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    Default 1979 Southwind tunnel build

    Well yesterday i picked up a 1979 southwind t/d and i couldn't be more stoked This will be Southwind #2 for me. The other one is a 1975 18 foot with a mild 460.
    It's going to need a lot of work to get back on the water but should be a fun project.
    thanks again to keven(reagan) here on pb for the great deal.

    Planing on a 532 ford stroker + 250 shot for the power plant, rebuild the old dominator jet that it came with,new gel coat ,Fix up the trailer, maybe a few other things. We shall see.

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    Glad ur happy, and goin Ford. Enjoy it and I'm looking forward to seeing this thing on the water.

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    Lets not "CURSE" this one! btw cool project

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    I won't let that happen again! That's for sure!
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    Did some work on the T/D today. Got the tanks out and stared working on the floor. After a few hours of sanding i got this.






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    Lots of work ahead of you. good luck. The only downer about the whole thing is the FERD you gonna put in it........ Then again, im building a stroker ford for HBinHeats red SWTD.

    What color you gonna spray it?

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    THAT is a heavy lay-up!!! Needs to go on a serious diet. M

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    @futs i should just ditch the ford huh. hahaha. I am thinking orange and white but that could change.

    @ol guy it will. Any ideas how? i am all ears

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    Quote Originally Posted by jyeager View Post
    @futs i should just ditch the ford huh. hahaha. I am thinking orange and white but that could change.

    @ol guy it will. Any ideas how? i am all ears
    Ford or chevy the boat will run. My son is doing a 18 S/W V-bottom and it will be white and orange. As far as the diet goes---- Its a plywood bottom(cant change that) but that has alot of strength to it so the first thing I would lose is half of the gunnel and bulkhead supports. Then sand until you cant sand no more then sand again. I would not get into the wood but smooth it out and look around for other areas that are thick. Are you building a two seater or a four? Mark

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    I though the supports were weird. My intention was to cut them out and glass a smaller tunnel support back in. it will be a 2 seater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ol guy View Post
    THAT is a heavy lay-up!!! Needs to go on a serious diet. M
    I will bet alot of money mine is heavier!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Futs View Post
    I will bet alot of money mine is heavier!!!
    Sorry to hear that Futs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ol guy View Post
    Sorry to hear that Futs!
    dont be sorry, i can boat in shitty river water all day long. Thats what it was built for and it still runs over a hundred all day.....

    Mine is a river boat, not a race boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jyeager View Post
    I though the supports were weird. My intention was to cut them out and glass a smaller tunnel support back in. it will be a 2 seater.
    Thats a good start. Down size the gunnel supports and the tunnel support a bunch. Just be sure to run an intake brace. Just for giggles weigh and keep track of what comes out. You will be surprised what glassed over marine ply weighs. Also check the lamination on the floor wood. you might find areas were alittle de-lam is starting and that is were you want to get after it with a grinder to the wood and re glass. M

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