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Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Locking dizzy and timing
« on: January 09, 2019, 08:11:41 PM »
Iím almost done building my 454, I have the little plastic piece to lock out the hei distributor. I also installed a Mr Gasket timing tape to the damper pulley. Here in the next couple weeks Iíll be firing it up to break in the cam. When I got to set the timing what is the best way to do it. I guess Iíve heard set at 36 degrees at 3500 rpm and leave it there. Iíd like to keep this simple if possible. Thanks guys

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Piston cylinder clearance
« on: December 08, 2018, 06:30:53 AM »
In my 454 with speedpro pistons how much clearance should I have between cylinder and piston. My machine shop isnít very familiar with marine applications and I need to know what to tell him.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Ring gap
« on: November 08, 2018, 06:40:35 PM »
Iím rebuilding a 454 Chevy. Is the ring gap different on a marine application? If so what should it be on a 454.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / 427 tall deck info please
« on: October 29, 2018, 01:01:22 PM »
I have a 427 tall deck 4 bolt main engine. Itís all complete and needs rebuilt. Iím looking for around 425 to 450 horse. Who has experience with these tall decks and installing them in a jet boat.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Swapping 454 to 460
« on: October 21, 2018, 07:54:24 PM »
I have two boats and one had a 454 and the other a 460. I want to install the 460 in place of the 454. Are the ďfeetĒ that are bolted to the stringers the same?? Or do I need to relocate them.

Project Boats For Sale / 1978 Hawaiian $1500
« on: October 20, 2018, 02:00:48 PM »
I have a 1978 Hawaiian 19 foot speed boat. No engine. Seats need re-done, I put a new 3/4Ē sub floor in. Has hydraulic place diverter, needs steering cable and reverser cable. Hull is in great shape for its age. Located in Forsyth Montana. $1500. Single axle trailer. I will try to post pictures but if I canít figure it out text me. 406-351-9090

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Marine cam vs street cam
« on: September 19, 2018, 03:00:02 PM »
I know the street cam kit are about $200 cheaper than the marine cam kits. I donít plan on going crazy with horse power. Will a street cam kit work or do I really need the Marine kit. Wanting to put one in a bbf 460. All stock engine and plan on running headers with edelbrock 750 carb.

Hulls / 79 challenger
« on: August 14, 2018, 08:03:28 PM »
Here is the other boat will be getting. 79 challenger with a 460 Ford and Berkley pump. Iím a Chevy guy so more than likely be removing 460 and installing a 454 if itís not too. If a job and cost.

Hulls / 78 Hawaiian
« on: August 14, 2018, 04:42:10 AM »
Looking at this 78 Hawaiian. It has a ford 460 and has been in storage for the past 26 years.

Jet Pumps / ride plate adjustment for bigger roost question
« on: May 19, 2015, 05:00:14 PM »
I have a Berkeley 12 JE pump on my boat with a newly installed type place diverter. Since mine is a one piece bowl I cannot add a droop snout or rooster booster for a taller roost. Here is my theory, if I adjust my ride plate down a little so it pushes the front of the boat down will that in theory angle the diverter up more. Does that sound rite? Right now my ride plate is about level with the boat, if I adjust it downward will that push the front down and in turn angle the place diverter in a more upswept position for a taller roost?

I have heard of people grinding the diverter so it angles up more but haven't heard if it works or not.

Jet Pumps / What to expect with place diverter on a Berkeley JE pump
« on: April 29, 2015, 08:19:35 PM »
I have a 79 sleekcraft rebel with a mild 454 BBC engine. It has a Berkeley JE pump and I have ordered a manual place diverter for it. Cant wait till it gets here. Can someone tell me what to expect as far a roost goes, I know there for making the boat go faster but I think the roost is cool as hell and want to shoot a big one if its possible. Don't know if mine has the split bowl thing or not or even if what it is. Not new to boating just new to this jet boat thing. Thanks in advance.

Engines / Engine Parts For Sale / 454 Headers for sale
« on: October 23, 2014, 05:21:02 AM »
I have a set of headers that came with my sleekcraft when I bought it. They don't have a manufacture name on them. They have the stainless style bell ends and the rest of the headers are painted with the ceramic black paint. NO cracks, dents or rust. Do not come with water lines. $225 shipped to your door as long as your in the lower 48. These came off of a 454 BBC.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / what 427 BBC is this, have block numbers
« on: October 03, 2014, 07:41:54 PM »
I may have found a 427 to buy, can you fellas help me identify what 427 this is. Here are the numbers I got off the block.
Back of block numbers are 3916323
Front of block are two sets of numbers on passenger side of block, here they are. T1017ED and then 18K124384
On the back of the block it also says HI-Perf Truck Pass.

WTB / WTB Twist style headers for BBC jet
« on: September 30, 2014, 07:20:03 PM »
Looking for a set of chrome twist style headers for a chevy 454 big block in my jet boat.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Need cam for 454 BBC
« on: September 23, 2014, 04:17:51 AM »
I have a stock 454 BBC with a mild cam in my 79 Rebel. I would like to install a more aggressive cam and gain a little more rpm's. What would you guys recommend.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Horse power- Headers vs logs
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:55:35 PM »
Been discussing this with a friend and he seems to think that you can get more performance out of the logs than a set of headers. His understanding is that the logs have more back pressure, my understanding is that headers help in more horse power. This is on a 454 chevy engine that has a mild cam, its in my 79 sleekcraft rebel. I like the headers cause they look badass but are noisy as hell and I guess cause of the noise and looks they seem to make more power, its in the mind I know................

I might put the logs on tomorrow and see if the boat has the same top speed as when using the headers, maybe that will tell me something.

Boats For Sale / 1979 sleekcraft rebel jet boat 454
« on: September 10, 2014, 07:20:45 PM »
454 BBC, runs like new. Comes with headers and indmar logs. Located in Montana and never seen salt water. Not sure what its worth, make offer. Seats are in excellent condtion, new tires on trailer. Boat itself is in GREAT condition for a 79. May or may not sell just depends on offer.

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Whos headers are these, I want a set
« on: September 09, 2014, 07:08:50 PM »
I found this photo of a set of headers, there bad ass. Does anyone know where I can get a set for my 1979 sleekcraft rebel, it has a 454 BBC. Thanks

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