Lil Jon wrote:You might consider the all aluminum 215 cu in Buick/ Olds/ Land Rover V-8 with a Velvet drive 71c tranny with 1:1 ratio. A stock 215 ranges from 160 hp/ 2 barrel carb- 200 hp/ 4 barrel and only weighs 400 lbs with tranny!
I put one in a 12' Tiny Might with great results.
As far as marine hardware for the 215, I am casting manifolds and bellhousings for them this winter and will have them ready by spring.
Your Zip would look cool as a rear cockpit inboard with a v-8 sticking out of the deck!
I used to have a 62 Buick Special with that motor in it. I think she might be a little large and more power than the Zip can handle. Another issue would be availability, there just not than many around anymore. Flea-bay has a non running one for $750.00 and a rebuilt one for $4,500.00 Both are not complete.
I think a 4 cylinder would be perfect, ... just trying to find one that would be a perfect fit as far as power to weight ratio is going to be the tricky part.
I thought about a jet drive, ... but that would eliminate the back cockpit seating.
I need more ideas for the Free Forum Zip! Don't be bashful, ... the only dumb idea, ... is the ones that arn't put out there.