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Tom Byrum posted 03-23-2002 12:21 AM ET (US)   Profile for Tom Byrum   Send Email to Tom Byrum  
Anyone have any thoughts on this motor. Im looking at a boat with twins. Dont expect to keep them forever but a couple years would be nice.
Bigshot posted 03-25-2002 10:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Do they run? If so...good, if not, Bad.

C'mon been around long enough to ask a better question than that.

Tom Byrum posted 03-25-2002 09:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Byrum  Send Email to Tom Byrum     
Your right BS. After rereading my post I agree it sounds pretty lame. Need an edit button for times like this when I am writing and thinking at the same time. (Not necessarily about the same things)
whalerron posted 03-26-2002 09:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
BS is right. It's not the age, it's the hours on the motors that counts. How do they run and how is the compression? Pop the hoods and get a general impression of everything. Does it look like it has been cared for? Don't forget to check the lower units. If they are saltwater motors, you do run the risk of alot of unseen electrolysis around the protrusions that are on the top of the lower unit but unseen when the motor is assembled.
Bigshot posted 03-26-2002 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
To give you a little more comfort, I just purchased a 1982 Johnson 25hp that is freshwater only and clean. It starts on the first pull and everything is tight. Yes I trust 20 year old engines as long as they are maintained. That little guy will run another 20 years. If compression is good and lower units are ok, nothing else can go wrong that can't on a 1998. Fortunately parts a cheaper for those old cross flows than newer engines so coils, trim pumps, etc are no biggie, many used parts on E-Bay too.

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