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    shoestringmariner


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    #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?

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    phil-b


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    #13440

    Here’s what one member thinks of them!
    http://www.oddjobmotors.com/ihatezephyrs.htm

    I’ve never touched one, but I can’t help thinking someone was drunk on over engineering when they came up with the idea!

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    shoestringmariner


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    #13441

    WOW…..RIGHT!! Stick to focusing on my TN instead of filling the shed…funny story though 🙂

    Mumbles
    Mumbles

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    #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.

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    garry-in-michigan

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    #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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    mr-asa

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    #13452

    I’d take one, might be a bit more complicated, but I can appreciate engineering

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    kevinf


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    #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.

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    outboard315


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    #13455

    I know where there is one in a junk yard near me, 4044 maybe. If any needs one.

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    mr-asa

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    #13458

    quote Outboard315:

    I know where there is one in a junk yard near me, 4044 maybe. If any needs one.

    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 😆

    frankr
    frankr


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    #13468

    I never had any love for them.

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    outboard315


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    #13469

    This is what I think of when I hear Evinrude Zephyr.

    http://www.hotrod.com/features/1312-zephyr-radio-flyer/

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    Buccaneer

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    #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!

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    garry-in-michigan

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    #13481

    You need Parts books? – Model 4359 …


    Model 4402 …


    Model 4431 …

    . . . . . . 😉

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    gjonz

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    #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…

    Hehehe!

    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!

    Greg

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    garry-in-michigan

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    #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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