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thunderbay posted 05-20-2001 04:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for thunderbay   Send Email to thunderbay  

Two quickies, is it normal for a old outboard to smoke? Its a 72 20hp johnson, seems real tight, starts easy, never been in the water yet, but while running in a canin my garage, its pretty smoky! Normal, old two stroke flaw?
Also, took a canal ride on a friends boat today, saw an old whaler sitting up on foam, pretty long, over 20 feet, and had a real swoopy shape to it?? Any ideas? Guy said it hasnt moved in 15 years!
Tom W Clark posted 05-20-2001 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Smoke is perfectly normal in a motor like that, not a flaw at all. It is merely the unburned lubricating oil in the fuel mixture.

The boat you saw is almost certainly the original 21 whaler. It probably looks like this:

Tom W Clark posted 05-20-2001 04:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
or these:
thunderbay posted 05-20-2001 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for thunderbay  Send Email to thunderbay     
Thanks, I kinda figured the smoke was normal, similar to old dirt bikes. Yes, you are right, it is that boat, the original outrage. Thanks, kinda neat I got to see one! Dont really know wheter or not its fixable as we were just passing by in a canal, and probaly wont be sold till the owner dies, its in a retirement area, but there shes sits and waits!
jimh posted 05-20-2001 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Many outboards are heavily oiled when put away for storage. When restarted they will produce a great deal of smoke until the excess oil burns off.

After that, they still smoke from the fuel-oil mixture in normal operation.

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