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9/12/20 @ 7:22 AM
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262 Fishing
262 Fishing
User since 8/10/18

I am not at all mechanically inclined.  I know how to add stabilizer to my fuel and that's about as much "handywork" as I can handle.  I'm embarrassed to say how many fairly simple tasks around the house I've either hired out or asked my neighbor or brother.

I've always always wanted to tinker with a small motor but want a reasonably achievable project.  Are older boat motors similar to cars, as in the older ones were simpler and easier to work on?  The goal is to get a dirt-cheap (like, less than $100) small outboard, fix it up (and learn while doing it), and throw it on a jon boat for small waters.

Part of the problem is that I don't have a ton of free time to learn a new hobby, but I certainly have the interest.

To give you an idea of my abilities... my dad once gave me a chain saw that didn't work.  He said if I could fix it, I could keep it.  I took it apart, cleaned a few things, and MOSTLY put it back together (I think I lost one part in the process and couldn't remember where another part went).  I got the chainsaw running and I still have it, so maybe getting rid of those parts made it more efficient? LOL

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9/17/20 @ 1:13 PM
Gtuna
User since 3/26/04

If you would like an old engine just to work on I have a 1970's power auger you can have.Last ran 2017.I live in you're area.

9/17/20 @ 11:46 AM
262 Fishing
262 Fishing
User since 8/10/18

Bruno,

Your addition to Master Piker's post has talked me off the ledge!  LOL.  No rain on this parade.  I posted here to get feedback and I'm glad I did.

Maybe I'll focus my energy on just learning how to take care of the motor I have!

9/17/20 @ 10:02 AM
sheephead
User since 2/8/17

I have found you-tube very useful for fixing things I never would have tried before. I find there are videos out there for almost anything. Me and my son in law actually replaced a car engine using videos off of you tube. Took 3 weekends but we did it.

9/16/20 @ 8:55 PM
Bruno1
User since 3/21/14

I think Master Piker has hit on an important point.  There are some issues that would not be readily apparent unless you know what to look for.  I was in the boat store near my house a few years ago and was thinking of buying a used kicker motor.  The mechanics told me to be careful with used motors.  They pointed out hairline cracks in the motor probably due to was freezing water in the motor that I could barely see even when they pointed them out to me.  They also pointed out some broken pieces on the drive shaft that I would not have seen.  Like Master Piker said, not trying to rain on your parade but be prepared to spend some time and money and to become frustrated.  Of course, if you enjoy it and spend some time at it, you might find a fun hobby.  There is probably some market for old motors that have been restored.  There certainly is for old motorcycles.  Maybe you could start a little cottage industry.  Just go in with your eyes wide open.

Best of luck.

Bruno

9/15/20 @ 10:55 AM
drummer boy
drummer boy
User since 3/14/08

That is 6hp two cylinder smooth engine.

9/15/20 @ 7:59 AM
262 Fishing
262 Fishing
User since 8/10/18

CrawlerHarness, thanks for that! That's exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for.  Hopefully it's still available in a week when I finally have some free time.

9/14/20 @ 8:38 PM
CrawlerHarness
User since 10/10/17

Should be an early 1970's model....as it looks like the picture from this website.  But maybe it is only a 6hp and not a 9.5hp.  


https://www.leeroysramblings.com/OMC_6hp.htm



9/14/20 @ 8:36 PM
CrawlerHarness
User since 10/10/17

There is an old Evinrude (guessing) on Facebook Marketplace for $60 in Momence, IL.  


Not going to find a better deal.  


https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1237108653313125


9/14/20 @ 4:56 PM
Bruno1
User since 3/21/14

My interests run in a slightly different path.  I have been thinking about building a wooden rowing boat for fishing and exercise.  Something like a Whitehall rowing boat.  It is something that I could work on for a hour here or two hours there and more once I retire in a few years.  Buy a small motor and hang it on the back.  Same satisfaction without the frustration of trying to locate 40 year old parts.  My two cents.

Bruno

9/14/20 @ 10:41 AM
262 Fishing
262 Fishing
User since 8/10/18

Thanks for the input on all aspects.  I'm sure taking an old motor and getting it going would be more headache than it's worth, but occasionally I like to try new things just to see if I can do them.

I'm in Waukesha County.

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