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    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home jdpilot's Avatar
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    1988 wetjet barn find build thread. back to showroom condition

    Couldn't say no to this boat. Yeah it's a couch. Yeah it's slow. But it's soo retro looking you can't hate it. A guy like me thats into mint vintage couldnt resist. I have issues, this is ski number 10 in my fleet, and all run, and most are close to immaculate!
    Kind of a cross between a snowmobile and a ride you'd see at an amusement park. Found it at a car dealership. He found it at an auction. I swear this thing looks like it has less than 10 hours. Here's how it sat when I found it. Took me 6 months of on and off again haggling;




    Last edited by jdpilot; 12-18-2015 at 04:07 PM.

    Prospect Mountain Powersports
    Altitude; 653
    Limited 87 650SX- 43.6
    Limited 93 X2- 45.1
    Limited 87 hull/86 internals X2- 43.7
    Stock 92 WR3- 37.0
    Stock 93 WR3 w/Shuttlecraft JetSport- Party Barge
    2009 superjet- stock 1 owner
    1985 js550- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 super stock- Expert Womens Class
    1988 WetJet 432- Immaculate 1 owner time capsule
    1992 js440- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 pro mod

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    Re: 1988 wetjet barn find build thread. back to showroom condition

    The ride home today, and look how original she is, pulled the original wetjet brand battery out of her today!



    Last edited by jdpilot; 12-18-2015 at 04:09 PM.

    Prospect Mountain Powersports
    Altitude; 653
    Limited 87 650SX- 43.6
    Limited 93 X2- 45.1
    Limited 87 hull/86 internals X2- 43.7
    Stock 92 WR3- 37.0
    Stock 93 WR3 w/Shuttlecraft JetSport- Party Barge
    2009 superjet- stock 1 owner
    1985 js550- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 super stock- Expert Womens Class
    1988 WetJet 432- Immaculate 1 owner time capsule
    1992 js440- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 pro mod

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    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home jdpilot's Avatar
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    Re: 1988 wetjet barn find build thread. back to showroom condition

    After a quick half hour of swapping battery, fresh fuel, and a squirt of oil in the jugs incase she was dry, it was time. Freaking braaaap;

    https://youtu.be/16mSXYZAiLo
    Last edited by jdpilot; 12-18-2015 at 04:12 PM.

    Prospect Mountain Powersports
    Altitude; 653
    Limited 87 650SX- 43.6
    Limited 93 X2- 45.1
    Limited 87 hull/86 internals X2- 43.7
    Stock 92 WR3- 37.0
    Stock 93 WR3 w/Shuttlecraft JetSport- Party Barge
    2009 superjet- stock 1 owner
    1985 js550- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 super stock- Expert Womens Class
    1988 WetJet 432- Immaculate 1 owner time capsule
    1992 js440- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 pro mod

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    Re: 1988 wetjet barn find build thread. back to showroom condition

    Thanks to a member here I have already spoken to the warehouse where all the last NOS parts are for these boats. About 5 cosmetic items and she's done. Pix in the spring when I remove reg numbers, replace a couple missing pieces, polish her, and drop her in the pond!

    Prospect Mountain Powersports
    Altitude; 653
    Limited 87 650SX- 43.6
    Limited 93 X2- 45.1
    Limited 87 hull/86 internals X2- 43.7
    Stock 92 WR3- 37.0
    Stock 93 WR3 w/Shuttlecraft JetSport- Party Barge
    2009 superjet- stock 1 owner
    1985 js550- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 super stock- Expert Womens Class
    1988 WetJet 432- Immaculate 1 owner time capsule
    1992 js440- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 pro mod

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    Re: 1988 wetjet barn find build thread. back to showroom condition

    That does look great. I bet it wasn't sitting outside exposed for 25 years like mine was.

    I got mine in boxes, nothing was bolted onto the fiberglass. Nice that you don't have to rebuild it. Just clean it up and go!

    Caution on those 2 rear U bolt hold downs. It looks (hard to tell) like they are the smaller diameter version. I found a larger size...drilled out the hull to use them. The original ones were bent like they were pulled too hard by a skier or tuber. Story on mine goes that the hull was damaged and new one provided to owner under warranty. I think these 2 tie downs got pulled out of the hull...hence damaging the hull. I put a little aluminum plate on the inside of the hull when I installed the beefier U bolts for additional strength. Now looking for a cheap tube to pull the kids behind it.
    1993 Laser Jet F15 - Mild port to PJS Cylinder.
    1992 550 SX - R&R port Kawi Reed, Kind of fast.
    1989 JS 550 - PJS motor Dual 46's, 50 MPH on GPS.
    1989 Wet Jet - Upgraded 1994 50 HP motor & exhaust.
    1986 JS 550 - Engine built. Working on fiberglass!
    1976 JS 400 - Pretty much just a shell.

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    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home jdpilot's Avatar
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    Re: 1988 wetjet barn find build thread. back to showroom condition

    I placed my first order from the hidden wetjet NOS warehouse today. I have coming for my showroom restoration build;
    -nos left and right hood hinge
    -nos handle grips
    -nos blue tether with magnetic cap
    -fire extinguisher compartment cap
    -nos glove compartment latch update kit
    -nos air intake update kit (better starting in hot weather)

    I'm jazzed that he has update kits in Stock still, complete with instructions.
    Last edited by jdpilot; 12-22-2015 at 03:43 PM.

    Prospect Mountain Powersports
    Altitude; 653
    Limited 87 650SX- 43.6
    Limited 93 X2- 45.1
    Limited 87 hull/86 internals X2- 43.7
    Stock 92 WR3- 37.0
    Stock 93 WR3 w/Shuttlecraft JetSport- Party Barge
    2009 superjet- stock 1 owner
    1985 js550- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 super stock- Expert Womens Class
    1988 WetJet 432- Immaculate 1 owner time capsule
    1992 js440- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 pro mod

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    Re: 1988 wetjet barn find build thread. back to showroom condition

    Parts arrived today from the NOS warehouse. Yesterday may have been Christmas, but this was like Christmas all over again, 1988 stylee. I was even hooked up with a free NOS hat, Sweater, and a poster for the man cave. .below are the nos intake update kit, hood latches , glove compartment update kit, tether, fire extinguisher cap, and grips. This may be my easiest restore ever as I won't have to poach parts on eBay for weeks on end. I now have all I need for this project:
    Last edited by jdpilot; 12-26-2015 at 09:52 PM.

    Prospect Mountain Powersports
    Altitude; 653
    Limited 87 650SX- 43.6
    Limited 93 X2- 45.1
    Limited 87 hull/86 internals X2- 43.7
    Stock 92 WR3- 37.0
    Stock 93 WR3 w/Shuttlecraft JetSport- Party Barge
    2009 superjet- stock 1 owner
    1985 js550- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 super stock- Expert Womens Class
    1988 WetJet 432- Immaculate 1 owner time capsule
    1992 js440- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 pro mod

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    Re: 1988 wetjet barn find build thread. back to showroom condition

    Second order of NOS placed today. Pix when it arrives. Ordered:

    Bilge kit- plug and play. You can see the wiring harness still wrapped in plastic from the factory for this add on in my engine bay pic above.

    Gas gauge- this replaces the gas cap under the seat with a kelch style float gauge

    Storage cover- wetjet original!

    Prospect Mountain Powersports
    Altitude; 653
    Limited 87 650SX- 43.6
    Limited 93 X2- 45.1
    Limited 87 hull/86 internals X2- 43.7
    Stock 92 WR3- 37.0
    Stock 93 WR3 w/Shuttlecraft JetSport- Party Barge
    2009 superjet- stock 1 owner
    1985 js550- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 super stock- Expert Womens Class
    1988 WetJet 432- Immaculate 1 owner time capsule
    1992 js440- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 pro mod

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    Re: 1988 wetjet barn find build thread. back to showroom condition

    i can appreciate what your doing...
    2004 Rxp Stock Motor with other light mods
    1996 Xp Resurrected july 2014/SOLD 2016
    1991 Kawi 750cc Big pin Twin Carb Sport Cruiser Custom (Resurrected Feb 2015 completed June 2015)
    2000 XP Saved Spring 2016- Resurrected July 2016 as new
    2002 Seadoo ISLANDIA/Sold
    CANDoo Pro system

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    Re: 1988 wetjet barn find build thread. back to showroom condition

    Quote Originally Posted by sea-one View Post
    i can appreciate what your doing...
    THANKS! It's my civic duty to keep the 80s alive

    Prospect Mountain Powersports
    Altitude; 653
    Limited 87 650SX- 43.6
    Limited 93 X2- 45.1
    Limited 87 hull/86 internals X2- 43.7
    Stock 92 WR3- 37.0
    Stock 93 WR3 w/Shuttlecraft JetSport- Party Barge
    2009 superjet- stock 1 owner
    1985 js550- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 super stock- Expert Womens Class
    1988 WetJet 432- Immaculate 1 owner time capsule
    1992 js440- stock 1 owner time capsule
    1985 js440 pro mod

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