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Old 09-26-2011, 11:05 AM
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Hi, I just think the original factory striping you showed in the pics after the move to your driveway look great. Some other pictures of the same boat with all white and boot topping also looked nice. If you can bring back the original factory look you can't go wrong. Your restoration work looks clean and thorough, keep up the good work.
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:37 PM
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nice work here -you must have a lot of free time
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:46 PM
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Wow nice work in that engine compartment! Maybe I missed it but I guess the engines run well and that is why you chose not to pull them out and rebuild them?

Also....are you going to use the original exhaust out the side? I see you didn't remove the manifold.

I remember these boats would make a lot of splashing and get you wet in a cross wind.
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Yes, I started the engines and they appear to run fine. Of course I won't know for sure until I can put them under load so I'm still taking a big risk. They only have 600 hours on them so I "should" be safe. Taking them out and rebuilding them would have completely changed the economics and timeframe of the project for me.
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Chop the Radar arch off and Strap on a Express Style Hard top. Gives so many more options, shade, rod storage, Electronic Storage, Lights, Spray shields.

That hull would look great with a Top like that!
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Originally Posted by finman View Post
nice work here -you must have a lot of free time
Ha, I wish. I work on it during the weekends usually for a couple hours at a time. I would love to devote more time and money to the project but I can only do what I can do.

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Chop the Radar arch off and Strap on a Express Style Hard top. Gives so many more options, shade, rod storage, Electronic Storage, Lights, Spray shields. That hull would look great with a Top like that!
I've been thinking about doing that. I have to wait and see how the project progresses, the exterior will be the last step. So far the drivetrain is soaking up more money than anticipated (big surprise huh). For the top I go back and forth between a tube based unit with a sunbrella wraped top versus a solid based unit out of aluminum or fiberglass. Seings how the boat has a 13' beam the top would be a pretty big project in itself. Do you have any pictures of what specifically you are talking about? For me, I'm thinking of something that really ads to the sport looks but facilitates the fishing aspect if you get my drift. cheers.
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Ha, I wish. I work on it during the weekends usually for a couple hours at a time. I would love to devote more time and money to the project but I can only do what I can do.



I've been thinking about doing that. I have to wait and see how the project progresses, the exterior will be the last step. So far the drivetrain is soaking up more money than anticipated (big surprise huh). For the top I go back and forth between a tube based unit with a sunbrella wraped top versus a solid based unit out of aluminum or fiberglass. Seings how the boat has a 13' beam the top would be a pretty big project in itself. Do you have any pictures of what specifically you are talking about? For me, I'm thinking of something that really ads to the sport looks but facilitates the fishing aspect if you get my drift. cheers.
Something Along these lines, Was what I was envisioned looking good with practical use.

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Old 10-23-2011, 05:38 AM
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Natchamp any updates on your Trojan project?
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:26 AM
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Yes, I've been making some progress. The port engine is all back together and looking great but I don't have any pictures yet. I stripped and cleaned the starboard engine and painted it all up as well as the bilge like the port engine shown below. During that process I ran into a little issue:

http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...-problems.html

So, to be on the safe side I replaced the intake manifold gasket. However, the more I thought about it the more I wanted to make sure it was right before I put everything back on. So yesterday I did a compression check on the starboard motor and the results were not good. All of the cylinders except one were in the 125-135 range. But cylinder 3 was only at 85. So it looks like I need to pull the heads off, inspect, and install some new head gaskets. Bummer. But now is the time to do it. I don't know how I'm going to lift the right side head off, it's a real bugger to get to and BB chevy heads are not exactly light.
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allways loved those boats, only problem with them is, they can't pass a fuel dock...
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Drumsfeld View Post
allways loved those boats, only problem with them is, they can't pass a fuel dock...

Not totally true as some of them have diesels.
http://www.thehulltruth.com/boats-sa...el-1984-a.html
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:14 PM
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dude you got some skillz!.....looks great
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:42 AM
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Splash,

That's a great price on your boat. I wish I had diesels! Could you tell me a little more about the engines? I'm not familiar with the 671's, I take it they are inline 6 cylinders? Yours are turbo'd instead of supercharged? From what I've read putting diesels in our express models is a challenge because of the height and space limitations. I'd love to learn more about them. What kind of performance and fuel mileage do you get? cheers.
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Splash,

That's a great price on your boat. I wish I had diesels! Could you tell me a little more about the engines? I'm not familiar with the 671's, I take it they are inline 6 cylinders? Yours are turbo'd instead of supercharged? From what I've read putting diesels in our express models is a challenge because of the height and space limitations. I'd love to learn more about them. What kind of performance and fuel mileage do you get? cheers.
Yes they are straight 6's with Turbo's. Probably one, if not THE most popular of the old Detroits. This is the factory package, and yes they are tight in there. My dad's boat but I ran it down from NJ yrs back when he purchased it. Cruise, going by the old Loran, as I recall, was an easy 30 knots, and fuel at that speed was 40 gph; actually the same burn as my Bertram these days but she only has 800 hp and cruise only 23-25 depending on wind as she has a full tower.
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Those are great boats. They are very popular for 6-pack charters in my area, Lake Michigan. I was looking at Trojan Internationals and Tiara Opens when I got my Open.

Here are a couple of Trojans in my neighborhood with add on tops/half towers:

http://www.luckydogcharters.com/about.php

http://www.finquestfishing.com/finqu...oat-kenosha-wi

http://www.fuzzybearcharters.net/

http://www.reelpleasure.com/virtual_tour.html

http://addictioncharters.net/addicti...ters_boat.html

http://www.breezy1.com/aboutbreezy1charters.shtml

I personally like the look of the part white/part dark hull. FinQuest and Breezy 1 above have that hull color. Here are two more:

http://www.bigweeniesportfishing.com/

http://www.rodmastercharters.com/Cha...shingBoat.html
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:21 AM
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Of the Trojans listed above by steelheadtroller I think the top on Big Weenie's looks the best.



So I guess I prefer the top on Big Weenie's Trojan!
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Have to say I think I like that one the best too. Looks kinda sporty. Looks like they just left the stock arch and added a front canvas.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:01 AM
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Gents,

Wanted to give an update on some progress I’ve made. Unfortunately the weather recently hasn’t been kind to “boat time” but I have accomplished a lot. The engine bay is almost done which is a big milestone for me. I still have a lot of little stuff to do but she’s come a long way. Below are some before and after pics. Everything was a real mess and needed some drastic attention.

Aside from the evident cleaning, cleaning , more cleaning and painting I did the following:

Installed all new hoses, belts, etc. using new stainless or bronze hardware.
Rebuilt both carburetors
Had the starters and alternators rebuilt
Installed new fuel pumps
Rebuilt the raw water pumps and installed new impellers
Installed new billet electronic ignition distributors
Installed new ignition coils and wires
Installed all new exhaust including manifolds, risers, elbows, everything.

Next on the agenda is to install all of the new seacocks. Then I can put the generator back in so I can finish up the exhaust installation. I still need to attach the throttle and transmission cables but I might install some new ones. I need to run the new fuel lines and install the filters and water separators. After the generator is in I can install the battery box and do the re-wiring of that. That should get me pretty close to firing the ole girl back up.


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Nice Work
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Was wondering how the engine work was going. Looking real nice.
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