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Updated: 9/23/2008 (16 years ago)
Originally Posted: 7/25/2006
Total Views: 8,621
Owner: Joseph Fennessy
Forum Nickname: JoeinNY
Location: Auburn, NY

Model: 1983 Ski Nautique 2001
Length: 19.5
Engine: 408 Ford Stroker Std Rot
HP: 400

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I bought this boat after someone found out through the forums of this site it was going to be more work than they wanted to take on, the hull was beautiful and the interior was new but the engine was shot, and the floor was showing signs of rot. I was able to ski on it right away by installing the 302 out of my 67 CC mustang, and over the next two off seasons I built the motor, and this last year tackled the floor and stringers replacing all the wood and foam with coosa board and fiberglass. Both projects were undertaken with inspiration and help from this site. She now stands pretty much done, and is a great ski boat and with some weight wakeboarding boat. This boat has been both reunions, next year I hope to make both in the same year.

For the engine I built a Std Rot 408 Stroker with a fully forged and balanced bottom end with parts from www.fordstrokers.com. Heads are iron flow racing heads, with scorpion roller rockers, running isky guide plates and pushrods. The cam is from cam research and is matched racing tie bar retrofit hydraulic roller lifters. There is a weiand stealth intake has been port matched and is topped off by a 650 cfm mighty demon marine demon barry grant carb. The ignition system is a performance distributors DUI with taylor wires. The exhaust headers are from Hi-tek and were custom matched to the exhaust ports of these heads. The entire fuel system has been upgraded and a nitrous setup added, although never used. The whole thing was put together with ARP fastners.

The electrical system has been updated to a 100amp alternator from ARCO that keeps the two optima blue tops charged. 1/0 wire feeds the three amps up front, a 1000 watt zapco amp for the NVS Tyrant tower speakers, a clarion apx480 amp for the interior polk speakers, and a alpine pdx600 amp for the polk subwoofer. There is a Clarion head unit mounted in the kickplate with a wired remote I havent had the courage to cut a hole for yet, and a zapco preamp/eq to split the sound between the three amps. Other significant upgrades are the perfect pass wakeboard pro, the New Dimensions Tower, and a new 1.23:1 pcm power plus transmission and associated hardware.
Joseph Fennessy
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