First Launch – David Jones
David Jones recently launched his 1970 Steven Flat Bottom Drag Boat at Lake Keystone near Manford, Ok. The boat ran well but did have one glitch. A loose screw-on fuel filter leaked close to 5 gallons of fuel into the hull and it wasn’t noticed until he shut down the boat and the fuel came rushing forward. Dave almost started his astronaut training!
This boat project has taken him 3 years of continuous work to complete the transformation from a $900 EBAY junk boat to a 600 HP red missile. Although he hasn’t “opened it up” yet, the boat should run just over 100 mph. It needed a new floor, 7 layers of paint removal, new paint, complete hardware rebuild and rechrome, a highly modified Big Block Chevy engine , extensive fiberglass work and reassembly of all components.
David recently showed the boat at the Hot Springs, Arkansas Classic Boat Show. It will be interesting towatch the progress of this boat as he gets his nerve up to “put his foot in it”.