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    1979 18' sunkist
    BBC - 454 maybe 468 not sure
    berkeley 12jg-a


    This is my inlaws boat and it has sit in a machine shed for a while. I've went out in it about 4 or 5 times in the last 3 yrs, and about 4 times this year. Don't really know anything about it so I am hoping to get some help on here, as I plan on doing some much needed work to it.

    Any info about the boat - history, pros/cons

    Any know problems that I need to look for on the boat

    Any cheap upgrades

    Basically any suggestion that any of you have


    Thank You in Advance,
    Matt
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    Cool boat, congrats!
    As far as 'cheap' upgrades the very best thing you could buy would be a Place Diverter. You can research Diverters here or on the Place Diverter site. I'm sure others will agree it's the single best thing a new boater can do to improve ride and performance.
    Best of luck.

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    Also, where I am suppose to put the oil in the bowl, there are grease zerks there and my wife says that her dad always greased them with a grease gun. Some input there would be appreciated.

    Couldn't find the capacity plate anywhere on it. Wondering if anyone knows where to look.

    Alot of stuff got left halfway done on this boat and I plan on paint, new carpet, seats, rebuild on BBC, carb kit, new fuel lines, auto-bilge and do some fiberglass work under the bow to stiffen it up. But that will be over the winter.

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    Using grease in the bowl is fine. By "Capacity Plate" are you talking about the coast guard plate for weights and passengers? If so then it is typically riveted on the driver side right next the Forward/Reverse control handle. This plate has been missing on most of the boats I have owned however....

    Good luck with your build!
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    Thank you for the replies.

    The warden called it a capacity plate so that is why I called it that.

    All the other info is just what I got off of the registration, which has an Id#, but I don't know where that came from either.

    After fixing/redoing the parts that are on it, a diverter iss first on the list for upgrades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 75 TX View Post
    Cool boat, congrats!
    As far as 'cheap' upgrades the very best thing you could buy would be a Place Diverter. You can research Diverters here or on the Place Diverter site. I'm sure others will agree it's the single best thing a new boater can do to improve ride and performance.
    Best of luck.
    X2 X2 X2!

    Just get one.
    A manual control will work fine.
    You have plenty of room to mount the controller right next to the driver seat.
    Changes the whole experience.
    Plus, you can avoid getting swamped by bigger boats by kicking the nose of the boat up, and going right through the wake.
    100 years from now, none of this will matter.

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