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    I have a 70 or early 80 model Texas Tunnel. I can not find any serials number on the boat. Does anyone know where to start looking for information? Will be replacing stringers. The transom has no wood on it at all, I guess for weight???? The boat has a solid hull but will need to be repainted. It is an old burgundy paint job with no numbers. Trailer has expired Texas plates.27S ZNH espied on May 1992. The pump in the boat, suction piece inside the boat was painted yellow and the other half was painted burgundy. The 2 peice bowl has been polished.
    Any help on boot would be great.
    Bubba in Arkansas
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    Quote Originally Posted by blowncents View Post
    I have a 70 or early 80 model Texas Tunnel. I can not find any serials number on the boat. Does anyone know where to start looking for information? Will be replacing stringers. The transom has no wood on it at all, I guess for weight???? The boat has a solid hull but will need to be repainted. It is an old burgundy paint job with no numbers. Trailer has expired Texas plates.27S ZNH espied on May 1992. The pump in the boat, suction piece inside the boat was painted yellow and the other half was painted burgundy. The 2 peice bowl has been polished.
    Any help on boot would be great.
    Bubba in Arkansas
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    I have a 70 or early 80 model Texas Tunnel. I can not find any serals number on the boat. Does anyone know where to start looking for information? will be replacing stringers. The transom has no wood on it at all, I guess for weight???? The boat has a solaid hull but will need to be repainted. It is a old burangy paint with no numbers.Trailer has expired texas plates.27S ZNH espired on May 1992. The pump in the boat, suckion peice inside the boat was painted yellow and the other half was painted murgrndy.
    Any help on boot would be great.
    Bubba in Aekansas
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    Who is Blown Cents? I know who Blown Dollars is....

    The best bet in finding that serial number is going to be tracing back the owners. Possibly the license plate will help. The hull numbers were not embossed in the hulls in those earlier years. Generally the hull id was a 1/2" X 3 1/2" strip of aluminum stamped and then riveted to the hull. The numbers or id will not be anywhere else on them.

    Earle Smith himself might be able to help, but I doubt it without a little more information on the origin. Is there a title? The hull weight is going to be less than 400 and probably closer to 300.

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    X2... Allot of race hull's were laid up with out VIN #'s laid into the hull. Not sure about where your at but in AZ you can have it inspected by the Fish & Game and they will issue a title and VIN # that is on a blue and white sticker. DOne it a time or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead View Post
    Who is Blown Cents? I know who Blown Dollars is....

    The best bet in finding that serial number is going to be tracing back the owners. Possibly the license plate will help. The hull numbers were not embossed in the hulls in those earlier years. Generally the hull id was a 1/2" X 3 1/2" strip of aluminum stamped and then riveted to the hull. The numbers or id will not be anywhere else on them.

    Earle Smith himself might be able to help, but I doubt it without a little more information on the origin. Is there a title? The hull weight is going to be less than 400 and probably closer to 300.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JGB View Post
    X2... Allot of race hull's were laid up with out VIN #'s laid into the hull. Not sure about where your at but in AZ you can have it inspected by the Fish & Game and they will issue a title and VIN # that is on a blue and white sticker. DOne it a time or two.


    Thanks, I checked with them today and paperwork is fine was just trying to get a little more info on the boat.

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    i have two of those earl smith texas tunnel hulls. both weigh around 265 lbs and neither were built with vin numbers. one has a number assigned by the fish & game. they are a very quick hull in two ways and one of them you won`t like at all if you`re not VERY careful. keep a close eye on the water and set it back down slowly.

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    What part of Arkansas are you in? You gonna bring it out on the lake, or just gonna use it as a race boat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Till View Post
    i have two of those earl smith texas tunnel hulls. both weigh around 265 lbs and neither were built with vin numbers. one has a number assigned by the fish & game. they are a very quick hull in two ways and one of them you won`t like at all if you`re not VERY careful. keep a close eye on the water and set it back down slowly.

    Thanks, They told me that they could issue a plate for it. Anything before 73 did not have to have a vin # ??? so they said!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lildave View Post
    What part of Arkansas are you in? You gonna bring it out on the lake, or just gonna use it as a race boat?

    Norfork, Ark.
    Will be fixing up the boat to sell as I have a Sunkist that will be for lake use. Have the boat on a stand right now to replace the trailer finder and paint it. But you never know it might get a motor to play with !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blowncents View Post
    Norfork, Ark.
    Will be fixing up the boat to sell as I have a Sunkist that will be for lake use. Have the boat on a stand right now to replace the trailer finder and paint it. But you never know it might get a motor to play with !!!!
    Make sure you get it cheap, these Earl Smith don't bring much money anymore. Personaly i love 'em, but you can find a nice (less motor) race ready one for around 4-6k. I'd just hate to see ya get in to deep and not be able to get your money back out of it.
    Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filucky View Post
    Make sure you get it cheap, these Earl Smith don't bring much money anymore. Personaly i love 'em, but you can find a nice (less motor) race ready one for around 4-6k. I'd just hate to see ya get in to deep and not be able to get your money back out of it.
    I'm not in it to deep for all I got with it. Just have to fix trailer and replace stringer. Might paint it one color and let someone put their details on it.

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