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Ohioboy posted 06-23-2002 09:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for Ohioboy   Send Email to Ohioboy  
I am about to become an owner of a 1975 Montauk and am starting to get cold feet. This will be my first time owning a boat (excluding john boats). I am buying the boat from a friend. He has explained to me that the motor(early 1980 85hp Merc) surges when under full power. He took it to boat repair shop and was told it needs some carburetion work, probably needs to have the carburetors rebuilt. I am very handy and rebuilt car carburetors before, is this something I can do myself? He is also having problems with the power trim/tilt. He said this needs rebuilt as well. There are some other minor repairs that are needed. The hull and trailer are in good shape. He is selling it to me for $1500. I need to know if there is any reason I should be getting cold feet.
Boston Marine posted 06-23-2002 09:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for Boston Marine    
At that price, it is a "No Brainer".
Call Me If You Do Not Want It.
John from Madison CT posted 06-23-2002 10:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
Oh yeah, for $1500 you should have Hot feet from running toward this deal.


mbking1 posted 06-23-2002 04:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for mbking1  Send Email to mbking1     
Are you kidding? Even if the engine is a throw away, Grab that hull. You will never regret it. Mark
Clark Roberts posted 06-23-2002 06:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
Buy it!
Ohioboy posted 06-25-2002 08:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ohioboy  Send Email to Ohioboy     
Thanks for the advice. I plan on picking it up this weekend. Any advice on rebuilding the carberators and the power trim/tilt myself?
whalerron posted 06-25-2002 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
If those merc carbs are anything like OMC carbs, there is nothing to them. They don't even have many passages in them. I would get a can of parts cleaner at the local autoparts store and dip all of the parts. You can get a small 1 gallon can from them and it comes with a dip basket. When you are done with it, they will take it back and dispose of it for you. Then, blow out all of the passages with carb cleaner and compressed air. Get new gaskets and put it all back together. You should be ready to go after that.
Bigshot posted 06-25-2002 10:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
MOST make the mistake of putting ATF in the Merc pumps. Use 10-30 and that may retard your leaks on the PTnT.

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