On this subject I have a question.
My friend has been rebuilding a speedboat over the past year or so. It's now ready for a motor - I got talking to a colleague who's father was selling the outboard from his Shetland cruiser (1991 Honda 60HP) as he was buying a new unit.
Anyway, when I went to look at it, it was in outstanding condition and worked great, but when I looked for it's identity plate it was missing. I couldn't find anything to identify it. He'd had it for 5yrs and never noticed, he phoned the previous owner who was a very good friend of his who had it for over 6yrs himself, he wasn't sure and had never noticed - he got a hand written receipt from the guy he bought it from, but with no real detail on it - They both had bought the engine without checking whether it was stolen or not.
I told the guy that I'd think about it - but on telling my friend he said he wasn't bothered as it was a good motor at a good price and had been owned for nearly 11yrs by two totally genuine people, he thought I was worrying about nothing
1. Am I correct in assuming that all engines have a ID plate - what about engine numbers like a car stamped on the block?
2. Is this usual for people to buy things like this without checking their origin? especially older boats/ engines
3. What way could you check it's history (the receipt from 11yrs ago has no phone no or address) ?
What do you think??