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lhg posted 09-17-2002 06:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for lhg  
Here is some information I just picked up from a visit with a service manager at my engine dealer, who sells both Yamaha and Mercury.

Most of us know these engines are a joint venture between the two, and the engines are basically identical except for a few components, and the mid & lower sections. I had been under the impression that Yamaha built part of the engine, and Mercury built part, and then each finished them off in their own package.

I thought this was amusing. Evidently, each company has a plant that manufactures the whole, entire powerhead. The ones made at Yamaha are painted green, and the ones made at Mercury are (what else?) painted black. And they each use either one, based on tight availability and popularity, for either brand engine! That is, he has seen Yamaha 80-115's come in with black painted powerheads, meaning they were made by Mercury, and also Mercury's with green painted powerheads. So if you have one of these mis-matched engine paint jobs, you now know who made what! He also said that Mercury's parts availability, and overnight delivery system, for the same interchangeable parts, is MUCH better than Yamaha's.

He also said that Mercury and Yamaha are cooperating so that they can develop better products faster, and keep Honda, Suzuki and Bombardier, all larger and well financed companies, in the sales background.
So far so good, evidently.

tbyrne posted 09-18-2002 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for tbyrne    
Sounds like GM in the 70's and early 80's - some Pontiac's had Buick or Chevy engines, some Buick's had Pontiac engines, etc.
jimh posted 09-18-2002 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
People who have just paid a $1,000 premium to get the "vastly superior" Yamaha engine must feel a bit strange when they remove the cowling and find a black engine block.
Bigshot posted 09-18-2002 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Larry...what do you mean by green? Every Yamaha I see is silver blue.
lhg posted 09-19-2002 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
He told me the Yamaha built powerheads were painted green. I thought this strange too. Maybe he's color blind!
Bigshot posted 09-19-2002 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Now that you mention it.....I believe the powerhead my bud bought from Yamaha was green primer......I think. I know he painted it before assembly and of course the Tempo paint did not match the rest.

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