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Matthew posted 05-10-2001 02:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for Matthew   Send Email to Matthew  
I'm trying to find out what an OMC tach looked like from the early 80's. As close a match as possible for an '81 Johnson 70 would be preferrable, but any match from that era would be great.
Tom W Clark posted 05-10-2001 10:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Mathew, you can frequently find old, sometimes NOS, gauges on Ebay. Check them out. Two other good sources: Jacobsen's Marine 206-789-7474 and Seaway Marine 206-937-7373
Matthew posted 05-10-2001 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
I checked with Seaway, but my salesman could not remember exactly what the old gauges looked like-- but had many options for me. I'll call Jacobsens--that's where the boat was originally purchased.
Tom W Clark posted 05-10-2001 12:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
If I remeber correctly, the OMC gauges of the early '80's came in two very similar styles, one with a black bezel and the other with a spun aluminum bezel. Which style are you looking for?
JB posted 05-10-2001 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for JB  Send Email to JB     
Check out Teleflex at
they've got a zillion styles...
bigz posted 05-10-2001 03:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Matt I have the 1980 OMC accessory catelog.

3 styles were available -- the 1st an outer ring in black the inter rings were black background where the hash marks were done in white the very inter ring in grey were the numbers were done in white offered in a 6000rpm and 8000rpm, 2nd choice an outer ring of spun aluminum with the same inter rings offered only in 6000rpm, and third surface mount with the raised mount in spun aluminum offered only in 6000rpm and aside from the above they offered a pod mount on a gimbal in aluminum black case with the same inter rings as above.

I can check at my OMC dealer/marina if you'd like, they have a lot of NOS left from as far back as the early 80's any preference if they do have any of the above or they can locate one --- Tom

whalernut posted 05-10-2001 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I just bought a Stainless Steel Airgude Tach on Ebay from the early 60`s new in box and very well made for $43.50. Was this a good price? Regards-Jack Graner. P.S. It was made for OMC engines, I hope it works on my 75` 85h.p. Johnson?
Matthew posted 05-11-2001 12:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
Good memory Tom--and thanks for keeping the catalog bigz!
I think the 2nd option, the spun aluminum to 6000, sounds great. Thanks for checking into that--Let me know how it goes.
I'm pretty intrigued by the stainless option on ebay-- I'll follow up on that suggestion as well.
Tom W Clark posted 05-11-2001 12:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Matthew, the airguide tach that Jack bought is similar to the OMC chrome bezel gauges that OMC sold up to about 1980. I was a Jacobsen's this afternoon and they have several of these style gauges on a shelf with the parts and accessoies. I assume they are NOS.

The other great place to find NOS stuff like this is down at Quinn's, the boat auction house/junk yard: 206-938-9830 (they're just under the West Seattle bringe on West Marginal Way)

lhg posted 05-11-2001 01:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Changing the subject, but some of you Seattle area guys have probably heard that Boeing is moving it's international offices to Chicago.
They're going to be across the Chicago River, literally, from my office (we're on the River too). A small Marina is supposed to be put in front of the building.

I heard that because so many of these people are avid Pacific Northwest boaters, that Chicago looked very attractive because of it's Great Lakes, big water, location. Dallas and Denver just were not close enough to serious boating/sailing!

So we lost OMC but gained Boeing. Maybe we're ahead! Wonder what Bombardier thinks. Does Boing compete with them?

Matthew posted 05-11-2001 01:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
Sounds like what I'm after.
Jacobsens was on my list today....
but I'll have to make it out there Friday.
I'll let you know what I choose.
Thanks for the leg work,

Tom W Clark posted 05-11-2001 01:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Yes Larry, we did hear something about that Boeing move "thing". I don't think there was ever any question but that they were going to Chicago. Competition with Dallas and Denver was merely a bluff to milk Chicago for as many concessions as possible. Boeing is smart that way. But the whole corporate headquarters move has wounded Seattle's pride and really suprised us. Remember we are known as "The Jet City" (not the "Emerald City" which was a chamber of commerce contrivance from the late 70's of early 80's). Personally, 500 "suits" moving to Chicago doesn't hurt my feelings one bit nor will it hurt our local economy but I wonder how they're going to explain the construction cost of a marina at the annual meeting?

Quick! Here comes bigz...

lhg posted 05-11-2001 01:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Well, as far as boating goes, these Boeing execs are giving up a lot. Lake Michigan has some beautiful spots, but it's no match for the British Columbia coast, so accessible to you guys. The season's here only about 5 months, but then again, some on this site would think their boats will hold up better in value with the fresh water!!
Tom W Clark posted 05-11-2001 10:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Larry, you're right the boating opportunities out here (and you know first hand). Frankly I don't think the big Boeing execs need to worry about fresh or salt, they have little people to deal with that sort of stuff. I also think the boats those guys have use boats like ours as dingies. I still can't help but think Phil Condit just decided he'd rather live in Chicago...

Our local papers had pictures today of their new digs, the 100 North Riverside Building. It's a huge step up from where they are now, much ritzier. Hey, keep an eye on them for me will ya?

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