The battery box shared room for the fuel surge tank !
Thank you to my friend, Dennis Johnson for allowing me to post his Hondo, "My-Wakka" as an example of a 1970s Hondo Hull. Dennis sold this boat in the 1980s and just this year (2022) was able to buy it back. The buyer took the boat apart, but never got around to putting it back together, so 35 years later the trailer, hull & most of the parts are like new. Hope to have some photos of the new build soon.
This hull company started in North Hollywood, CA in 1967. As listed below, Dick & Rays was a Modesto, CA dealership. An early famous Hondo race boat was #007 "Panic Mouse" which has been fully restored as original and is running today. According to information from Don Edwards, Ray Caselli's "Panic Mouse" was a merger of two earlier boats. Rays early boat was "Mickey Mouse" and needed more power. Chuck Ellis of Stockton, CA transferred his Hemi from his 16 foot, Don Blevins built "Panic III" into Ray's boat which from then became "Panic Mouse". Is not history interesting?
Camp Far West 1-01-16
March 3, 2018 - Glenn from Murfreeboro, Tenn. sent this photo of his just aquired 1971 Hondo flat.
The restoration went right down to the broken gas pedal that was welded back together.
Glenn purchased the boat for the engine and says he is not really a v-drive guy, but he has bought a vest and is ready to use it, so me thinks we have another v-driver in the making. This is assuming that he can resist using all of that 526ci Ford V8 power which is boosted by a 871 Hampton blower. Low and slow, Glenn until you get a feel for THAT ride. The boat also utilizes a 2 speed automatic so someone in Kentucky (where the boat was found) has set up an awesome machine.
A "Hampton" blower. This Calif. guy does not know that brand, so we really need and ad to put in the engine section.
The detail of the restoration went even to the same brand of liquid soap bottle Ray used for a prime bottle.
Irv Brendel of North Hollywood, CA - Designer & Builder
Below is an exact restoration of Ray's last "Panic Mouse" Hondo
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