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Reader Rides > 1969 Biesemeyer V-drive mini cruiser 


  

 

I found this Gem in a Backyard In La Cresenta, CA and it hadn't been wet in almost two decades.  I had it on the water in less than a month and am continuing to get her squared away.  She is powered by a 1969 Aero-Marine Version of a L-88 427 BBC.  Power is translated by a Velvet Drive Trans w/reverse into a Crusader Gear Box.  All the numbers match up with the exception of the heads.  Aluminum heads dont do very well in marine applications so a set of cast iron L-71 Closed Chamber Heads were used instead.  This didn't stop Aero Marine from Labeling the engine on its info plate as an L-88.  Boat was Detuned during fuel shortage of the 70's so the boat could run on less than 100 octane fuel.  The Original 12.5:1 pistons were swapped out with a set of 10:1's.  The carb was also swapped out for something on the smaller side.  To my surprise at the point of sale I was handed a large box containg a custom BBQ which mounted to the side of the transom, "very trick", a spare prop "NICE", the original 12.5:1 pistons in cherry condition "SCORE", and the original Carb "SCORE AGAIN"!  Mostly stock with the exception of the MSD Ignition System, Billet Electronic Distributor, 6AL Box, Blaster Coil, and a MSD soft touch Rev Limiter and an optima Blue top Battery.   
 Michael

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