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Jimmy, Capt Patrick and Phil get her ready

Around 10:30 AM we couldn’t stand it anymore. We had gone so fare and worked on all the little things including a last minute water pump rebuild three times. yes we were dragging. And we paid for it. The launch went off Ok and Phil had a 5 Gallon bucket ready just in case.

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Thanks Phil

No bilge pump, paddle nothing. We did have a company of boats and folks around, so felt good. True to form she started up lickety Split and the transmission worked! bonus extra.. No water coming in. WOW, and running. See below. Pictures tell the story. All great.

Nice 1/4 throttle ride, Execpt one problem, thats full throttle and the carb is a mess. She wont adjust, anything. Its possible that there is dirt in her from a quicky clean up. But she runs. Oil pressure good, temp gauge, good, everything was good.

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Oh! Whats that?

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Its OK

Uh oh,water.. Not a huge amount, but water. Where is it coming from.. THE WATER PUMP! We suspect one of the clips got wonked during rebuild 3.

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Adjust the carb.. Again – Photo Judy Hills

We did get home on her power though, so thats huge. We were NOT going to be towed in. Even though we had good company,  We had made it that far. She drives like a very nimble dream, and once that throttle lets loose on a rebuilt carb, I am sure we are going to have a blast.. not a blow up blast, a fun blast.. Woohooo!

She is back on land now, so all is good in the world-ish

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Photo Judy Hills

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24 Responses to “Well, The Good News Is She Didn’t Sink! That’s A Good Thing!”
  1. Greg Lewandowski

    Wow, success, sort of, on the first water twist. It will only get better from here. She looked and sounded good!

  2. Jack Schneiberg

    Good show. Love the sight and sound of the nimble racer. Although, in Wisconsin I’m not sure we could get away with sitting up on the deck like that without the local constabulary chasing us down and giving a lecture about “boater safety”

    • Matt

      Ha, they would have to gotten past the fact that its not registered yet, or safe, or had anything right on her. We are in that process now that we know we may actualy be able to use her.

  3. Wudzgud

    Two thumbs up! Way up! Looks and sounds great and she made a nice wake. Your smile says it all! For being asleep in a barn for so long you couldn’t ask for anything more. Hey Matt, are you checking to see if she still smells like rat turds on the last picture?

    • Jack Schneiberg

      I’ll my Coon Poop from our Thunderbolt against your Rat turds in the Chris Craft for odoriferous wafting waves of “Oy” any day.

  4. Old Salt

    Matt,
    Congrats on your launch and your successful float.
    You should check the distributor weights and springs. They are probably rusted and the springs are probably broken and in my experience that would give you the issues you are experiencing with the lack of top end speed and power.
    Good luck with the rest of the tinkering!

      • m-fine

        I have to agree, it is not likely the carb, or at least not just the carb. Wide open throttle and only 1/4 throttle worth of gas would be extreme lean and stall out. I would check timing (base and advance) compression and valves.

        Or just get a v-12 for it.

  5. John Rothert

    Oh Hell YES! From talking to you on site…where you looked like you needed a much deserved nap…..I thought she only limped along….she was rockin! Nice video. Great work.

    See you in Reedville

    John in Va.

  6. Kelly Wittenauer

    Congratulations on a successful maiden launch! Awesome to an oldie put back on the water so quickly.

  7. Dick Dow

    Congratulations! The perfect color combination for this past weekend… A little mechanical tweaking and that smile will get a lot bigger! 🙂

  8. Tuobanur

    No better feeling,,,,well sex but other than that, no better. Way to go on saving another life… 😉

  9. T.Konecny

    Man I wish I lived somewhere where these boats were prevalent enough that I’d be able to find one is some ones barn!

    Congrats on this one!!!

  10. Verne

    An amazing story. After sitting for so long, then it floats and runs so well. The motor sounds great! Congratulations for saving a piece of history.

  11. Troy in ANE

    Great to see that all went well at SML!

    I have to admit that 3 days unplugged was kind of nice.

  12. Bill Patterson

    Found your website through a Facebook Post. Really enjoyed following her (really need a name) story online. Made seeing her at SML really cool. Hope to see you and her in Reedville this weekend.
    Saw her headed south on Rt17 this morning. 9/15/16