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    Barry McGowan owner/driver of the famed 1960's Top Fuel Hydro "BANZAI" has commissioned Harlan Orrin and I to help him recreate the all wood Rich Hallett built/Keith Black powered hydroplane. We will be building the boat exactly the way it was built when it debuted in 1962. In fact, most of the black and white pictures to follow were taken the first day the boat was put in the water up at Lake Ming. Harlan is moving right along on the hull and now it is time for me to start rounding up some parts. So, I will begin detailing some of the parts I will be needing to make the boat historically correct. Basically if you are familiar with the whole Cacklefest craze that is going on with the old dragsters(I restored a 1963 Kent Fuller Car a few years back for the event and it was really a fun project!)...this project will be along those same lines. So start looking around your shops and barns and see if you can help us out. All donations will be duly noted if ya wanna be a part of this or we are willing to buy outright. Thanks for your help in advance!
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    That will be cool and keep you busy
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    Barrel style tuck and roll seat...CoolChange
    Fuel Tank will have to be fabricated(note cap...could use one with bung)...Pro Stock 44
    Do need a primer pump(which is located between the tank and the hull)
    Blower pulleys with a "keeper ring" on closed end to keep belt aligned(I had a heck of a time finding these for dragster I did)
    Non aligning idler pulley(which I can make if needed)
    Have not secured a 392 long block or any internal parts yet
    392 front cover...looks like a 2 piece(forget the name of the one that was really popular back then!)
    Chrysler FirePower valve covers(no holes for breathers)...Old Man River
    4 short breathers
    4 Hole upright Hilborn with Scoop(we can still buy new if needed)
    6/71 blower
    Cragar rear cover
    392 Vertex
    1957/58 stock chrysler oil filter(mounted to motor at rear on rightside of block)
    392 wilcap aluminum flywheel
    Jones tach(no tattletale)...Jetboatguru

    MORE TO COME!!!!!!!!
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    Dave, thanks for sharing. I love these post. Good luck, and I will see you in December.

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    I thought for sure this was going to be a dig on Tony S. HA HA

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveSammons View Post



    Fuel Tank will have to be fabricated(note cap...could use one with bung)
    Do need a primer pump(which is located between the tank and the hull)
    Blower pulleys with a "keeper ring" on closed end to keep belt aligned(I had a heck of a time finding these for dragster I did)
    Non aligning idler pulley(which I can make if needed)
    Have not secured a 392 long block or any internal parts yet
    392 front cover...looks like a 2 piece(forget the name of the one that was really popular back then!)
    Chrysler FirePower valve covers(no holes for breathers)
    4 short breathers
    4 Hole upright Hilborn with Scoop(we can still buy new if needed)
    6/71 blower
    Cragar rear cover
    392 Vertex
    1957/58 stock chrysler oil filter(mounted to motor at rear on rightside of block)
    392 wilcap aluminum flywheel
    Jones tach(no tattletale)

    MORE TO COME!!!!!!!!
    Dave count me in for a Jones tach with no tattletale.
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    get a life..... mowe some more lawns. pick up some cans, save your ol ladys welfare checks and get your teeth fixed.



    pictures boat parts

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    Wow dave, I'll bet you're like a "Hunt'in Dog" on opening day of Duck Season

    What a great project!! Please keep us abreast......Steve

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    From "Church Mouse's collection

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    I will be happy to build the fuel tank and mounts. Just give me some dimensions. Would love to be involved in this project. This is one of my favorite drag boats of all time.

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    x2 if I can help let me know....this is a way cool project.
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    Here's Rich Hallett hisself putting the final touches on the rudder assembly before the maiden voyage at Ming in 1962. Barry told me that he had Rich take it out for the first time...I like to do the same thing with the boats I build, but sometimes the owners(Pat Minegar) won't let me! Seems only right to me!
    NORCAL Hydro guys.....See if you can find me a rudder similar in size and shape to the one pictured. I will machine to copy and build the clamshell to size.

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    How about Mr. Keith Black making the drive to Ming on a Thursday just to put a little heat in the motor and due the tuning! AWESOME! Take a look at the docks in the marina! They were so new the whitewalls on the tires still look good!!

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    HOPEFULLY this doesn't break the rules by showing a hot chick on a boat! Rexie, if ya gotta delete this I understand!!!
    Last edited by DaveSammons; 11-01-2009 at 11:04 AM.

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    Here's Harlan's progress...
    Next up sponsons and an aluminum sheet bottom...
    Cowling pictured is not correct...





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