1936 waterwitch

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kirkp
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1936 waterwitch

Postby kirkp » Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:39 am

Seeing as there have been some Waterwitch posts lately, thought I'd share some photos of my motor. Since it's one of several motors that are on my to do list, I haven't messed with it much. Doesn't have spark but it "feels" like it has good compression although I haven't checked it yet. May just have to break down and do that here shortly. When I got the motor, it had a homemade tiller handle and from what I've read the original was somewhat fragile so it's not surprising it must have broke. As can be seen in the photos, the original skeg was trashed and a repair was cobbled together. I got a '37 gear case and tiller handle off Ebay. The '37 gear case looks the same dimensionally with the only noticeable difference being some small ports at the top at the top below the cavitation plate. The tiller handle is different but it will serve it's purpose. The motor obviously has it's problems but my intent is to see if I can get it running and then decide what to do about the appearance.

Please excuse the rotated pictures which are not that way on my computer. I find them irritating but I can't figure out how to correct them.

Thanks
Kirk
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kirkp
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more 1936 waterwitch pics

Postby kirkp » Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:42 am

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Tubs
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Re: 1936 waterwitch

Postby Tubs » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:27 am

As you have a strong interest in these I'll
share what I have learned from the ones I've
had as well as what others have shared with me.
Your motor is a 1936 as the water tube is inside
the exhaust. Only year then did that. We've also
discussed the deference in the 36 stands and tiller.
Originally the had intended the have the water
enter the pump through the pump body. This
didn't provide enough water for cooling so they
put two holes in front of the gear case to increase
the supply of water. I don't know if any motors
were sold before the change or they discovered
it in testing. The pump castings for the early
design were still used. They just didn't machine
the hole for the water. The early castings have
this flat spot where the water access hole would
have been.
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