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Recently purchased a 1959 Belmont.
I dont think there are many pre 1960 belmonts around.
I worked on a really cool 1958 Belmont racer called "THE SHARK". It has a huge fin on the back over the engine cover.
Anyway I was just curious if there were many other owners out there?
 

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Hey bud the belmont is a piese of hot boat history! In the mid 50,s they guarated the boats would run over 60 mph! The ones i rember had cad moters w tri power! Welcome to the zoo [boards] if i can help ya give me a call. Andy 530 633 9055
 

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I think the Belmont was one of the first drag boats over 100. I believe in 1959 an all natural wood Belmont held the record at 110.77. White Mist had gone about .2mph slower. I'm not sure but I think the PURPLE PEOPLE EATER, another natural wood 21' had an Allison in it. I think that might have been a Belmont. Correct me if I'm wrong.
 

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Thanks Andy,
I'll post some pics after I watch U of A beat Uconn.
My 59 is a bit rough, but give me a month and I'll be ready for the lake.

I am running a cadillac 390 with a single 4 barrel carb.
I am actually missing some parts if you know where I can get some. Missing the exhaust manifolds.
 

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To be honest, theres not a lot of history on the Belmonts out there(that I could find).

My buddy just bought a Donzi X-18. He wants to race for pink slips.(He's kindof kidding) I have to beat him. I doubt I'll hit 100MPH tho. Hoping for 60 but Tahoe elevation is gonna kill my speed.
 

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Cool, keep the pics coming. I do remember the early (wood) Belmont's well. They were the "Chris Craft" of V-drive boats in the 1950's. I remember seeing a shorter version (18') at the 1957 boat drags held on Searsville Lake (located in the hills west of Stanford University). It had a big cube 296" Scot blown flathead and in ran close to 80 mph. Pretty fast when the top speed of the meet was 98 mph!
During that same time period, the Soso Brothers (from S.F.) ran several wood Belmont's at Lakeport on Clearlake. They had $$$$ and if anyone beat them, they immediately put their boat up for sale and built a faster one. They always ran Cadillac power and their Belmont's were absolute showpieces. They eventually had to go to a hydro around 1960 (also wood) that looked like a scaled down unlimited in order to stay the fastest boat on Clearlake. Shortly after that they were kicked out of the county (the PoPo could do that then!) for their kind of 'obnoxious' behavior. Cool guys tho....and FAST!
History lesson over, Jocko
 

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Both of my uncle's had Belmonts........ One ran 97 mph in the 1/4 w/ a single 4 barrel on a 454 back in the early 70s. I'll have to take pics of pics and post them. One was named "Top ***" and the other was "****'s Delight". True flats and dry headers that I still have the scars from getting burned on! :D
 

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Belmont Sanded.jpg Thanks for the replies guys. This is great.

The boat has been sanded down to its original resin.
Heading down to the Bay Area for new floors, seat bases, ceiling inner walls, upholstery.

I know this is a topic for the Fiberglass, paint section, but I am planning on using 3M VinylEster on top of the deck for added support and to cover and fill many hairline cracks. Ive been told by some that it is the strongest although you have to work fast. Any opinions on that?
 

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Belmont boats

I worked for Rayson Craft in the early '60s. Bill Harara had ordered a boat from Belmont. It had to run 100 mph at Lake Tahoe. It took Belmont about a month to get their Allison powered boat to reach the speed. The boat ordered from Rudy had to run 80 mph at Tahoe. Rudy used one of the blown 392s from his drag hydro. Foreman Don Smith, Keith Black Frankie and Rudy Ramos took the boat to the lake. After jetting the engine they made the speed on the first run.
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Great to see something about Belmont boats!

As an old valley-boy, I used to 'borrow' my dads 17 Belmont whenever I could get away with it.....we used to run mostly at Shaver Lake & Huntington, with summers @ Lake Tahoe. Boat was a 17' natural with a McCulloch-blown 59Ab Merc. Was quite fast for a flathead (in the early days of sbc's and Cadillacs).
@Jockorace-that may well have been me running @ Searsville, ran there a couple of times coming over from Fresno....
Seems that very few Belmonts have survived the years. I lived at Tahoe for 15 years and saw only 2 the whole time!
@Gerk- good luck with your restoration!

PS Great pix of the Shark!!! What ever became of it?
 

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21' Belmont

I have a 1966 that was first owned by a casino owner on South Shore and has remained at Tahoe since delivery. I remember many Belmonts coming through Obexer's in Homewood on the lake. The pre 1960 boats had Cadillac or Lincoln engines. The mid '60s and later had Ford powerplants, some with Chevys. I am familiar with the Shark, a few 20s (similar to the photo's posted earlier) and many 21's similar to mine; although, they have become a rare sight in the last 15 years.
I had been trying to find one to buy for over 10 years. During that time I had talked with Smitty at Belmont wanting a new hull, only to discover that he had destroyed the mold and had not kept in contact with any owners of his boats.
When I got my Belmont in 1984 it had a 427 mid-riser Ford. After a lot of tinkering/rebuilding, adding ci's, etc. I replaced the Ford with a twin turbo 454. Now it runs 80 mph on gps at Tahoe.... hard to imagine 100 mph in this hull.
I've had a super time updating this boat and haven't been able to find anything that matches it's seating arrangement (back-to-back bench seats), closed engine box, covered v-drive, free board, windshield and performance. As I've gotten older a softer riding hull would be nice but..... DSC_0028.jpg
 

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I am currently working on 2 Belmonts, a 1965 that was supposedly the first all fiberglass boat that Belmont laid up. It was originally laid up as a v-drive but was then rigged as a mid-engine direct drive. (you can see where the original shaft log hole was covered over with glass and then repositioned further forward) I am currently restoring this one for a friend who lives in Sonora. Right now Jim Lange at Hi-Tech Marine is doing some installation work on it for me. I should have it finished this year. I have the original Ford 390 that it came with rebuilt and ready to install.
The second one is a 1960 fiberglass over plywood 20 footer that looks just like yours, it has been in our family since 1977, my dad finally decided that he was not going to be able to get it fixed up so he finally gave it to me. Unfortunately it has sat outside for many years and will need quite a bit of work especially on the deck. No matter it will be a labor of love. This boat originally came with a McCulloch supercharged 430 Lincoln. Massive amounts of torque, but that engine is long gone. My brother (eraser or buzzkill on the boards) and I have some cool plans for it. I think we're leaning towards putting a real wood deck on it and probably a big Caddy for power. Looking forward to getting started on it. I'll post some pics of both boats when I'm able to.
 

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I am currently working on 2 Belmonts, a 1965 that was supposedly the first all fiberglass boat that Belmont laid up. It was originally laid up as a v-drive but was then rigged as a mid-engine direct drive. (you can see where the original shaft log hole was covered over with glass and then repositioned further forward) I am currently restoring this one for a friend who lives in Sonora. Right now Jim Lange at Hi-Tech Marine is doing some installation work on it for me. I should have it finished this year. I have the original Ford 390 that it came with rebuilt and ready to install.
The second one is a 1960 fiberglass over plywood 20 footer that looks just like yours, it has been in our family since 1977, my dad finally decided that he was not going to be able to get it fixed up so he finally gave it to me. Unfortunately it has sat outside for many years and will need quite a bit of work especially on the deck. Donzi, Fountain Brands Go Factory-Direct No matter it will be a labor of love. This boat originally came with a McCulloch supercharged 430 Lincoln. Massive amounts of torque, but that engine is long gone. My brother (eraser or buzzkill on the boards) and I have some cool plans for it. I think we're leaning towards putting a real wood deck on it and probably a big Caddy for power. Looking forward to getting started on it. I'll post some pics of both boats when I'm able to.
Can't wait to see some pics (progress & finished). That's a great idea going with a big Cadillac motor (472-500" I assume). Are there any marine manifold available for them? Jocko
 

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Can't wait to see some pics (progress & finished). That's a great idea going with a big Cadillac motor (472-500" I assume). Are there any marine manifold available for them? Jocko
Definitely big, check out this website Potter Automotive - Home they competed in Popular Hot Roddings engine master challenge and offer some cool crate motors. We're thinking of going with the 6 2 barrels for nostalgia look but have it converted to efi for ease of use. It will be fun to bring it all together. I think there are still some log manifolds available for them. Not the most efficient but they should at least work.
 
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