getting some old engines

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getting some old engines

Postby Thomas Mackin » Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:22 am

I can pick up from a friend 2 1956 30 hp. Johnsons, a 57 35hp, and a Evinrude 1955 25. It even has controls and electric start. I can get them VERY cheap. Any thoughts on parts,restoration problems, etc. The 25hp. is in great shape cosmetically. Would be nice on a deluxe TNT!
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Postby LancerBoy » Thu Oct 27, 2011 8:55 am

All are pretty basic motors. Hard to kill 'em.

I personally think the 1957 Johnson 35 HP was one of the most aestetically pleasing outboard motors ever built.

Parts are readily available at many sources. Lots of the electical components can be obtained thru any NAPA store.

Correct paints and decals can be obatined thru Peter McDowell in Canada.

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Postby thegammas » Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:25 am

Andreas - would you have contact info for peter M in Canada? I am going to need decals for my '63 100hp Merc
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Postby Torchie » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:01 am

My contact info is
If you google 1957 Johnson Golden Javelin it will bring up link to his website as well as others that supply restoration parts for older outboards.
I agree with Andreas in regards to the the 1957 35 Johnsons (as we are both owners of twins). Seems like the biggest bugaboos in regards to the older outboards is the condition of the coils.
Seal and impellor kits are still available thru your local auto supply store.
Have fun and post some pics.
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Old Outboards

Postby JALL » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:20 am

Try ( ). If you want info on the vintage outboards go to the AOMCI web site. They have all the answers.
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Postby LancerBoy » Fri Oct 28, 2011 6:28 am

The website mentioned above has everything (well almost) you need to restore a vintage outboard.

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