One more new guy. I have been lurking on the forum for a couple of months trying to gain knowledge but have not much reason to post yet. I recently bought my first jet boat, a '72 Wriedt with an Olds 455 and Berkeley JB-A for a dirt cheap price. The guy I bought it from had owned it in partnership with a couple of buddies and just wanted to get rid of it. The boat measures 17' 8" long. The boat has not been used for a couple of years. The boat is pretty basic with no tach, no diverter, etc. The boat needs paint pretty bad but is otherwise fairly solid. Luckily, I have buddies that own paint shops and others that have owned jet boats.
The boat needs some minor work and updating. The Holley 4175 650 carb is leaking from most gaskets and the secondaries are stuck shut. The boat still runs, steers and rides good and GPS'd at about 45 mph when I had it out last week with the worn carb.
The boat has no rock grate at all. As I really don't want to suck up any large objects such as human heads, etc, I want some sort of grate. Would I get any benefit on this type of boat by adding a loader or should I just find a used rock grate? I realize that this boat will not be a speed demon with the current setup 9455, logs, but faster is better, right?
The temperature guage did not rise very high when I ran the boat last week. It was a cold day, about 45 degrees, but that got me thinking: Should I limit the amount of water that is running through the engine? I think I remember reading a post about installing a water pressure guage. Where would I install this?
Sorry for the newb questions, but any help is appreciated.