The Relentless Pursuit of Antique Outboards......

outboardguy44

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Forgive me if I've posted this stuff elsewhere on this site.... but this forum is more or less right up my alley, although I'm more concerned with the motors themselves, and not so much the vessel(s) they push around

Rather than clog up your page with a bunch of pictures, I'll just drop these links here and you can scan them at your discretion

This one shows most of my collection as well as the machinery and so forth in my underground dungeon, although I must confess to no longer owning the Atlas shaper anymore

http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/4104213

This link is for a photo album that gives some insight into the revival of a rare four-stroke outboard motor that was built in St Clair Shores, Michigan for the 1940 model year. The Detroiter featured in the album is the second one I've owned, and one of only 6 known to still exist. This one needed much more help to get going than my first one did.

http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24708038

Finally, one of the other projects I've managed to complete along the way, this one is a 1914 "Hiawatha" rowboat motor sold in 1914 by Montgomery-Ward. This motor is the only known example of the 1914 Hiawatha, and suffice it to say that it was a real thrill and an honour to be the person responsible for making it complete and operational again.

http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/19921877

This album details the construction of a new gas tank for the Hiawatha

http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/19995792
OK, I've used enough of your time, thanks for looking, and good luck with your old iron, eh™

Best,
T2
 
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tweinke

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Was just thinking of fishing with my Grandpa, he had an old Montgomery Wards Sea Horse I think it was. Wonder what ever became of that motor. It sure had memories for me, if you got it started you were good for all day if not better be ready to row. Nice collection it was fun checking out your pictures! :encourage:
 

ch2co

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Beautiful collection. Do you know the age of that Hiawatha? I'd love to hear that thing run. My only experience with outboards is with outboard
oars.
 

Billh50

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I was into boat motors some years ago. Still have one left. A 1940's Lauson Sport King. It is missing the coil though. Otherwise it is all there. Have thought about putting it on ebay every once in a while but never did.
 

davidh

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my dad bought a Lauson 3-1/2 hp 4 stroke in 1949. it would run nearly all day on 1 tank of gas, when trolling. i got it running about 30 years ago and its still laying on a shelf in my garage. a neat old piece of history. . . it didn't have reverse nor the ability to turn all around in its gimbals but so much better than a pair of ore's.
 

cjtoombs

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Wow, that's quite a disorder you have. You should fit in well here :). Like some of the others here, I have memories of fishing with my grandpa, I still have the 12' boat, but the Elgin engine that it used is long gone. It might have been a bit newer than your collection, but I expect it was 50's or 60's vintage. Nice collection and nice work as well. Take care.
 
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