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Ben posted 09-30-2002 08:57 AM ET (US)   Profile for Ben   Send Email to Ben  
My current 1977 Johnson has been running rough. The compression is good but I think it needs the carbs rebuilt and the tilt is going (gauge and celinoid. I found a 1981 at a local dealer for $2500. He is in the process of totally rebuilding it. Questions: Was there much differance in the 1977 and the 1981 motors? Is $2500 fair - used mainly in fresh but some salt - comes with 1 year powerhead warrenty. I will get $500 in trade for mine - should pay for the install of the 1981. Should I put money in my existing motor or go with a totally re-built. Am I going to get 5+ years on a rebuilt?


JBCornwell posted 09-30-2002 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, Ben.

You didn't say, but I assume that your 77 is a 200 also.

I think $2500, gross, is a fair price for a rebuilt with a warranty.

The swap shouldn't cost $500, though, unless they have to change harness, controls or some other key assembly.

Good luck.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

David Ratusnik posted 09-30-2002 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Ben- We have a couple local shops in Central FL that specialize in builts. The engines are "thoroughly" rebuilt-block, electrical etc. The shops provide a 6 month warrantee. These 200 hp engines sell for $4K. 3 yrs ago a "rebuilt" J225 (89) came on my '86 22'OR with 150 hours on the engine. Or, so the seller claimed. I've put 1,000 hrs on it myself. The rebuilt and hours from it are going to be as good as the mechanic who does the job. Recommend finding a previous customer of your local dealer -chat. Good luck David
Bigshot posted 09-30-2002 12:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Find out what is rebuilt. $2500 is decent $$ but I know the lower unit is untouched, electricals, reeds, carbs, etc. If lower blows you are out $500-1000, etc. What seems to be cheap may be a short-term solution. Everything on that engine is 22 years old and gonna go sooner than later. I would have my carbs and tilt fixed and start saving for something more current. You can find nice low hour 1995's or so for around $4k.

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