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Old 02-02-2014
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Default 73 lo pro full restoration

Hello everyone!

I've been reading the forum for a couple of months and had Cturboaddict help me get in touch with coop to join. So a big thanks to both of them!

I bought a 73 sidewinder lo pro the first weekend of this year. I've been gutting it and getting ready to build it back up. I also got rid of the old mercury and just purchased a brand new 2014 etec 90. Figured the fiancÚ would have a lot better time with the new quiet reliable engine. I am already fairly deep into the restoration so I will try to post pics to get up to date.

Looking forward to hearing everyone's thoughts and getting feedback. All your build threads have REALLY helped me out so far so I couldn't be happier to be apart of this forum.

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Nice start. And Welcome to the forum.
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Good job mgivens, we await the other photos and welcome to the forum also from Italy.
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Looking good Michael, you're going all out on this one. Just curious, but why did you go with the 90 HP? Most of us on here are speed junkies where bigger is better.
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Thanks guys!

I'm new here so I don't already want to get kicked out.........but I am not a speed junky.....In all honestly as long as I can get in the high 30s I will be happy. I was going to get the 70 four stroke yamaha or 75 Etec but I got a really good deal on a 90 etec so I went with that. I figure it will get me around 42-45mph which is absolutely enough for me. I got the sidewinder because I love the way they look, I really wanted a project for the winter/spring and also I just heard they were great handling fun to drive little boats. Im sure a lot of you do not agree with my engine choice and would have spent the money some other way lol. However for my speed requirements I think the 90 etec is going to be PERFECT, extremely lightweight, great holeshot and very quiet and fuel efficient.

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Michael, you might be surprised that that 90 Etech will do. I've got a lopro that I ran an old 115 OMC on, that is about the same as a modern 90 hp. I got a nice 50 + mph out of it, great ride, nice handling boat.

Good luck with the project.
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Looking good Michael! Time to put some knee braces in and build her back nice. Just remember when putting all that stuff in to make sure your hull is supported correctly and straight. Once its done, you won't want to go back in again!

A new 90hp is gonna move that boat nice and smooth! And you can always sell it later for a bigger motor and get your coin outta it! Get a jackplate, and slap her on there! That way when it comes time to take her off, all your doing is unbolting from the jackplate. Summer is just around the corner!!!!!!

PS- Have fun glassing that lid back on!
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PS- What did you do with the ole Merc? I know a guy just around the corner from you that would scoop it up if you're letting her go for a good price.
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X 2 on the jackplate.. go for a 6" setback, it will make a world of difference in the way the boat handles. Set it up so you can get as much of the motor out of the water as you can.. unless you plan on using the boat for sking or tubing. Then just set the motor normally, with the anti-cav plate just a bit above the keel
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