1995 Chevy C1500 X-Cab - Hot Candy Hallett
Big-Block, Blue Oval, Water Cannon
Excess. We live for it. We want it. In the squirt gun arena, where potato chip-like boat profiles are the preferred look of speed, mountainous big-block motors crackling through over the transom headers are the overwhelming choice in powerplants. Who ever said bigger is not necessarily better has never been in a jet boat. In this world, it's go big or go home. Overcoming hydrodynamics is a tricky proposition. Having 500 hp on land is not like having 500 hp on the water. Unfortunately, with 500 hp in a well-prepped squirt boat, speeds of 70-plus mph are about what is achievable. Blower and nitrous anyone?
Truckin' Feature Editor Travis Noack knows all too well the lure of jet boats. His '77 19-foot Hallett Bubble Deck is big-block motorvated and spread out here before you. The hull still sports its original 28-year-old candy-red metal flake over gloss white gel. The bottom of the Hallett was blueprinted and tuned by Jeff Bennett. Inside this retro rod is a completely smooth interior with gunnel-to-gunnel, stem-to-stern red marine carpet. Travis and his buddies Brandon Dolan and Ken Claypool, in order to make a new home for the floor covering, glassed-in a fresh false floor between the 3\4-length stringers. Seating in Travis' river hauler consists of front buckets and rear cocktail seats covered in white tuck-'n'-roll marine vinyl finished with red piping. For navigational needs, a Formuling steering wheel, hung from a red, anodized hub, comes in handy. Forward and Reverse on this bad boy are handled with a billet Rex Marine handle, and go-go power is at the press of the original Hall Craft foot throttle. A floor-mounted manual Place Diverter control creates the big bridge-dousing rooster tails Travis loves so much. While in the captain's seat, Travis gets engine vitals thanks to a full complement of Auto Meter, Accu-Comp white-face gauges.
Travis' bank of gauges is in place to babysit his fully built Ford 460, although said 460 is now a fire-breathing 501ci water rumbler. Dave Whitehead of Vrbancic Brothers Racing assembled the Blue Oval big-block with big-time internals: an Eagle Stroker cranks and rods swing SRP pistons with JE rings sealing the cylinder pressures, and a Lunati cam thumps the timing cycles up the chain. Breathing life into the bottom end is a full CNC pair of Edelbrock RPM aluminum heads with stainless intake and exhaust valves that move with help from Lunati 1.7 roller rockers. Topping the Edelbrocks is a Decor Plating, polished Weiand tunnel ram, sucking fuel and air through two Holley 600 double-pumpers that are fed from the fountain of power supplied by a Holley 130-gph electric fuel pump. Sparking all 533 raging sea horses is an MSD 6M2 marine central control feeding a Blaster II coil. The job of choosing which cylinder to fire goes to the MSD Pro Billet distributor. Bassett over-the-transom headers were ceramic-coated by Jet-Hot Coatings of Tempe, Arizona, and bang the cackling Ford song out of the back of the boat. Holding the explosions together are ARP fasteners everywhere you look. Making the package complete is a Dooley, polished intake scoop and Milodon 10-quart oil pan. All water plumbing of the motor is Earl's braided stainless steel and anodized AN fittings.
This is a jet boat, and the water-spitter Travis hung from the transom is none other than a world-renowned Berkeley. Starting life as a 12JC, Travis contracted Jack McClure of MPD performance to convert the jet to a more powerful 12JG, making it easier to push water from the now-hard-core big-block Ford. Jack performed a stage 1-1/2 blueprint on the 12JG pump before hanging an American Turbine droop snoot and Place Diverter trim system from it. Inside the pump is an A-B blend impeller, and under the boat is an MPD jet intake shoe and ride plate. Before assembling all the pump components, Travis had friends Chris and Tyson Lloyd and AFCO of Gardena, California, powdercoat all the Berkeley gear.
Travis' water rod rides in style on a completely redone, dual-axle Allen trailer. Starting with the old paint, Travis had the frame sandblasted to remove almost 30 years of rust. Once bare metal was reached, Steve Deman spread out a new coverage of DuPont White Imron before striping the trailer rails and tongue. For shine and boat protection, 11-inch-wide stainless fenders from Fenders 'n' More keep street debris well heeled from the four 15x7-inch Weld Rodlite aluminum wheels and Toyo Proxes TPT 225/60R15 tires. Informing other drivers of the trailer's moves are LED tail and running lights from Radiantz. Custom aluminum diamond-plate trailer steps protect the shiny, painted trailer. Speaking of protection, Travis had Marcel Venable of Line-X coat his trailer bunks in the rubberized coating before Travis and his friends wrapped the bunks with fresh carpet and reinstalled them.
Pulling this hot Hallett to Travis' favorite river destinations is a '95 Chevy C1500 X-cab. Travis chose the popular prerunner style for his lifted two-wheel-drive truck, and the suspension consists of a 7-inch Fabtech lift damped by Bilstein 5100 shocks. Trailer-matching Weld 16x8-inch Rodlites roll 285/75R16 BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tires. Bringing the rolling package down from speed are Stillen Statix calipers and rotors. Chevy chose to fit this particular truck with a tried-an-true 350ci small-block, but Travis had more powerful plans in mind: An AEM Brute Force Intake helps the 5.7L breathe in, while Gibson headers feeding a Gibson after-cat exhaust help it exhale. Traction controls for the mud tires are 4.56 gears and a Truetrac limited-slip. Outside Trav's hauler, a few items make a more standout package. Up front, behind the IMZZ Industries-built prerunner bumper and triple Hella lights is a Carriage Works billet grille and APC clear corners and turn signals. A paint-matched Gaylord's X-2000 tonneau lid covers the Line-X of Huntington Beach bedliner and keeps personal items safe and locked away, while the boat is being used to destroy water molecules. Inside the C1500 is where Travis spends most of his hours driving, so he saw the need for some big hair, rocking entertainment. Offsetting the factory blue cloth interior are Empire Motorsports billet trim panels outlining the Kenwood in-dash CD head unit. Feeding from the Kenwood are leather-clad rock-god signals that an MTX Thunder 895 amp transforms into ear-bleeding sound levels. Four-by-six-inch coaxial rear speakers fill the X-cab portion with music, while MTX Thunder 6.6 separates fill the front. Booming bass guitar effects are fed from under the rear seat from the MTX pre-fab underseat enclosure housing the MTX 10-inch sub. Nu-Image's Platinum gauge overlay lets Travis know when the music's got the best of him and he is speeding through the desert just a tad too fast.
Mr. Noack has himself quite a little gathering of personal fun. With a can't-go-wrong Chevy pulling his prized Hallett 190 jet boat, Travis is definitely living in heaven on Earth. Travis couldn't have made it all come together without some help, so his list includes his Mom and Dad, Marcel Venable of Huntington Beach Line-X, Central Powder Coating, IMZZ Industries, Audio Innovations, Brandon Dolan, Ken Claypool, Dave Whitehead of Vrbancic, Jack McClure at MPD, Decor Plating, Matt Held at Holley, Jet-Hot of Tempe, Arizona, John Luyster at Earl's, Todd Griggs from TRG Custom Fiberglass, Chris and Tyson Lloyd, Jeff Bennett, Jeff Mohrfeld of Foreign Auto Body, and Steve Deman. Travis says he can rock the jet boat to the tune of 80 mph, and with all that power gleaming from the stringers, we believe him. He's really jonesin' for a blower, so maybe he'll see some big speed numbers on the water soon. For all you readers, if you see a candy-red jet boat with a serious rooster tail, and you can hear the faint sounds of Mff,tley Crff,e over the thunder of a wailing big-block, just pull over and let Travis by, because this guy's got one hot Hallett, and it can't be contained.