found some old MT Valve covers and a tunnel ram with a couple 650's (I Rebuilt)


    I had some old accell wires & distributor,found some logs.


    I made some feet for the engine plates & bolted her in.


    shes almost there!


    Found an old scoop and polished it up, the heighth is perfect!




    Almost there! thanks again everyone, you know who you are. Its fine folks on this forum like yourselves that make us all better people, by letting us get someone back on the water! Stev Mac

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    That looks like it could be fun
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    Looks awesome! I've met some awesome people on this board that helped me rebuild my jet in a short amount of time, so it's neat to see someone else having the same good experience. Can you take a pic of the alternator mounting and brackets please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkidminoltu View Post
    Looks awesome! I've met some awesome people on this board that helped me rebuild my jet in a short amount of time, so it's neat to see someone else having the same good experience. Can you take a pic of the alternator mounting and brackets please?
    No problem, I made the adjuster & the front motor plate had a hole drilled in a great spot, I will snap a couple pics tomorrow, while I install the water lines.

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    Awesome, I have the same front mount on mine and that would help me fab something up. Thanks!

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    Heres how the one I made for this motor looks.


    The motor plate had a hole in it allready, so I used that as the pivot point, just shimmed the alt with a spacer to align the pullies, Then made the adjuster out of a 4" 3/8" grade 8 bolt and a couple pieces of thick wall tube I had laying around.

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    Sweet, thanks man!

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    Just wanted to finish updating this thread, and Once Again, Thank ALL OF YOU that helped these fine folks, get back ON THE Water! They made their own seat bases and panels, I built the motor, did the install, rewired the boat, installed some nice donated guages, etc. Many helped make this a reality, Hence the boats name "A Dream" heres the pics.





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    Just wanted to finish this thread up. Thanks to David, for coming along. That way I had my boat as a tow truck, if needed. The Manta Ray, rides very nice! Sits pretty high in the water for a full day cruiser, and looks really good at 52 mph GPs'd @ 5200 RPM. It jumps on plane very fast, and eats up the big waves nicely! Thanks again to everyone for the bits & peices that helped make this Dream (boat name- A Dream) a !
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