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    Originally Posted by cs19
    I always get a kick out of the stories.

    "He sold it to his brothers sisters counsin in laws uncle who stored it in a barn (its always a barn) and he passed away and everyone thought the molds were lost in a fire then 10 years later they found it again (in a barn) and it was still perfect so they started making boats again, joe shmoe splashed a boat from it and they went to court over it and so and so got sued. Ricky racer set the record in that one boat but it actually came out of the other mold that is now missing but we think its sitting in a field in Texas but the other mold is messed up now and you dont want boats from it cause its got .0001 of hook in the center sponson and they are ass draggers becasue of it and they will never work. If we could just find that other mold we would be setting records.

    Always a classic story when you ask about molds.

    Interesting.... Just recently Robbie Barrett and I started looking for "old" known performer performance boats for guys in our area. We located Peter Gehan's old Cheyenne which was originally owned by Charlie Nix in Dallas. The boat, less engine had been sitting in a storage building near Lake Whitney in Texas for a couple of years. We picked it up a couple of weeks ago and it will see the water again this year with new owner Pat Hobbs of Hooks, Texas.

    Now there was a black, red, yellow Cheyenne out of the Woody Martin-Richard Wildt stable (and I don't know which boat this is per say, but my old memory says they purchased a black one out of New Mexico at one time) ran with the name of "Can't Touch This" and driven by Travis Reed that was the PLJ record holder and high points champ. This boat had an impressive history and was reported to be one of the quickest and fastest hulls out of Woody's camp. I'm sorry to report it is near death.

    Yes.... indeed we found it...... sitting under a tree in the edge of a pasture near DeKalb, Texas.... where it had been.... UNCOVERED for about 6 years.... Yes folks, close to complete with electronics and fuel pump less engine.... uncovered.

    This boat was so babied in its early life that it never had drain plugs drilled in the hull. Everytime it was pulled out of the water it was wiped down inside and out with a towel and then covered. Well, Robbie Barrett knew the fellow that had her and had been trying to get the boat for years, but the guy wanted close to what he paid for her. A couple of weeks ago Robbie talked the fellow, who now lives in Oklahoma, but the boat was still in the field, into letting us pick up the boat, clean it up and see what we might have.

    Now here is where I just want to scream obsenities at someone, (1) that is now my way of doing things and (2) it is a good thing the guy is not in front of me to temp me into doing so! I have the boat at my shop. The boat was smooth full of leaves and water. Robbie took a battery drill and drilled the first drain holes in the sponsons of the boat and let it drain awhile, drug it home, removed the leaves and washed her. Suprisingly the exterior gel does not look that bad. I then towed the boat to my shop where I was going to remove all the "gray" colored hardware that was once bright "red" anodized and then steam clean the interior to see what we might have. The center keel underneath looks quite nice. I went to set my ratchet and tools on top of one of the tunnels while I climbed in to hear a hollow sound when I set down the ratchet. I ran my hand on top of the tunnels to feel a convex shape and then pressed down to see the top glass flex nearly 1/4" and begin to fracture while water squished around under the surface. I pulled the bowl off Friday to literally find it filled with dirt dobber nest, rats nest and fecies.

    I'm afraid she is dying quickly. Anybody interested in her?

    Gear

    BTW - I did find Chris Braun's Usual Suspect boat a new home with a good young man here in Atlanta, TX

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    As a Cheyenne owner, that's terribly sad that the PLJ #107 - "Can't Touch This" boat was ruined like that.

    That is the first boat I raced. I drove it for Travis and Janie and won the PLJ SDBA Hi-Point Chaphionship that year. The boat was a great one and was very well taken care of.

    That trailer it was on is not the original trailer either. Shane got rid of the nice trailer with chrome fenders on it when we raced it.

    My best in that boat was a 9.15 at 113 mph in Phoenix.

    I'll have to scan some pics of that boat and post them.

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    Man this is a sad story, just like old cars that people put out to pasture and wont sell. Is it possible to fix the boat? Or too far gone? My dream boat is a Cheyenne, and one day I will buy a finished setup. But for now I'm just enjoying my Youngblood winger. Very interesting reading. JC
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead View Post
    Interesting.... Just recently Robbie Barrett and I started looking for "old" known performer performance boats for guys in our area. We located Peter Gehan's old Cheyenne which was originally owned by Charlie Nix in Dallas. The boat, less engine had been sitting in a storage building near Lake Whitney in Texas for a couple of years. We picked it up a couple of weeks ago and it will see the water again this year with new owner Pat Hobbs of Hooks, Texas.

    Now there was a black, red, yellow Cheyenne out of the Woody Martin-Richard Wildt stable (and I don't know which boat this is per say, but my old memory says they purchased a black one out of New Mexico at one time) ran with the name of "Can't Touch This" and driven by Travis Reed that was the PLJ record holder and high points champ. This boat had an impressive history and was reported to be one of the quickest and fastest hulls out of Woody's camp. I'm sorry to report it is near death.

    Yes.... indeed we found it...... sitting under a tree in the edge of a pasture near DeKalb, Texas.... where it had been.... UNCOVERED for about 6 years.... Yes folks, close to complete with electronics and fuel pump less engine.... uncovered.

    This boat was so babied in its early life that it never had drain plugs drilled in the hull. Everytime it was pulled out of the water it was wiped down inside and out with a towel and then covered. Well, Robbie Barrett knew the fellow that had her and had been trying to get the boat for years, but the guy wanted close to what he paid for her. A couple of weeks ago Robbie talked the fellow, who now lives in Oklahoma, but the boat was still in the field, into letting us pick up the boat, clean it up and see what we might have.

    Now here is where I just want to scream obsenities at someone, (1) that is now my way of doing things and (2) it is a good thing the guy is not in front of me to temp me into doing so! I have the boat at my shop. The boat was smooth full of leaves and water. Robbie took a battery drill and drilled the first drain holes in the sponsons of the boat and let it drain awhile, drug it home, removed the leaves and washed her. Suprisingly the exterior gel does not look that bad. I then towed the boat to my shop where I was going to remove all the "gray" colored hardware that was once bright "red" anodized and then steam clean the interior to see what we might have. The center keel underneath looks quite nice. I went to set my ratchet and tools on top of one of the tunnels while I climbed in to hear a hollow sound when I set down the ratchet. I ran my hand on top of the tunnels to feel a convex shape and then pressed down to see the top glass flex nearly 1/4" and begin to fracture while water squished around under the surface. I pulled the bowl off Friday to literally find it filled with dirt dobber nest, rats nest and fecies.

    I'm afraid she is dying quickly. Anybody interested in her?

    Gear

    BTW - I did find Chris Braun's Usual Suspect boat a new home with a good young man here in Atlanta, TX
    A guy out here in N.M. ran a cheyenne that was black,red and yellow. ran under the name strictly business ran comp jet. his name is Lawren Jones he had 2 daytonas the same colors. I thought that boat blew over waco years ago after he sold it and the guy turned it into a sandbox. can't remember the guys name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedealer View Post
    A guy out here in N.M. ran a cheyenne that was black,red and yellow. ran under the name strictly business ran comp jet. his name is Lawren Jones he had 2 daytonas the same colors. I thought that boat blew over waco years ago after he sold it and the guy turned it into a sandbox. can't remember the guys name.
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    That may well be the one I was thinking of that came from NM. I'm pretty sure that was the guy and boats name. He came and ran one of the races at Waco... I think in '86 and then Woody purchased the boat. I have also heard that Woody sold a boat to a guy and Richard told him not to run it 10 feet past the finish line... and he ran it out the back and blew it over. I'll check with a couple of guys that may know, but it could well align with your story.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead View Post
    Speed,

    That may well be the one I was thinking of that came from NM. I'm pretty sure that was the guy and boats name. He came and ran one of the races at Waco... I think in '86 and then Woody purchased the boat. I have also heard that Woody sold a boat to a guy and Richard told him not to run it 10 feet past the finish line... and he ran it out the back and blew it over. I'll check with a couple of guys that may know, but it could well align with your story.

    Thanks!
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    The Cheyenne that blew over was not in Waco... it was in Ft Worth. Seems like his name was Danny something and he was from Tennessee.

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    I like the way you changed up the story by using "a storage shed and a pasture" rather than "a barn and a field".


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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirtcha? View Post
    I like the way you changed up the story by using "a storage shed and a pasture" rather than "a barn and a field".

    Like you say.... same old stories, just different twist. The first Cheyenne was in a "paid style" storage shed/building with a cover on it. Stored the way a boat of its stature should be.... The second... a boat with a real successful boat history, one that had been babied.... was literally set out to pasture at a very young age.

    Now she is frail and struggling to make her next breath. Today she is near naked and cold, covered with snow in my shop drive. The crazy part about some of these stories is "truth is stranger than fiction"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheyenne 372 View Post
    The Cheyenne that blew over was not in Waco... it was in Ft Worth. Seems like his name was Danny something and he was from Tennessee.

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    Gary, was it the other black one previously from Woody's stable? Strictly Business?

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    people do some pretty idiotic stuff. Drake and I just picked up a complete scoop to pan Paul Pfaff Blown 525 that had been sitting for 8 years with no plugs in it. Tore it all down and found that a small amount of water had corroded large pits in 4 cylnders. Apparently it had never been turned over.

    Who the hell lets a motor like that sit for 8 years with no plugs in it and water in the cylinders????? Bacically got a decent blower and a rotating assembly out of it. lol

    Sucks to see nice pieces sitting and going to complete crap.... Every once in a while a boat like this pops up and you gotta wonder what the hell somebody was thinking. If they thought enough of it to shell out the cash to buy it, why now let it go to hell???

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Dad View Post
    people do some pretty idiotic stuff. Drake and I just picked up a complete scoop to pan Paul Pfaff Blown 525 that had been sitting for 8 years with no plugs in it. Tore it all down and found that a small amount of water had corroded large pits in 4 cylnders. Apparently it had never been turned over.

    Who the hell lets a motor like that sit for 8 years with no plugs in it and water in the cylinders????? Bacically got a decent blower and a rotating assembly out of it. lol

    Sucks to see nice pieces sitting and going to complete crap.... Every once in a while a boat like this pops up and you gotta wonder what the hell somebody was thinking. If they thought enough of it to shell out the cash to buy it, why now let it go to hell???
    reminds me of my Bahner, my blood sweat and tears went into it, it now looks like this...
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    Blender, I saw that on CL and remebered your post. Damn shame....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead View Post
    Interesting.... Just recently Robbie Barrett and I started looking for "old" known performer performance boats for guys in our area. We located Peter Gehan's old Cheyenne which was originally owned by Charlie Nix in Dallas. The boat, less engine had been sitting in a storage building near Lake Whitney in Texas for a couple of years. We picked it up a couple of weeks ago and it will see the water again this year with new owner Pat Hobbs of Hooks, Texas.

    Now there was a black, red, yellow Cheyenne out of the Woody Martin-Richard Wildt stable (and I don't know which boat this is per say, but my old memory says they purchased a black one out of New Mexico at one time) ran with the name of "Can't Touch This" and driven by Travis Reed that was the PLJ record holder and high points champ. This boat had an impressive history and was reported to be one of the quickest and fastest hulls out of Woody's camp. I'm sorry to report it is near death.

    Yes.... indeed we found it...... sitting under a tree in the edge of a pasture near DeKalb, Texas.... where it had been.... UNCOVERED for about 6 years.... Yes folks, close to complete with electronics and fuel pump less engine.... uncovered.

    This boat was so babied in its early life that it never had drain plugs drilled in the hull. Everytime it was pulled out of the water it was wiped down inside and out with a towel and then covered. Well, Robbie Barrett knew the fellow that had her and had been trying to get the boat for years, but the guy wanted close to what he paid for her. A couple of weeks ago Robbie talked the fellow, who now lives in Oklahoma, but the boat was still in the field, into letting us pick up the boat, clean it up and see what we might have.

    Now here is where I just want to scream obsenities at someone, (1) that is now my way of doing things and (2) it is a good thing the guy is not in front of me to temp me into doing so! I have the boat at my shop. The boat was smooth full of leaves and water. Robbie took a battery drill and drilled the first drain holes in the sponsons of the boat and let it drain awhile, drug it home, removed the leaves and washed her. Suprisingly the exterior gel does not look that bad. I then towed the boat to my shop where I was going to remove all the "gray" colored hardware that was once bright "red" anodized and then steam clean the interior to see what we might have. The center keel underneath looks quite nice. I went to set my ratchet and tools on top of one of the tunnels while I climbed in to hear a hollow sound when I set down the ratchet. I ran my hand on top of the tunnels to feel a convex shape and then pressed down to see the top glass flex nearly 1/4" and begin to fracture while water squished around under the surface. I pulled the bowl off Friday to literally find it filled with dirt dobber nest, rats nest and fecies.

    I'm afraid she is dying quickly. Anybody interested in her?

    Gear

    BTW - I did find Chris Braun's Usual Suspect boat a new home with a good young man here in Atlanta, TX
    Sad to hear! Richard Wildt is a good friend of mine...receently cleaned out his storage building of all the trophies and memorabilia from his racing years. He called his son Eric and told him to haul it to the dump...his son loaded it up and i believe has stored it at his house. Richard doesnt really talk JET BOATS anymore! Great guy with a wealth of knowledge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead View Post
    Gary, was it the other black one previously from Woody's stable? Strictly Business?
    I did find out that this Black/Red/Yellow Cheyenne was the Strictly Business boat. It blew over in Ft. Worth and was driven by Danny Nicely. Danny drow the boat out the back door after Richard warning him not to drive it 10 feet passed the finish line the way it was setup.

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