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    Re: A rare find

    Amazing. We had two 1976 JS400's, back in 76.
    I'm surprised there isn't a nostalgia following of the earliest jet ski's, like there is for cars and motorcycles.
    IMHO, when/if the economy ever turns back around, those things might very well be collectibles.
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    Re: A rare find

    I'll too take it for a spin!!!!

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    Re: A rare find

    Nice, like to see Mo on it.

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    Re: A rare find

    You are the perfect person to find that ski! Enjoy !

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    Re: A rare find

    Nice find man.




    Quote Originally Posted by Flywheel View Post
    You never know what you come across sometimes even here in the desert!

    I was given a few ski's a about 18 months ago. They were abandoned at a storage facility. An immaculate JS300 & JS440, a super stock 440 & old yellow "440" with the head missing, the engine appearing to be seized & last registered in 1993.

    I was about to throw the "440" out in the trash when I noticed that the last 2 digits on the HIN were "73" indicating manufacture date 1973. The the stator cover said 398cc.
    I though 1974 was the first year for the standup with serious production not starting until 1976. I didn't even know they made a 400cc jet ski.

    With further investigation I discovered that Kawasaki made their first run of about 530 jet ski's in 1973 comprising of 2 models. The traditional flat bottom, which all our current ski's are based on, and a few experimental V-hull design. These prototype 1973 craft were made by hand using hand laid fiberglass. From 1974 they were SMC formed.

    The 1973 models were popular for racing as they were lighter than the later 1974+ models. So a lot of them got modded with addition of the the 440 motor, etc. The V-hull was very unstable so not many of them seem to exist any longer.

    The ski I have is a WSAB 400 V-hull & is #114 produced! Whats more it seems to be very rare as it does not have the fuel filler cap on the front nose!

    It's only real value is sentimental however I plan on restoring it.
    As this is one of the very first ski's produced that started this fantastic sport that we all enjoy, I'll take it out to our spot for anyone to have a ride before placing it on display at Skiwi. Maybe we'll even see Momar on a 2 stroke one more time.

    Just thought you guys might be interested in a little bit of history & a rare possession that Las Vegas has been hiding away for the last 20 years.
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    1973 JS400 WSAA "11th ski ever built"
    1973 JS400 WSAB V-Hull (1)
    1973 JS400 WSAA
    1974 JS400 WSAA Blue
    1976 JS400 (3)
    1978 JS440 (2)
    1980 JS440 (2)
    1982 JS550
    1987 JS550 New
    1988 Jet Pilot/Watkins 550
    1988 JS650 New
    1989 JS 550 New
    1991 Jet Pilot/Watkins 550 "Tour" Ski
    1991 Jet Pilot/Watkins 550 "WF" ski
    1991 PJS 550 FI Jacobs
    1991 PJS 550 Jacobs
    1991 JS550 My 1992 WF Freestyle ski
    1995 JS550
    1998 Jacobs Super Jet
    2008 Rius Super Jet 900cc Power Valve
    2009 Super Jet

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    Re: A rare find

    Quote Originally Posted by flynty View Post
    nice find man.
    your like the jay leno of jet ski's.

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    Re: A rare find

    that is a testament to the strenth of pcv
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    Re: A rare find

    were gonna see flynty on Pawn Stars one of these days.
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    Re: A rare find

    I wanna see Chumlee try to ride a 400! He has his helmet and is ready to go! LOL

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    Re: A rare find

    Lmfao!!!!!


    Quote Originally Posted by 777 View Post
    your like the jay leno of jet ski's.

    1973 JS400 WSAA "11th ski ever built"
    1973 JS400 WSAB V-Hull (1)
    1973 JS400 WSAA
    1974 JS400 WSAA Blue
    1976 JS400 (3)
    1978 JS440 (2)
    1980 JS440 (2)
    1982 JS550
    1987 JS550 New
    1988 Jet Pilot/Watkins 550
    1988 JS650 New
    1989 JS 550 New
    1991 Jet Pilot/Watkins 550 "Tour" Ski
    1991 Jet Pilot/Watkins 550 "WF" ski
    1991 PJS 550 FI Jacobs
    1991 PJS 550 Jacobs
    1991 JS550 My 1992 WF Freestyle ski
    1995 JS550
    1998 Jacobs Super Jet
    2008 Rius Super Jet 900cc Power Valve
    2009 Super Jet

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