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Weight of an '83 Merc 40?
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posted 04-19-2001 07:56 PM ET (US)
Anyone know the weight of a Merc 40 from 1983. I've got a line on a dealer rebuild ($700 w/ cables and wire harness)that's pretty nice but i'm concerned with the weight on my 13'...Help
Know any sources?
posted 04-19-2001 08:15 PM ET (US)
Duncan - this must be your lucky day! I just happened to have a 1982 Merc catalog, which shows the weight of that 2 cylinder engine as 152 lbs.
Now, for the bad news. Don't buy it! It's a dog, the worst engine Mercury ever made, in my opinion. And I'm a Merc fan. Poor power, a real put-put. If you want a real Merc of that vintage, get the in-line 4 cylinder 50HP, along with the in-line 6, one of the BEST engines they ever made. It weighs 176 lbs, and the 13 will handle it. A real powerhouse for it's size. I ran one on my 13, and loved it. See picture in reference section, Testimonials. Remember, these are all powerhead rated engines from those days.
posted 04-20-2001 02:55 PM ET (US)
Really? Thanks for the info and the heads up. Very much appreciated.
I called Merc before I saw your post and was told that (per the serial #) that it's a 1986. They said 148# dry (which is a match once you factor in fluids).
I suppose that the motor is still of the same generation....
Put-Put, eh? I am primarily concerened with reliability. Turn key and go. I just use the boat for fishing and hunting and the occasional circumnavigation of Manhattan Island (when I'm feeling really adventuresome). Hell Gate and The Battery are a pisser when the currents create swells the size of the boat! Reliability is comforting when you're in the shipping lanes.
Since I'm not looking to set any speed records, is your opinion still NO GO?
posted 04-20-2001 03:09 PM ET (US)
For your purposes, it may be fine. We all have different expectations of the outboards we put on our Whalers. That engine will probably perform like a current 30HP. I don't think they idle particularly well. Reliability is impossible to comment on, as the rebuilding shop would have to help you out on that.
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