Back in 1969 my father had a Mandella Shortdeck built by Eddies Inboard Marine here in Tucson, Az . It was rigged with a Hollman Moody 427 sideoiler . It also had what they refered to as butterfly plates for the cav. BUt in 1976 he had to sell it. Well about 3 months ago I got a call from Eddie Jr. Telling me they had found my dad's boat . Turns out that the person my dad sold it to still had it and it had been in the back of his garage for the last 30yrs . Needles to say I jumped on it as I had sold my Mandella a couple of years ago and have regretted it every day since. Turns out the Sideoiler had been replace by a 468 Chevy . So now starts the process of totaly restoring to original.
Well I have been searching high and low for all the original Hollman Moody marine gear .Oilpan , oil cooler , timing chain , etc. Nothing . Absolutely nothing . And then all the sudden this popped up .
Needless to say I jumped on it . Sent the seller a deposite and will be heading to Reno next weekend to pick it up.
Now we are ready to get going to completely restore her to original .