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« on: March 12, 2008, 06:43:12 PM »

hello I'm new to the group and I'm finding out what you guys have going on hear is pretty helpful so far. but i am having trouble with a couple things on my new project and I'm having trouble finding some answers.  I'm doing a "resto-mod" on this thunderbird i bought from guy at work. blown(up) merc228, rebuilt outdrive, and a thrashed interior and gelcoat. ill repower, reupholster, and repaint what i need to, but i need some factory specs. I'm interested in the most comprehensive service manual i can get my hands on and maybe some good close pics of original upholstery. i love "this old boat" and look forward to droppin it in the lake(erie) this season. ANY help is greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2008, 04:41:32 PM »

I have scanned a 1980 Brochure with the F-18 in it, I am having a hard time getting the file small enough to post,  But still make it were it will be clear enough for what your after.  Will you send me an Email so I can email it to you?  ternst@glencovemarine.com
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2008, 02:07:47 PM »

thanks so much thats gonna be a huge help! ill post a few "done for he season" pictures. that boat at the bootom was a spittin image of the pile i have. ill use that boat for a pattern of the interior. do you know the difference between the 228 and the 260? i assume one is a 305 and the other a 350. do you think there really is a performance gain? maybe id be better off keeping the 228?
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2008, 02:16:17 PM »

Go bigger if you have to replace it anyway.  Should be a ton of old boats out there that you can get the identical engine from.
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2008, 10:05:13 PM »

go big or go home. remember that the old alphas don't like more than about 350 ft lbs of torque. also make sure you've got a 1.50 gear ratio. this will give you the best performance with a 350. also run a 3 blade prop 19 or 21 pitch. don't be afraid to spin her to 5000 or so. sbc's like that better than being lugged down.keep us posted on your progress.good luck    triple j
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