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RWM posted 09-12-2000 11:52 AM ET (US)   Profile for RWM   Send Email to RWM  
A 1998 90 HP Force outboard is on the market in my area that's had little use. Does anyone know if this is the same as a 90 HP Mercury that year? The specs look the same and I understand that in the latter years of Force manufacture there was little difference. I'm looking to repower my Montauk and would consider it...if it's the same as the Mercury. My 1977 Merc 90 is dying from corrosion. The Dealer is asking $3,000.
bigz posted 09-12-2000 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
The force brand started out under the brand name, of Chrysler Marine, later on it was purchased by Bayliner to be used to package on their brand of boat and the name was changed to Force, then in 1988 Mercury Marine purchased Bayliner and received the Force outboard brand in the deal.
One of the first improvements, to the Force motors was to close the old Hartford Wisconsin plant where the motors were built and move production to the Fond Du Lac plant where Mercury and Mariner are produced. Today most of the parts used to produce a Force outboard are the same parts used to make Mercury and Mariner motors the power head is one of the only thing's that are different, also Force motors are not oil injected.
Force outboard motors are much less expense then the oil injected, Mercury and Mariner outboards produced by Mercury Marine. They carry the same warranty, paint process, and have trim-tilt on the 40 through 120hp. and use the same propellers.

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RWM posted 09-12-2000 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for RWM  Send Email to RWM     
Thanks Tom for the info. I'm going to keep looking around for a used Merc, and if I can't find one go for a new 60 HP 4 stroke (I really was having a snob problem in putting the Force name on the back of a classic whaler anyway). By the way, I'm going to replace my wiring harness too. Any good sources for these?...Bob M.
Clark Roberts posted 09-12-2000 07:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clark Roberts  Send Email to Clark Roberts     
If my old memory serves me correctly, Chrysler bought out "South Bend Motors" which developed the 100hp in-line 4 cyl South Bend "Shark".... that engine along with the 78hp 3cyl "Flying Scott" by Scott Attwater were the big boys of outboards back in the fiftys.... ahhhh the smell of 25:1 gas/oil ratio and the sound of flat head Ford V8's..... giving my age away here... hey, I had a 7 1/2 hp Lawson (or Lauson ??)four stroke/air cooled on a cypress jon boat... how 'bout that??? Keep on Whalin'... Clark... The old man and the sea

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