PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA1FIRST OWNER ROLAND REED, AND DIAN FAUNTELLE ‘PERLITA’, LAUNCHING DAY 1953B A R N F I N D R ...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA2FILM & TV PRODUCER ROLAND REED LOOKS ON AS PERLITA TOO ARRIVES DOCKSIDE IN LA,1953.HAPPY DA...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA3DIAN FAUNTELLE (PERLITA) DOES THE HONORS WITH THE BUBBLY!B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA4FAST FORWARD 20 YEARS; TYPICAL FATE OF ‘JUST ANOTHER OLD WOOD BOAT’.....FORTUNATELY 3RD OWN...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA5COUPLE OF YEARS LATER SHE’S BACK, AND KEEPING GOOD COMPANY WITH A PALMER-JOHNSON & A STEPHE...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA6A GORGEOUS 20 YR OLD, PLAYING IN THE SURF OFF NEWPORT BEACHB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA7BARNFIND RIVA! HOLLYWOOD DAYS BEHIND HER, PERLITA IS DISCOVERD IN A BARNIN THE SACRAMENTO D...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA8THANK YOU ALAN FURTH! PERLITA TOO SURVIVED THE NEXT 10 YEARS IN A BARN ON THE RANCH,WAITING...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA9ALMOST 20 MORE YEARS OF TRAVELS, WAREHOUSES, (AND ANOTHER BARN!)......B A R N F I N D R I V...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA10NOVEMBER 2007 INTO CHRIS CASPARIS’ SHOP, SEA SONIC BOATS LTD IN KELOWNA BC,TO BEGIN HER MU...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA11THERE’S GOOD NEWS AND THERE’S BAD NEWS...FIRST, THE BAD......B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA12THE GOOD NEWS...THERE WAS ALWAYS A BOAT !B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA13WOOD IS GOOD! 40 FT. X 3” THICK MAHOGANY PLANKS FROM SWITZERLAND, LOTS OF THEM.AND CLAMPS;...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA14ONCE AGAIN, BEAUTY WILL BE MORE THAN SKIN DEEP....B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA15IN THE BEST HOLLYWOOD TRADITION, THE SEA SONIC SKIN REJUVENATION PROGRAM....B A R N F I N ...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA16EVERY SQUARE INCH FITTED BY HAND......DOING THINGS THE OLD WAY.B A R N F I N D R I VA . C ...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA17OVER 2 YEARS INTO THE PROJECT, AND STILL GOING, AND GOING, AND GOING.....B A R N F I N D R...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA18PERLITA REUNITED WITH HER MASSIVE SCRIPPS V12, THE HEART OF THE MATTER....B A R N F I N D ...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA19HOW MANY GALLONS.... ??B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA20THE WAY IT WAS, 1989, AND 1972 WITH 2 McCULLOCH SUPERCHARGERS!B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA21BUNDLES OF MONEY TURNS BOXES OF RUSTY PARTS INTO A FRESH VINTAGE MOTORB A R N F I N D R I ...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA22WHEN YOU WANT YOUR MOTOR DONE RIGHT.....JIM McNEILLY IS THE GUY.B A R N F I N D R I VA . C...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA23DOUBLEHEADER: TESTING THE SCRIPPS AND THE INSTRUMENTS ON THE DOCK. WE’RE HAPPY!B A R N F I...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA24THE ONLY 2 IN THE WORLD, RESTORED TO BETTER THAN NEW BY HARTMUT BEHRENSAT NORTH HOLLYWOOD ...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA25ALL THAT GLITTERS IS INDEED GOLD, OR AT LEAST PRICED LIKE IT!B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA26OVER 40 HOURS OF GRINDING, SANDING, COPPERING, POLISHING, FINALLY PLATING(AND THEN DO IT A...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA27ALL FINISHED, RIGHT?....MMMH, NOT QUITE YET....B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA28IT ALL STARTED WITH OUR “RESTORED” STEERING WHEEL....B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA29RARE ORIGINAL DOCKING LIGHTS WARPED & BROKEN BEYOND REPAIR? “NO PROBLEM”B A R N F I N D R ...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA30BUTCH DENNISON & CREW; MASTERS OF PERIOD ITALIAN DETAILSB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA31ALL OF THE HUNDREDS OF DETAILS COMING TOGETHER....ALMOST READY FOR A WATER TESTB A R N F I...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA32                                                         http://casudi.posterous.com/?tag=...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA33FEET WET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30+ YEARSB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA34THE MOMENT OF TRUTH.....”START DAMMIT”B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA35BRIDGE CONFERS WITH THE ENGINE ROOM: “HERE’S HOW WE’RE GONNA DO IT”B A R N F I N D R I VA ...
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA36WOO HOO! WHAT SPEED LIMIT? McNEILLY SAYS “GO fOR IT”B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA37THAT WAS FUN! WE NEED ANOTHER 35 GALLONS OF HI-TESTB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA38THE PERLITA TOO RESTORATION HALL OF FAMEB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA39JEWELRY FOR PERLITA TOOB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA40B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA41CARLO RIVA - THE LEGEND BEHIND THE RIVAB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA42PERLITA AT THE GASWORKSB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA43THE DREAMB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA      PERLITA TOO SPECIFICATION SHEET      PERLITA TOO, hull no. 3, has a number of firsts to...
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  1. 1. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA1FIRST OWNER ROLAND REED, AND DIAN FAUNTELLE ‘PERLITA’, LAUNCHING DAY 1953B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  2. 2. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA2FILM & TV PRODUCER ROLAND REED LOOKS ON AS PERLITA TOO ARRIVES DOCKSIDE IN LA,1953.HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE!B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  3. 3. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA3DIAN FAUNTELLE (PERLITA) DOES THE HONORS WITH THE BUBBLY!B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  4. 4. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA4FAST FORWARD 20 YEARS; TYPICAL FATE OF ‘JUST ANOTHER OLD WOOD BOAT’.....FORTUNATELY 3RD OWNER BOB BURNAND WAS YOUNG & AMBITIOUS....(FIDO IS ALREADY EXHAUSTED...)B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  5. 5. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA5COUPLE OF YEARS LATER SHE’S BACK, AND KEEPING GOOD COMPANY WITH A PALMER-JOHNSON & A STEPHENSB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  6. 6. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA6A GORGEOUS 20 YR OLD, PLAYING IN THE SURF OFF NEWPORT BEACHB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  7. 7. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA7BARNFIND RIVA! HOLLYWOOD DAYS BEHIND HER, PERLITA IS DISCOVERD IN A BARNIN THE SACRAMENTO DELTA, CA. 1990B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  8. 8. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA8THANK YOU ALAN FURTH! PERLITA TOO SURVIVED THE NEXT 10 YEARS IN A BARN ON THE RANCH,WAITING TO BE (RE)DISCOVERED.B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  9. 9. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA9ALMOST 20 MORE YEARS OF TRAVELS, WAREHOUSES, (AND ANOTHER BARN!)......B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  10. 10. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA10NOVEMBER 2007 INTO CHRIS CASPARIS’ SHOP, SEA SONIC BOATS LTD IN KELOWNA BC,TO BEGIN HER MULTI-YEAR MAKEOVERB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  11. 11. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA11THERE’S GOOD NEWS AND THERE’S BAD NEWS...FIRST, THE BAD......B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  12. 12. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA12THE GOOD NEWS...THERE WAS ALWAYS A BOAT !B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  13. 13. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA13WOOD IS GOOD! 40 FT. X 3” THICK MAHOGANY PLANKS FROM SWITZERLAND, LOTS OF THEM.AND CLAMPS; LOTS OF THEM, TOO!B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  14. 14. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA14ONCE AGAIN, BEAUTY WILL BE MORE THAN SKIN DEEP....B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  15. 15. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA15IN THE BEST HOLLYWOOD TRADITION, THE SEA SONIC SKIN REJUVENATION PROGRAM....B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  16. 16. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA16EVERY SQUARE INCH FITTED BY HAND......DOING THINGS THE OLD WAY.B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  17. 17. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA17OVER 2 YEARS INTO THE PROJECT, AND STILL GOING, AND GOING, AND GOING.....B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  18. 18. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA18PERLITA REUNITED WITH HER MASSIVE SCRIPPS V12, THE HEART OF THE MATTER....B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  19. 19. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA19HOW MANY GALLONS.... ??B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  20. 20. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA20THE WAY IT WAS, 1989, AND 1972 WITH 2 McCULLOCH SUPERCHARGERS!B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  21. 21. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA21BUNDLES OF MONEY TURNS BOXES OF RUSTY PARTS INTO A FRESH VINTAGE MOTORB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  22. 22. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA22WHEN YOU WANT YOUR MOTOR DONE RIGHT.....JIM McNEILLY IS THE GUY.B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  23. 23. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA23DOUBLEHEADER: TESTING THE SCRIPPS AND THE INSTRUMENTS ON THE DOCK. WE’RE HAPPY!B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  24. 24. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA24THE ONLY 2 IN THE WORLD, RESTORED TO BETTER THAN NEW BY HARTMUT BEHRENSAT NORTH HOLLYWOOD SPEEDOMETERB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  25. 25. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA25ALL THAT GLITTERS IS INDEED GOLD, OR AT LEAST PRICED LIKE IT!B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  26. 26. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA26OVER 40 HOURS OF GRINDING, SANDING, COPPERING, POLISHING, FINALLY PLATING(AND THEN DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN ‘CAUSE OF AN OVERSIGHT....)B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  27. 27. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA27ALL FINISHED, RIGHT?....MMMH, NOT QUITE YET....B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  28. 28. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA28IT ALL STARTED WITH OUR “RESTORED” STEERING WHEEL....B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  29. 29. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA29RARE ORIGINAL DOCKING LIGHTS WARPED & BROKEN BEYOND REPAIR? “NO PROBLEM”B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  30. 30. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA30BUTCH DENNISON & CREW; MASTERS OF PERIOD ITALIAN DETAILSB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  31. 31. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA31ALL OF THE HUNDREDS OF DETAILS COMING TOGETHER....ALMOST READY FOR A WATER TESTB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  32. 32. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA32 http://casudi.posterous.com/?tag=barn ndriva“KNOW BEFORE YOU GO”.....ONE MORE TEST BEFORE THE TESTB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  33. 33. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA33FEET WET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30+ YEARSB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  34. 34. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA34THE MOMENT OF TRUTH.....”START DAMMIT”B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  35. 35. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA35BRIDGE CONFERS WITH THE ENGINE ROOM: “HERE’S HOW WE’RE GONNA DO IT”B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  36. 36. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA36WOO HOO! WHAT SPEED LIMIT? McNEILLY SAYS “GO fOR IT”B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  37. 37. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA37THAT WAS FUN! WE NEED ANOTHER 35 GALLONS OF HI-TESTB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  38. 38. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA38THE PERLITA TOO RESTORATION HALL OF FAMEB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  39. 39. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA39JEWELRY FOR PERLITA TOOB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  40. 40. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA40B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  41. 41. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA41CARLO RIVA - THE LEGEND BEHIND THE RIVAB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  42. 42. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA42PERLITA AT THE GASWORKSB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  43. 43. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA43THE DREAMB A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
  44. 44. PERLITA TOO THE BARN FIND RIVA PERLITA TOO SPECIFICATION SHEET PERLITA TOO, hull no. 3, has a number of firsts to her credit; she was the first series-production Tritone, built in 1953, the first Riva sold to the USA, indeed the first Riva sold outside of Italy, in over 100 years! PERLITA is the oldest Tritone remaining; #2 and #’s 4-10 no longer exist. (#9 has been extensively modified and no longer is a Tritone, and #11 has been modified in restoration). SPECIFICATIONS Hull no. 3 (first series-production Tritone) (total production: 258 hulls) Length: 7,92 m Beam: 2,76 m Draft: 0,55 m Weight: 2,700 kg Construction: plank on frame/multi layer plywood bottom Material: African Mahogany; frames: sipo, topsides: sapele, bottom: Fastening: silicon bronze screws, copper rivets, adhesives, epoxy plywood bottom Engines: 1x Scripps Model 302 V12, displ. (894) 14,650 cmc. Power: 350 HP @ 2600 RPM Speed: 75,126 Km/h (UIM World Record Speed, 1954) Export price 1953: $11,360 usd Options: lifting cables, copper exhaust mufflers, bilge hand pump, windshield-mounted spotlight, docking lights, Sparton horn, full custom triple-axle show trailer. RESTORATION The restoration has required over 4 years and thousands of hours, in addition to 20 years of research. The hull has been substantially rebuilt due to age and deterioration. Chris Casparis of Sea Sonic Boats Ltd. Kelowna, BC, Canada, did all the woodworking. The rare Scripps V12 motor was totally rebuilt by Jim McNeilly of Seattle, WA. The myriad of mechanical and final assembly details have been overseen by Dennison Motorsports. At all times the project has been managed ‘hands-on’ by Lake Tahoe Classic Boats.B A R N F I N D R I VA . C O M
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