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Post by Marco74 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:23 am

Hello Everybody,
my name is Marco and I'm from Italy.
I'm new to the forum, I recently acquired a 1970 XK19 that I'm about to restore.
Unfortunately the previous owner blew the original 327QA engine and replaced it with an OMC Sterndrive.
I'd like to convert it back to V-Drive but being in Italy it's not an easy task.
I found a 350QA in USA with Paragon transmission but it's the wrong Ratio.
So I'm still searching for a suitable V-Drive, any suggestion is appreciated!
Here she is:

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Post by jfrprops » Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:09 pm

Marco, really pretty boat...sorry about the stern drive! Understand wanting to go back to the Vee drive...wish I could help but that is out of my area....someone on here will know hang in there. You say you found a Q with a paragon that was wrong ratio...what is the right ratio?
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Post by Marco74 » Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:07 am

Hi John,
thanks a lot for your reply.
Original ratio was 1:1.
Since the paragon seems unobtainable I'd switch to another V-Drive but being a tight fit I fear anything different from the original would not fit...
Has anybody ever used a difeerent unit? Could you give me your suggestions?
Thanks a lot and have a nice day everybody!

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Post by island time » Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:00 am

Hi Marco,
Welcome :D .
I seem to recall a recent thread about someone converting to a different V-drive/transmission brand for the same reasons you are facing, I think you will find it if you look back through the posts in this section.
I believe I would also search online for transmission suppliers, these places will also be able to provide V-drive hardware. You can find a list of Buzz-friendly sources right here by doing a search within the Boat Buzz.
Sorry the previous owner was not smarter about butchering a beautiful classic that now you have to fix but it's great to hear that you understand the importance of and are willing to do so.
Keep us posted please.

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Post by tkhersom » Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:34 am

Hi Marco:

I would suggest also posing your question on Paul Pletcher's Commander forum.

Paul is a Board Member of the Chris-Craft Antique Boat Club and he and his followers are very versed in these boats.

Thanks for becoming a member!

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