Postby Chris » Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:46 am

looks like they aren't giving teachers enough to do these days grahem :lol: :lol:
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Postby Sydney-Performance-Boats » Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:37 am

I dotn think it is common just on jets mate, same as any drive, the scale, cast iron never steems to stop coming out the welch plug holes...
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Postby guilty338 » Sun Jul 27, 2008 3:45 am

Newmo mate, when are we going to see a bit of progress on your clinker??

And yes, I do realise scale is a fact of life on all water cooled engines, but what I was suprised about was the amount of dirt! presumably pumped in through the jet pickup (which feeds the engines cooling system).

Anyhow, here are a couple of picks showing the jet mount being attached to the floor of the hull. The mount is solid fibreglass which we made in a custom mould, hopefully an improvement on the rotted peice of wood previously mounting the jet.

There are also a couple of pics of the engine block which is now ready for re-assembly. I have removed the rust from the exterior of the block, honed the cylinders, pressure washed the coolant passages, and removed the old core plugs.

The last pics are of a few of the bits and peices to put the engine back together, gaskets, race series bearings, weiand intake manifold and holley carb.
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Postby Scabs » Sun Jul 27, 2008 3:50 pm

It doesn't look like a Hammond to me but check out my web blog etc of Hammonds.

http://vintagepowerboatsaustralia.blogspot.com/

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Postby guilty338 » Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:21 pm

Thanks for the pics Adam. There are a few pics that make it look very similar, the dash layout looks close (with the overhanging edge), as does the rear section 'top'(the lines in the mould) and the nose 'top'section.

However I am not 100% convinced........ but it's a chance.
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Postby mof » Mon Jul 28, 2008 11:20 am

guilty, jet can run ridiculously shallow, and generate thrust from the sand as well as the water if you're lucky. The sand pumps thru your cooling system, and can settle in your block. Only complete cure is a heat exchanger set-up.

Nice work on the jet block.
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Postby guilty338 » Tue Jul 29, 2008 12:31 am

G'day again,
Just a quick update of the weekends work.

On the hull front.
More fibreglassing! the jet mount has now been epoxyed in and glassed in with two layers of glass, finally the inside is almost done!

We then flipped the hull- to find more nightmares.
- the outside of the jet mount needs glassing due to the fact the mount bolts were previously glassed over !
- There is a giant patch on the spine of the hull, approx 2 metres long.
- There are two holes from some 'average' efforts at driving the boat onto the trailer, combined with some bodgy rollers that had exposed flat bar edges- MORE FIBREGLASS!!!

The hull is getting heavier rapidly, and while I am definatley a fan of 'overdoing' things in the search of relyability, I am starting to get a little concerned. I guess weight = wake........

On the engine front.
I spent most of sunday refreshing the cylinder heads. Probaby the worlds most boring job, re-seating valves by hand is tedious and annoying at best. However as I have said before, this boat is all about 'do it yourself'. So the heads have been stripped, attacked with a die grinder inside and out, pressure washed, inatke and exhaust valves reseated, new valve stem seals installed, springs checked and re-installed and finally painted before gasket surfaces were ground clean. A good days work- sure I could have sent it to a head shop but where is the sense of accomplishment in that??


Pics to come tomorrow.
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Postby wtr_sprts4life » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:37 am

moving really fast mate. cant wait to see this thing hit the water! :D
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Postby guilty338 » Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:26 pm

some more pics
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Postby guilty338 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:03 pm

G'day,
Today I found my old man's first and only ski boat. It is the inspiration for this build and has been sitting out in a paddock for a very very long time. It's an old bondwood hull which housed various six cylinder holdens throughout it's life. Definatley no-frills with a simple direct drive system, the old girl is somewhat of a legend among my father and his friends.

I'm looking to mimic the colour and style of the signwriting. It was apparently a play on the old 'anyhow have a winfield' advertising campaign fourty odd years ago
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Postby cacookie » Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:14 pm

Looks like one too many Wini reds
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Postby lewis82 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:04 pm

your old man must be still very proud to have that in the back yard. here is another hammond for comparison
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Postby guilty338 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:33 pm

The original anyhow is actually in another farmers paddock, a friend of my old mans.

That hammond pic looks very familiar, I think it might be a pretty close cousin.
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Postby Scabs » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:45 pm

Sorry but note the raised section in your deck Hammonds never had this also I know Mark Hammond, Harry Hammnds son quite well and I recon I could confirm this with him in the next couple of days.

Also the nose of your boat is a little to pointy as the hammond have a very destinct bow flare.

Also check this thread as this boat also looks alot like yours.

http://wake.com.au/modules.php?name=For ... ic&t=21483



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Postby guilty338 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:56 pm

good point, that hull looks very similar!!
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Postby guilty338 » Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:49 am

G'day,
Had a bit of time today for the boat so I thought i'd give a quick update.

The engine is being bolted back together slowly........ I hope I remembered to put all the bits back!!!! Currently have the crank, rods and pistons all spinning around minding thier own business, about to bolt the heads on and set up the valvetrain. Once that is on I will be waiting on some ordered parts to arrive;
- Stainless steel bolt kit
- New flexplate
- Welsh Plugs
- Starter Motor

Still on the ever growing shopping list;
- alloy rocker covers
- alloy sump (tough to find....)
- Rolco exhaust manifolds
- Altenator
- Distributor (not sure what set up...... HEI, CDI, Magneto?????)
- Air cleaner
- Mufflers (again not sure what the go is)

It seems like the list just keeps growing!!! Oh well, hopefully it will start!

On the fibreglass front, my old man has officially gone nuts..................... he was last seen under a cloud of dust muttering 'the more I grind the more problems I find............'.

On a serious note the bottom of the hull seems quite damaged and will require fibreglassing the bottom couple of 'clinks' all the way from the edge of the transom to the tip of the bow.

The more I look at this boat the more I am certain it is a 'home-built'. The original glasswork is just not good enough to be from a factory (even if it was thirty something years ago!). Combine the poor build quality with the lack of build plates and the fact I have only found one other example in existance (also posted on this forum)........... it all adds up.

Well it's tough to stay positive when the amount of work keeps growing but I guess it will be worthwhile when it is finished. Pics to follow tomorrow.
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Postby guilty338 » Sun Aug 10, 2008 10:18 pm

G'day again,
Here are the pics as promised yesterday.

Not feeling so suicidal today, here is an update on progress.

Hull 70% finished
Engine 70% finished - waiting on parts
Jet 0 % finished
Tower 50% finished
Paint 0% finished (obviously!)
Interior 0% finished
Boarding platform 10% finished
Trailer 0 % finished

It's a numbers game but I am looking to finish by Xmas.
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Postby mikus » Mon Aug 11, 2008 5:31 pm

Jeez guilty338, how do you find time to sleep 8O

Looking good mate, can't wait to see the finished product. Double thumbs up
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Postby doofuss » Mon Aug 11, 2008 6:08 pm

mikus wrote:Jeez guilty338, how do you find time to sleep 8O

Looking good mate, can't wait to see the finished product. Double thumbs up


Read the thread properly Mikus, he sleeps while his dad does all the work.. :lol: :lol: Looks like you might owe your old man a beer or two upon completion guilty. (which wont be far away judging by the speed things are progressing at)
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Postby mikus » Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:02 pm

Ahhhhhh.........now I see. Want to swap dads guilty? Mine seems to sleep while I do all the work :lol:
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