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    Tigershark 770 Monte Carlo Under $500.00 Budget Build

    1996 Tigershark 770 Monte Carlo Under $500.00 Budget Build




    Hello all,

    I am new to the board here so I figure the best way to get to know folks and vice versa is to introduce myself, my past projects, and my current project.

    Myself

    My name is Chris Purcell, I am 21 years old and I am a senior in mechanical engineering at Auburn University, in Auburn Alabama. I have almost no PWC experience however; I have owned a few project vehicles in the past.


    My Past Projects

    My first, was a built go-cart/ motor swap project (sold), the second was a 1970 Ranger bass boat restoration (sold), the third was a 1984 Ez-Go golf cart project in which I refreshed the old 2-stroke lifted and painted the golf cart with a "General Lee" theme, fun stuff. I am nearing completion with that project and Have started a new one the Tigershark Budget Build.


    My Current Project

    The current goal of this project is to take an older PWC and fix, restore, and improve it, to being a fun, reliable toy for weekends on the lake. The catch is that I will attempt to purchase and restore the craft for less than $500.00.

    From this point on, I will list my budget ($500.00) and show all deductions from it, in a descending manner.

    Budget Remaining: $500.00
    Last edited by Krispy; 10-23-2006 at 10:50 AM.

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    Re: Tigershark 770 Monte Carlo Under $500.00 Budget Build

    First Purchase: The Craft







    The first three pictures were taken as I first saw the PWC, before I purchased it.

    The next three pictures were taken after I purchased the PWC, towed the craft onto it's trailer, took it home and cleaned it up a bit'







    Previous Budget-----------------------------------$500.00
    1996 Tigershark Monte Carlo 770 with trailer-- $100.00
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    Budget Remaining---------------------------------$400.00









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    Re: Tigershark 770 Monte Carlo Under $500.00 Budget Build

    After a quick visual inspection, and after talking to the previous owner, I was able to make up an initial parts list.

    Visual inspection:

    -Left sponson

    -Right Mirror

    -Right speedometer gauge trim ring

    -Rubber trailer bow stop bushing

    Information from the previous owner gave me:

    Gasket/Seal from the driveshaft/ hull intersection needs replacement due to leaking water into the engine compartment. ???? Any ideas what seal this may be?

    Fuel delivery problem, supposedly will only idle...


    My assumptions:

    -clogged fuel filter
    -Carbs in need of rebuild/ adjusting

    Craft was last run spring 2006

    -general tune up
    -air filter
    -fuel filter
    -oil filter
    -plugs


    Hopefully with this list of parts I will be able to start making this thing run!

    I would like to state for the record that I do not mind information, comments, praise, or constructive criticism in this thread. I am creating this thread for help, as well as to document my build so that others may learn from it . Please don't hesitative to show your support and help me overcome problems. Thanks in advance!

    Chris
    Last edited by Krispy; 10-23-2006 at 11:30 AM.

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    Re: Tigershark 770 Monte Carlo Under $500.00 Budget Build

    Well, The second purchase is made, I purchased a Factory Service manual (CD copy) off of Ebay for $21.50. Time to deduct from my remaining budget.


    Previous Budget-----------------------------------$400.00
    1996 Tigershark 770 Service manual-- --------$ 21.50
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    Budget Remaining---------------------------------$379.50







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    Re: Tigershark 770 Monte Carlo Under $500.00 Budget Build

    hows the compression?

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    Re: Tigershark 770 Monte Carlo Under $500.00 Budget Build

    That's a good question, If this motor has low compression it mostlikely wont stay under $500.00. I have a guage but I havn't had time to test it yet. I turned the motor over a few times via electric starter and it sounded like it had good "pop" but that is only a subjective measure of compression if any. I will try to check compression next time I go home. (60 miles away at school at the present)

    What compression should I be looking for? 165psi?

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    Re: Tigershark 770 Monte Carlo Under $500.00 Budget Build

    yeah about that
    My quote for the week of 03-February-2013 to 09-February-2013: "time to hang up the skates"
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    Re: Tigershark 770 Monte Carlo Under $500.00 Budget Build

    On the drive shaft seal- Tiger Sharks are bad about that going out. Just behind the engine you will see a rubber hose about the size of a radiator hose connected to the hull on the other end will be a metal end with a grease fitting on it, the drive shaft runs throught it. The bearing and the seal go out often if not greased. Depending on how bad it is, they normally take out the drive shaft also. You make have to remove the plastic coupler cover also to see the part.

    I have changed then on several. Its a pain. The pump assembly has to be removed and then the shaft will come out.
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    Re: Tigershark 770 Monte Carlo Under $500.00 Budget Build

    If you also need a cover, I know where a new OEM one is. I am sure he will make you a good deal on it.
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    Re: Tigershark 770 Monte Carlo Under $500.00 Budget Build

    Well after doing some digging around I have found the parts I need to stop the leak in the hull, however I find it interesting to note that prices vary a signifigant amount depending on which online store I shop. My parts needed price summary is as follows.

    Parts I need to stop the leaking hull (best case senario)

    From Alpha Sports as a kit-

    SEAL HOUSING-MFG ASSY STOCK # 0775-092 $97.15

    From Alpha Sports individually-

    FITTING,GREASE-FLUSH STOCK # 0623-658 $6.09
    HOUSING,BEARING-FLOATING STOCK# 0675-099 $28.60
    SEAL,DRIVESHAFT STOCK#0675-266 2X NEEDED $35.88 for the pair
    SEAL HOUSING-MFG ASSY STOCK#0775-032 $79.27

    Total $149.84


    From www.Articcatonlineparts.com
    Not available as a kit although all parts individually are available

    FITTING,GREASE-FLUSH Part ID# 0623-658 $3.54
    HOUSING,BEARING-FLOATING Part ID# 0675-099 $18.69
    SEAL,DRIVESHAFT Part ID#0675-266 2X NEEDED $23.44
    SEAL HOUSING-MFG ASSY Part ID#0775-032 $56.94

    Total $102.61


    So as it appears, buying a kit from Alpha-Sports is most economical.

    Another thought is the fact that two of these parts (Grease Fitting, bearing housing) don't appear to be wear items, I mean when was the last time you saw a grease fitting fail? So I could save a couple bucks by reusing my old grease fitting, and I could save $56.94 if I was able to reuse my old bearing housing, which I suspect I could.

    I guess I won't know exactly what parts to purchase until I pull the old stuff out.
    Last edited by Krispy; 10-23-2006 at 05:59 PM.

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