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by RickMc
Thu May 30, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 400 sbc timing
Replies: 4
Views: 2551

Re: 400 sbc timing

Thanks for the replies guys. Been working and hiding from the rain here hope to get back on it this weekend


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by RickMc
Tue May 28, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 400 sbc timing
Replies: 4
Views: 2551

400 sbc timing

Hey guys, my friend has a large heavy fishing rig. It has a fresh 400 sbc direct drive set up. It has small valve aluminum heads 9.5 to 1 compression and a low rpm cam. The distributor is an Accel. When it’s hot it kicks back and cleans a few teeth off the starter on restart. I have some weights and...
by RickMc
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Hunting & Fishing
Topic: Florida pig hunting
Replies: 2
Views: 2813

Florida pig hunting

Hey guys, Does anyone have any experience with Seminole Prairie Safaris in Okeechobee ? thinking about booking a boar hunt / bow fishing trip there. The other place we are looking at is Everglades Adventures in Clewiston Fla . Any info would be great. Thanks Rick
by RickMc
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Hunting & Fishing
Topic: hog trouble
Replies: 12
Views: 5000

Re: hog trouble

Hey Ted did your farmer friend solve his problem? I'm coming down to Fla in a few weeks and my brother in law and I want to do a little hog hunting .Let me Know Thanks Rick
by RickMc
Thu Dec 27, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Hog hunting leads
Replies: 1
Views: 794

Hog hunting leads

Hey guys I’m heading south again. We are staying with my brother in law in Ft. Lauderdale and plan to attend the Freedom Ride. This time we want to do a little pig hunting. Im looking for some recommendations on outfitters. Thinking about some spot and stalk type hunting but we are pretty open. Than...
by RickMc
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 400 Small Block build
Replies: 17
Views: 2542

Re: 400 Small Block build

We heard from the machine shop today. The heads are 1970 vintage 350 heads. They are drilled for the steam holes. One gasket was drilled. The one that blew wasn’t. They need valve seats and they are going to replace them with smaller ones. They plan on using 9.5to1 pistons and a comp cams recommende...
by RickMc
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 400 Small Block build
Replies: 17
Views: 2542

Re: 400 Small Block build

Thanks for the replies. Yes it’s a direct drive setup. The prop looks like ones from Ivoprop corp. It will probably get replaced the next time he gets $3000. He had just gotten the boat with a broken tach so we didn’t have a good rpm number before the blown head gasket. When we told the machinists w...
by RickMc
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 400 Small Block build
Replies: 17
Views: 2542

400 Small Block build

A friend of mine has a 17 x8 high sided aluminum hull on the heavy side. It has a 400 small block that was recently dropped off at the local machine shop after an over heating issue. It has a 72 inch 3 blade fixed pitch prop that looks like an IVO type. It would spin it 2400 rpm on the trailer with ...
by RickMc
Wed May 16, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: hull tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 2621

Re: hull tuning

Hey guys , I'm pretty sure it wasn't over heated . No direct sunlight anywhere near here that time of year. haha. I'm pretty sure what happened was we didn't have the whole sheet hot enough. We worked it in the best we could with a heat gun and a propane torch .Pulling the poly around the chines wit...
by RickMc
Sun May 13, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: hull tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 2621

Re: hull tuning

I was really surprised the way it rode after the poly. It was completely different. Direct opposite. The bottom seemed flat upside down on the lift before I installed it. The glass is really thin in the rear third of the hull. 1/4 or less. That’s a big part of why I installed the poly. It’s pretty r...
by RickMc
Sun May 13, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: hull tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 2621

Re: hull tuning

Your not going to like the answer but not much sticks to poly after the fact! Build it up flat before poly or suffer another bad poly job because the hull prep was not done before new poly? Kind of a no brainer with a water hose and good eye or a even a flash like at night. Your hull was rippled or...
by RickMc
Sat May 12, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Airboat Tech
Topic: hull tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 2621

hull tuning

Hey guys, I have a 4 cyl Lycoming on a 12 ft fiber glass hull. Before I added 5/16 poly to it it would hop badly in deep water at speed.It has a trim tab that would settle it right down. After I added the poly it rode hard on the nose as soon as I got on plane. After reading some post and looking in...
by RickMc
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Automotive Power Only
Topic: 400 sbc
Replies: 5
Views: 1514

400 sbc

Hey guys , A friend of mine is looking at a boat tomorrow. Its a 400 cid. small block Chevy and a 3 blade prop. Other than general condition are there any other BIG flags we should be looking for on a DD small block . It looks like fun but I don't want him to buy a money pit . I don't want to let hi...
by RickMc
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Warp drive pitch
Replies: 6
Views: 1971

Re: Warp drive pitch

I would love to try a few different props. With my mufflers where they are now the most I can clear would be about 64 in. That would only 2 in. To close for my taste. I need to redo my exhaust then I’ll be able to move up. Thanks for the offer though Rick


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by RickMc
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Private message
Replies: 2
Views: 929

Re: Private message

I don’t have that tool bar at the top when I open the app


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by RickMc
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Private message
Replies: 2
Views: 929

Private message

I’m not very tech savvy. I think I have a few messages but I can’t find them on my phone. How do I do that? I have an iPhone 6s and I’m using the SA app. Thanks Rick


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by RickMc
Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Honda power
Replies: 2
Views: 879

Re: Honda power

I did a mini build a few years ago with a old Yamaha sled motor. I wanted to keep the torque converter in play but it started to get more complicated and busted the price point I was shooting for. I finished it with a pulley direct drive and was sadly disappointed with the project. Obnoxiously loud ...
by RickMc
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Honda power
Replies: 2
Views: 879

Honda power

I was at the Freedom Ride on Saturday and saw a Honda powered boat. I looked at it for a few and it looked a lot like the vision in my head. I would like to see more about it. If the owner is on here or if someone knows him please chime in. Thanks Rick Sent from my iPhone using Southern Airboat mobi...
by RickMc
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Florida road trip
Replies: 12
Views: 1986

Re: Florida road trip

We ended up going to saw grass. My grandson loved the zoo. The next day we went to the Loxahatchee boat ramp. Tried some fishing with no success but it was fun. Saturday my brother in law and I went to the Freedom Ride. Lots of cool boats and good people. Thanks guys who helped push me off. We are g...
by RickMc
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Warp drive pitch
Replies: 6
Views: 1971

Re: Warp drive pitch

I pitched it 2 more deg. now at 18deg at tips. It brought my trailer rpm down to 2750 and cruise down to around 2000 in deep water and 1800 or so in skinny. Cruising at a GPSed 27 and top end around 38. Still stuck all three times I stopped yesterday at the Freedom Ride. A new prop is probably in my...
by RickMc
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Prop Talk
Topic: Warp drive pitch
Replies: 6
Views: 1971

Warp drive pitch

I have a 12 Ft Fiberglas boat with poly. It has a 320 conversion Lycoming. It has a 62 in 4 blade warp drive. I have it pitched to turn 2900 on the trailer. I’m looking to get the most push out of this setup. I hate getting stuck. Would adding mor pitch help? I’m under the impression the warps like ...
by RickMc
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Florida road trip
Replies: 12
Views: 1986

Re: Florida road trip

We started to go to Loughmans yesterday but they were closed for a repair of some kind. So we went to the jolly gator. Food was good and riding was good. Saw a few gators and an eagle. Good times. Tomorrow we are thinking about going to Mack’s fish camp. My boat only really holds 2 adults and a kid....
by RickMc
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Florida road trip
Replies: 12
Views: 1986

Re: Florida road trip

WOW. Thanks for all the tips. I will be looking into tonight when we stop again. We got lucky and outran the snow. I’ll be there by the weekend. We have plans to ride out of the Loxahatchi boat ramp and lake Kissimmee for the Freedom Ride. Looking forward to seeing it all I hope to meet some of you ...
by RickMc
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Airboat Talk
Topic: Florida road trip
Replies: 12
Views: 1986

Florida road trip

Hey guys. I’m heading south with my boat in tow. Escaping the snow for a little while and wanting to put some miles on the boat. We are starting in St Augustine and working our way down to Ft Lauderdale. I’m looking for some good places to ride along the way. Are there any good spots along St Johns ...
by RickMc
Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Aircraft Power Only
Topic: List of people & places who can do an overhaul
Replies: 10
Views: 2130

Re: List of people & places who can do an overhaul

Where in NE Pa. are you ? I'm in Hop Bottom. I thought I was the only nut with an airboat around here. Not many people up here to work on "airboat spec. " AC motors .Every one I talked to wanted crazy money for aircraft spec. work. I had to mail my stuff to Gary Barber at Outlaw Aircraft i...

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