Goodyear Sea Bee

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Goodyear Sea Bee

Postby Chick » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:02 pm

I just brought home a Goodyear Sea Bee. Mod. # 1G4, ser. # 92379. It's a 1947-48, but I haven't found a serial number listto see the exact year. Good compression, dirty, scraped up, and greasy. Half a tank of OLD stinky gas! I haven't checked further yet. I'll flush out the tank and put in fresh gas and check the spark, then try starting it. Other suggestions? If it runs, I'll just clean it up for now and restore it this winter. Where can I get decals, carburetor, and ignition parts? I'll post some pictures later.

Any other comments are welcome. Thanks. I'm new to the old motor game. Also have a 1954 Fastwin and a 1947 Mercury KE-7 waiting to be restored.

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Re: Goodyear Sea Bee

Postby Chris_P » Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:42 pm

I took one apart about 5 years ago meaning to restore it, but seems to have gotten buried now!

No such thing as a carb kit. I just make anything I need for the 5hp Gale motors. The coils are USUALLY ok. Check them out before buying new. Finding NOS ones is getting hard. Points, condensors, plug wire and plugs are not a problem.

You will also want to flush/change the gear grease, and change the impeller.

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Re: Goodyear Sea Bee

Postby Garry in Tampa » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:10 pm

They used Oilite bearings in the lower unit. They are semi permeable for better lubrication. However some grease formulations will seep into the water pump and cause it to swell shutting off the water. A sign of swelling is a gap between the brass eccentric and the rubber rotor. . . ;)
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Re: Goodyear Sea Bee

Postby Chick » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:36 pm

Thanks, guys. Another question or two. Did this motor have any lower cowlings? If so, any idea where to get some? What's the best way to clean the mag plate with the electrical components mounted? Maybe a spray cleaner of some kind?

The gas tank is very gummy with old gas/oil sludge. How's the best way to clean it?

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Re: Goodyear Sea Bee

Postby Garry in Tampa » Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:34 am

I have seen WD-40 used on mag plates with great sucess. Carburetor cleaner works in the tank sloshed around with a hand full of nuts & bolts. Be sure you get them ALL out before using the motor. It's embarrassing when an overlooked screw gets lodged in the tanks fuel outlet when you're in the middle of the lake. . . :lol:
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Re: Goodyear Sea Bee

Postby Chick » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:10 am

Thanks Garry. WD-40 won't leave a residue of "oiliness"? That screw-in-the-tank could certainly ruin your day! By the way, I lived in St.Pete. for about the first 35 years of my life. I used to race outboards down there. Great memories!

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Re: Goodyear Sea Bee

Postby Chris_P » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:11 am

Place a wanted ad here in the classifieds for the lower cowl.

I use ammonia (cheap) and nuts/bolts in my tanks to clean them out.

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Re: Goodyear Sea Bee

Postby FrankR » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:00 pm

Serial numbers are not a reliable indicator because Goodyear may not rotate their warehouse stock and you might get one produced in early '47 but sold in '48

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Re: Goodyear Sea Bee

Postby outboardnut » Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:32 am

Chick Glad you made it here
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