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What is “too early” for boat start-up on the Parker Strip?

Wheeler

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@Wheeler - Random thought, maybe try to use youtube to host the videos. Its a FAR superior in terms of throughput and resolution. Beyond that you can tag the crap out of the videos, get people to click on them and get some revenue out of the deal :) But I love love love this thread, so either way, its appreciated.
I believe you are correct on the upload to Youtube part. This new fangled video thing sux. I've given it a try and now about done with it.

I'm not concerned about monetizing my photos, if I were I would find another subject to shoot and possibly clean my lens. ;)

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Thank you so much Ron .. I still cant believe its back home ....
My wife and I were very excited to learn it had returned to your family. Over the years we owned it, I told dozens of people the story of how your dad had bought the bare hull and so carefully rigged it just how he wanted it.

While reading your post, I thought about how things have worked out. If your dad hadn't sold it to Robert, I wouldn't have bought it on eBay. It's impossible to know what would have happened otherwise, but I doubt the boat would have been so carefully restored. It took a lot of time and money to do it, and because of your dad's health issues, it might have sat in storage in LHC until it was damaged beyond repair by the heat and dryness.

It was because of a single late night search on eBay I purchased the boat. I had never owned a v-drive before. For some reason I had decided I wanted to buy one. I asked my wife "Hey, can I buy this boat if it sells for less than $XXXX?" She rolled her eyes and said yes, and the next morning I told her "We own another boat!" She just shook her head. If I hadn't joined HotBoat and later RDP because I was looking for some guidance on how to work on it, your brother Mike would never have seen it online after I completed the work.

When I had to sell it in 2013, it was chance that J. J. Beaver found out about it and contacted Bill Duke. Bill was the perfect person to own the boat, he wanted a nostalgia v-drive, and didn't change much on the boat. It was chance that mention of the sale popped up on your Facebook feed because you had tagged the keywords "Howard v-drive", and you contacted Bill. He brought the boat out to the river in 2014 for Billy B's deal and you met him.

I don't know how you and Bill came to an agreement for the boat to change hands, but it was the result of this chain of events spanning almost 20 years. I couldn't be more pleased, and the only downside to the story is that your dad and Mike aren't here to enjoy the boat.

You have the boat again, and a story you can tell your kids and grandkids that spans over 50 years from the day your dad began working on a bare hull. I'm more than happy to have been a part of the story.
 

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OK Wheeler, please, please get some footage of Jerry Gilbreth’s Rayson running this weekend!!!! Last year they tested but didn’t run. This year I’m stuck at home, would love to hear that Lamborghini on the straights.
Damn it.
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OK Wheeler, please, please get some footage of Jerry Gilbreth’s Rayson running this weekend!!!! Last year they tested but didn’t run. This year I’m stuck at home, would love to hear that Lamborghini on the straights.
Damn it.
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It sounds like these three farting in unison while in a tin can.

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OK Wheeler, please, please get some footage of Jerry Gilbreth’s Rayson running this weekend!!!! Last year they tested but didn’t run. This year I’m stuck at home, would love to hear that Lamborghini on the straights.
Damn it.
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Don't know what this sounds like or how it runs, but damn that looks like a beast.
 

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OK Wheeler, please, please get some footage of Jerry Gilbreth’s Rayson running this weekend!!!! Last year they tested but didn’t run. This year I’m stuck at home, would love to hear that Lamborghini on the straights.
Damn it.
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@carlski77 @obno

How 'bout some ski boats?
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OK Wheeler, please, please get some footage of Jerry Gilbreth’s Rayson running this weekend!!!! Last year they tested but didn’t run. This year I’m stuck at home, would love to hear that Lamborghini on the straights.
Damn it.
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Excuse my ignorance. But exactly is this? And definitely more pictures and info. And thanks for posting the pictures


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Boat is b**** and I admit that.
But it needs grouped convergent divergent headers.
And can somebody explain that scoop to me. I see it's part of a huge air box.
Some Weber's or three Hollies would be pretty badass. Is it EFI?
 

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Blown flatbottom with dry headers. Something I’ve always tried to keep in mind whenever I do an “early” start-up. It never seems to be before 7:30ish but that might change.

Interested in some feedback especially from riverfront property owners.
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I gave credit to a few who took over this thread but I want to come back and give a nice Thank You for starting it in the first place.
👍 I'ts been one of my Favorites.
 

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Thanks for posting the pictures of the Rayson. And thanks to Wheeler for all the pictures and history.


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This a few years back, Billy B thought it would be fun to tow down from Needles (early) and wake up the Red Rock campground during one of the annual v-drive vacations. Unfortunately, word leaked out and everyone was waiting for them. Still fun even though I wanted to sleep in.
This boat should be down soon. Maybe thanksgiving weekend at the Manor. :D


ps: it's way past 8:30 ;)
 

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Drag boat pilot Sonny DiMarco was fished from the water and taken to a hospital after his spectacular crash in 1971 off Long Beach. He escaped with only minor bumps and bruises. In a separate crash, Gary Cornwall of Reno suffered a broken foot.

The next morning the Los Angeles Times reported, “Larry Hill of Fresno, drove his unblown fuel hydro Mr. Ed, to a new speed record of 202.46 m.p.h.to highlight Sunday’s National Drag Boat races at Long Beach Marine Statium in front of a crowd of 15,800 fans.”

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@Wheeler Help me out with photo #2, the aerial shot.

I am guessing Long Beach? Is the forest of tree like things in the distance oil derricks?
 

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@Wheeler Help me out with photo #2, the aerial shot.

I am guessing Long Beach? Is the forest of tree like things in the distance oil derricks?
Yes, you are correct it's Long Beach, Rainbow Pier. I tried zooming in on what appear to be oil derricks as I was also curious about them.


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I gave credit to a few who took over this thread but I want to come back and give a nice Thank You for starting it in the first place.
I'ts been one of my Favorites.
Thanks! I’ll get back out there with my tub soon enough. Maybe even bring it for the Outlaw gig at Sundance if I can get my shit squared away.


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@Wheeler Help me out with photo #2, the aerial shot.

I am guessing Long Beach? Is the forest of tree like things in the distance oil derricks?
The oil derricks in the back ground are on Signal Hill, Porcupine hill was one of it's nick names.
I was sent to a Military Academy (twice) that was on the ocean side of the hill. Built in the 20s and torn down in the 80s to build a public school. Someone reached out to me the the new school was finished because in the corner of the property they built a little memorial to the old Military school and wanted to know if I would like to attend the ceremony or at least put my memories in writing, why I don't know. They contacted as many of us as possible I think, but I told them I was glad to see that place leveled and as far as my memories of the staff and others that ran the place, they would never print what I had to say.

The rainbow pier was filled in with dirt starting sometime in the mid 50s and I think they tore the pier down in the 60s. My parents took me on it a few times the I was little in dad's '54 chevy. I don't really remember it though, I kinda remember the lights that were on the pier but that just may be from all the stories I heard back then. The arena was built in the 70s. The old convention center building that's in the pic @Wheeler posted, was free to use if you were bringing in a lot of people to the city, like car new shows, stuff like that.
You could rent sail boats, paddle boats or swim inside rainbow pier back in the day, before my time, but it had to be very fun back then. Since I was a kid Long Beach has managed to tear down every single thing that made the city a destination place, the rainbow pier, the Pike, closed the tunnels that lead under to the beach...the list is endless. Now we have that fucking sink hole, The Queen Mary.

We still have Joe Jost though! Coolest bar around.

Fatal fire on Signal hill in '58. Great cars in the forground!
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You could rent sail boats, paddle boats or swim inside rainbow pier back in the day, before my time, but it had to be very cool.
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What was and is today.

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Because sometimes this site talks about boats....Long Beach boating.

I use to have several pics of boat racing in the waters off the city before the Marine Stadium was built for the '32 Olympics. Must be on my hard drive.
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Little know fact, every Christmas in Long Beach virgins were doused with gas and sacrificed for good luck for the coming new year.

I have no idea what's going on in this LB pic.
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The oil derricks in the back ground are on Signal Hill, Porcupine hill was one of it's nick names.
I was sent to a Military Academy (twice) that was on the ocean side of the hill. Built in the 20s and torn down in the 80s to build a public school. Someone reached out to me the the new school was finished because in the corner of the property they built a little memorial to the old Military school and wanted to know if I would like to attend the ceremony or at least put my memories in writing, why I don't know. They contacted as many of us as possible I think, but I told them I was glad to see that place leveled and as far as my memories of the staff and others that ran the place, they would never print what I had to say.

The rainbow pier was filled in with dirt starting sometime in the mid 50s and I think they tore the pier down in the 60s. My parents took me on it a few times the I was little in dad's '54 chevy. I don't really remember it though, I kinda remember the lights that were on the pier but that just may be from all the stories I heard back then. The arena was built in the 70s. The old convention center building that's in the pic @Wheeler posted, was free to use if you were bringing in a lot of people to the city, like car new shows, stuff like that.
You could rent sail boats, paddle boats or swim inside rainbow pier back in the day, before my time, but it had to be very fun back then. Since I was a kid Long Beach has managed to tear down every single thing that made the city a destination place, the rainbow pier, the Pike, closed the tunnels that lead under to the beach...the list is endless. Now we have that fucking sink hole, The Queen Mary.

We still have Joe Jost though! Coolest bar around.

Fatal fire on Signal hill in '58. Great cars in the forground!
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What was and is today.

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Cool pics! You know Jason at Joe Josts?
 

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Mmmmm....Joe Josts special and schooner sounds gooooood right now.


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Hell Yea! I use to work on a high rise down town for a few months down the street from JJ when I was a young punk, my coworker and I would make the walk eat a special and down 2 schooners each, I would be lit when we got back to work.
 

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Hell Yea! I use to work on a high rise down town for a few months down the street from JJ when I was a young punk, my coworker and I would make the walk eat a special and down 2 schooners each, I would be lit when we got back to work.
You remember the short lived Joes that was downtown?
 

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Wonder what HeliQuest is doing in Parker with their K-Max ? HQ uses those on projects requiring heavy loads lifted and carried.
 

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I don't know much about helicopters. Why is that one so different looking?
Contra rotating main rotors that mesh. Used for heavy lifting. Not a conventional.design but has been around since the 50's.

Anyone building a transmission line nearby?
 

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Wonder what HeliQuest is doing in Parker with their K-Max ? HQ uses those on projects requiring heavy loads lifted and carried.
Maybe it's our new air evac copter. 🤔
 

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Maybe it's our new air evac copter. 🤔
HQ is an international helicopter charter company who normally uses that K-Max for heavy lifts. Like hauling concrete buckets for pouring remote towers, wind turbines or ski-lift footings as an example. Could be for a remote antenna project ??
 
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