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Hi all. We have decided to start a thread on our last minute speed boat project. 5 of us decided 1.5 weeks ago that it would be fun to buy a speed boat for our Newquay trip on the 6th of august (just over a week away now). To cut a long story short, after looking at many, we won this on eBay, a 17ft super Sims V, which had been converted to a diesel (not what we wanted, although it didnt matter as by now we had plans for new engine).

We got back to the unit and started stripping it right away, and as we have gone along its now turned into a full restoration. Its basically now a fibreglass hull. It has a Pre-alpha stern drive on it which were keeping. Obviously its an inboard engine.

We are half way threw now, with one week to go, so will be updating most nights. Its current stage is... just about ready for everything to start going back in and started rubbing down for the respray.

Ill let the photos do the rest of talking, any questions or feedback would be great.

The engine we are putting in, is a freshly built Ford RS turbo engine running cosworth management. About 200 - 250BHP.

*The tasks done and todo are as follows:
*New engine build, with pistons, rods, head, block, turbo, cosworth management ETc
*Custom water cooling system
*New custom engine mounts
*New custom stainless fuel tank, swirl pot and fuel pump mounts.
*Completely rewired everything in the boat
*New custom made carbon fibre dash
*Custom clock set and dials
*New recovering of all panels, sides, top, engine cover, top panels ETC
*Complete top half respray in metallic red
*Full inside paint and new floor
*Sterndrive re-paint and new internal water pump
Lots more that i cant remember!

The first pictures are a few from the ebay advert and some outside the unit where were re-building it (NMS, Norris Motor sport : Ford engine specialists)

***How it "was" with the good'ol diesel engine in her






*** Started stripping it out to see what it was like (absolulty soddern)


*** and the engine is now out!




*** a nice angle of her
 

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*** Soon become a work bench!


*** Testing the new panel for fitment


*** The sterndrive with a fresh lick of paint



*** The new electics going in.


*** The engine build has begun


*** Priming the new engine mounts, swirl pot, fuel pump mounts ETC


 

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*** Desiging a vent to help with turbo / engine temps


*** our new custom shortened clock set



*** Painted the floor (although new one to go in now)


*** All metal work now sprayed





*** The inside floor and wood panels ready to be covered.


*** Some pics of the stern drive, ready to have a service and new water pump
 

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*** Started diggin and filling surface cracks


*** The engine nearly finsihed





And thats all for now, although more to come later as we have the new stainless tank, all electics finsihed and new dash and clockset in.

Also engine should be in later tonight.

As you can see there is lots of work to be done, and only 1 week to do it! Lots of late nites!

Thanks for looking, any feedback or questions welcome.

Oh and, does anyone know anything about 17ft super sims v inboard, only we cant find any others the same, they all seem smaller outboards?

Thanks
Andy
 

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I moved this here.

This thread would surely be several pages back real quick if left in open water.
 

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The cooling for the turbo will be a charge cooler that utilizes the water being pumped up from the stern drive, some of this will obviously return to the water and some into the exhaust. The exhaust also returns down threw the drive/prop therefore mostly being underwater.

Yeh should go well! and yes originally was an ebay find.

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Interesting choice of engine, going from a torquey diesel to a turbo 4.... How do you intend to prop it? I assume the turbo 4 banger makes all it's power and HP at high RPM: you may have trouble finding a prop that will get you onto plane, but still allow the motor to rev up into it's powerband. Are you planning on pulling skiers?
Great to hear from boaters on the other side of the pond. I am looking forward to the rest of the story.
 

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Hi mate, the the diesel was very low power, and although yes they generate more torque it was only 60 - 70hp, this was also a transplant from the original engine by the previous owner. (for econemy and parts costs)

Our new engine, will generate most power about 4 - 6Krpm with the boost spooling in about 2 - 3Krpm

Proping were still looking into. Were a little unsure to what prop is actually on it, i belive originally it had a 2.5 murcruiser engine, (140hp).

And yes plan on pulling skiers.

lol, unfortunatly not... thats the joiner next door. Were in the Uk, midlands. :)

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*** Update with pics ***

Hi all, just an update on last nights progress. New tank is now sprayed and finished aswell as sump and few other bits such as charge carrier ETC.
The boat is pretty much fully preped now, still a few bits to do then hopefully primed and painted this weekend!
Anyway, here some more photo's.
*** New fuel tank primed


*** Boat rubbed down and preped







 

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*** The new vent in the engine hood with fan installed underneath to suck fumes and help engine temps



*** And the new tank and engine sump fully sprayed and ready to be installed



Cheers
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Looking good!
Thanks

I've got a few more pictures, although most of last nights work was more prep work ready for its primer tomorrow. There's the dash that's nearly finished and a few more of the engine. :)

Thanks again for the interest, please keep questions and advise coming! :)









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Really cool thread. You're gonna need a vacation to recover from your vacation.

Looking forward to what follows.. Be sure to get pics on the trip. Look forward to seeing what boating in your neck of the woods is like.

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Cheers again for the interest, sorry about the following as theres a few pics to fish threw. But anyway, this was last nights progress. (lots of coffee)

*** Our nicley new marine ply sides starting to look good!




*** Bit more prep work and starting to mask it off





 
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