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Vintage Speed Boats

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. Fedcospeed
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    When the pictures show up for the one i want to buy, i,ll post. Original 56 ,35 hp merc and a 50s gator trailer.
     
  2. Fedcospeed
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    Now I,ll have the two aluminum boats ive always wanted. Going to maryland next week for the Feathercraft. Nos wind vagabond1.jpg vagabond2.jpg vagabond3.jpg vagabond4.jpg vagabond5.jpg vagabond1.jpg vagabond2.jpg vagabond3.jpg vagabond4.jpg shield!!
     
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  3. Fedcospeed
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    Got home safe and sound. Boat on a 50s Gator trailer on a 60 Gator(modified greatly) trailer. I love a good roadtrip!!! feathercfartis home 004.JPG feathercfartis home 008.JPG feathercfartis home 010.JPG feathercfartis home 011.JPG feathercfartis home 013.JPG
     
  4. treb11
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    Minett-Shields 18 ft Ultimate Gentleman's Racer

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  5. Onemansjunk
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  6. triumph 1
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    Stopped at an auto museum in Sarasota Florida a year or so ago that had this cool vintage speed boat with a flathead V8-60 in it. IMG_1172.JPG IMG_1173.JPG


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  7. gavinnz
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    Mine in the pictures... not much to see but potenital in the photos!! And a grinning idiot!! I am building a 239 flathead to power it. Its a 16 foot, barrel back, rear cockpit, slopped V stern, 1930's New Zealand build speedboat. I have no idea who built it or from what plans. I have seen nothing quite like it. It's a wreck but worth fixing I think!
     

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  9. philly the greek
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  10. Fedcospeed
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    Got the news that a ghost from the past will pay us a honored visit this fall. My late father in law and a neighbor raced this boat starting in the 50s. Al Brinkman drew the boat and had it built in Florida and brought back to Grand island. there have been a half dozen versions due to various damage ect but the B/W pictures is the original and has Mr Brinkman driving and father in law mechanic. Other guys that were with the boat included the late Herb Gielow of all guys, better known around here as Mr V-8 60.

    We are floored by this news and cant wait to see it this fall.I am told it will be the featured boat at this years Clayton Boat show and will be "Home" for the ACBS show at the Buffalo Launch Club where it raced!! Just so cool!!!! seabiscuit_08...#2.jpg seabiscuit_05...3.jpg Seabiscuit photo.jpg
     
  11. Fedcospeed
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    Dont know if i am getting boat blinded with the latest happenings, BUT just looked at a wood decked Jersey Speed Skiff that I have wanted for 30 years. been sitting that long and needs alot of tlc but complete. I remember the last time it ran by my house and that was the last time it was in the water. Timing always sucks!!! But its been a dream of mine and I think I have to do it. Boat has to go cause the house where its stored at has been sold.
     
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  12. Fedcospeed
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    I think whats gonna happen now is the Skiff is going back to the original owner. The guy rebuilding my father in laws boat and i are trying to make that happen. I really think it should go back to him.
     
  13. upspirate
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    M-9 cool boat. Always loved and wanted a Jersey Speed Skiff since I first saw them race back in the '70's in St Pete Fla
     
  14. Blake 27
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    Lake Tahoe boat show 2011 DSC03835.JPG DSC03836.JPG DSC03837.JPG DSC03839.JPG DSC03840.JPG
     
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  15. OldSchoolRodz
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    My wife and I went to the Coeur d'Alene Idaho wooden boat show sum years back, and saw some beauties in the water... Bu here’s a few Pic’s I snapped at Boatique Winery up here in Nor Cal. Last Mo., best old Boat collection I’ve ever seen...

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  16. George Klass
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    A Chris Craft Cobra, looks like a 21 footer. My ex-boss, Henry Kaiser (I worked for him at his home at Lake Tahoe, when I was in high school) bought one just like this one in 1955. It was powered by a 331" Hemi Chrysler (dual carbs). Mr. Kaiser had a bunch of boats at his home, he let his guests take them out if he thought they were reasonably competent. Although I was only 16 at the time (1955) he let me take the Cobra out now and then. The boat got alot of attention but the truth is, I never really thought it was that good of a boat. It did not handle that well in the turns and was not nearly as fast as it should have been. I chalked it up to the boat having too fat of an ass. I remember that eventually, he shipped his Cobra to Hawaii, stashed it at one of his hotels. I never knew what happened to it...
     
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  17. George Klass
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    A typical Chris Craft triple cockpit runabout, probably from the middle 1920's or very early 1930's. The most popular model was the 26-footer, which is what this one is. I never saw a transom mounted rudder on one of these before, but it could have been original. Chris Craft manufactured their own engines back then, a decent running V8 for a boat this size. They could run at about 40 MPH at sea level, somewhat less at Lake Tahoe (6229' altitude). I still saw the original Chris Craft V8 engines in boats like this in the 1950's, but parts were scarce if you broke something, and it was cheaper to dump the original engine and substitute a later model big block (Caddy, Olds, Hemi, or Chevy).
     
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  18. 33 Ford Sedan Delivery
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    Does anyone have pictures or information on 348 - 409 powered race boats??
     

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  19. 33 Ford Sedan Delivery
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  20. 1959 Long Beach drags, Biesemeyer hull.

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  21. 1960 Boat show, maybe Long Beach, maybe Los Angeles. Biesemeyer again with an unbelievably cool hull that I've never seen before.

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  22. 33 Ford Sedan Delivery
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  23. Litchfield
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    Just finished this a couple months back.
    The 1963 Hallett Blown Fuel Hydro...BANZAI
    Driven by Barry McGown
    Engine by Keith Black.
    Held World Record many times.
    Best was 166.27 in 1966.
     
  24. George Klass
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    Not just any speed boat, this is Edsel Ford's "Woodfish", built in the very early 1920's. Early race boats, before step hydros and 3-point hydros, were basically speed boats with more horsepower. This boat may be a little different, however, as it appears that the engine is not in the middle of the boat, as they are in most speed boats of the era, it looks like it's well aft, which would mean that it must have some sort of a V-drive system. I actually know nothing about this boat, never heard of it before or knew of it's existence. But, being Henry Ford's son and knowing that Henry had a good relationship with John Hacker, it could be one of Hacker's designs. Looks like Edsel behind the wheel (he liked bow ties), and it's probably on the Detroit River, maybe taking a break from the office, in his suit and tie...
     
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  25. George Klass
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    Edsel in his race boat cruising past his dad's River Rouge Plant.

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    A close up of the same photo. The boat name was "Nine Ninety Nine", and it's also attached to the bow. If you remember, Henry's original "race car" was also 999. Edsel was always interested in high speed boats, and was one of the first to have Liberty aircraft engines (from WWI) installed in his boats. Henry was also interested in high power aircraft engines converted for marine use (See Henry's "Evangeline" on this same thread) Anyway, Edsel had several boats along with "Nine Ninety Nine", including "Woodfish", "Goldfish" and "Greyhound Jr.". I really don't know anything about the hull or the designer, but having been around these old wooden boats for most of my life, I'm thinking that "Woodfish" might be a Gar Wood design, rather than John Hacker's...
     
  26. rumblegutz
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    Years ago we took a tour of Edsel & Eleanor Ford's home on Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Point Shores. One of the things the tour guide spoke of was Edsel's love of using his speed boat to commute to work.
     
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  27. Good looking boat, but step hydros have been around since the teens of the last century.
     
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  28. Oh, forgot to mention, it is a Hacker design and ran in the low 50's with it Liberty engine. Edsel did not drive the boat in races but when the driver and riding mechanic were almost killed in a race, Ford ended his racing career.
     
  29. 40 Olds
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