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Old 28 September 2009, 11:14   #11
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That engine looks familiar. Has it got an SN postcode engraved on the leg?
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Old 28 September 2009, 12:42   #12
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familiar engine ?

Hi, where abouts on the leg should I be looking, and why would it look familiar ?
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Old 28 September 2009, 12:45   #13
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Hi, where abouts on the leg should I be looking, and why would it look familiar ?
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Just under the lower cowl, and some of the marks on it makes it look like one I sold 18 months ago.
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Old 28 September 2009, 13:34   #14
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Just under the lower cowl, and some of the marks on it makes it look like one I sold 18 months ago.
Was that when you closed down the museum, NoS?
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Old 28 September 2009, 14:30   #15
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re mercury 200

Hi Nos, can't find any marks on it, but I recently bought it in Bristol, which isn't far away.
Is there something I ought to know - apart from the fact it is very old, and other people seem to find that funny. I do not have lots of money at my disposal, and am just trying to do the best i can with the money I have.
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I think it's great to see these old outboards being put into use. Good on you.
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Old 28 September 2009, 17:38   #17
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Hi Nos, can't find any marks on it, but I recently bought it in Bristol, which isn't far away.
Is there something I ought to know - apart from the fact it is very old, and other people seem to find that funny. I do not have lots of money at my disposal, and am just trying to do the best i can with the money I have.
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No-they aren't bad lumps at all. If it's the one I sold it was a cracking motor-started 2nd pull every time.

The only 3 things to watch on them is the ignition,powerhead to leg gasket if it's not been renewed since new and the wiring.
Make sure the whole dizzy is sprayed with ignition sealer to prevent water ingress-they were supposed to be sealed units but now they are old the cream coloured bakelite type casings can crack.
Make sure the wiring isn't crumbling-old Merc wiring does.

If it starts cutting out and the pee stream becomes inconsistent,look for exhaust smoke under the cowl. If you find it,take the powerhead off and check the powerhead/leg gasket. I've changed a couple of them where there was still casting sand left in blind parts of the casing which got damp over the years and the pressure blew out the gasket.
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Old 28 September 2009, 17:52   #18
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Was that when you closed down the museum, NoS?
Pretty much-I gave up buying lots of boats when I realised I'd never use more than one enough to justify owning it...
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Old 28 September 2009, 18:01   #19
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I'm accumulating a bit of a collection myself at the moment
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apart from the fact it is very old, and other people seem to find that funny.
My first engine cost 100 - a '72 Vintage Johnson 25 which took about another 100 odd of parts, and is still running 36 years after it left the factory.

The most modern engine I have ever had was a '93 Auto mixing Suz. Why did it stop? Sensors. Every time the thing went to limp home mode, a sensor had packed in. I do believe that on the water, simple is better - less to go wrong, and if it does, you stand half a chance of fixing it. My current lump is an '81 (ish) vintage Merc, which ironically has it's origns back at the time yours was built. How many modern 60 horse engines weigh in at 80 odd KG?

Yes, older engines are generally noisier, yes they have less whistles & bells, yes, they drink a bit more fuel & oil themselves up if you sit at idle all day, but they also have a lot of advantages too. big up the museums!
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