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    Here it is, I brought it home yesterday. This is hull # 18-125. Right now there is no engine or drive in the boat. On initial inspection the boat seems solid. I have a 302 making about 275HP that I am planning to put in her now, but there is a 347 that may be a better way to go, but will take more work and money. At this point I am in search of a drive. The original drive was a Volvo 250, and we have that drive but it is junk. My personal preference would be to switch it to an Alpha, but I am not sure that is the best way to go either. Another thought is switching to a Volvo 290 with trim and tilt. Or I could try to find another 250 drive, but I would really like trim. Would tabs work just as well? I have noticed many 270 drives in the world for sale, but they all say they came from a 4cyl engine. What have others done for a drive on these boats?

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    Congrats,

    I Know nuthin' about Volvo stuff, have you tried Donzi.net forums yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rchevelle71 View Post
    Congrats,

    I Know nuthin' about Volvo stuff, have you tried Donzi.net forums yet?
    Yes, I have started a thread there also. Getting some good feed back, but I know lots of you guys around here know'z stuff.
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    DAMN!! that thing looks like TONS of fun. Looks like it's in pretty good shape.
    I don't know a damn thing about volvo drives Not that I really know much about merc drives either...
    I agree, alpha would probably be the way to go, or big power and a #6 - you can never go wrong with that...
    What about trying a Berkley jet on it?? or hell, an Arneson or KAAMA drive?? Konrad would be too big for that boat. Imco maybe??
    Congrats on the boat - looks like it'll be a blast (and economical) when you get her all together, and doesn't looks like it doesn't need all that much (unless you have my disease and start tearing everything apart...)
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    Nice find. The best thing to do is fix the drive that's there. Find a used of the same. If you are going to make a change make it to a Bravo. IMO

    Congrats. You are going to have a fun boat.
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    Thanks guys. I think I have resigned myself to staying with the Volvo. They seem to be tough. I just feel kinda funny not being pushed around by a black drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ratickle View Post
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    Thank you Paul! I wonder if I can get a the Donzi "Z" on the front of Pengy?? Hmmmm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidmnc View Post
    Thank you Paul! I wonder if I can get a the Donzi "Z" on the front of Pengy?? Hmmmm
    If you can't, I'm sure we can figure it out one way or another......
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    Theres a sight you might find helpful, its The Donzi Restoration Society http://www.donzi.org/
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    Thank you, I have this tread started there also.
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    the volvo will be stronger than any alpha you'll find. Find a 270 or 250 drive and a solas titan prop . use the boat for a season get use to her. My 250 lasted 35 yrs being pushed by over 300 hp. We have quite a few still running around without trim.

    a 280t or a 290 is going to mean taking power tools and or glass work on the transom.

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    I have a volvo AQ100 engine and drive...in good shape........
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    Thats a nice older one. A barral-back without the rounded bottom. I'd keep that one stock and original as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KMP View Post
    Thats a nice older one. A barral-back without the rounded bottom. I'd keep that one stock and original as possible.
    I agree.. Its looks to be in great shape and is special.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattyboy View Post
    the volvo will be stronger than any alpha you'll find. Find a 270 or 250 drive and a solas titan prop . use the boat for a season get use to her. My 250 lasted 35 yrs being pushed by over 300 hp. We have quite a few still running around without trim.

    a 280t or a 290 is going to mean taking power tools and or glass work on the transom.

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    Without trim how was the handling? Did you run with a slight up-configuration and use tabs?
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    I am really torn here guys. I love the original look, but have found a transom assembly that will allow me to run a merc drive with out any changes to hole. I know these boats LOVE an Alpha SS shorty drive. And I know that will give me the most speed, but I have found a Volvo 280 with trim and every thing I need to make it work on my boat. And I can get it as cheap, or cheaper than I can find a 250/270 drive. I really want trim on this boat. The other option is to add tabs for trim. But I really plan to do that any way. I really love the classic look of this boat, but the prop selection, and availability of parts for the Merc are hard to resist. I need to just make a decision and go with it. I have lost sleep over this already. LOL I finally get a really cool boat, and just want it to be some thing special.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phragle View Post
    I have a volvo AQ100 engine and drive...in good shape........
    100hp 4 cly or 350hp stroker motor. I am gonna have to think on this one.
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