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    m-sea

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    #178896

    Champion advertising material states that the T33 has props that are matched for best performance. They also state they have port and starboard engines, this statement would indicate counter rotating props, but I have found no Champion material that states the T33 has counter rotating prop. My question is did they have counter rotating props and how do you tell difference between port and starboard engines.
    Thanks Mike

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    #178908

    Mike: Props both turn the same rotation, the front top decal says Champion Tandem 33 Port Side & Starboard Side to designate rt & Lt motor. I have a set & can send pictures to you but I think all mine are to big for this site. Send your email address to me & I will send pictures.
    Ronald
    Tomahawk, WI
    buff10@chatrter.net

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    #178917

    MIKE: I should add that basically the Tandem sets were just Sweet 16’s with different decals & serial #nd I.D. plates. Of course what make this all rare is the Dual Champion Controls & all the cables & mounts & proper cable ends to hook it all up for front cockpit control & the dual fuel lines & fittings to the Single Champion Remote Tank. The singular Sweet 16 also had that set up, but it is just doubled on the Tandems. VERY FEW Tandem’s were ever produced & sold. Today it is nearly impossible to find a complete set & they are a “Saw Horse Queen” collector set which I would never rig on a boat & Run, just to rare & they make a excellent display mounted on a era boat, of course. I think as they did not have electric start it would be to “Busy” to have to start each motor individually & then crawl up to the front cockpit to work the remote controls. It would take a very dedicated 50’s collector to be willing to do that.??.MY opinion only, of course.. Champion went out of business in 1957 & I think it was a novel idea, sort of a “Last Hope”, to get that H.P. to compete with the big boys & thus sell more motors, but it never worked out & they went bankrupt.
    Ronald

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    m-sea

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    #178966

    Ronald my email is mike_seachrist@yahoo.com

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    amuller
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    #178980

    I have seen online a document on how to rig the twin setup, with good details. Of course, I don’t recall where it was but you could likely find it.

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    jcrigan

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    #178981

    On the fiberglassics website, in the library section. Look under Champion controls. I wonder if they sold these as a boat/motor package?

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    #179031

    YES, I have those instructions, but I do not think they offered a Boat & Motors package but rather just the Tandem 33 Package. I do not know if there is or was a record of how many Tandems were sold, but that would now be lost to time & I have never seen or heard of but a few, who knows but it never went over with the public so 10-20????? sets, maybe less????????, I am sure all the records, & people are now long gone that would have had that information.
    Ronald

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    #179033

    Mike: Enjoy the pictures I have sent to you.
    Ronald

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