Here is my 71 sidewinder 16 ss. It was not much to look at when I bought it. It was red when I got it and I took it to the car wash and the metalflke would blow off when I hit it wih the hose. Me and a couple of buddies decided to put in a new transom, floor, hyd steering, foot gas pedal, and a Merc 150. Oh yeah, blue metalflake. I'll probably never do metalflake again. I'm new to the website (didn't even know it existed) till last week. I like everything about it except the smutt on the jokes thread. So I thought I would post some pics. Does anyone know what motors and stern drives were used in the 16 footers? I would kinda like to put in an LS engine and prop. Anyone done that? Later!!!!!!!!!!!! Attachment 1779
I don't know? Just a thought. Outboards put a lot of stress on the transom. Inboards look a lot cleaner. Got to have a prop. Can't afford a jet (gas prices) An LS engine would double the horses. Don't want a v-6 (inherant vibration) I need to do some more research before I commit. I've had this one up to 62 mph. But at that speed, It's a handful. Anyone out there have a 16 footer with a v-8 and stern drive. I would like to know feul consumption and speed numbers if you have them. And how stable it is. Thanks.
Raise your engine a bit higher, and it'll handle much easier and get you more speed. Looks low from in the pics.
I have the propshaft setup 1.5" below the bottom and at 70mph is incredibly easier to drive than when it was 2 holes lower.