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    Jimmy, if you wanted to restore your dad's...

    Jimmy, if you wanted to restore your dad's racemotor as a cool conversation piece for your man-cave, go back to the Home page, then scroll down to the Boat Racing Encyclopedia sub-forum and look down...
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    Well, since somebody should respond to a new...

    Well, since somebody should respond to a new guy's post, Hi, Jimmy!! Interesting photos and story. I didn't know the midget racers knew about these engines, tho' I'd seen a photo in Hot Rod...
  3. Lordy, Wayne, that sounds semi-exciting, at...

    Lordy, Wayne, that sounds semi-exciting, at least!! I never heard one rev like that. on the occasions I saw this happen, when an engine started running away the throttle-man whacks it closed and...
  4. You won't get anything like the full benefit of...

    You won't get anything like the full benefit of methanol unless you raise the compression a fair amount. But if you go on to use some percentage of nitro, you don't want all or maybe any of that...
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    Sticky: Who used Hasselblads? The rich guys! That was...

    Who used Hasselblads? The rich guys! That was the Mercedes Benz of cameras in its day.

    I had a succession of fairly primitive old things until I finally got a slightly used Minolta SR-2 35mm SLR...
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    Sticky: My dad had an old Ikoflex like that; different...

    My dad had an old Ikoflex like that; different film format, "two-and-a-quarter-square" rather than 35mm. Shot lots of what ultimately became color slides with it. I felt a little, what, dorky using...
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    Sticky: Black and white darkroom work used to be kind of...

    Black and white darkroom work used to be kind of fun. My dad had been a photographer's assistant while in high school in the Thirties, and kept his hand in as an occasional hobbyist, and I sometimes...
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    Sticky: But knowing WHAT to shoot is one of your big...

    But knowing WHAT to shoot is one of your big advantages, Wayne, and your candid shots of the guys and gals working in the pits or at the scorers' table or just gabbing is something no outsider, no...
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    My gosh, look at all the racing they used to do...

    My gosh, look at all the racing they used to do in California!!
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    I just sold a bunch of old Keller speedometers,...

    I just sold a bunch of old Keller speedometers, but still have one, a red wrinkle 15-45mph screw-on guage, that should be period-correct for your boat, and I'm saving it for anyone who has an antique...
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    WOW, what a response!! Rumley, Dinghy Bob,...

    WOW, what a response!! Rumley, Dinghy Bob, thanks so much, what fun projects!! Shows you really can "make a silk purse from a sow's ear" sometimes. I have to study those photos, there's a lot to see...
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    Thanks, fellas. Hounddog, you may well be right,...

    Thanks, fellas. Hounddog, you may well be right, but the idea is to use an old, cheaply-acquired motor and not carve-up (and maybe screw-up) a perfectly good pleasure boat engine just for occasional...
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    Mild hop-up of a Merc 350 . . .

    Anybody here ever race the old 30" two-cylinder Merc? I saw a couple of the four-cylinder 650 version in the F classes, but only one full-race 350 with megaphones for COH. I think a couple of guys...
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    I see a name that ought to be remembered. About...

    I see a name that ought to be remembered. About eight pages up, in the "Trading Post," is an ad by Dave Berg, one of the top racers in A Outboard Hydro in those years, offering his rig for sale. ...
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    zul8tr makes a good point about the plywood,...

    zul8tr makes a good point about the plywood, Rapid 1. Build a boat like the one in the photo out of ordinary marine grade fir or fir-core/mahogany face plywood and it will be ten pounds heavier than...
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    If you want to build something very similar,...

    If you want to build something very similar, possibly try Ed Karelsen in Seattle who used to, long ago, sell an A/BSH hydro kit that might have been close enough for you. Whether he has and can sell...
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    There are some more memories of Mr. Willey on...

    There are some more memories of Mr. Willey on this thread:

    http://www.boatracingfacts.com/forums/showthread.php?18423-Clock-vs-LaMans-start&p=154185#post154185
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    Maybe you could insert a note on that thread,...

    Maybe you could insert a note on that thread, with a link to this one . . .
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    When the Unlimiteds were experimenting with...

    When the Unlimiteds were experimenting with alternatives to the traditional clock start to help out untalented drivers who couldn't make decent clock starts with any regularity (like me in outboards,...
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    Great fun to read, and I wouldn't interrupt but...

    Great fun to read, and I wouldn't interrupt but am curious about the listed author of all the articles, if anyone remembers Tracy Ogden . . . ??
  21. Old Alky and Stock racing engine designations by manufacturer . . . ??

    With racingfan1 putting up those fascinating articles from the mid-Fifties boating magazines, a question arises.

    I would like to see one of the old guys make a class M through F listing of the...
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    I remember seeing a captioned photo of the Nickel...

    I remember seeing a captioned photo of the Nickel Eagle in Popular Science magazine, and thinking the boat looked a bit like something Rhoades might have built.

    That's an early, but...
  23. Sorry you lost your friend, Wayne. It's one of...

    Sorry you lost your friend, Wayne. It's one of the many unhappy consequences of getting old, and is happening too often now. But what a good story!! By chance did you guys get to compare notes at...
  24. I thought that boat was lost. Did you find it...

    I thought that boat was lost. Did you find it recently?
  25. It appears to me that in general the old guys...

    It appears to me that in general the old guys tend to congregate on this site, where Hydroracer.net tends to have more of the younger Stock/Mod racers. Those guys frequently start threads asking...
  26. Rucker's boat seemed so looong, when he showed up...

    Rucker's boat seemed so looong, when he showed up with it at Yelm. We used to wonder if Nick Marchetti really had just one design, an A Stock Hydro, and merely added a couple of inches per class to...
  27. 1) Mister Rucker, showing the Reg. 10 guys...

    1) Mister Rucker, showing the Reg. 10 guys something new about F Hydro, maybe 1967.

    2) Jimmy Hallum, assisted by Russ Rotzler, looking for signs of life in a Lucas mag. Mid-'60s.

    3) Ron...
  28. Woulda thought that with such a deep vee, the...

    Woulda thought that with such a deep vee, the boat would hit pretty easy . . .
  29. Jeff, what IS that boat?!! Looks like a super...

    Jeff, what IS that boat?!! Looks like a super wake-jumper. Puget Sound has a fair amount of big ship traffic, sending big rollers across the water, wake-jumping heaven, get all the air you dare.
  30. Quite an experiment!! That it didn't work out...

    Quite an experiment!! That it didn't work out takes away nothing from the attempt.
  31. How about cutting off the entire projecting part...

    How about cutting off the entire projecting part of the water pickup and cap it off, by welding or just drilling and tapping for a thin plate (with gasket or sealant). Then rig a water pickup like I...
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    Very sorry, Gene.

    Very sorry, Gene.
  33. The Michigan props we raced with fifty years ago...

    The Michigan props we raced with fifty years ago would occasionally break. Tacoma prop-man George Lockhart warned me of this when I gave him a 7X14 steel Michigan to rework. Sure enough. George...
  34. Maybe before you start trimming the blades, make...

    Maybe before you start trimming the blades, make some shim sticks of various thicknesses and try a range of motor heights. And angles, maybe first testing with the propshaft about parallel to the...
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    Wonder if any other old guy recalls seeing...

    Wonder if any other old guy recalls seeing anything like this.

    Back in my era (Pleistocene), well maybe 1962 or thereabouts, and growing up watching the Unlimiteds throwing their monster...
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    Sticky: From 1957: ...

    From 1957:

    http://www.boatsport.org/BSV63/p8.jpg (photo of D. Konig with his deflector C triple).

    (Article on the new A Konig starts on Page 6 . . . ).
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    Sticky: Huh?? Formula for alcohol? What are you saying is...

    Huh?? Formula for alcohol? What are you saying is bull? I don't get it.
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    Sticky: Union Carbide used to make a synthetic 2-stroke...

    Union Carbide used to make a synthetic 2-stroke oil, which I remember as being called Jackrabbit Oil or something like that, that was compatible with both alcohol and gasoline. An old Reg. 10 racer...
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    That's the one! Funny, I looked at that site but...

    That's the one! Funny, I looked at that site but somehow missed the photo. Thanks, fellas.
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    old bob carver photo

    I've been trying to find this online, and I know it's out there, but I can't seem to ask the right search question. Maybe somebody here will know where to find it (somebody with Seattle Outboard has...
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    I'm really not trying to do a political thread...

    I'm really not trying to do a political thread here, Paul.

    Thanks,
    --Smitty
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    Oh, I know, Wayne, and knew it when I wrote the...

    Oh, I know, Wayne, and knew it when I wrote the letters. I actually spent a year in the School of Communications, Editorial Journalism, at the U of Washington when I first got there in the Sixties...
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    So here's the other letter. As I vaguely recall...

    So here's the other letter. As I vaguely recall it, Laura Vescey was sister of a Peter Vescey who was a big New York sports columnist, and I suppose she had to come out here to little old Seattle to...
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    Might make you feel good . . .

    Writing an angry letter to the editor of the local paper is a fairly pointless exercise, but sometimes it feels good. I wrote two, years ago, to the Sports department of the Seattle...
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    Sticky: Paul, the guy in that photo doesn't look like the...

    Paul, the guy in that photo doesn't look like the young Deano that I remember, and that Hal Kelly Jupiter behind him has a "U" region designator (No. Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Utah), where Dean's...
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    Who were the big-name hull builders in those days?

    Who were the big-name hull builders in those days?
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    Glad to see Howard, who was generally referred to...

    Glad to see Howard, who was generally referred to as "Andy" by his Seattle Outboard friends (basically anybody who had ever talked with him!!), be honored in this way. Since this is an engine...
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    Awww, what a pretty boat!!!! Takes me back to my...

    Awww, what a pretty boat!!!! Takes me back to my long-lost youth!!

    How would a boat like that work today with a good C Mod or D Mod 44 on it? Surely it could be competitive in regional club...
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    Sticky: Thanks for the info on relative performance,...

    Thanks for the info on relative performance, Steve. Who had the fast deflector Konigs in the country, any names we'd know? FWIW, did you know that Turner made pistons for the deflector B? They...
  50. Well, that's an official with enforcement powers!...

    Well, that's an official with enforcement powers! I don't recall any particular discussion of your dad up here, but I had the impression that Henry Wagner wasn't a favorite.
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