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    John Friesch

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    #193896

    I picked up a Mercury KE4 being scrapped by an outboard repair shop. S/N 2173?3. So an early model. What is odd is there is a twist grip throttle that advances the ignition, transom clamps that look really beefy and a bracket in the back of the motor for resting on the ground

    Is this a modified motor?

    Thank you

    John

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    kirkp

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    #193903

    I’ll be the first to stick my foot in my mouth.
    – I believe the twist throttle was a after market accessory.
    – The transom clamps look they could be off a Mark 5.
    – can you take a picture of the back bracket?

    I’m sure someone will come along and provide correct/more info
    kirk

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    John Friesch

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    #193905

    Thank you for the reply. I’ve attached a somewhat poor picture of the rear bracket. I will not be able to get better pictures for several weeks.

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    frankr

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    #193909

    I am very far from being a Mercury expert, but that throttle gizmo looks too professional to be a back-yard creation. It took some creativity to make those castings. The rear carrying handle does look strangely familiar. Maybe a proto-type? I dunno.

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    billw

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    #193912

    I have a throttle set up like that, that came off a KE7. Definitely aftermarket but I don’t know the manufacturer. My bet on the transom clamp handles is that they were “home made,” but by someone with talent. I agree with Frank that the back rest looks familiar. It looks kind of Martin-like but that is just a wild-ass guess. Wow, all the accessories on that thing make it worth about tens times what a normal, bottom-cowlless KE4 would be worth! Nice score.

    Long live American manufacturing!

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    dave-bernard

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    #193934

    throttle and rear handle are aftermarket. clamp handles not mercury.

    squierka39
    squierka39

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    #193935

    The twist throttle was an aftermarket accessorie, there is an article in the Antique Outboarder about them. The rear handle was also an accessorie, it might have been sold be Mercury I’m not sure. That’s a nice one to have.

    Tubs
    Tubs

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    #193936

    Buccaneer
    Buccaneer

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    #193938

    Really neat…….. now everyone is going to want one now!

    Prepare to be boarded!

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    green-thumbs

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    #193961

    Mercury Parts Catalog serial number range for KE4 initial series
    is 214324 thru 258220. Some of the early series have KD cylindrs,
    pistons and water jackets with a formed and welded steel
    bracket to adapt tank ring to water jacket.
    The rear handle may be an attempt to emulate the same feature
    on KF5, KG4 KF7 and KG7 of same vintage. KG4 is an optional
    feature while those on KF5,KF7 and KG7 are part of tank ring.
    Louis
    Mark 7 with serial numbers within the KE4 serial number ranges are
    not uncommon and may have been KE4 models that were converted
    after Mark was adopted,

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    kerry

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    #193965

    Tubs’ picture is a Duo-Trol aftermarket kit to give Mercs an OMC type twist grip throttle. I still have a few NOS kits buried in my garage, forgot which Merc model they fit. I may have to dig them out.

    If you have too many, AND not enough, you're a collector.

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    kirkp

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    #193975

    I take back what I said about the transom clamp, looks to be stock. The handles look to be homemade but not a bad job.
    Assuming my manual is correct, here’s what the stock ones should have looked like.
    Kirk

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    billw

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    #193982

    How does the rear handle attach to the tank? Was drilling of the tank ring required? (It looks a little fragile in that area, for what it is designed to do.)

    Long live American manufacturing!

    labrador-guy
    labrador-guy

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    #194012

    Those throttle controls sure look good. It would be nice to run one of those green monsters with one hand so you could hold on to the boat with the other!

    dale

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    dave-bernard

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    #194013

    rear handle was held on by the lower cowl bolts. used to help carry the motor and rest it on the back. just like a KG7

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