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Old 17 September 2020, 09:28   #1
Country: UK - England
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Outboard that doesn't work

Hello fellow rib enthusiasts!

During lockdown I became slightly obsessed with outboard repair videos despite having practically no previous mechanical knowhow. Im now looking for an outboard that doesn't run that I can pull apart and try to get going again as a bit of a project.

Ideally after something relatively small and cheap as a starter. Happy to pay up to up to about 300 plus postage. Can collect if within about 50 miles of Chichester.

Any offers or ideas of where to find?

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Old 17 September 2020, 10:43   #2
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Old 17 September 2020, 11:26   #3
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Look on Ebay - there's typically plenty of 2-9.9hp old 2-strokes that need some work.

Bear in mind though, if it's a non-runner due to simple things, just needs a carb clean, set of gaskets, new plugs, etc. fine, it might be an easy/cheap repair. But if you need to start pulling the entire powerhead apart, maybe dealing with some seized bolts, and/or having to replace many mechanical or electrical/ignition components, the parts costs very quickly add up, could easily overtake the initial purchase cost, and you're unlikely to recoup it should you want to sell on after the project finishes.

If cost is no object and you just want the learning experience and a fun little project, fine. But just be aware that depending on what condition the engine is in, it can get expensive.
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Old 18 September 2020, 17:01   #4
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Facebook market place might be best bet watch out for ones being sold “carbs need setting up” when the seller knows full well it’s a scrapper.....

Also make sure parts are still available in the U.K.!
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Old 18 September 2020, 17:47   #5
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What size are you thinking of & long or short shaft ?
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Old 19 September 2020, 02:49   #6
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If it were me, then I'd concentrate on a 2-stroke carb model, pull start. A Yahama 8-15hp or such like. Big enough to get your teeth into and there's still reliable source of parts, albeit expensive if you opt for new. Also brush up on your seized bolt knowledge and buy a few cans of PlusGas and a blowtorch. If your handy, knock up an outboard stand out of timber waiting for the right engine to come along.
Is that with or without VAT?
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Old 19 September 2020, 13:01   #7
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If I were seeking such a project for starter experience I'd not worry about the OB being a non runner just a slightly tired one needing a carb strip and clean, head off and waterways checked/cleaned and new pump impellor/liner, new gear oil etc and perhaps a leg respray.

Outboards fetch such good money these days even to break for parts any worthwhile brand model of 8hp or more is probably going to exceed your 300 budget.

One I'd say that's great to practice on is the Yamaha/Mariner 4hp 2-stroke. Nice and basic.

Like this one...

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