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Old 04-01-2013, 01:00 PM
FrankSchwab FrankSchwab is offline
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Is your goal to return it to stock condition? If not, repowering with a modern engine might be an easier goal considering the rough shape of what you've got.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:30 PM
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This will probably be a top thread of the year. That ole classic is awesome.


As far as the boat is concerned, obviously you know that restoring everything will cost more than buying a newer boat with newer technology. This being said try to keep it origional. Your boat is a rare find and dropping new modern power will hurt the authenticity of the boat.


The block has spun main bearings or rod bearings....who cares. What matters is that it can be freshened up at a machine shop. The crank may be able to be cleaned up depending on how bad. I would try to keep the numbers matching block in that boat as much as possible.

So I would research heads and send the old cam off and have a new one made off of the factory cam. Maybe even tweak it a little. The intake and new exhaust can be cleaned up and everything painted to match original color.


Yes it's easier to drop in new modern power but I would keep this as a classic.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:10 PM
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Nothing to add, except I hope Kyle, trbenji, thatmr
mastercraft, mike and the countless others offer up their knowledge!! It's great reading the posts here, and on other sites. Oh, more cowbell, I mean pictures please!!
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:13 PM
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As stated above it is a Crusader. My 1973 has the same manifolds. It is a 350 reverse rotation as well.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:17 PM
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You have a rare boat. They made about one boat a week in 73. I was proud to find mine too.
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