repaired and sold hundreds of
all different shapes, sizes, and age. Each one is a new learning
experience. The books only teach about 5% of the education to be
a mechanic. You don't learn how to drive a car at Driver's
Ed. You learn by getting behind the wheel, and combining
experience with factual book knowledge.
Folks ask me all the time, "Where did you learn to do this?" The
answer is there is no longer any schools to learn how to work on old
motors. All the schools are closed, and most mechanics from the
60's-90's have retired or passed. I have been fortunate to work
with retired OMC service techs (not dealers, the actual people who
worked with the engineers) and have done extensive reading and
practice. But at the end of day fixing 100's of motors has been
the best learning tool. Fixing 1 or 2 motors, or owning motors
DOES NOT make you mechanic.
I don't work
on motors that are much newer than 10 years of age, simply because
marinas still service most of these motors.
Outboards older than 10 years generally are not accepted for
servicework because there is less profit involved for marinas as
compared to newer models. My repairs go from simple calibrations
all the way to
complete mechanical overhauls.
My personal vessels are powered by my inventory including a 1967 20hp
and 1978 35hp. They work just fine. They didn't when I
first acquired them, but with the proper service work, they are
reliable daily drivers and ones I enjoy using. There's no reason
why you can't enjoy the same experience out of a used motor, so long as
you're willing to care for it and learn a little bit about them as an
operator. You don't have to be a mechanic, you just have to be
willing to understand the basics, no different than caring for a lawn
mower, weed wacker, or chain saw.
If you have an old motor that needs fixing, I'll do what I can to help
I am also an active member of the Antique Outboard Motor Club (AOMCI).
Enjoying a beautiful day on lake champlain in my 14' aluminum cruising at 30mph!
Repairing a 1968 Evinrude Angler.
motors have the following repairs performed:
Compression Test, functional test (proper shifting, swivel, acceptable
tilt/trim, various knobs, etc), mechanical component replacement
(cranks, bearings, levers, gears, seals, etc)
- Fuel System: Pump, lines, carburetor
cleaned/rehabbed as needed
- Ignition System: spark gap strength
evaluated, components replaced as necessary (CDI &
- Cooling System: Impeller
& thermostat serviced as needed, electronic thermometer evaluation
for proper function (supercedes original OEM evaluations)
- Gearcase: LOAD and BOAT tested as needed,
seals tested, oil changed - proper testing is carried out on an actual
Fuel & Ignition systems syncronized for best economy and idling;
motors run under typical conditions to evaluate real-world performance
- Cosmetics: Most motors are repainted with
Moeller marine paint that resists oil & gasoline exposure and make
aren't made available until I feel comfortable using them personally.
- Demonstrated working properly at all throttle
- Sales agreement (must be completed before final
- Operators Manual (free download)
- Questions answered
- 30-day free tune ups if needed* (exclusions apply, click here for
- Does NOT flip motors.
- Works predominently on OMC
outboards (Johnson, Evinrude, Gale, Sea-King, Etc).
- Provides light weight, reliable,
refurbished 2-stroke motors to customers.
- Expects you to read the operator manual
for the motor you purchase, and use appropriate care and usage with the
Buy From Runner Outboards?
get to buy a motor that you know what has been done to it and it's
motors weigh 30-50% less than 4-stroke motors
motors have more power per cycle, and have many less moving parts
cost of a used outboard is about 75% less than a new outboard
are readily available for a used outboard, and cost less to replace
motors run, and run, and run with appropriate normal care and
- If you're more
interested in reliability than cosmetics, then a used outboard is the
way to go
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