1976 Race Tunnel Boat

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1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby 1500J » Sat Mar 30, 2013 8:08 pm

Picked up a Kenny Kitson tunnel boat from Kenny Kitson himself two weeks ago.   The boat was made for the inline 6.  Its in need of a full rest, but I hope I can get it running at some point.

Kenny told me a 1500xs pushed one of these 16 footers 103mph back in the day.  And I believe 107 or 109 with a Super Speed Master.

The props I have currently I believe I could be ready to run this up to 90 mph if the boat runs free enough and I can drive it without soiling my pants.  :D

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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby Fastjeff » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:04 pm

..."..I believe I could be ready to run this up to 90 mph if the boat runs free enough and I can drive it without soiling my pants."

No problem.  Just remember to wear brown pants!

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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby EdMc » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:48 am

Whoa!  Very Cool!!

Goin' for a speed record?  Better have that Go-Pro screwed down tight, we expect some good videos!!!   :twisted:
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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby 1500J » Sun Mar 31, 2013 4:36 pm

It will be quite awhile until I can get to this boat.   Lots of other projects that need to be done first.

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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby cyhuff » Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:17 am

Saweeeeeeet Conrad. Can't wait to see some of your excellent videos of this baby running! You really think it'll be more scary than your Carlson???

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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby 1500J » Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:31 am

I think this boat will be a pleasure to drive IMO.  This boat was designed to run 80-90-mph.  My carlson probably was never designed to go that fast.

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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby Fastjeff » Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:02 pm

But you're getting close!

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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby 1500J » Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:42 am

Talk about winning the lottery.

Someone posted a picture of a Kitsoncraft tunnel on Facebook.

It just happens to BE MINE!!   The EXACT BOAT.   Looks to be a 1976 boat sold late 1975 rigged with a 1974 1500 short shaft.

Exactly how I will rig it when I get to it.


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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby cyhuff » Sat Apr 27, 2013 12:13 am

Hey Conrad,

I think you might need 30 to 32p cleaver for this baby. Hope you find the time to jump on this project soon!

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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby 1500J » Sat Apr 27, 2013 4:28 am

Ive got 26 28 and 30 cleavers.  7000 rpm = 101 mph.

of course that is dreaming.

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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby RustyNuts » Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:47 pm

nice tunnel man my neighbor has a 12ft tunnel with a 100hp 6cylinder hope he lets me drive it
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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby 1500J » Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:05 am

Is your neighbor Michael?
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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby EdMc » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:17 pm

So, just to resurrect this old thread:  How fast is that sucker gonna go with a T2-X hanging on the back?

It should be Scary Fast!!!       :shock:

BTW it's been a while, how's progress on the resto?
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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby outboard-rob » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:38 pm

Conrad, If I may ask where did you meet Kenny and pick the boat up from? Kens shop used to be in my home town Troy Illinois until it burned down. He's one hell of a nice guy....Rob
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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby Steve77t » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:06 am

The scary thing about this is not going fast, but is you go safe. Please wear Kevlar and helmet! These boats hurt many and when they blow over, they kill! That is why they have safety capsules in them today. Speed I love, run around the lake in Pleasanton Ca in 89 at over 125 MPH in competition. So speed does not scare me, even today at 66. Please wear protection.
As the van Weeles say “ old race boats flip you out”. Old race boats will kill and is one of the things that gets me about racers that sell to anyone, that anyone wants to be a racer on their lake. It is a dangerous game folks. Steve
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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby Fastjeff » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:42 am

I'm suddenly not as ticked off that my boat is so slow!

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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby squirrelboydeluxe » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:13 pm

I have the exact same shop press as my hero CONRAD- :mrgreen:
Whom I was lucky to meet at Tomahawk this past summer :D
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Re: 1976 Race Tunnel Boat

Postby 1500J » Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:41 pm

Ed.  Kenny said this boat did 103 ish with a 1500.  And 107 ish with a t2.  I'll be happy at 85 mph.  My old boat did 80 and that felt fast enough.  I boat alone mostly.

Rob. I met Kenny at his house in Collinsville. We talked all night and drank wine.  Stayed at his house that night.  Good guy.

Steve. Yep I need a new lifeline.  Mi life Line is rough.  I wear a helmet.  Keeps my eyes from watering.  A few years back my Carlson spit me out at speed.  Learned a good lesson.  Wouldn't be typing this now if I hadn't put my jacket on that day. Lots of times back then I didn't  wear one and that haunts you to think about it.

Hope that helps.  I hope this year I can finalize it. It's been too long.  Finally have  the steering parts I need.
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