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Airboat Build (ss and aluminum)



Lonewolf9029
12-02-2010, 08:59 PM
Guys: I started this build around March 2010 and finished around August 2010. Didn't break any speed records, but new to airboat building had to check,check, and double check my build. All went well, learned alot. The hull was manufactured by Panther Airboats out of Florida. I gutted it and built it from bottom up. Don

Lonewolf9029
12-02-2010, 09:11 PM
Fab engine stand

Arcamm
12-02-2010, 11:04 PM
That looks like it's going to be fun! Was that hull from an air boat originaly?

KHK
12-03-2010, 09:38 AM
Looks great!! Is the prop variable pitch or fixed?

Lonewolf9029
12-03-2010, 09:41 AM
Yes, Arcamm. It is a 15'x7' with T-bar stringers running full length. Slick bottom with 3/8" polymere to reduce friction.

arandall
12-03-2010, 11:59 AM
Looking good Lonewolf! - -Is it a 350 Chevy?

Lonewolf9029
12-03-2010, 01:39 PM
Yes Arandall, it is. I installed a .480 Comp cam, new springs, timing chain,Edelbrock performer R.P.M intake, Holley 750 double pumper and some other goodies on it. What allows it to get it's power is the 2.68-1 reduction and the 3bld 81" wide prop.
Fabbing the cage:

ISKI
12-03-2010, 03:52 PM
Nice work. What is the HP to weight ratio? That looks like a lot of engine for a highly modified row boat IMHO;)

Lonewolf9029
12-03-2010, 05:51 PM
ISKI:450hsp to 2,100Lbs. Rudders, steering and communications

Lonewolf9029
12-04-2010, 08:11 AM
Me: NO NOMAX!

Lonewolf9029
12-04-2010, 08:15 AM
Gas pedal and drivers deck

Arcamm
12-04-2010, 12:26 PM
Me: NO NOMAX!

Is that where your front seat is going to go? Let your passengers dangle their toes in the water? That should get the gator's atention!

arandall
12-04-2010, 12:53 PM
That's some serous looking stuff you've got there. - I've always liked the holley double pumpers.

Lonewolf9029
12-04-2010, 02:13 PM
Anyway- sure I've bored ya'll by now. If you want to see it run-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtSk3YHeLq8
Thanks for putting up with me Don

Easier to type in on youtube: Steve and Don Airboat ride 3


CtSk3YHeLq8

I added the video here (Gadget)

Gadget
12-04-2010, 02:37 PM
How do you get it out when it stops on dry land like that?

gilly
12-04-2010, 04:01 PM
That's awesome.I WANT ONE NOW!

KHK
12-04-2010, 04:44 PM
Great video!!

Lonewolf9029
12-04-2010, 05:27 PM
Gadget: Just crank it back up, rev about 4500R's and start working your rudders back and forth. She'll break loose and you're on your way. Actually stopping there was a test (and a photo opp). That was the 1st time out after the build. I've since built an aluminum 3' grass rake for the front of the boat, but figured ya'll were getting bored with all the pics.
Just proves us welders/fabricators have no limits to their abilities. Don

Lonewolf9029
12-04-2010, 05:30 PM
Here's the boat with the grass rake added. And thanks Gadget for making that accessable. I'm surely better with an old piece of metal than I am with a PUTER!!!Don

tomsign
12-04-2010, 05:47 PM
Lonewolf,
The is an awesome Build thanks for sharing all the photos, nice post. Thanks
Tomsign

Gadget
12-04-2010, 06:06 PM
That just looks like too much fun. Makes my old bass boat look pretty lame. ;-)

arandall
12-05-2010, 01:50 AM
Wow!! - Now that right there - that's a real hot rod!

ISKI
12-05-2010, 07:32 AM
With 450 HP and 2100lbs, you won't get caught by any pirates. I also think that I could use that up here in CT to get to the best Bass spots on the lake first and win the competition.

Gadget
12-05-2010, 08:37 AM
You could blow your competition off course in the process too Iggy. ;-)

UnfinishedProjects
12-07-2010, 08:33 AM
That is awesome. I want one now. Can't start another project though, lol.

arandall
12-07-2010, 10:45 AM
Lonewolf:
Any idea of top speed on a good day?

Arcamm
12-07-2010, 06:02 PM
With 450 HP and 2100lbs, you won't get caught by any pirates. I also think that I could use that up here in CT to get to the best Bass spots on the lake first and win the competition.

You would get there first alright, but they are kind of loud.

I was going to build one for up here, but I think all of our lakes have 5 hp limits on engines. That sure would take a lot fun out of it. :(