Tahoe Speedboat Company, LLC
Tahoe Speedboat Company, LLC

This Winter this beautiful 1932 Chris Craft receives re-power using the Ilmor 5.3L GDI.

We are replacing the original Chrysler Imperial flathead six cylinder



The original 1932 Chrysler Imperial Marine flathead six cylinder was putting out 152 horsepower at a whopping 3,200 RPM and weighed about 1,000 pounds.


The new Ilmor 5.3L GDI V8 motor is putting out 365 horsepower.Thanks to the modern direct injection the boat will be burning about 50 percent less fuel then the old flathead engine while cruising around the lake.

The new state of the art Ilmor 5.3L GDI motor meets all California clean air requirements. CARB is the clean-air agency in the California Government. Stated goals include attaining and maintaining healthy air quality, protecting the public from exposure to toxic air contaminants, and providing innovative approaches for complying with air pollution rules and regulations.


The original hole in the mahogany panel is large enough to put the two new Livorsi Vantage View® instruments.

We will build 12” X 6” billet oval dash panel with some sort of polished molding / accent around the edge to mount the tach and 4 in 1 gauge. The center area where the two gauges sit should be painted flat black or black with some sort of wrinkle finish.

The exact O.D. dimensions can be a little bigger or more rectangular since it will just be sitting on the surface of the mahogany panel.



I will use the same type of panel retention or attachment with the metal straps that grab the backside of the mahogany panel. The studs the straps are mounted on will need to be repositioned so the gauges can use the outer points of the oval.

We are using the original ignition switch along with the original foot-initiated start button

The original shift lever that was in the middle of the cockpit floor is being replaced with a state-of-the-art Ilmor “Drive by Wire” throttle control. This will free up access to the forward storage area along with shortening the driver’s kickboard panel so the mooring cover can easily be stowed up in the bow.

In 1932 there were no options for a stereo, so we are installing a JL Audio MBT-RX Marine-rated Bluetooth® adapter sending music from your phone to a JL Audio M800/8v2 8-channel marine amplifier — 75 watts RMS x 8.

JL Audio's M800/8v2 marine amplifier gives you serious power and incredible versatility.


Our goal is to provide a quality sound system while keeping the system invisible to the boat's passengers



We are installing two Pioneer TS-A879 speakers in each cockpit. They are hidden in the forward facing kick panel under each seat. We picked the speakers for their small size and quality.

 These Pioneer TS-A879 3-1/2" 2-way speakers flaunt surprising power-handling and solid construction. A carbon and mica-reinforced, injection-molded polypropylene woofer adds sturdiness to your sound while the polyetherimide tweeter steps up the detail.

We are using Butterfly vent grills to hide the speakers for that antique look.

The sound system is topped off with a JL Audio's CP108LG-W3v3 MicroSub enclosed subwoofer system. Delivering impressive bass without needing a lot of power or taking up much space. This component will be mounted out of sight up in the bow forward of the driver. We are bridging two of the eight amp circuits to end up with the unparalleled bass.

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