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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

Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Anyone try this oil?
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:44:35 PM »
Has anyone ever tried this oil? Says it's for pre 1993 gas and diesel engines ... Thinking about it for a stock 460 built in 1976 ... ???

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Engine Mechanical / Electrical / BBF Header Water Lines
« on: December 18, 2017, 03:30:39 PM »
Hey everyone, does anyone have a set of water injection lines for Bassett headers on a BBF they would be willing to part with? I just need the water lines ...

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The No Wake Zone / Lake Ming NJBA Finals
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:12:16 PM »
Pics heading to the ramp. Good luck boys!

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Engine Mechanical / Electrical / OT Header Plumbing
« on: October 25, 2017, 08:28:13 AM »
So first pardin my primitive drawing...

Ran across a boat plumbed like the top picture and don't understand what it is plumbed this way? One of the holes out of the intake is plugged and a single line runs out of the intake to a plumbing nightmare under the driver seat that Ts off into two valve one runs out of the valve over board the other out of the valve to the Bassett T...never seen a boat plumbed like this...???

The bottom picture is what I am accustomed to seeing two lines out of the intake one runs up under the driver seat to a gate valve and then over board. The second line to the Bassett T then to each header.

Any thoughts either way on this?

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The No Wake Zone / NJBA Lake Ming Races
« on: September 22, 2017, 04:18:03 PM »
Anyone going to the NJBA races this weekend at Lake Ming in Bakersfield?

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Engines / Engine Parts For Sale / BBF Bassett Headers - V-Drive?
« on: September 17, 2017, 03:21:18 PM »
Just picked up this brand new set of Bassett twist headers for my 460 BBF they are to short to reach over my transom. Maybe for a V-Drive? Not sure..anyways 600.00 located in central California.

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Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Push throttle cable
« on: July 27, 2017, 07:34:04 PM »
Need a new push type throttle cable for an 18 foot boat with a standard foot pedal and Holley carb. Anyone got any leads on where to pick one up and part numbers?

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Hulls / HIN decoding
« on: July 20, 2017, 11:39:41 AM »
Thought this might be helpful to those out there trying to decipher a hull identification number

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Suggestions / Support / Profile pics
« on: June 21, 2017, 07:53:09 PM »
Why are most of the profile pics so blurry when you try to look at them?

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Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Ceramichrome headers
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:16:11 PM »
So putting a ceramichrome coating on a set of headers...does this keep the lower portion of the headers from blueing when they are water injected? Does it keep the rust from between the pipes from happening? What's the pros and cons of it? Does it last?

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Engine Mechanical / Electrical / Harman vs Hardin
« on: May 15, 2017, 09:31:50 PM »
Just a general engine was built by Harman Marine in 1977 but I have also seen Hardin marine. Were these competing companies in the 70s? I don't see anything Harman Marine anymore but I do still see Hardin marine?

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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.

The No Wake Zone / Nozzle Insert?
« on: April 24, 2017, 06:55:15 PM »
So I found this I guess it's a nozzle Insert of some sort in a Berkeley pump in a boat I bought. It's made of aluminum and has a machined lip on the backside to fit right inside the groove inside the pump. Can anyone explain to me what it is supposed to do and if it actually does what it's supposed to do?

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Boats For Sale / 1976 Challenger
« on: April 23, 2017, 07:41:43 PM »
Up for sale 1976 Challenger. 460 BBF. Berkeley "E" pump. Motor runs strong but will not idle, needs carb rebuilt and tune up. Hull and pump were dry stored for 30 years. Original jell coat still in good condition for it's age, does have cracking / checking in the deck, not noticable from a distance. White / metallic brown with orange pin stripe. Stearing cable stuff but usable. Still has original brown shag carpet, absolutely no rot in this hull.

Trailer needs paint.

Asking 3500.00 OBO. Located about an hour north of Bakersfield in Porterville, CA.

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The No Wake Zone / Throttle cable bracket
« on: April 17, 2017, 08:53:40 AM »
Hey everyone. Anyone have a throttle cable mount or bracket? What I need is the piece in the picture that is held down by the two small allen bolts that holds the cable in place. Let me know if you have one and willing to part with it please.

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The No Wake Zone / Foot Pedal
« on: April 08, 2017, 08:13:35 PM »
Anyone got a challenger foot pedal like this they want to get rid of?

1976 and 1977 Challengers

The No Wake Zone / Steering hub removal
« on: March 04, 2017, 10:15:11 AM »
Anyone know how to remove this steering hub? I removed the center nut do I need a puller from here or?

WTB / BBF OT headers
« on: February 16, 2017, 07:41:02 PM »
Anybody have a decent set of long collector chrome OTT headers they want to get rid of reasonably? Must have good chrome and be the long stlye. Please send pics, asking price and location.

Hulls / Dominator Hull
« on: February 15, 2017, 08:01:10 PM »
Had an uncle that used to bring his boat with us back in the day. It was a 1974 ish Dominator Hull with a 455 olds and a Berkely pump. Was a very shallow V 18 foot hull. I have not run across another one. Just curious if anyone had any info on these boats?

Jet Pumps / Berkeley E steering cable
« on: February 11, 2017, 05:44:03 PM »
Need some help figuring out what steering cable I need. Mine is freezing up and very tough to turn. It's an 18.5 foot boat with all original rack and jet from 1977.

Boats For Sale / Not mine but rare for sure
« on: January 30, 2017, 11:57:26 AM »
Just ran across this on good ol' Craigslist, a full stringer Challenger...Rare for sure

WTB / Orange / Yellow or Yellow / Orange Challenger Hull
« on: January 10, 2017, 02:44:08 PM »
Possibly looking for either an orange and yellow or a yellow and orange Challenger Hull with a berkeley "E" pump must have good floor, stringers, original gel coat, etc. Let me know what is out there. Thanks. by the way I am not looking for any other type of hull or colors. I also am not interested in a complete boat, just a good hull if someone has one laying around.

This pic is what I am possibly looking for either in these colors or the reverse.

Central Valley / Loven' the Rain!
« on: January 04, 2017, 06:22:56 PM »
Loven this central Cali rain and snow hopefully it will continue and equal more H2O in the lakes 😀

Central Valley / Success and Kawiah
« on: December 25, 2016, 04:30:58 PM »
Now that Christmas is over time to start looking forward to boating season! See ya all soon

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