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Events / Re: SCJB @ The Avi Mothers Day Weekend - May 11-13, 2018
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:49:48 AM »
Wife and are are in ... Made our reservation 👍

1977 Challenger

Projects / Re: Making boat fit
« on: February 13, 2018, 06:04:30 PM »
I would have let the pump stick into the office through a hole so it keeps you thinking about summer and your boat won't be lonely, especially when they ol lady kicks you out of the bedroom.
Lol I was thinking the same thing I would have put in a window too then you don't have to go out to the cold garage to look at it

1977 Challenger

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Re: Ford 460
« on: January 23, 2018, 08:32:06 PM »
Not sure if the rockers I have will fit under the stock covers. I would think you could find some  covers that might accommodate What you want with that exhaust style. There are lots of options. Or you can always find a good pair of logs and snails which is what I have.

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That's purrdey 👍

1977 Challenger

Boat Showcase / Flashback Friday
« on: January 12, 2018, 07:15:55 PM »
Here is a flash back Friday post for you all ... this is from 1969. My pops in the pics not long after he got home from his vacation to Vietnam.

One of his buddies actually built this boat in his garage and another one if his buddies bought it. Engine is a 400 Lincoln.

1977 Challenger

Projects / Re: Does a jet drive need all that hp??
« on: October 29, 2017, 06:56:43 PM »
Your post read and came off as being a smart ass not someone asking legit questions...sorry if you mis-wrote your post...

I am also pretty sure you edited your original post to be more reader friendly as I do not beileve the way it is worded now is the same as it originally was..just saying... If not excuse my mis- read of it.

1977 Challenger

Hulls / Re: Need help figuring out my hull
« on: October 09, 2017, 08:30:19 PM »
As far as the manufacturer and the year the HIN on the transom will give you that info...

1977 Challenger

Jet Pumps / Re: big boat set back
« on: September 27, 2017, 04:19:36 PM »
I have a Carrera 205 elite. stock 330hp 454 berk jg with diverter, 51mph is what it does now. Im wanting to do a set back to mainly get the cleanout on the outside because I suck up weeds just about everytime I go out and flood the boat clearing it. I know the intake has to be pulled and I need some transom rot repaired as well. so might as well do a shoe/ride plate while im at it. is there any down side to doing a set back in a larger boat? it seem like its good all around but not much info. more interior room, clean out is on the outside. only draw back is $$ and a lot of work that I can see or does anyone have any bad experience as in ruining their boat doing it and having to go back the way it was?
This is why I like my E pump 👍

1977 Challenger

The No Wake Zone / Re: NJBA Lake Ming Races
« on: September 23, 2017, 08:20:29 PM »
Few more from today

1977 Challenger

Boat Showcase / Re: 1977 Challenger
« on: June 30, 2017, 12:04:02 PM »
Powerboat magazine ad for the Challenger in 1978

1977 Challenger

Jet Pumps / Re: Outta the hole issues with my golden eagle...
« on: May 30, 2017, 08:21:06 PM »
Here is a copy of what Tom at Jet Boat Performance in Atascadro said about these pumps .... Tom does know his pumps...I would probably give him a call.

Both Challenger I have had both have had Berkeley E pump with stock 460 Ford's and have been great.

The Golden Eagle is simply a Jacuzzi 12YJ that was produced as a transom mount or "insert pump" (similar to the Berk "E") they are an axial flow jet designed to move larg volumes of water The work well as designned but do not respond well to added HP .They can be upgraded with the American turbine "Energizer" kits to produce very respectable performance (done several with very good results )  Tom

1977 Challenger

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Re: electric fuel valve
« on: May 09, 2017, 04:30:02 PM »
I did have one boat that someone put manual shut offs in way up under the gunnels...needless to say I did not find out they were there until I ran the first tank out, got towed in and got home lol

1977 Challenger

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Re: electric fuel valve
« on: May 08, 2017, 04:23:10 PM »
My boat was built to run off both tanks at the same time....

1977 Challenger

Boat Showcase / Re: 1977 Challenger
« on: May 03, 2017, 07:28:21 PM »
I will say too that we used the S*@# out of this boat too as I was growing up it's been all up and down the river, San Antonio, success, Kawiah, Bass lake, Mead, redinger, and Powell just to name a few that I can remember. It sure as hell has never been just a trailer queen lol. Guess that's why I love these quarter stringer boats it has held up to some amazing things over it's life. Those of you who have ever been on Mead or Powell in a low profile 18 foot boat know exactly what I am talking about. Yes even sunk it once on powell in a surprise monsoon, yes completely under water but the nose, back out with the same motor in a day and a half never left the beach at lone rock. Damn tuff boat. I laugh when people talk crap about quarter stringer boats lol unless the are going with massive horse power.

1977 Challenger

Boat Showcase / 1977 Challenger
« on: May 01, 2017, 08:09:17 PM »
Just wanted to post this in the show case, not because it's the most bad ass boat, but because it's a pretty damn close representative to a completely stock and original 1977 Challenger and how they came out of the dealerships back then. This boat was purchased new in 1977 by my dad in New Port Beach, Ca.

This is original interior, original harman marine 460 (never rebuilt only modification is the HEI distributor), original carburetor, original valve covers with original decals, original intake, original spark arrestor /scoop, original Bassett headers ( originally they were long collector but have been cut off), original Berkeley E pump, Giroux trailer (original trailer was yellow trailer always matched the secondary color on the boat), original trailer rims, I swapped the original trailer with the donor boat trailer so it's brown in some of the pics), original wiring,  original gauges, original gel coat (most if not all of these boats produced had the same paint scheme), stearing wheel and rack have been changed in this boat due to lack of replacement parts for the old system (original cable froze), originally these came with a household shag carpet in them (donor boat still had it in it lol)

Anyways I just wanted to document for the future what the original 18 1/2 foot Semi V was. We seem to be losing history on some of these boats.

VIN info- located on Stern upper right side. VIN always starts with CHEC (manufacturer) then a series of numbers and a letter for the serial number then two numbers for the year of manufacture last a letter for month of manufacture ( A- January, B- February, C- March, ond so on)

FYI- I used and all original donor boat that had been stored 30 plus years to rebuild this boat. Not all the parts in this boat came in this boat but are exact to what did come in it.

WTB / Re: Orange / Yellow or Yellow / Orange Challenger Hull
« on: March 27, 2017, 11:52:11 AM »
My pops back in his original boat

1976 and 1977 Challengers

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