Archive for August, 2014

Outboards: the Old and the New

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Two_Outboards (Medium)Summer is almost over but I was finally able to pull two of my outboards out of storage.  In the foreground is a ’67 6hp Johnson 2 stroke that has not run for years.  I pulled the lower unit to replace the impeller; the old impeller was toast.  I pulled the flywheel to check the coils and points; both looked good so they won’t be replaced but I will reset the points.  With new oil in the lower unit I am almost ready to fire it up.  I need to change the connector on my 6 gallon tank from a hose bard to Johnson/Evinrude style and mix up some fresh gas 50:1.  Maybe it will be running this weekend.  There are many little things that I need to do to this motor like filing off some rough spots on the propeller, change the oil seal in the lower unit, new spark plugs and paint touch up.

The second outboard in the background is a ’07 9.9hp Mercury 4 stroke that I picked up used.  I will run it to warm it up and then I will change the lower unit oil and the engine oil.  As long as I set it up correctly it starts on the first pull.  I have a new 4 blade propeller that I am going to put on it and use it as a kicker on my 602.

I built the outboard motor stand last spring.  Having the motor stand makes it a lot easier to work the outboards.