General outboard questions

About inboard or outboard motors.

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Re: General outboard questions

Postby Craig Aho » Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:16 pm

hooked up a battery and now no the starting circuit are working from the motor controls and also did a compression test. I have a cylinder that is quite low compared to the other 3 so not sure I can start or use this motor. A real disappointment for sure.

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Re: General outboard questions

Postby Craig Aho » Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:10 pm

Nearly ready to try to start the old girl. I did the compression tests and just need some fuel and barrel of water. It was suggested to me that with the old motors we should run only fuel without the ethanol. I located some about a mile away and will use that in my boat and maybe start using it in my old 240Z car as well.

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Re: General outboard questions

Postby Craig Aho » Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:52 am

Thought of another question with regards to the throttle and shift cables from the helm control. My cables on the unit are way to long and I am planning to buy new cables but reading different instructions am not sure how much extra cable to add to the basic run dimensions. Some say 1.5 ft. others say 4 ft. Does anyone have experience changing out there cables, How much extra is needed?. Also I assume I just reuse my old connections from each end of my current cables? meaning the cables you buy are just threaded rods on the ends to accept whatever your boat motor needs? thanks all.

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Re: General outboard questions

Postby Craig Aho » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:57 pm

Well looks like I lucked out and my cables are just the right length. Spent a bunch of time rerouting and determined all is correct and routed as best I can without drilling more holes in my nice wood boat.
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Re: General outboard questions

Postby mrintense » Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:15 pm

An option to drilling more routing holes is to create decorative covers. For example, I bet a very nice cover could be made to match up to the back of the throttle control.
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Re: General outboard questions

Postby Craig Aho » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:16 pm

Wow I didn't even consider that Idea Carl, Thank you.

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Re: General outboard questions

Postby Craig Aho » Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:01 am

Can anyone recommend a good book on vintage outboard motors and restorations etc.?

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Re: General outboard questions

Postby Roberta » Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:08 am

Do a Google search or hunt on Ebay. Often you can find original service and repair manuals in hard copy or download versions for vintage motors.

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Re: General outboard questions

Postby Craig Aho » Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:56 am

Thank you Roberta, I did as you suggested. I am thinking I might like to aquire a few outboards to refurbish and collect. I just wish my son Chris was nearby and not living in Phoenix since he is a trained motorcycle mechanic so I could have his help. Those old Merc's have my interest and look so cool.

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Re: General outboard questions

Postby Craig Aho » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:14 am

Since this is my first experience with an outboard motor, does anyone see any problem with my fuel line plumbing? It was kind of time consuming trying to decide and install some kind of attachment fittings. I finally settled on this quick connect setup.

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Re: General outboard questions

Postby Roberta » Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:26 am

Try this guy and see if he has any manuals you could use.

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http://www.johnsmcintoshvintagemercuryo ... nuals.html
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Re: General outboard questions

Postby Craig Aho » Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:59 pm

Thanks Roberta. Cool stuff on his site.

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Re: General outboard questions

Postby Roberta » Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:02 pm

After I posted, I realized you don't have a Merc, but site is helpful to those that do.

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Re: General outboard questions

Postby billy c » Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:37 pm

Craig Aho wrote:Since this is my first experience with an outboard motor, does anyone see any problem with my fuel line plumbing? It was kind of time consuming trying to decide and install some kind of attachment fittings. I finally settled on this quick connect setup.
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You could do that. Is that a Seachoice tank fitting? If so that is really made for the tank end. What I'd do if you are not taking the motor off very often is go direct with the hose to the fuel filter on the motor and make the quick release at the tank. (or if built in tank eliminate all together.
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Re: General outboard questions

Postby Craig Aho » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:54 pm

Thanks Billy C. I have been told the original used a chrysler style fuel hookup which I think is what I bassically have at this point. I like your thought though on the line direct to the filter.


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