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Some teaser shots

In the photos I was given.
That’s 19 Daytona #oo1

And I just duplicated it.
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How many of those did Bob build?
I honestly do not know?
Many.
I remember taping on that mold for Sullivan in 1988, he did many.
One that stands out, a drag boat called “The Gambler”
I can’t rememner the inmates handle, but it was his grandpa’s race boat.

@Outlaw has in his family in NM, one of Sullivan’s 19 dragsters named the Disco Duck, which sort of hints to the timeframe it was built.
 

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I"m kinda curious what gel colors mine came with. Was painted by Binks at some point I'm guessing mid to late 80's. Not stripping the paint to find out anytime soon though. :D
 

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I honestly do not know?
Many.
I remember taping on that mold for Sullivan in 1988, he did many.
One that stands out, a drag boat called “The Gambler”
I can’t rememner the inmates handle, but it was his grandpa’s race boat.

@Outlaw has in his family in NM, one of Sullivan’s 19 dragsters named the Disco Duck, which sort of hints to the timeframe it was built.
Paul bought our 21'r that we bought new from a guy in Laguna Beach after Bob replaced it when it sank in Havasu. His wife refused to step foot in the boat again which was a blessing for us.
 

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Paul bought our 21'r that we bought new from a guy in Laguna Beach after Bob replaced it when it sank in Havasu. His wife refused to step foot in the boat again which was a blessing for us.
Is that the one he did the epic restore thread on?
 

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Is that the one he did the epic restore thread on?
Yup, that started with a 454 when we got it and the motor took a crap the second time out. We went to Elsinore with someone from the shop and they confirmed it was done. Bob gave us the option of a 502 or the 454 FI so we went with the 502. The boat was also infamous for fuel leaks where the side rails would begin to fill. True story, when the boat was in for repair, the shop scrubbed the name off the boat and listed it for sale. It was a great boat but we went through hell the first couple of years. Hindsight, I shoulda kept that thing. Paul's done an amazing job with it.
 

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I honestly do not know?
Many.
I remember taping on that mold for Sullivan in 1988, he did many.
One that stands out, a drag boat called “The Gambler”
I can’t rememner the inmates handle, but it was his grandpa’s race boat.

@Outlaw has in his family in NM, one of Sullivan’s 19 dragsters named the Disco Duck, which sort of hints to the timeframe it was built.
This is putting my memory into the overload mode, but I think the "Gambler" was owned/driven by Joe Podeski.
 

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This is putting my memory into the overload mode, but I think the "Gambler" was owned/driven by Joe Podeski.
I had to ask Jimmy.
He says John Spicksma.
Not sure I spelled that right.
 

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This is putting my memory into the overload mode, but I think the "Gambler" was owned/driven by Joe Podeski.
That’s what I remember from the mid nineties as well. Joe Podowski.
I was there when he blew it over.
Nasty crash.
He owned JP Marine in Santee.
 

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Used to be a true tunnel 19 around here with a 2.5 on it. Looked like a lot of fun.
 

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That’s what I remember from the mid nineties as well. Joe Podowski.
I was there when he blew it over.
Nasty crash.
He owned JP Marine in Santee.

Yes JP owned and drove “The Gambler” and yes flipped it, he went to a hydro after that for awhile then he started getting back into racing jets again in the late 2000’s, he actually bough the old “Eye of the Tiger” Cheyenne that he “renamed” “The Gambler” that I drove for him in 2009, boat ran really good with his old aluminum Pontiac in it, the one he crashed the original gambler with, we set and reset the PGJ record every race until the rods came out of it and sawed the block in half, I sure miss Joe, he was one in a million and someone I felt honored to call a friend
 

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I had a 1991 blue, black, grey true tunnel with a 2.5 280 on a 18”:elevated stand-off bracket. Most fun I’ve ever had in a boat ( also the most dangerous!). It would leap out of the water like a drag boat, and did a solid 100 on GPS. Hydromotive used it for testing for some of their over the cleaver development. I kited it with my son next to me, and promised God I’d never drive it again if he let me land safely, which he did. Sold it the next day.
 

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I had a 1991 blue, black, grey true tunnel with a 2.5 280 on a 18”:elevated stand-off bracket. Most fun I’ve ever had in a boat ( also the most dangerous!). It would leap out of the water like a drag boat, and did a solid 100 on GPS. Hydromotive used it for testing for some of their over the cleaver development. I kited it with my son next to me, and promised God I’d never drive it again if he let me land safely, which he did. Sold it the next day.
I kited mine when I first got it, nasty headwind and hit a roller at speed on the upper river. Scared the shit outta me! I learned respect for this boat real quick, and then hopped in the water to clean out my trunks 🤣
 

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That's what makes them fun. Always wanted a 19 with a F1 motor and a big gas tank.
 

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That’s what I remember from the mid nineties as well. Joe Podowski.
I was there when he blew it over.
Nasty crash.
He owned JP Marine in Santee.
Buddy of mine used to have this Daytona, it had the Gambler painted on it. He said it was the one that crashed, but has since gotten rid of it.

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Going to guess lots of stress cracks. Mine is a 78 and has them. I've heard the early ones did this from the kick board design? Gelcoater?

i remember hearing a lot of those 70's vintage boats were laid up a lot thicker + used different materials which helped them be more prone to cracks like that.
 

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i remember hearing a lot of those 70's vintage boats were laid up a lot thicker + used different materials which helped them be more prone to cracks like that.

Mine isn't light. Runs really well and damn near everyone had their hands on the bottom through the years.
 

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Mine is a 89, medium layup so you can walk on the deck which is nice. For some reason it did not have the balsa floors in it which is odd, thought they all were laid up with them. Besides the jet conversion I had done, also did balsa floors and doing gel on the cockpit so no carpet

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Always love seeing the original 19' daytona (color scheme) So much history behind that boat. Ron Edhe who designed that boat hit a home run with it.

Although the Cheyenne and TPR are copies of the Daytona all 3 can be made to run excellent.


We took a 19 Daytona and put a billet aluminum pro stock DRCE 2 in it :) It's pretty fun. Ran a 7.16 1/4 Mile ET. Quickest and Fastest Naturally aspirated 19 Daytona in history.

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How the fuck do they glass that inside seam at the bow? Nobody is that small
You'd be surprised how much room is below the deck. Yes, it's a REALLY tight squeeze, but those sponsons are pretty wide. When I had ours, I could lay down in either sponson with no problem. I miss mine and regret selling it...... but I know the new owner is going to do it some serious justice! 💪

If I won the lotto, I'd add a TPR to my fleet. I love the Daytonas, but the slight mods done to the deck of the TPR make it even sexier. ❤️
 

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They’re not a budget build but there’s no other Eliminator Daytona, no other TPR, no other Predator, no other Cheyanne. You just got pick your flavor and brand you want.
That’s fine but I can walk into a Ferrari dealership and see a price on a window. I have no idea why the boat world thinks everything needs to be vieled.
 

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That’s fine but I can walk into a Ferrari dealership and see a price on a window. I have no idea why the boat world thinks everything needs to be vieled.


You can also walk-in or call Eliminator and get the price.

The downfall of posting openly on a boating forum has historically proven to have members quoting wildly different numbers. Most I recognize as being inaccurate numbers and turns out they had heard from their brothers friends second cousins neighbors brother in law told them lol
 
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