Topics: 53April 6, 2015 at 11:33 pm #1124
Hey, what do you guys think about the Evinrude Zephyrs? Are they rare? Parts plentiful?
4 cylinders sounds pretty unique and smooth, but that is a lot of parts to replace?
whats a non-runner (5.4hp) worth in good cosmetic shape?
Topics: 53April 6, 2015 at 11:48 pm #13441
WOW…..RIGHT!! Stick to focusing on my TN instead of filling the shed…funny story though 🙂
Canada Member - 2 Years
Topics: 432April 7, 2015 at 12:33 am #13445
Heck, there’s nothing wrong with Zephyrs! There not complicated, just a bit different than your regular outboard motor. If the points are clean and gapped properly, they can be a pleasure to run.April 7, 2015 at 1:38 am #13451
One of my favorite motors – About 75,000 were sold, making used parts easy to pick up. The ’47 was my baby, went through it extensively for "J" class racing. When that class was discontinued, it sill made a good fishing motor. We also used it as an auxiliary on our Wolverine Snipe Sail boat. It would plane that boat easily with two aboard.
My sister’s former husband still has the ’49 model that replaced it.
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US Member - 2 Years
Topics: 139April 7, 2015 at 1:49 am #13452
I’d take one, might be a bit more complicated, but I can appreciate engineering
Topics: 14April 7, 2015 at 2:07 am #13454
I’ve got 3 of them and enough parts to build another if I get bored. They’re certainly interesting and a lot simpler than you’d think.Like all the other antiques the parts are out there as long as you aren’t in a hurry. As for worth – that’s always hard to answer.
Topics: 18April 7, 2015 at 2:10 am #13455
I know where there is one in a junk yard near me, 4044 maybe. If any needs one.
US Member - 2 Years
Topics: 139April 7, 2015 at 3:13 am #13458quote Outboard315:
I won’t say I need it, but if you get a hankering to rescue it for no real reason, I’ll take it.
I’m cheap, though 😆
Topics: 18April 7, 2015 at 1:40 pm #13469
This is what I think of when I hear Evinrude Zephyr.
US Member - 1 Year
Topics: 980April 7, 2015 at 2:51 pm #13477
I have a couple of Evinrude Zepher 4004’s that I used to run back in the early
70’s with limited success. When they were running good, they were really
smooth. Most days though, I’d carry one down the hill to the lake,
attach to the boat, and it wouldn’t start!
Both are on my "list" of outboards to fix up. Glad to hear they’re
not too overwhelming to work on. I remember that the plastic
rotory throttle valve in the carb broke on one, and my
Uncle had a new aluminum one machined where he worked at Whirlpool.
Anyone have a list of modern parts numbers for the Zephers,
ie, rings, bearings, seals, etc, that fit these outboards?
Prepare to be boarded!April 7, 2015 at 3:33 pm #13481
You need Parts books? – Model 4359 …
Model 4402 …
Model 4431 …
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US Member - 1 Year
Topics: 16April 7, 2015 at 5:07 pm #13490
I know my lovely wife saw one dolled up at the MOB meet in Monticello, IN and thought it was cool.
Out in the parking lot Rick Eichrodt was selling the twin cylinder sister to it, and my wife wanted it. So we bought it. Rick assured us it ran well.
Then at an informal get together of the MOB Maumee Marauders…the host gave a Zephyr that he acquired between time.
I’ve printed all the stuff for her to read. Wonder when she’ll get it running for me…
Seriously…I’m looking forward to tinkering on it, thought I don’t hold out too much hope for it in general. But who knows.
Beside…for my wife…it’ll be worth it!
GregApril 7, 2015 at 5:39 pm #13493
I wrote this up for the 1942/1945 model – later motors have alnico flywheel magnets and a more reliable ignition.
They synchronized throttle and ignition in later models, eliminating the twist grip tiller. Customer complaints made them bring it back on later models. The push button primer was another addition’ as the old method of pushing the float pin down had a tendency to flood the motor with fuel.
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