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    #166129

    I have a chance to pick this up for $ 50.00. Assuming it is in sound shape is it worth it?
    Any known issues with it
    parts hard to find?

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    crosbyman

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    #166133

    power head needs to be pulled to change the impeller

    while at it check the carbon seal and plate on top of the drive shaft

    may need conversion to a pump if the tank is leaking and canT find a replacement cheaper than the motor

    electricals need new coils likely and points etc…

    https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Ignition-Coil-Fits-Johnson-Evinrude-OMC-Replaces-584477-0584477-582995-0582995/401441684859?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    etc… looks lie a lot but….. not overly difficult btw carb will need a good cleaning and maybe a new float

    nice book to read and helpful … it covers what you need to know and do

    bible….
    http://www.boatinfo.no/lib/johnson/manuals/1922-1964johnson.html

    gearcase reseal may be needed easy job ..

    go for it…. if compression #s is 70’s and upwards

    Mumbles
    Mumbles

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    #166139

    IMHO, it’s worth 50 bucks all day long if it’s decent but be ready to invest in new coils for it if it still has the originals. New points, a carb kit, water pump kit, and other expendables will add to the initial investment so be prepared. If it includes the original small pressure tank, 50 bucks is a no brainer.

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    #166145

    No pressure tank but it’s in decent shape. Somethings wrong with the pull start (it doesn’t engage) so I cant turn the motor over. A little concerned about that.

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    crosbyman

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    #166148

    all the info you need +++

    http://www.boatinfo.no/lib/johnson/manuals/1922-1964johnson.html#/0

    https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Ignition-Coil-Fits-Johnson-Evinrude-OMC-Replaces-584477-0584477-582995-0582995/401441684859?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    as for starter engagement…. take it apart clean and reinstall dry

    when doing the impeller with the power head off check the carbon seal and plate on top of the drive shaft

    come back for more question as you go along !!

    Randy in Tampa
    Randy in Tampa

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    #166151

    Put it in gear and turn the prop see if it turns over …. any motor that turns over I can get it running again is worth $50 😏

    Rotary valve Johnson’s Rule!

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    #166213

    Doesn’t turn over in gear. Lot of play in the prop though, I’m thinking it’s the lower unit.

    You don’t happen to have a service manual for this do you?

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    crosbyman

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    crosbyman

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    #166221

    test

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    crosbyman

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    #166222

    trying to send links in my replies but they do not work…. ????

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    #166235

    I’ve had the same problem with certain websites. If you were trying to direct him to the online service manual, I uploaded one and a condensed version good to download for a week at this link – https://we.tl/t-lrHeUotPNM

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    crosbyman

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    #166237

    i tried sending links to utubes and the boat info johnson bible (red book) all my replies went poof !

    thanks I had the condensed version

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    #166241

    Thanks Guys. Something is seized up but I dont know if it’s the lower unit or the powerhead. I pulled the plugs and looked at the cylinder and pistons (what I could see) and it looked brand new. The whole motor is in great shape, I am surprised I cant get it moving.
    I am going to pull the powerhead and determine if its that or the lower unit. Stay Tuned!!

    It’s such a great looking motor I really want to get this figured out.

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    fleetwin

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    #166280

    Have you drained the gearcase? Perhaps the gearcase is seized up, or the driveshaft shock spring has sprung binding up the gearcase….

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