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1967 Johnson 33HP
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posted 09-11-2002 09:41 AM ET (US)
I got a 1967 Johnson 33HP with electric start when I purchased a 1968 13' whaler last week.
The seller said it was running last year, but he had not started it this year.
Is is worth it to take the motor to a repair shop, get it running, repaired, etc. for my 13' ? or should I not even mess with it? It would be nice to eventually sandblast it and repaint it, get new decals if it is still sound mechanically.
Or should I not bother because the noise, performance, fuel economy, unknown reliability are not worth compared to newer 2 strokes ?
I don't have any experience with these older outboards so any comments would be appreciated.
posted 09-11-2002 11:45 AM ET (US)
Performance etc will be equiv to about a 25hp if you are lucky. They are remarkably quiet and light....believe it or not. I would mess with it myself or have a mechanically inclined buddy help me out. If she has spark and compression, she'll run. These old engines have points so you will likely have to mess with that. he carb should be cleaned, etc. I would tinker. If you can get it to run....even on ether, then have a shop tune her up.
Hook a tank to it and give her hell. If no go, remove spark plugs and check for spark. If plugs are iffy, replace them(I would do that immediately for $5). If you have spark, then squirt some pre-mix in the plug holes and replace plugs and try again. She should fire. If not try ether. If still no fire....do a compression test. Water pumps etc are easy. Make sure it runs good and then like I said, have a pro tune it up.
posted 09-11-2002 08:05 PM ET (US)
Deciding to restore the engine would depend in part on where you expect to use the boat. If you are going to be on a small lake or other body of water where you are not too concerned with 100-percent reliability, then you could enjoy having a restored vintage engine on the transom.
On the other hand, if you envision yourself using the boat offshore or in any rough water, you will probably be better served with a more reliable modern engine.
If the engine was just in running condition it should not be too hard to get it going again. Start with fresh gas and spark plugs.
posted 09-11-2002 10:01 PM ET (US)
posted 09-12-2002 03:50 PM ET (US)
I have a 1968 Evinrude (25) and had the same decision..to go with the vintage or upgrade.
I took mine to a reputable OMC dealer that I knew in the area and said look it over...give me an honest estimate.
He had it for about a week and for under $150.00 had it running great...it's been running for two seasons now...Jim is right on reliablity though...I use mine mainly on small PA lakes.
posted 09-16-2002 11:10 AM ET (US)
You aint going too far in a 13' anyway:)
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