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Old 10-15-2004, 01:18 PM
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thank you very much

having had a old boat look new (seans) and a new old look (playboy)
id say 1 konrads 2 more hp 3 lavorsi 4 little things (cleats cupholders hatches)
ok, i lied...i got the motors for a steal...paid 15k for both of them...and 5k for the interior...made 10k on the boat how do you feel now?
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Old 10-15-2004, 01:38 PM
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Sean, went back and reread your earlier post. MercII trans and they shift perfect (now that I've got the wiring straightened out).

All it really needs is some TLC right now, well, that and some more power...
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Old 10-15-2004, 01:57 PM
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You've got a sweet rig there. I love the Bravo set up on my 28. The TRS drives cause the boat to ride much flatter. You would never get your money out of a bravo conversion, but if you plan on keeping it for the long haul the peformance and handling improvement might be worth the investment/spend.

I hate to use the words boat and investment in the same sentence because the two just don't correlate. These 28s may be approaching 30 years old but they still turn a lot of heads.

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I recently bought a really nice, original, 1976 28SS, with winter coming I'm trying to decide what projects to plan, do I...

Finish restoration of the original small blocks/TRS, electrics, and teak, etc....

Rip out the TRS's and replace with new engines and Bravo's, etc. basically making a "new" boat out of what is arguably a classic...

Which would be more desireable when I go to sell or trade?
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Old 10-16-2004, 06:45 PM
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If your trying to recoup ANY money forget it. I completely (yes, completely) restored my 28 to new. I didn't care about the cost because thats what I wanted. If I had planned on getting the money back out of it, I never would have gone to the extent I did.

That is your main question you have to answer.
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Keep it original. Old School is Cool.

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Old 10-16-2004, 09:35 PM
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Rebuild the small blocks and upgrade to Vortec heads, better cam, intake and carb. You'll pick up 100 HP per side and your Merc tranny's and TRS drives will still live. I did a customers 272 Formula last year and it turned out really nice.

I've got that orange 28 Cig at my shop for the winter. We're rebuilding the engines. Drop by and check it out if you get out my way.

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Original with a few upgrades that make sense. A nice set of Livorsi carbon fiber gauges bring you into this decade and don't detract from the original flavor of the boat. Loose the teak platform in favor of a new tubular platform. A fairing would be nice, but then again, so is your windshield.

I'd keep the TRS drives as long as they can handle the power.

Keep that beautiful classic look with some upgrades that make sense but stay true to the classic theme of the boat. It'll cost you less and you'll still have a bad ass ride.

The 28's a great looking boat.
My thoughts exactly!!! Just changing the platform out would make a HUGE difference. The carbon fiber I am not so sure of, I like the white or the old style chrome but whiten or lighten the colors of the dash will make a big difference and make it look larger.

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The 28 Cigs and 27 Magnums ride the best with the small blocks. I've been looking at one and have talked to a few people about this issue. The boat I'm looking at has 454's and TRS's. If I buy it the 454's will be pulled and good set of 350's will be installed. I trust my sources. They have owned 27's & 28's back in the 70's when they were new. Said to me was the big blocks have too much weight and it effects the ride and flight of the boat.

You've got a 28ft boat that rides like 35footer.
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Love that name!

If you do have to replace gauges, go with something retro-style. When the original gauges in my Donzi died, I went with these gauges. Modern, but original-looking...
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Old 10-17-2004, 12:27 PM
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The gauges and dash definitely need to get overhauled. I've got some white SW's but their age and accuracy may be no better than the black ones that are in the boat now. Some white face Livorsi's would be perfect.

I like the teak platform though, it works well with the teak louvered companionway doors, plus I used to build teak platforms...

In summary, you guys (most of you at least) have helped with my decision. A few upgrades and keep it looking just as the "Don" intended it.

It's also got an interesting polished stainless steel plaque just in front of the companionway hatch that says "Cigarette 28SS Custom Built for the Lowry's". I wonder where the Lowry's are today?
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