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    Thanks a lot guys! I'm far from a pro but I could sure save time and do a better job on the next one.

    The first parts have officially been bolted on for good. Just the original emblems, but gotta start somewhere.
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    I bet it was very difficult to drill that first hole but your right you just gotta start somewhere. Do you have a cross line laser? I’ve been using mine for tons of layout work. Thinking if you used one for laying out the engine mount holes you could get it 100% on center and square to the pad
    Hydrostream dreamin

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnelsmn View Post
    Thanks a lot guys! I'm far from a pro but I could sure save time and do a better job on the next one.

    The first parts have officially been bolted on for good. Just the original emblems, but gotta start somewhere.
    It's the little things the make the boat ok or awesome.
    There's no just anything..lol.
    Definitely time well spent part of the learning curve(saving time next time). And not like you learned doing a half as job..Done enough of them to know there's always a learning curve somewhere.
    Obviously not going to slack off now so awesome it will be. Can't wait to see it floating
    '84 Checkmate Convincor
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    Bare hull weighed in at 745lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnelsmn View Post
    Bare hull weighed in at 745lbs.
    Sweet. she gonna b fast

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    Took a little bit of a break from working on the hull and took apart the engine. Haven't disassembled the power head, it looked good inside when I pulled a head out of curiosity.

    Everything else is apart and been degreased/cleaned.

    Whats planned now is doing a cone on the lower unit, new seals, fluid, and a water pump.

    Adding solid mounts, switching everything over to a newer 3 ram trim with the big tiller, and painting the mid.

    Rebuild the carbs, fuel pump, and replace all fuel/bleed lines.

    Cross fingers and hope it runs...
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    How's that harbour freight stand work
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrichartz View Post
    How's that harbour freight stand work
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    Ehhh it does the job. It's been holding the thing for two years. But it's not very stable. I always kept a strap around the mid so it wouldn't turn. It would want to turn one way or another then the whole thing would tip that way cause the pin to rotate the stand was so sloppy. It never fell but I always worried about it. Going forward it will be assembled on the transom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnelsmn View Post
    Ehhh it does the job. It's been holding the thing for two years. But it's not very stable. I always kept a strap around the mid so it wouldn't turn. It would want to turn one way or another then the whole thing would tip that way cause the pin to rotate the stand was so sloppy. It never fell but I always worried about it. Going forward it will be assembled on the transom.
    I got one them to and pin they use for the top to rotate it just plum sucks , pin small hole huge

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnelsmn View Post
    Ehhh it does the job. It's been holding the thing for two years. But it's not very stable. I always kept a strap around the mid so it wouldn't turn. It would want to turn one way or another then the whole thing would tip that way cause the pin to rotate the stand was so sloppy. It never fell but I always worried about it. Going forward it will be assembled on the transom.
    bolt 3 pieces of plywood right to the plate and drill the top motor mount holes (instead of using the included mounts of the stand) and weld the pin and they work just fine. My opinion. Let me know where you find carb floats if you need to replace yours. I have the same exact motor and I think I need floats for it. Have not looked for them but I heard they are hard to find. AND, outasite here on S&F loves that two ram clamp. Put a bigger tiller arm in it and he said it is faster than a single ram or 3 ram and lighter. He has one on his orange Vking
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    RJ, a few welds on this engine stand would be a huge help, but I don't own it so I had to make do.

    Just picked up a carb seal kit and a bunch of other parts at Supreme Marine and they said the same about the floats. I think I'm going to try and run it before I tear it all apart.

    I've been hesitant about the two ram trim mainly because the clamp is older so it doesn't have the BIA bolt pattern. I know I can just re drill the jack plate, still thinking about it. Also, I built my fuel tank so big I don't have much room for the remote pump, I checked last night and it won't fit between the transom knees, might be able to get it on the outside edge of the port stringer. I didn't know I could swap out the tiller arm on the older mid. That 2 ram is considerably lighter than the 3 ram just by moving the two around.

    I just figured it would be a lot easier for rigging going with the 3 ram. Now I have more stuff to think about...

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    I am running a 3 ram as well. Saves room and I didnt want to pull my 1978 merc apart. I am going to roll my 1978 out of the garage soon to fire it up, has not ran since 2008!

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    In the boat pumps and hoses over the trans for trim are a PIA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XstreamVking View Post
    In the boat pumps and hoses over the trans for trim are a PIA.
    Remember, these old 1978 motors stock had the through hull lines running through the bottom motor mount transom bolts. Have to make a hose from there to the jack plate but that wouldn't be that bad. Or it would be hell! one of the two.....

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    Oh, I know of the holey bolts for trim supply. Still a pump in the boat, and hoses to buy. I went 3 ram and never looked back. Don't miss old style at all.

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