Thread: 1977 js440 (Old School) Project
01-18-2008, 03:18 PM #1
1977 js440 (Old School) Project
I found an old hull and thought to myself, "Hey I should do something with that" and this is what is happening.
First we started with taking it apart into a million parts, fun stuff.
This might be a slow project but I'll take lots of pics and keep updating it as I go.
Here is the Hull as it was and the stripping process and mine and Jonjonwells paint work.
01-18-2008, 03:26 PM #2
I decided that being in college means that you have no real need for a kitchen.....unless you have a jetski in the middle of the floor.
We didn't have a place to paint so we ever so swiftly worked in the back room where jonjonwells works We had to have it cleaned up before the boss found out.
After the primer we put on a ford silver that I'm hoping will hide what many scratches it is bound to get on the hull.
01-18-2008, 03:28 PM #3
Then for a little tape and a very late night trying to finish before we get caught
01-18-2008, 03:35 PM #4
01-18-2008, 03:42 PM #5
I had cut the hydroturf for my SL750 and had some left over. Turns out it was just enough. Now back on the kitchen floor
Had some decals cut in electric blue.
01-18-2008, 04:03 PM #6
I have a motor on the way. For now it will be stock and then I will add parts and see what the gains are from each part. I have two diff high comp heads that I will be trying. A 16 solas, jetsport pipe and whatever else I try and find. I would like to test differences with grates and plates. I have the start/stop swtiches off of an 88 with the built in bilge switch.
The motor will be on PJS mounts.
I have low degees bars that are aluminum and blue.
PJS black grips.
I need to find a pole spring.
Any other suggestions are welcome.
These are my other skis, the bars, and a mock up of the motor.
01-18-2008, 07:52 PM #7
Looking pretty good. I got the 650 to do when the ultra is finished. Then I got to learn to ride the standup
02-11-2008, 01:27 PM #8
Havn't totally forgoten this. Put in new steering cable, new trottle cable, new on/off swithes, new bars, new grips.
I have a motor ready to drop in but I had two busted mounts. The new ones are in the mail and shouls be here any day
When I got this it was in lots of pieces, does anyone have a wireing diagram so I can see where to connect my grounds?
02-11-2008, 03:39 PM #9
Should be the same on my 550. there is a post just to the rear of the intake manifold that my ground straps connects to.
02-21-2008, 01:49 PM #10
Ok, I'm stuck and I don't know what to do!! I have the motor ready to go in. Everything is ready and the wires are all run. My problem is the pump. I can't get the stupid thing on!! The drive shaft enters the stator bearings but won't go all the way in, it stops just short of a qaurter inch from where the pump needs to be. How hard is it to get in there?? How hard is too hard to push ??? I don't want to push my driveshaft through the back of my engine campartment. The pump is not catching on the impeller or anything else that I can see, and there is plenty of grease in the pump. How hard should it be to get on there? Also, when all but a bit on the drive shaft doesn't spin very easy. I can turn it by hand but it takes effort and feels harder then it should. Can someone tell me how hard it should be to turn the pump if it isn't connected to a motor yet?
So, should I wait to get the pump completed it would it be ok it I dropped the motor in and got it running or wait untill I figure out the pump first? The driveshaft would have no rear support so it might flail into the tunnel. Crap, this is gay!! Let me know, I could really use some help.
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