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    Thanks Sharkey!

    Thanks Sharkey!
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    OPC String Steering Hardware

    Setting up a JP Hydrostream for Vintage events. Looking for a cable steering helm. It can be in front of or under dash as I have not started setting up the boat. If anyone has one for sale or a...
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    I remember that race well. Along with the...

    I remember that race well. Along with the go-cart races afterwards! Harley Wilson was a menace on the track as well as the water!
  4. Thread: Laser LTV

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    Some LTV pics

    A couple of pics from the 84 season. One is me and Lynn Nichols (in Freddie Hartman's boat) at Norfolk VA.
  5. Thread: Steering bars

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    On OPC boats you had steering and trim geometry...

    On OPC boats you had steering and trim geometry to contend with. A line from the holes at the ends of the bars where the pulleys attached had to intersect the swivel shaft center in order for the...
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    [QUOTE=Smokin' Joe;118975]V-bottom racing was...

    [QUOTE=Smokin' Joe;118975]V-bottom racing was headed for the grave by 1985. Mod-VP killed it, big prize money there, seldom any for the smaller classes. Then Mod-VP was died, I don't know the reason...
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    Boats 270/831/835

    Ray, talking about dredging up the past! Jimmy Rogerson built Rayner's SJ (835)and Mark Dillow's SG (831). I rigged both of them. Rayner said he always had to follow me and put in one steel bolt...
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    S J 501

    My good friend Bobby Boose, loaned him my van to go to Eufaula that year. Now I actually know he went! :D Boat was, I think, a McCall U boat, owned by Dave Casey and/or Lee McGlaughin (sp?). Too...
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    FS class

    This was a great idea for a class. We had three FS racers from Portsmouth (Bobby Boose, Bert Fary, and Rabbit Anderson) that raced every regatta. On the off weekends we would put coolers and skis...
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    Bill Slivey (blond), Mike Herrman (Lowenbrau),...

    Bill Slivey (blond), Mike Herrman (Lowenbrau), Sherlock, Kenny Curtis (afro and white socks). I think my memory is still clear. How about it, Ray?
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    Back in the day...

    Ray, you will probably attest to this....If you ran good in Region 4 you could run good anywhere in the country. Not only did we have good drivers but ran often enough to get some good seat time in...
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    Jimbo at Portsmouth

    It was 1976 or 77. OMC sent Jimbo McConnel, Barry Woods and Fred Hauenstein to Portsmouth to run on our record course. Water was rough on Saturday morning, didn't look good for records. Shortly...
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    Danny, we never met but I saw you race in Miami at the 75 OPC nationals. Remember that one?
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    Region 3/4/5 OPC notables

    OK, I raced in these regions in the late 70s and mid 80s. The 70s were the heyday for OPC in MD/VA/NC. You could race at least every other weekend, sometimes more. We had as good a drivers here...
  15. Thread: 1500xs

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    Another 2 cents worth

    If you are talking about the stock trim with the vertical cylinders I feel you will be disasitisfied with it. Too much play. Try and find the horizontal racing cylinders such as used on the Twisters,...
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    tie-down

    Switzer, if you are going to continue to run the engine tied down, install a bow eye in the transom a little above the cav plate and tie the motor down with 6 or 8 wraps of 1/4" nylon line. This is...
  17. Thread: Buck Thornton

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    Ray, don't forget his old partner, Dave Casey!!

    Ray, don't forget his old partner, Dave Casey!!
  18. Thread: Laser LTV

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    LTV memories

    I raced an LTV in ModVP to US-2 in 1984. Ran a 2.4 Mod VP Bridgeport with the heads cut .060" and jetting to suit. Best top end was 104 with a Mercury 30" cleaver. Ran a 28 Merc cleaver in...
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    keller

    We always called them the "lie detectors". When I got my 1st 1 it was like getting a piece of art. Loaned it out and never saw it again.
    I had one more that I put in an Allison JP I restored as...
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    steering

    We set up a 14 Allison with a 150 years ago just because the parts were laying around and we didn't know any better. We put cable steering in it and it worked great. No problem in a straight line...
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    Harry Davis

    As stated, Harry was a great guy. As a member of the Speedmasters out of the D.C. area (a club of black OPC racers) he was a fixture at Region 4 races in the 70s. He, along with the other fine...
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    Jimbo

    What a great guy. I had the honor of meeting him in Portsmouth Va in 76 or 77. We had a surveyed 1 2/3mile course and OMC sent him, Barry Woods, and Fred Hauenstein down to set a record. The day of...
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