1957 Johnson 5 1/2

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    goldmember
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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?

    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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    goldmember
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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.

    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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    #166221

    test

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    crosbyman
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    #166222

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

    Steve D
    Steve D
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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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    goldmember
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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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    crosbyman
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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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    #166477

    Not sure how to do that or how to investigate “driveshaft shock spring”. Guess I’ll have to read up.

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    crosbyman
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    #166487

    find the boatinfo site all there my replies still go poof if I post the link

    select the book stack on top

    then Jonson then red book … go to the lower unit section for info

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    garry-in-tampa
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    #166493

    That has a Nylon starter paul that may break. It is common for the clutch below the water pump to expand and cause the drive shaft to lock up. I don’t have the Johnson parts book but most Evinrude Fisherman / Fleetwin parts are interchangeable. I hope this helps . . .





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