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scottsman
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« on: April 25, 2010, 02:18:20 PM »

I am still looking for a suitable outboard for my 14 foot 1959 Fiberglide runabout.
I have been told that I need a 25 to 50 HP, electric start, short shaft outboard with cable steering connections.

I have quickly discovered that a nice restored outboard will cost $500-PLUS and to ship an outboard anywhere is $100 to $200.  So looking to spend as little as required for my first outboard I have found the pickings pretty slim!!

My question to the panel is this “Is there any make that stands head and shoulders above the rest – or any make I should avoid?”  Is it better to look for an earlier year motor over an older – putting “looks” aside?

Is there any place to look for fair values for old motors?

So far all I have found is:
195?  Evinrude Lark – 35hp for $450.00
1955  Johnson Model RDE - 25hp for $450.00
1961  Mercury 400  - 45hp for $365.00
1986  Evinrude - 110hp for $500.00
19??  Mariner - 25hp for $550.00
1953  Johnson - 35hp for $350.00

What are the hidden gotchas, that I am overlooking?
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2010, 09:50:35 AM »

The Rudes and Mercs are easiest to find parts for at least that's the impression I've gotten
if you want to go 4stroke look into the Bearcats there is a post here in the for sale forum.
It helps allot if your mechanically inclined.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010, 09:57:41 AM »

Check your local Craigs list. you can find a lot of good deals in there. Look under boats.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 11:18:39 AM »

Check your local Craigs list. you can find a lot of good deals in there. Look under boats.
Mike aka pathfinderz1

Mike - Maybe in your parts, but in southeast TX old things don't last too long. We have to keep the rustbugs fed! Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010, 06:28:04 PM »

All I can say is to keep checking the clissafides and craigs list. Up here in northern Nevads there are not many lakes but I have managed to colect 40 motors. I have only paid for 4 of my motors and $50 is the most I have paid. It does help if you can work on old outboard motors. 10 years ago I didn't know much about them but can take apart most any OMC motor and put it back togather and it will run.
Mike aka pathfinderz1
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