74 dimarco project

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« on: February 08, 2012, 03:42:59 PM »
finally decided to start a project thread after 5 months of owning this thing here we go. We went to the pomona swap meet in octoberber and we came home with a 1974 dimarco vdrive runnerbottom and half of a 2 car garage floor full of new and used aluminum parts, seats and and stainless steel tanks for $1800. ;D   
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2012, 06:25:43 PM »
Git r done!

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2012, 01:04:01 AM »
working on it. going to do some electrical work and maybe start sanding the inside. after i get home from school
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2012, 02:00:15 AM »
new gelcoat was done in early 2010 but was in a garage under a cover until the day we bought it.
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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2012, 05:29:02 PM »
trying to get some better photos
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2012, 05:37:47 PM »
id love to have a little 2 seater.  everyone says theres nothing that feels like going balls out in a flatbottom.  i remember being like 5 years old and driving my dads old t deck hondo. 

keep an eye out for mouzer on RDP/PB he sells a LOT of flatbottom parts for great prices but they go quick!

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« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2012, 05:54:46 PM »
this my dads first vdrive. i hear that alot from my neighbor. that cool, i remember when i was 5 and my dad would start his jet boat i run and cry as soon as i heard it crank over and i would never get in it at the lake and i would stay at the beach all day but now that im 17 everyone tells me i drive it better then he does. thanks for the info i keep an eye out for him. this is most likely going in this boat
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2012, 12:50:16 PM »
here are a few of the many parts and i ended up polishing a tank yesterday instead of electrical.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2012, 01:31:31 PM »
awesome tank polishing.  you gonna run those seats as-is or do you have the brace for behind for when you bury the pedal?  electric cav plates, t handle, or dual pedals?

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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2012, 01:55:43 PM »
thankyou. the seats have a bracket that bolts to the stringer. as for the plates im not quite sure what this setup is called maybe you can help me
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2012, 09:15:58 PM »
Looks like a single down pedal with a lock out handle if I'm not mistaken


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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2012, 10:14:13 PM »
I would agree. Single down pedal and a lock out. You if you plan on running some power you might want to run a seat brace on the rear of the seat down to the stringers. Nice looking project by the way. I am also a fellow v-drive owner.
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2012, 10:51:44 PM »
thankyou guys for the help now i know what to call this setup. thank you for the info we need as much as we can get. thankyou. i like your sanger i remeber seeing it at coors cove in september.
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2012, 07:38:21 PM »
thankyou. the seats have a bracket that bolts to the stringer. as for the plates im not quite sure what this setup is called maybe you can help me
with that big block you're going to be running that down pedal will be your best friend when she starts to get a little loose on you.
 looking great so far,  :thumbup:  keep the pics coming
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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2012, 11:36:38 PM »
haha. thanks and i will. ok so saturday me and my dad went to the pomona winter national and went to the edelbrock tent and we think we found the heads we are gonna run on the 454
BB-Chevy Performer RPM 454-R Marine Aluminum Cylinder Head
315cc/300cc (Long/Short) Rectangle Ports 118cc Comb. Chambers 2.250''/1.890'' Valves 7/16'' Rocker Studs
i was just wondering if these are as good as the people at edelbrock said they are? and damn these have huge ports
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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2012, 01:41:28 AM »
thankyou guys for the help now i know what to call this setup. thank you for the info we need as much as we can get. thankyou. i like your sanger i remeber seeing it at coors cove in september.

I remember that boat. Hell I didn't even realize that was a vdrive. I have picked up a lot of info since switching over to vdrives. If there is anything I can help just ask. I'm redoing some of the boat now.
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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2012, 12:37:53 PM »
thats not a vdrive sorry i should of said something about that. alright thanks man. what are you doing to it
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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2012, 12:57:08 PM »
I'm making some back to back buckets, changing the gauges, hopefully a different prop, some polishing and anodizing, and fixing some holes that were drilled on the stringers from the previous owner.
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« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2012, 02:21:50 PM »
sounds like a fun little project.
decided to spent spend some time with miller today polished the scoop and clean the headers im dreading to do the intake and valve covers.
how many people cut thier baffle in half?   
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« Reply #19 on: February 14, 2012, 10:18:29 PM »

how many people cut thier baffle in half?
everybody that spits one out and uses half of the other one to replace it
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« Reply #20 on: February 24, 2012, 01:08:36 AM »
sorry guys nothing going on with the vdrive, but the jet boat on the other hand is going to get some new parts. new 4 degree wedge, new aluminum aa impeller, rebuilding bottom end of 455, new electronic ignition from crane. we need help though, how do i choose the right size wear ring for a jucuzzi 12wj with the energizer kit. its been 10 years since the kit was installed and it will be the first time its been apart should i get any other parts to make this impeller change easy. 
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« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2012, 02:18:03 PM »
yet again sorry no work on the vdrive my dad has been working 65hr weeks for the past 2 months :screwy: and i goto school and when i get home i only want to work on the miller. he finaly got a weekend off so that means elsinore for us tommaro.  ;D got her already for the first trip. the newer boat gets to sit. it only seen the water once last summer
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« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2012, 02:27:56 PM »
did you get all of the cav hardware installed? 

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« Reply #23 on: March 09, 2012, 02:30:28 PM »
sadly havent done anything to it
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« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2012, 06:31:22 PM »
we just spent a few shiny pennies at jegs 496 stroker base engine 575 hp 600tq , msd probillet ecuver dissy msd wires and coil and a weiand tunnel ram with 2 600cfm holley carbs $8480.94   ;D night well spent
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