© 2019 dragboatfever.com - steve@dragboatfever.com
  • It was decided that an oil filter adapter would look neat.
  • Painted boat name removed and new replacement decals installed
  • First picture of MSD brand starter that was installed weeks ago with no fanfare
  • Time to fabricate a new bilge pump pickup. Still waiting on several hose related parts
  • A Hardin Marine 4-Port thermostat was installed and cooling lines are nearly complete. Two water pick-up tubes will be use. We’ll have to see how well that works.
  • Ford Racing M-6316-A460 crankshaft damper now in place.
  • Engine oil drained and filter removed. Ready for fresh replacements.
  • Billet aluminum crankcase evacuation vents and new stainless lines are now complete.
  • Fuel lines are also complete
  • A Casale Whirl-A-Way has been installed along with locking shift handle. Synthetic gear lube was used during the re-assembly
  • The billet aluminum battery box is now in place. Bilge pump, fuel pump and filters have been relocated using brackets fabricated to use existing holes.
  • A new ¼ aluminum splash guard replaces the tired Lexan unit.
  • A new instrument panel has been fabricated and is now in place.
  • The contents of all electrical boxes have been fabricated and installed
  • Then it was decided to rewire and re-do the plumbing. The existing wasn’t so bad but I’m looking for perfection. All plumbing will be optimized. Components will be relocated as needed but the commitment is NO new holes are to be drilled.
  • Hoffman stainless electrical boxes are in position, but I’m still debating placement of engine mounted box. Cut-off switch, Circuit breakers, DIN mount terminals, MSD over ride switch, battery box, and new instrument panel are part of the plan
  • Chrome alternator with billet brackets and pulleys are already in place.
  • A fire extinguisher was installed
  • Today is the big day. She finally breathes fire. But not until adjusting fuel bowl floats, and timing.
  • Old fuel was drained, fuel pressure regulator rebuilt, water pump Impeller replaced, engine bolts upgraded to ARP stainless 12 point. New spark plugs and ignition wires. Firing order is intentionally off by one cylinder to facilitate distributor cap latch clearance due to tunnel ram.
  • New Florida registration replaces Nevada.
  • New seat covers were made with focus on originality.
  • Seat buckets were narrowed to resolve clearance problems.
  • Carburetors rebuilt and Weiand tunnel ram top 1915 replaced due to someone grinding the casting to resolve linkage clearance problems.
  • 1” spacers are now used to provide clearance for carburetor linkage .
  • Engine with new valve covers. Old crank evacuation to be replaced.
  • First order of business is to replace the stock valve covers to provide the proper clearance for the roller rockers. For added bling I went with Ford Racing M-6582-C460.
  • This boat was owned by the same individual since the early 80’s and was lovingly cared for. It has some blemishes from light use but overall is in incredible shape considering it’s age.
  • Roger kept meticulous records of the parts used as well as operational details he developed.
  • The printed material conveyed to me included many of the original manufacturer documents, invoices, and even the original Cole Boats sales brochure.
  • Special thanks to Roger and his wife for sharing their knowledge and making this purchase as smooth as possible despite the long distance transaction.

Evolution 2017

© 2019 dragboatfever.com - Steven Bastardi
  • It was decided that an oil filter adapter would look neat.
  • Painted boat name removed and new replacement decals installed
  • First picture of MSD brand starter that was installed weeks ago with no fanfare
  • Time to fabricate a new bilge pump pickup. Still waiting on several hose related parts
  • A Hardin Marine 4-Port thermostat was installed and cooling lines are nearly complete. Two water pick-up tubes will be use. We’ll have to see how well that works.
  • Ford Racing M-6316-A460 crankshaft damper now in place.
  • Engine oil drained and filter removed. Ready for fresh replacements.
  • Billet aluminum crankcase evacuation vents and new stainless lines are now complete.
  • Fuel lines are also complete
  • A Casale Whirl-A-Way has been installed along with locking shift handle. Synthetic gear lube was used during the re-assembly
  • The billet aluminum battery box is now in place. Bilge pump, fuel pump and filters have been relocated using brackets fabricated to use existing holes.
  • A new ¼ aluminum splash guard replaces the tired Lexan unit.
  • A new instrument panel has been fabricated and is now in place.
  • The contents of all electrical boxes have been fabricated and installed
  • Then it was decided to rewire and re-do the plumbing. The existing wasn’t so bad but I’m looking for perfection. All plumbing will be optimized. Components will be relocated as needed but the commitment is NO new holes are to be drilled.
  • Hoffman stainless electrical boxes are in position, but I’m still debating placement of engine mounted box. Cut-off switch, Circuit breakers, DIN mount terminals, MSD over ride switch, battery box, and new instrument panel are part of the plan
  • Chrome alternator with billet brackets and pulleys are already in place.
  • A fire extinguisher was installed
  • Today is the big day. She finally breathes fire. But not until adjusting fuel bowl floats, and timing.
  • Old fuel was drained, fuel pressure regulator rebuilt, water pump Impeller replaced, engine bolts upgraded to ARP stainless 12 point. New spark plugs and ignition wires. Firing order is intentionally off by one cylinder to facilitate distributor cap latch clearance due to tunnel ram.
  • New Florida registration replaces Nevada.
  • New seat covers were made with focus on originality.
  • Seat buckets were narrowed to resolve clearance problems.
  • Carburetors rebuilt and Weiand tunnel ram top 1915 replaced due to someone grinding the casting to resolve linkage clearance problems.
  • 1” spacers are now used to provide clearance for carburetor linkage .
  • Engine with new valve covers. Old crank evacuation to be replaced.
  • First order of business is to replace the stock valve covers to provide the proper clearance for the roller rockers. For added bling I went with Ford Racing M-6582-C460.
  • Roger kept meticulous records of the parts used as well as operational details he developed.
  • This boat was owned by the same individual since the early 80’s and was lovingly cared for. It has some blemishes from light use but overall is in incredible shape considering it’s age.
  • The printed material conveyed to me included many of the original manufacturer documents, invoices, and even the original Cole Boats sales brochure.
  • Special thanks to Roger and his wife for sharing their knowledge and making this purchase as smooth as possible despite the long distance transaction.
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