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whalebone posted 07-02-2003 06:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalebone   Send Email to whalebone  
Anyone know about this engine? It is on a early model, 16"7
It is probrably a early 80's ? reliability? issues ?
andygere posted 07-02-2003 07:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I have one on my Montauk, a '79. Simple, strong motor, and in my experience very reliable. Parts are readily available as well. Mine does not have VRO, so you need to mix your gas. No big deal, and it means that you won't blow a powerhead from a failed oiling system. The only downside of this mill is it really sucks the gas down.
whalernut posted 07-02-2003 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I`ll second that!! I have a 1975 85h.p. Johnson on my Currituck and it is a beast of a motor, still running strong. Very simple, mix the oil, no Tilt/Trim, but keep an eye on the Power packs, they can go at any time on these, mine does and my freinds 1978 of the same does. They are built like a tank for sure and stromg, but sucks gas likes theirs no tommorow :( Jack.
Bigshot posted 07-03-2003 09:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
1980 was the last year for 85's. If salt water....run away. The thermostats can freeze either open or shut due to salt. Either way it is not good for the engine. Other than that they are bulletproof.
whalebone posted 07-03-2003 04:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalebone  Send Email to whalebone     
Thanks, boys it is on the back of a 17 and it has been in fresh water all its life still waiting on response from owner.

By the way I am thinking about upgrading from a 1973 13' SS to a 1960 17 with this set up . The only reason is that I can stand up and put by my self and go outside (ocean) more often. Pros Cons?

whalernut posted 07-04-2003 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
If you can move up to a 16` Hull over the 13` Hull for what you fish for, I say go for it, you won`t beleive the amount of room you will gain and the ride will be much better :) Jack.

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