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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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9/14/20 @ 9:54 AM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
User since 9/27/01

waterbugg already suggested it but shop manuals are the ticket. Most libraries will still have them. YouTube videos are also very helpful. I turned to these sources out of necessity when motors broke down on me during peak boating season and all of the local shops had 4-6 week backlogs for repairs. I've rebuilt carbs, replaced starters, ignition systems and water pumps all from shop manuals and videos on outboards ranging from 6-115 hp. 

9/13/20 @ 10:12 PM
CrawlerHarness
User since 10/10/17

Where do you live 262?  


I agree that it is totally rewarding working on boat motors, as well as boat electronics.  The old 2-stroke motors are built like tanks, as long as they have compression, you should be able to get them running.  


9/13/20 @ 8:53 AM
waterbugg
User since 6/13/09

Check your local library for outboard motor repair books by Ken Cook on "how to" outboard motor projects. You may need special tools such as a flywheel puller, but the books are very informative. 

9/13/20 @ 1:25 AM
Master_Piker
Master_Piker
User since 12/7/05

Spend $300-500 and get an outboard that RUNS, and use the little free time you have to FISH and enjoy it, not working on something not running that is 30-40 years old (that is what you'll get for under $100). My advice anyway...if you are not mechanically inclined or have the know-how, you will waste the time and money you put into a project like that. Plus, parts on an outboard that old will be difficult to find, expensive and if you mess one up, you will only be more frustrated. If you had an old outboard that someone gave you or one laying around that would be one thing. To actively seek out a dinosaur and try to bring it back to life with no idea what you're doing would be frustrating in my opinion. Don't mean to rain on your parade, but I would just spend the money on something you can use and maybe read up and maintain it well. Learn how to change gear lube, water impeller, rebuild carbs, etc. and KEEP it running. That, to me, is just as satisfying as getting one running. It will also be easier on your wallet and your mental state! Good luck with whatever you choose to do!

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