12 hp WHAT?

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12 hp WHAT?

Postby Buccaneer » Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:34 pm

Am I seeing two pull cords on the front panel ?
What is this 12 hp motor?
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Re: 12 hp WHAT?

Postby retiredoz » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:16 pm

Early '60s (?) West Bend. If my leaky memory serves, the handle on the left is the shifter..

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Re: 12 hp WHAT?

Postby cajuncook1 » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:36 pm

retiredoz wrote:Early '60s (?) West Bend. If my leaky memory serves, the handle on the left is the shifter..




Yep, right on the money!


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Re: 12 hp WHAT?

Postby jpatti75 » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:42 pm

I can’t speak for that one specifically, but those 12 HP West Bend/Elgins are really fun motors to run. 12HP and I believe they weigh less than 60 pounds. Lots of power and pretty easy to work on, too. If came upon a good one and the price was right, I would snap it up. They are almost homely enough to be cool looking, too.

That one is the economy model. They also made a keyed version where you could lock them down into a lower HP to operate on HP-restricted water bodies or to slow them down if operated by a youngster.
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Re: 12 hp WHAT?

Postby Buccaneer » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:58 pm

Thanks for the replies. Not sure if it's on my "wish list", but it
does have that "oddball, cool" factor!

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Re: 12 hp WHAT?

Postby amuller » Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:14 pm

These motors have an attractive power to weight ratio. The weak point is the starters. The pinions are hard to find and the spring inside is quite expensive. Best to be gentle. And if you open the gearcase make sure the snap ring is fully seated when you are done.

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Re: 12 hp WHAT?

Postby BillW » Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:02 am

I had one. What a great runner it was! I was sorry to see it go, in one of my rare moments of a sensible purging.

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Re: 12 hp WHAT?

Postby Slim60 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:47 am

If it were only closer... I saved a West Bend from the crusher seven years ago. And it's every bit of 10hp. It also came with two OMC fuel tanks. Here it sits on my 1953 Alumacraft. Boat is rated for 12hp. I may give them a call tomorrow.
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Re: 12 hp WHAT?

Postby Buccaneer » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:11 am

Slim60 wrote:If it were only closer... I saved a West Bend from the crusher seven years ago. And it's every bit of 10hp. It also came with two OMC fuel tanks. Here it sits on my 1953 Alumacraft. Boat is rated for 12hp. I may give them a call tomorrow.


Nice looking motor. Does it say "Commando" on the side?

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Re: 12 hp WHAT?

Postby Slim60 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:50 pm

62 Commodore 10.


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