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Super Florida 637, 1962

Postby Thierrylao » Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:11 am

Hi all members and Riva lucky owners,
My and my son just bought a Super Florida after not even being able to dream of it!
But luck made it possible and we will soon start to work on it, when we reach our summer hollidays and join together on this project.

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Lost of questions to come, like what is this engine that doesn't look like the original one, and is in very bad condition....
Expecting to share your experiences, all the best to all members.
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Re: Super Florida 635, 1962

Postby Don Ayers » Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:58 pm

Welcome aboard!!!!

That engine is not the correct original. looks like a Chris Craft 327F model. You need a Chris Craft 283 with low rise intake manifold. Not hard to get here in the States. We can help if you want .
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Re: Super Florida 635, 1962

Postby Thierrylao » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:01 pm

Hi Don,
That is why my son who took the pictures told me that the engine was interfering with the sun deck!!!
What is this 327? A later model but still a small block? More power full or what?
Just want to know a little more on what might have happened....
Because we will consider a new engine in the future, as we will start first with the hull refurbishing.
Here's one more picture:

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I hope we can keep the original woods. We will strip the boat first to evaluate the condition. And then see what has to be done.
But I am a car old-timer collector and want to keep the original parts as much as possible. If the boat can be kept in good condition for service, I will go for that. I don't want to rebuild a new boat, if possible of course? No offense for what I just read on the nice and big overhaul you did on your boat...!

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Best labor day 2015!!!!
Thierry from Laos actually
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Re: Super Florida 637, 1962

Postby Don Ayers » Tue May 26, 2015 6:28 am

Good luck on saving the original wood. Often it depends on the condition of the underside that mates to the frames.

A 327 is the size of cubic inches of piston displacement. Same chevy block just different bore and or stroke.

When you are ready we can help with the correct US engines

Keep posting your progress in the different thread areas.

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Re: Super Florida 637, 1962

Postby Thierrylao » Thu May 28, 2015 10:28 pm

Hi Don,
I will go back to France on the 28th of June for 2 monthes.
There I can start to work on the boat.
Dismantle every thing clean and inspect.
Then if there is no bad surprises, I will flip her over to start to strip the hull !
I will post pix as I progress for comments and advices.
Best
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Re: Super Florida 637, 1962

Postby Thierrylao » Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:45 am

Hi, at last here is an update after 2 months in France>
Bringing the boat from the auction sales parking on the 1rst of July, to her new home and begining of the restoration.

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Now I am back to Laos, and have to wait next year to flip back the hull and carry on!!!

Concerning the engine, after dismantling most of it, we are confident to refurbish it and re-install it.
We will need a set of collectors, as ours are completly distroyed.

If some one has or knows a set available??? Like on this picture.

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Re: Super Florida 637, 1962

Postby Don Ayers » Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:36 am

What do you mean by "collectors"??? Your link to the pictures does not work.

A good start on your project. Thanks for posting

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Re: Super Florida 637, 1962

Postby Thierrylao » Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:44 pm

Hi Don,
My English is not so good, I mean collector (exhaust cooler/heat exchanger) the parts as shown on this picture:

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Re: Super Florida 637, 1962

Postby Don Ayers » Sun Sep 06, 2015 10:50 am

Oh, What you are talking about are "exhaust manifolds"

These are available new I believe from Barr. They don't look exactly the same but should bolt up fine.

It is getting harder to find originals in good shape but it can be done.

Start with www.finewoodboats.com

Ask Jim about a good original set or new replacements.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Super Florida 637, 1962

Postby Thierrylao » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:55 pm

Actually we are dismantling the engine that came in the boat to evaluate and decide if we can use it or not:
It looks quite bad, and was given for scrap when we took the boat.

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But when we remove that scrap,

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it appears not so bad:

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Heads out also shows good chambers and cylinders.
We still have to put it upside down and access the cranckshaft to make a final decison...
When we have time to work on it!!!!!
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Re: Super Florida 637, 1962

Postby Don Ayers » Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:57 pm

Good for you!!

Parts are available in the US.
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Re: Super Florida 637, 1962

Postby Don Ayers » Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:59 pm

Your boat is a valuable collectible. You should consider putting the engine back to correct configuration as it was delivered from Riva.

I can help you with that.

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