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andygere posted 08-06-2000 12:53 AM ET (US)   Profile for andygere   Send Email to andygere  
After a successful sea trial today, I took delivery of a 1979 Montauk, powered by a 79 Johnson 85, with a 79 Johnson 15 kicker. My wife and I spent the day taking apart teak trim, cleaning, oiling, scrubbing, tinkering and dreaming. Thanks to all who provided advice during my pre-purchase reasearch. BTW, this is my second BW, the first being a '72 13 that is still used by my family on Cape Cod.
bigz posted 08-06-2000 07:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Congratulations --- best of luck with your new Whaler --- sounds like a dandy!

By chance did you have the lower unit tested, when you did the compression test? If not just to play it safe suggest you drain the lower unit and check the oil color --- should be nice and dark --- if it is milky colored you may have a seal/s gone or going --- this isn't a real accurate test --- but at least it let's you know if there is a potential problem --- only sure way is a pressure and vacuum test ---! Just a suggestion given the age of the motor --- power head is one thing but the lower unit can be BIG bucks to have rebuilt if you don't catch a potential problem with the seals before it self-destructs.


andygere posted 08-06-2000 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Thanks for the suggestion, I'll check the oil today. Anything else to look for? Is it a good idea to change out the lower unit oil regardless of how it looks? What about the water pump impeller? I have heard from a few that it's worth it to just replace it right away. I'm putting new plugs in today. Do you think new plug wires are a good idea too? I change them out in my car at about 50K miles, but no idea for a boat. BTW, the boat is pretty sweet: Hull in nice condition, no major previous owner butcher jobs and teak is complete (and now) looks great. I'll get a pic posted when time allows.


bigz posted 08-06-2000 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    

By all means use fresh oil after you drain it.

Probably a good idea at some point to do the pump, like before you put her to bed this winter (get the full kit -- a tad more $$ but well worth it)--- as long as your getting a good flow "pee" hole your probably ok, if you don't have one might get a temp gauge --- ( two most important gauges temp and tach).

Plugs are cheap --- would do it about once a year at the very least -- check them for carbon build up --- might need to use some de-carbonized in the gas if they are really fouled --- (lot of slow speed and idling will cause that -- possible a low grade of oil might also cause it)

Check all your through hulls and the brass drain tubes make sure there are no cracks or corrosion up in the tube -- that they make a good seal in and out, change them if not ---

Sounds like the overall cosmetics are great --- again the very best with her ---


whalernut posted 08-06-2000 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Bigz, I have a 1975 85h.p. Johnson and it doesn`t have a "pee" hole in the upper unit. It just has water comeing out of the two exhaust holes in the middle of the shaft. Is that year supossed to have a pee hole in the upper head? Regards-Jack Graner.
bigz posted 08-07-2000 05:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Jack --- I really don't know --- but my reference probably should have said "pee" hole/s/s! I think Andy got the point though, in context to the topic.

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