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Old 01-08-2011, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I tore my '84 JS440 apart this past spring in anticipation of restoring it.

Let the restoration commence!

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So, lets see where I started. When bought this thing about 6 years ago it looked just like this except it still had the original 440 engine in it. After 2 summers with the 440, I had a chance at a 550 engine and swapped that in and that's how its been ever since. It runs strong, is dead reliable, but looks like junk.




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Old 01-08-2011, 11:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Back from the paint shop!



FYI, if anyone is interested, Ronnie Adams at Adams Motorsports & Graphics in Chattanooga did all the decals, and can remake the original factory stripe.

and with the freshly painted pump and ride plated installed:



stay tuned
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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got the engine all back together:

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Old 02-05-2011, 03:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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got the chinpad recovered and on the handlepole:



and got the new bars on and polished some of that aluminum under there.:
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Got the engine back in tonight.

the end is in sight.

Anybody got ideas on how to clean up my stainless steel expansion chamber? degreaser? wire wheel?
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Finished about 6 weeks ago but I've been slow on getting some pics up. It's great to finally have it in the water.





The simple black on green paint scheme looks like a believable factory color scheme to me.
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Old 09-09-2011, 09:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wow what a great job! I'm impressed.
I too have a 440 that I'd like to do a 550 swap with. As for removing the engine, do you have any resources on how to do this (ie picture tutorial?)

Thanks,

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Old 12-25-2011, 01:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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You did a great job! It looks brand new!
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hi im in the process or repainting my jetski and like your colour do you have a shade referance or any info on the colour or what paint was used Cheers Nigel
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Nice pics you got in there1
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