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Old 03-04-2021, 02:52 PM
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I would love to do it, hopefully everyones Tow Boat US is up to date
Boats better be sound that's all I can say!


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Hope to see you all soon.
Same here Chris!
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Well, I ending up picking up a 1989 272 SR1 with newer Gen V 454 and Newer Bravo Drives today. I have never owned two Formula's at once and this was an impulse. But, she may not last long, have a lot of people wanting it. Come on warm weather, I am ready to start turning some wrenches!

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Old 03-06-2021, 08:21 PM
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Well, I ending up picking up a 1989 272 SR1 with newer Gen V 454 and Newer Bravo Drives today. I have never owned two Formula's at once and this was an impulse. But, she may not last long, have a lot of people wanting it. Come on warm weather, I am ready to start turning some wrenches!

I think you enjoy that while you build the 357
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Happy Monday Formula Family, the 357SR1 got dropped off at the tire shop today for seven new tires. The tail pipes are currently being fabricated and I hope to have all the metal at the powdercoaters by the end of the week. Its time to get busy. The 272SR1 was moved over into the shop last week for compression and leak down test - had to install three new batteries last weekend. I tell you what, the 272SR1 with twin BBC is a tight fit, good lord, especially with all the trim and tab pumps mounted behind the bench seat, those will be getting relocated to the sides of the engine bay soon. Its been a busy week, also currently putting new stringers and floors in my buddies deck boat. Stay tuned!



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Old 03-15-2021, 10:38 AM
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If you drop a wrench In the engine compartment on the 272 call it gone for good or remove a motor. Ask me how I know🤣
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If you drop a wrench In the engine compartment on the 272 call it gone for good or remove a motor. Ask me how I know🤣
Iíve got some powerful magnets on a long shaft just for that purpose. A TRS 311 is no fun either trust me.
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Just a quick update here...

357SR1: New tires installed, platform color has been chosen (RAL 6027) and should be done within three weeks. The tailpipes are in progress and I am being told they will be done by Friday. I will be bringing her to the house this weekend to get the windshield torn down and the detailer will be here next week to attend to the transom and give her gelcoat the spring treatment. I will also start the top end gasket replacement next week.

272SR1: New Manifolds and Risers have been ordered, tongue jack was replaced last week. Compression tests yielded some questionable numbers (130 to 150) so I began disassembly to pull the heads off and have a look inside. Unfortunately the manifold bolts are trashed with rust so I will be cutting those off to get it disassembled. I have a good friend that is interested in purchasing it as-is but I am waiting to see the money. For now, I will be moving forward as if I were to keep it as a spare boat.

I do have an interested buyer for the 357SR1 but we will see how things progress in the coming weeks. The buyer is eager for her and offered a reasonable price to purchase her so I have also been exploring newer Fastech's since the older bird's are becoming harder to find. I would like to get on a 292 Fastech to get a first hand grasp on the overall size and fit. I have been on my cousin's 271 Fastech but I was not a fan compared to the older birds so we will see how a larger one feels.
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Today was detail day, my detail guy came out and put in seven hours on the hull as a follow up to the restoration he performed late last year. I am more than impressed with his skills and price. If anyone is looking for a solid guy to get their boat ready here in the Eastern Shore of Maryland area, let me know. The pictures donít do the finish any justice. Also, put all of the decals on order today, name - registration - hailing port along with all of the engine gaskets.






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