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    Smitty: Get hold of Chris Hellsten. He can...

    Smitty:

    Get hold of Chris Hellsten. He can accept PM's on Hydroracer. May be registered here also but have not seen his name. His Dad, Pete, owned one of these back in the day that won the APBA...
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    Wayne: The previous photo of you, Ruthie...

    Wayne:

    The previous photo of you, Ruthie Butts, Joe Rhome, Tim Butts and Debbie reminded me of something Ruthie told my wife Eileen during this time frame.

    As is obvious from the photo, Tim...
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    Wayne: I kind of knew what you were doing when...

    Wayne:

    I kind of knew what you were doing when you posted the original info about Honorary Texans, so I just figured I would keep my mouth shut and see whether you said any more about it. Took a...
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    Wayne: Don't remember the exact year but it...

    Wayne:

    Don't remember the exact year but it was a couple of years prior to 1968 as that was the year I started back racing and I remember Harry ZAK telling me about it. Surely a competitor or...
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    Sticky: Wayne: It has been so long since I discussed...

    Wayne:

    It has been so long since I discussed this on BRF I can't remember where the original idea came from for the "gadget" but I got the original thought and the idea to make the thing from a...
  6. Ron: Far be for me to tell you in which thread...

    Ron:

    Far be for me to tell you in which thread to place this story, BUT, if this was me, I think without a doubt it belongs in Wayne Baldwin's
    AMAZING STORIES thread as it truly is an "amazing...
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    Sticky: Current 500CC VRP and GRM PRO engines are...

    Current 500CC VRP and GRM PRO engines are claiming 160HP out of 30 cubic inches. It would seem reasonable to assume that Dick's engine could pull at least 2 1/2 to 3HP out of 99 Cubic inches....
  8. An update on this situration: As stated, RFTK...

    An update on this situration:

    As stated, RFTK got the Trombetta Hydro and the 175CC Motor back on 3-11-17 from where the individual had it. Unfortunately the "wrap" (what was used on the boat in...
  9. As answered on HR, you will have to ask him. The...

    As answered on HR, you will have to ask him. The real owners, RFTK, did not think there was any valid or lawful reason. That was why they (RFTK) sued after two years of trying other lawful means to...
  10. Congrats for Race for The Kids Foundation

    Congrats to RFTK Foundation which sponsored several UIM races in Lake Aldred, Fl. Their entry, boat and motor, was used to win the 175CC Hydro World Championship at Lake Alfred in 2014. Due to the...
  11. Hi Ron: Know from some PM's this has been a...

    Hi Ron:

    Know from some PM's this has been a long hard frustrating fight to get BRF and all the threads back. Hope you found out some stuff that will make it easier to keep track of in the future. ...
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    I could be mistaken about this, as I did not know...

    I could be mistaken about this, as I did not know them. I only saw Art Jr. race OPC at Winter Park in STL in the late 70's.

    I believe at least one if not both are deceased. As I said I could be...
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    Wayne: I remember back in the 80's, I think it...

    Wayne:

    I remember back in the 80's, I think it was, your Dad gave me a bumper sticker stating "Let the Bastards freeze in the Dark".

    Because it was from him mostly I put it on the side of a...
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    Gene: I have known you for at least 35-40...

    Gene:

    I have known you for at least 35-40 years, and I can vouch for the fact you can be a hard headed old SOB, BUT when I wrote a piece comparing Konig VS Quincy several years ago on BRF in...
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    Wayne: I don't know whether you remember it or...

    Wayne:

    I don't know whether you remember it or not, but I had an all white with red interior '76 Grand Prix that was a Pontiac 50th year Anniversary Special. Bought it new off the showroom floor...
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    Wayne: Like all of us who love speed, probably...

    Wayne:

    Like all of us who love speed, probably the worst part was the waiting and having to prove himself. That is about 20MPH faster than I have ever been in a car or any type of vehicle except...
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    Wayne: Think that is the first photo of your...

    Wayne:

    Think that is the first photo of your boy I have seen. If you had others on BRF I missed them. Good looking Kid!! Reminds me of the actor who is in the current version of the "Driver". The...
  18. Some of the first races I attended when I first...

    Some of the first races I attended when I first started racing in the 50's were on the White River in De Valls Bluff when they had the White River Festival there on July 4th. Got tossed out of my...
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    Now if we could just get your Dad and Butch back,...

    Now if we could just get your Dad and Butch back, Todd Brinkman Sr., plus many others, we (you/I) could regain some of our youth. Some of the best times of my life were spent in Alexandria, from 1968...
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    FastJeff: Do you have any info on the motor in...

    FastJeff:

    Do you have any info on the motor in the second photo down on the left side?

    Looks to be a different motor. Another way to get 4 cyls, but a different motor.
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    David: No joy finding the instruction copy....

    David:


    No joy finding the instruction copy. If you want to call me in the evening at 636-942-2283 I will try to walk you thru it.

    Bill
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    David: IF I still have the copy I will send it...

    David:

    IF I still have the copy I will send it to you at your e-mail. This was 6 years ago and when I sold the pitch-o-meter I also had no reason to keep the instructions after sending them on to...
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    We don't allow no Nascar racers at Boat Racing...

    We don't allow no Nascar racers at Boat Racing Reunions, specially those that build cars for Jeffy.
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    With as long as it takes me to get ready to do...

    With as long as it takes me to get ready to do anything anymore, probably a good thing you are starting planning for it now.

    That being said, If I am still vertical, and Eileen has not found...
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    As you mentioned Fairmont Park is still in...

    As you mentioned Fairmont Park is still in existence on the east side across the river from STL. Bill Seebold used to frequent both Fairmont and Cahokia Downs as he knew jockeys and trainers/owners...
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    Talking about officials, I don't believe I ever...

    Talking about officials, I don't believe I ever say one that could "parse" the rule book to find something wrong like Henry Wagner. The fact he just happened to be from California blends into the...
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    Bill: It was 1982 I believe. I also had a...

    Bill:

    It was 1982 I believe.

    I also had a memorable trip. Phil Howard and I were racing together at the time. Eileen and Jeanie(Phi's wife) drove out together in 3 days I think it was. The...
  28. Mallard: I seem to remember that the older...

    Mallard:

    I seem to remember that the older motors (before EFI and computer controls) had a simple carb linkage that unless the motor was shifted into "forward" would not allow the throttle to be...
  29. [QUOTE=Mallards Only;146949] Mallard: ...

    Mallard:

    I am not intimately familiar with your motor to be able to answer the question about idle speed, although is does seem to be about right.

    BUT, as French Phil states, you should not rev...
  30. [QUOTE=Mallards Only;146947]Sorry for the delay. ...

    [QUOTE=Mallards Only;146947]Sorry for the delay. So, it appears that the TT was on the wrong setting as my idle RPM's were running about 2050. Problem now is I'm not sure what setting is the...
  31. Tiny Tachs are notorious for giving incorrect...

    Tiny Tachs are notorious for giving incorrect readings, mostly because the tach is not set up correctly. Check and see if yours has settings for 2-4 stroke, number of cylinders, etc, before giving...
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    Sorry, but only the first photo took. We just...

    Sorry, but only the first photo took. We just went to a small dish (EXEDE) and they never said anything about dishes and rain. Knew they did this with TV but did not think about asking about...
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    We will try again:597775977859779

    We will try again:597775977859779
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    OK, here are photos of the thermostat housing....

    OK, here are photos of the thermostat housing. The thermostat has the name DOLE on it and comes from Carolstream, Il. It is a number 43B. Very possible he got it from an OMC dealer as he used to use...
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    thermostat

    [QUOTE=Fastjeff57;146518]I can see the motor over cooling with a forced water inlet system. Obviously, a T-stat would be a big help there!

    Would like to see what that home-built deal looks like....
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    Some years ago Harry ZAK came up with some...

    Some years ago Harry ZAK came up with some aluminum "thermostat Holders" primarily for PRO motors that did not have either a water pump or thermostat, (or a place to put one) but just use a hole in...
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    Tim: Yes, Butch was 71. I know Ralph does not...

    Tim:

    Yes, Butch was 71. I know Ralph does not do computers, or did not several years ago, and just wanted to be sure based on their long term friendship.

    You have a good motor if it was built...
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    Well, Eileen and the two boys (our cats) were...

    Well, Eileen and the two boys (our cats) were looking for something for me for Fathers Day, and I can't think of anything better. It is now on order at Amazon. Wish I could get it signed, but will be...
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    Smitty: The last several Vans I had were built...

    Smitty:

    The last several Vans I had were built on Ford chassis, primarily because unlike the Pick Ups which were mentioned in another post, as you could not get, at least with Chevy or GMC,...
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    Smitty: One of the reasons you do not see the...

    Smitty:

    One of the reasons you do not see the proliferation of Conversion Vans on the roads anymore is very simply greed, along with lawsuits against the "rolling stock" that the Vans were made...
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    [QUOTE=champ20B;145557]Coupling shafts can be...

    [QUOTE=champ20B;145557]Coupling shafts can be tricky. They need "perfect" alignment and strength along with balance, otherwise such a fabrication can be destructive to the gear-case and power-head...
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    I think there was a Riverside Boat Club on the...

    I think there was a Riverside Boat Club on the Rock River in the Quad City area in the last 25-30 years or so. I remember going to a small race there to test with ZAK in the 1980's time frame.
    ...
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    [QUOTE=racingfan1;145189]Thank you Bill. The only...

    [QUOTE=racingfan1;145189]Thank you Bill. The only 3 I have are July 2000 , July 2001 and August 2001.[/QUOTE)


    I will look in the next couple of days. I probably have a substantial amount of the...
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    Do not think they are made anymore. The one I...

    Do not think they are made anymore. The one I sold was 35+ years old. Made by the fellow who mfgd the Champ Hot Rod for a time, but I do not remember his name. I bought it from him at that time....
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    Which ones do you need. We have some.

    Which ones do you need. We have some.
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    Harry has been deceased for several years now....

    Harry has been deceased for several years now. His son, Mike. still lives in the Indianapolis area I believe, or used to. Possibly someone else may have contact info for him if that would help. I...
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    Smitty: I understand your confusion about the...

    Smitty:

    I understand your confusion about the Modular motor that was run at the race I referenced in LR, but I stand by what I said.

    Either the single cyl A he ran was a full A displacement...
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    In Steve Litzell's post #32, he mentions the...

    In Steve Litzell's post #32, he mentions the design of the first modular motor.

    I had the opportunity to see the A, B, and C version of this motor run at the LR Boat Club in about 1957-59 time...
  49. Gene: As did Tim Chance and I back in the...

    Gene:

    As did Tim Chance and I back in the early 70's.

    My point was.......

    Well, you know.
  50. Champ20B: My take on this is if every person...

    Champ20B:

    My take on this is if every person wanting to race would build a boat out of the finest marine mahogany, it would denude the rain forest of less than 1/2 of 1 percent of the available...
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