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Postby SolarPanel » Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:38 pm

Rebuilding a Weldcraft mini for my dad. Gotta mount the engine & jet unit, build a dash/windshield & redo the floor boards. 75HP 2 stroke motor & a single stage jet. Gotta fab up a intake grate too. Good project for the cold winter months here.. It'll be a slow process as prime riding season is almost here.. :-D I'll keep you all posted & put up lots of pics. Josh :Drink:

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I gotta cut a triangle out to put the delta pad back in.
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Jet unit & engine
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby Jaker » Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:51 pm

Cool project off_top_ but even COOLER shop! I am way jealous!!

Should be fun to watch your progress!
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby SolarPanel » Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:51 pm

A few more pics. Had my cousin cut out a 1in thick mounting pad & a peice to build the grate out of. I should have the grate done tomorrow. Maybe able to start welding the mount plate in as well.

Water jet cutting the mount.
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The grate set up in the mill. Got a bunch of hand work to angle the opening to match the jet.
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby SolarPanel » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:11 pm

More pictures of the grate & jet mount... Lots of pics but, its cold & I am bored.... :-D :Drink:

Slots milled out for the bars.
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Mocked on the jet. I am going to have to cut about a 1/8in of the face of the grate to make it flush with the boat
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby wentzel88 » Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:37 pm

that will be a sweet littel boat :Drink:
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby SolarPanel » Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:55 pm

Should be fun.. Would be more fun with a 200 optimax but, what I have will work. Also if anybody have any comments on doing something different than I am doing it, please post them. I am more than open to ideas. Thanks, Josh
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby MOHAWKc77 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:18 am

If you plan on pumping stones from time to time its a real good idea to keep your gap in the grill bars smaller than the gap between the back of your blade and the stator. This area gets a real hiding in the little pumps . Is that Tigershark gear your useing ?.
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby SolarPanel » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:48 am

Good idea in the grate spacing I'll have to check that out this weekend. Not a Tiger Shark set, this is made by 2 stroke international. They are based out of South Carolina. http://www.2si.com. Pretty cool packages, wish they build something with a bit more hp. Josh
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby SolarPanel » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:09 am

-50 here this weekend so I decided it was a good time to work on the boat somemore... I'm not the best at Aluminum welding but, only one way to learn... :Noteeth:

All cut out, ready to weld the pieces back in.
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Bottom welded in..
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Jet mount tacked in place.
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby SolarPanel » Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:56 pm

Got some more done on the boat today.. Clean it up with alum cleaner, Got the motor & jet tempted in. ( Gotta pull it back out one more time) Wish I was better at alum welding but, I guess there is only one way to get good.... :Drink:

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Re: Mini boat project

Postby Daniel » Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:14 pm

This little boat will ride on only inches of water, great project.
Keep on posting and thank you for sharing.
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby flyfish3837 » Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:09 pm

cool project!
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby scrim » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:01 am

Interesting project I am also looking at the 2SI units. Is this a JP1 or JP2 pump unit?
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby SolarPanel » Tue Apr 24, 2012 7:12 pm

Got some more done on the boat last weekend... Slowly but, surely its coming together.

Reverse bucket installed..

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Bottom of jet/boat...

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Doghouse modified , had to add 4in & re-weld the mounts.

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Should be able to get the grate in & get the floor cut out of diamond plate next weekend.. :Drink:
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby flatheadriverrunner » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:07 pm

Looking good! I sure do like the look of that little weldcraft. Just the right size. :Drink:
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby SolarPanel » Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:04 pm

Got back off the river early today & got some more done on the mini. Waiting on some parts now, once I get them I can finish it.. :Drink:

Wiring/electrical mounted & hooked up.
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Intake grate mounted, gotta get some counter sunk bolts to finish it.
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby jpar247 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:04 pm

I'm loving this build. Perfect little stream boat! I hope to be able to build something like this down the road one day
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby Music Man » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:48 pm

I think those 4 bolts on the bottom should be countersunk to be flush. They will get torn out on rocks.
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby SolarPanel » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:53 pm

Music Man wrote:I think those 4 bolts on the bottom should be countersunk to be flush. They will get torn out on rocks.


Yep, I agree... :) I gotta pick up some stainless countersunk bolts for it this week. I just didn't have any in the shop this weekend.

Jpar, it should be a great skinny water boat. I am going to have to try it out & get some video's before I turn it over to my Dad... :Drink:
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Re: Mini boat project

Postby SolarPanel » Sat May 12, 2012 7:53 pm

Got some more done on the boat this week. :Drink:

Console mounted
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New jet guard
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Have to put the bilge pump in & finish wiring it this week. Hoping for a test run Saturday... :Drink:
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