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    Default A week to float!

    I've been lurking around here for about a year now after I purchased a '71 Cheetah jet last year in October almost to the day. It had everything there minus motor; this included rotted center stringer and floors. Whamplers is in a week and I just got my stringer board cut to fit the other night. I met up with Tim (ramair69gto) and Harley (Harley222) last night and needless to say they lit a fire under my ass! This thread is going to follow the (hopeful) completion of the boat in a week. When I say completion I mean, stringer, floor, motor, seats to make it float!

    The motor (SBC) will be sitting on the stand Monday and hopefully mounted next week. I have two sets of motor mounts, a 3pt BBC, and a 4pt for an SBC. I also have a 1310 (I think) driveline and an H-bar from a BBC that matches the 3-pt bellhousing. This includes a top mount starter, or the starter that is already on the motor. I basically have to decide, through mix and matching, how the motor will get mounted in the boat.

    The pump is good, spins nice, no play, impeller is clean.

    Boat was last on the water in 2002.

    I cleaned up the electrical a month ago so that should be plug and play.

    I've done alot of research here and on other sites and met some really cool people so far. I appreciate everyone's support!

    On to the pics!

    When I bought it a year ago:





    After I got it home and washed it:


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    Floor tearout:

    Wet wood, and delammed glass:



    Stringer repair done years ago:



    Did some polishing of the original gel:


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    Pulled it off the trailer to do the stringer install:



    Stringer replacement:






    And that's how it sits now.

    Today after work I am going to go home and bed that puppy and start glassing it in. I am going to pick up the rest of the material for my floor and rear bulkhead and start shaping it. Tomorrow I'll finish shaping the front floor, tank mount and bulkhead and coat them all with resin. Sunday evening I'll lay the floor and other components in.

    Next week will be motor install and remaining glass work and elcetrical.

    Stay tuned!

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    i would round of the top corners on the stringer some, much easyer to glass

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    Good Call Thompy, I forgot to tell him to router the top of the boards. If you need to borrow the router and bit Dave you are more then welcome to it as we will be farting around around with the boats after work today

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    Yeah, I plan to round them off before I glass over them.

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    looking good, lots of work to get done in a week, hope to see it on the water on oct. 9. have you been on this site www.sidewinder-boats.com there is a bunch of information about your boat on that site,a cheetah is a clone of a winder, check it out and good luck with your project!

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    your hull should be supported before you glass the stringers back in...you could create a not so pleasant condition...hook or rocker. A hull with one of these conditions is not fun at all..
    "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance...Baffle them with bullshit"

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    here is a pic of a cheetah that someone is restoring on the sidewinder site



    its got a 455 in it,most did but your small block should be more reliable. there is a bunch of info over there.

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    hell yea dave, let me know if ya need a hand. mike is right brace the hull maybe even put it on the trailer atleast. "ADAM" hes only puttin the small block in it so he can run it this year then hes puttin a BBC in it...well hope it gets done and like i said call if ya need some help...and nice meetin ya last night..

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    dont do it on the trailer if it has rollers, should be ok if it has bunks, but i would go with jack stands or blocking it up
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    Right now it's supported by two jackstands in the rear just under the outer part of the transom and a cradle up front right where it starts to ramp up to the bow. I put a rolled up carpet under the length of it for support underneath and got it just rest on it and crush the carpet slightly. Do you guys think I should brace the sides more? I had it on the trailer and the bunks didn't look straight so that's why I pulled it off and set it up this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam View Post
    looking good, lots of work to get done in a week, hope to see it on the water on oct. 9. have you been on this site www.sidewinder-boats.com there is a bunch of information about your boat on that site,a cheetah is a clone of a winder, check it out and good luck with your project!
    I've been waiting for my approval for a while now. I haven't been over there lately to see if it went through. Thanks for reminding me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkidminoltu View Post
    I've been waiting for my approval for a while now. I haven't been over there lately to see if it went through. Thanks for reminding me!
    I think they are slow over there, I dont get on that site very often, if you need to ask some questions on that site and you haven't been accepted yet, I could ask or you can use my user name. anything to help you get it done!

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