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Going deeper restoring the boat and have some questionsBought my boat some weeks ago in Stockholm, Sweden.
Could not find the hull number anywhere but looking att your pics it pretty much looks the same except the front double seats. I have two single seats. My boat might have been an inboard since there have been two exhaust pipe holes? in the transom. What i can see the inboard has single seats i front.
Here is some photos. Anyone knows if the light pole is chris craft?
Paul --As I mentioned to you a while back, I love the B-18, what a robust and wonderful iron beast it is. Solid lifter, OHV, gear drive (no chain), huge bearing surfaces. I had a PV-544 Sport (egg on wheels, similar to the 1946 Ford) and I hot rodded it with parts from IPD here in the USA, a performance house specializing in Volvos (still exists in that role today too). Hot cam, ported and polished cylinder head, big carbs from an Austin Healey 3000, headers, the works! That thing was geared so low it would barely reach 100 but it sure would pull in the lower speed ranges and easily rev past 6000 rpm.
I raced it around when street racing was a little more socially acceptable, and I always enjoyed surprising people with the unbelievable power it had with that stump puller of a low gear. Ha! Great snow car too, especially with a load of concrete blocks in the trunk.
At the time I had a buddy with a Cortina GT with the special crossflow head. It was a nice cross-country ralley car, and it handled better than the Volvo. However, on acceleration my 544 would eat that car alive. He always wondered why.
I still have a spare block and cylinder head holding up one end of my shop. Those parts have so much iron in them, I think I recall the block could be bored out to 2000 cc. I have an intake manifold with dual SU carbs too, lol.
They are very simple motors, very strong, easily worked on, and they would make a great boat motor. As one of my friends said, the good thing about a Volvo is they last forever, and the bad thing about a Volvo is they last forever. I've had 6 of them, still have two. They're great cars.
Porsche helped design the 4-valve cylinder heads that came out in the late 1980s, and I have one of those on a 740 GLE 16V which is my old standby. It's pretty remarkable too, lots of high end power, not much torque, but very happy on the interstate.
The B-18, however, is the motor that established Volvo's reputation in the United States for being so durable. Mine was a 1963 model, and the marketing byline for that year was "drive it like you hate it". When I bought my PV-544 Sport, I asked the engineer who sold it to me how many miles it had on it. He said, Ohhh, about 300,000. Nobody knew for sure. I hot rodded it, ran the daylights out of it, and sold it for 3X what I paid for it, and never broke anything on the car. When I sold it, the car had new paint, new upholstery, CN36 Pirelli tires just like the turbo Porsche of the day, and it ran like a sewing machine until you stepped on the gas, and then it would howl. I actually towed a 17' Chris Craft Sportsman with it on numerous occasions too. Bachelor life was fun, heh heh.
Now my wife wants one. We've been looking casually, and guess what? The price has skyrocketed. I think she needs to stick with her XC-90. That will be our tow vehicle with the Sea Skiff, and the 740 will also do some towing too.
Got to love those Volvos ! My mom and dad have a V-70 like yours
The Corsair fiberglass plant was built across town on Route 11, not across the street, from the Thomspon Boat factory on Elm Street in Cortland.Rather than to make people hunt for the post, here is the latest one!
It is truely the missing link between wood and fiberglass, right at the very time CC was being acquired and NAFI was building the sport boat facility in Cortland New York. As a matter of fact, this boat may have been built at the very time bulldoziers and cranes were on site across the street building tne fiberglass wing! Sure looks like the Sea Skiff and Corsair family tree, eh?
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Hi all,This is the first of the scans from the Rob DaPron collection. Thanks to Rob for sharing this info with the forum !
A chriscraftcommmander.com EXCLUSIVE !
You're not going to read this anywhere else, becuase it's not on the net anywhere else !
This is an important part of Chris Craft Commander family tree, and an equally important part of Chris Craft fiberglass history. This is an important saga in the Corsair role in developing the Commander 19' SS or XK-19, or the 23' Commander, at the Cortland, New York (Thompson) Plant. There are several smaller (outboard and i/o) models that were built during this time frame, but for now we're concentrating on the larger boats that were in the Chris Craft Commander immediate family tree.
In 1962 CC acquired the Thompson Boat Co. of New York and they immediately started construction on a factory on the adjoining lot, with intentions of getting into the fiberglass sport boat business. Two years after the aquisition, as we know, the 1964 fiberglass 38 Chris Craft Commander Express was first introduced. Prior to this, however, CC was busy at work on smaller boats (too), and this series of scans shows the boats that came out of the Thompson/Chris Craft/Corsair division at Cortland.
The boats eventually evolved into the Lancer line, which is a direct and immediate relative of the 19' Commander SS (which used a cut down Lancer hull) and the 23' Commander (which used the 23' Lancer hull).
Chris Craft not only got a complete division they could dedicate to fiberglass boats, they also got all of Thompson's extensive knowledge of the inboard/outboard business which they marketed under the name of "Transdrive".
http://www.wimp.com/volvoengine/We love the XC90, and it is really the car Porsche should have built, instead of the Cayenne (which weighs 800 or 900 pounds MORE than the XC). I doubt if you'll see many of those in Sweden towing boats. Too bad, they have a nice tow capacity, but the XC is good for 5,000 pounds.
Janet didn't think she would like driving a "school bus" as she initially referred to the XC when she gave up her 850 Turbo, but a week behind the wheel changed that for good. It's a marvelous machine, AWD, and Directional Stability Control, and it makes me feel good knowing she has all those safety features.
In the meantime, I'm out there driving a 22-year old car with no air bags or ABS, etc., and a stick shift (and loving that too). When I move from one to the other, I can really appreciate the differences, but the XC is one fine piece of equipment, and I like the fact that it is ONLY built in Sweden. As you may know, Volvo has plants in Canada and the Pacific Rim to build cars, and of course in Belgium too. Ooops, I miscounted, we've actually had 7 of them, the 240GL was a Canadian model, the 850 was Belgium.
Looking at the XC90, there is a hint of 544 DNA still there. Although it's been on the highways for a few years now, I think they're one of the top AWD drivers out there at any price.
They are not a truck based chassis, so they are not able to do the truck based work like true woods or rock 4WD crawling, etc., but we took ours through some moderate logging trails and creeks, and up a steep ridgeline one day and it never spun a wheel.