How long have you been playing with merc's

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How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby dave bernard » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:31 pm

how long have you been playing with Merc's ? both working on them and using them.
I started using them about 8 yrs old. working on them at 14 yrs old. al total about 64 yrs.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby Michael » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:47 pm

age 12, its also the year I first saw a Mercury , it was a  DR, I sat on the docs fishing and was staring at it hour after hour on a Glaspar G3  tied to the neighbors dock .

the image is still burned into my minds eye :mrgreen:
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby S.B.Marsden » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:15 pm

Since about 2000 when I picked up a small home built race boat and wanted something to give me a little speed.  then I found another race boat with some race motors and the rest is history.  I always use to pass on the Merc's.  Growing up and spending my summers living at my Grandparents lake house, dad had a 15 hp Gale and then a 18 hp Evinrude. It was rare that we ever had a problem, but the next door neighbor had a Merc and I think that motor spent more time on the front lawn being worked on than it did on the boat.  I also had a little 8' pram with a mid 60's Johnson 3 hp that I ran all over the place.  The only problem with that one was if Dad had left me enough gas or what container it was in.  If it was a full 5 gallon can, that was too heavy for me to pick up and pour into the tank and there was no way Grandma could do it.  Still have that motor
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby Fingerlakeskid » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:56 pm

Got my first Merc when I was 10 or so. It was a well used red and tan Mark 10 that my dad got from a friend. That would have been around 1967. I was allowed to run it on the family's 14 aluminum row boat and put a lot of gas through it every summer for 2 or 3 years until the water pump gave up and it overheated.  I had many Mercs after that often buying two or three to make one good one, taught myself a lot about being a mechanic, a trade I've keep all my life. I turned 61 in September of last year and that makes over 51 years as a loyal Mercury outboard fan.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby outboard-rob » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:42 pm

I was born 5/67 and my earliest memory of a boat was when I was about 5 or 6 years old checking trot lines with my pop and grand pop. At that time grandpa had a 1963 Evinrude Sportwin and used to let me take the tiller when we vacationed at the Lake of the Ozarks. Mom and dad trusted me enough at age 11 to let me go solo as long as my friend Ben was with me, his parents owned the resort we used to stay at.

              Bens dad had a 1969 Mercury 9.8 that was always faster than the Sportwin I was driving, I remember we always used to find some calm water and race each other. I was at that time in my life I was bitten buy the outboard motor bug and the “need for speed”. I’ve had approximately 14-15 boats since then, Jon boats, semi v’s, pontoons,I/O’s and Tunnel boats all proudly powered by Mercury or MerCruiser. The pinnacle of my Merc owner ship was in 2006 when I owned a 2004 Mercury hi-perf 260 hp fuel injected V6. In July of 2007 I went 102.7 mph on gps in my tunnel with my 260 Mercury which is the fastest I have been on water. A close friend of mine had a Cole TR6 with a Donovan and a Lenco that would leave my Mercury sit but that’s another story, Aaaahhhhhh the memories that still come back to me......life is good!      Rob
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby dave bernard » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:50 pm

my favorites and first boat.
All were restored back then.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby Bob » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:55 pm

1955 and then on.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby gfgarland » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:09 pm

Since the summer of 1971 when Dad bought me my first one, a 7.5. And I still own it today, I am proud to say.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby blin10 » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:24 pm

When I was in high school in 1952  I helped my father build a 14 foot Christ Craft kit boat with a KG7  I could outrun everyone at the time, it would pull skies also with 8"  3 blade aluminum prop.  About 1959  the KG7 was stolen. My next Mercury was around 1957 a Mark 50 on 14 foot Astiro Craft no one told me they would be a Classic boat one day. About 10 years  ago I started collection Mercury and I have about 15 motors 1940 - 1958.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby pugsmanias » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:32 pm

1973. When I was in High School I bought my first Mercury, a Mark 25, bought in Seattle. Ran it in salt water and fresh water. Bought one of those Quincy dump stacks for it from Craig Selvage of Craig Craft Hydro's. Had it apart many times, changed the impeller, ignition components, all that from NAPA. Without the correct tools of course! Seaway Marine was different then and location, had a yard full, I mean full of outboards! Found an eight foot three point hydro, got the Keller equipment for it, old man Keller lived in what was then North Seattle, now Shoreline. My parents has an Owens at Davidson's Uplake Marina so I spent a lot of time there in my hydro, had to watch out for the Kenmore Air Harbor planes. The entrance to the Samamish Slough was across from the Marine and at that time you could make all the way to Lake Samamish from Lake Washington. Those were the times! Davidson's always had several old wooden boats in all kinds of disrepair to crawl around on. Anyway, picked it up again in the early '80's with a MK35A that had been submerged in the Sound, it was at a yard sale chained to a power pole. An since then I've had as many as 50, now 13 collecting dust.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby chuckw » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:38 pm

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Got my first Merc, a KG7, when I was in high school around 1964. Ran it on a Minimost on Honeoye Lake, NY.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby creekrunner » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:50 pm

Same deal as Chuck....... I was 13 in 1962....K super ten......Minimost....prior to that I ran Johnsons on a 12' Brockway skiff .....all this on Long Island Sound
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby necks » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:22 am

I bought my first boat when I was 13, I had a paper route that payed for half of the boat, and I talked my dad into paying for the other half. It was a 12ft Naden with a Mark 30 and trailer. He had a cabin on the lake in Wis, we had lots of fun with that boat, had my dad wondering how come he never bought one earlier.
I had many boats since, many different outboards and enjoyed all of them.
Went to TVI school for small engine repair in 1979, plus 2 weeks at Mercury service school in 1980, worked on all fishing size up to 20hp, something I could handle easily. Worked self-employed for about 10 years, then decided to go back to TVI to take up Tool&Dye machinist, to get some benefits.
Slowly getting back into the outboard hobby, but forgot most of what I learned back 40 yrs ago, Still have a few boats and motors I am repairing now and having fun with.
Good hobby and still enjoy it.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby Alex from GA » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:35 am

About 1975 when I was in my mid 30s I bought a 12' boat with a MK30.  A year or so later I traded it for a gun and a few years later I bought a 16' boat with a 1968 1000 which I ran almost exclusively in salt water.  The water jacket broke and took out the bottom cylinder so I rebuilt it with help from a library book.  I now have a 1996 25M that Tom Brockmeyer put an electric starter on, a 1973 200, a 1988 Classic 50 and a blown up 1974 850.  I'm an addicted fisherman and use the engines several times a week.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby bobvdinghyracer » Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:47 am

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since my first boat .....57 years ... pic of my very first "go fast " lol icon_thumbup.gif  ,...... well i thought it was fast  :lol: , first motor chris craft 5hp challenger [wrench.gif]  then 5 hp johnson  [front.gif] then a firestone ten.... lasted 1 day . [violin.gif] ... tried a kg 7 with a race prop .... flipped it boat [helpsos.gif]  was not made for that speed  .... scared the hell outta me ... icon_wtf.gif . then later a 3 pointer , built by a local teen in shop class, it all started the year we bought a camp ... circa 1960 , small lake 3miles long .... they had races on labor day ... i was very impressed with 1 boat ... a sidcraft utility with a kg7h .... wow , icon_thumbup.gif  icon_thumbup.gif  that started it rite then and there  , i read every book i could find on 2 stroke engines ... esp cart engines .... learned a lot back then .... later on applied it , has always been a hobby to me , from age 10  to today
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby cdn1972 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:12 am

I helped a fellow employee retrieve his 14ft boat and Merc 35 hp from the dock that was submerged. This was about 1985 and it was a Mercury 35 hp (1967) He sold me the boat and motor with trailer and I brought it back from davies locker. Great engine, played skiers (light)  fishing tons, many happy hours then the first boat was done, flipped it to another and had a bit of fun then sold it which i regret. The sound of that outboard winding up gave me goosebumps........it was the sweetest sound. Yes you will say o so what do you have to compare it to........classic  1957 18 hp evinrude, 9.9 evinrude....Loved that outborad so sad i sold it!
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby Yellowjacket » Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:57 am

Summer of 1964 I was 13 years old and a friend and I went together and bought a boat and motor..  We lived near a lake and my parents had a 21 foot boat for fishing and cruising..  Ralph and I bought what looked like a minature air boat.  Eight feet long and made from 2 pieces of 4x8 1/4 ply and It had about 2 feet of deck on the nose, it looked sharp and had a KH-7 on it.  Motor ran but had a bad coil..  Boat, motor and a wood trailer with soap box derby wheels on cost us $30 total, $15 each, but we had to pony up $20 for a new coil...  Wildly unstable at max speed a couple of people managed to flip it, but I never did...  Later had a Yellowjacket "A" utility built from Popular Science plans with a Merc 200 on it.  Never had the money but would scrounge and mow lawns and scrounge parts to keep the Merc's running.  Never could afford a quickie, but would go to the APBA races on our lake (Lake Osborne in Lake Worth Fla) and drool over the big "D" boats running the 4 cyl motors...  

Fast forward to 2011 and I bought a basket case "D" boat, built a motor (been a mechanical engineer, car racer, airplane racer, and turbine designer so I'm a motorhead and motor builder anyway) and that's coming full circle...  Pulling apart a Merc again, remembering the first time I put needle bearings in grease to install a crank was like going back into a time machine that was set for 55 years ago.. It all came back in a rush....
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby SteveC » Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:03 pm

My dad had a 1955 Mk-25 on a Blue Star 15' aluminum boat that we used in Canada.  I don't know why we never fished near home, but he didn't.   We started going to Canada as a family in about 1967 or 68, and that is about the start of my experience with boats and Mercury.  I can still hear the sounds of the motor, so many sounds that it made.  The clicking of the trigger primer.  (early 1955's had modified pressure tanks with a trigger primer vs. a bulb.)  The clunk of the recoil when it engaged.  The sound of the motor as it was slowed down and we entered a bay.  Great memories!  We had that Mk-25 until 1975 when he traded it in for a 1975 200.  I used to look at the Mercury motors on the rental boats at the camp we would launch at in Ontario.  I loved the look of the black beauties, and they represented to me the ultimate in outboards.  I have been hooked on them ever since.  I started rebuilding them when the aforementioned 200 broke a reed cage, and my brothers 1969 200 threw a rod.  I purchased a "parts" motor from a dealer in Canada and well......59 Mercury's later.......................here I am.  

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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby daveswaves » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:26 pm

Since 1965, johnny rudes before that cause thats what dad had.  Bought a 54 mercury mark 20 with no spark.  The scintilla ignition was sosked in oil.  The upper crank seal was in upside down. [canada.gif]
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby ctpdsr » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:48 pm

First boat was a restored 12’ Larson cedar strip. I was 11 and used a green Johnson 5hp to putt putt around the lake for 2 seasons. Dad bought my first Merc, a 1967 model 200 pacemaker with remote controls for my 13th Birthday present in 1974.  Now that was a ride!

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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby mercules » Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:30 pm

First I had a 1.5 Eaton (brand) on a plastic boat, then I bought my KG7 Hurricane from a neighbor in 1973 and put it on a Sea Flea
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then I bought a 14' cedar strip that leaked but we skiied behind it!
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Let's fix it now - before we launch the boat.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby Genel » Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:49 pm

2007 was my first KE4.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby Deep C » Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:55 am

I came to the party late I was more of a fishing guy, run my 15 hp honda on the Mississippi Between Elk River and Monticello MN. I acquired a 1954 deep C 3 years ago and got bit by the vintage mercury bug, I have added another Alumacraft flying D and a 55.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby Ram Jet » Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:43 am

dave bernard wrote:how long have you been playing with Merc's ? both working on them and using them.
I started using them about 8 yrs old. working on them at 14 yrs old. al total about 64 yrs.


Bout the same thing here but I'm 70 - however I did just buy a KH7.  The first Merc I rebuilt was a Mark 20 when I was about 13.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby Wally » Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:25 pm

I'm basically a one boat man, vintage boat at least.  Dad bought a 13-foot Sande Ace plywood runabout with a new Mark 35A in 1959 when I was 15 years old.  We used it on Sundays at our cabin on lower Hood Canal.  It was the 2nd fastest around next to a nice inboard.  Then the G3's with the 6-cylinder Mercs took over the top speed position.

I dated Mrs. Wally in it before I had my driver's license. We still have the boat and zip around each summer to waving people on the shoreline.  It's gotta have a Cloud White 4-cylinder on it.  The current motor....a conglomerate "Marc 233" (on average)....is the 3rd motor we've used.

The dual cockpit boat came with steering in the rear and a Plexiglas windshield.  It looked a bit funny and the windshield cracked so we took it of after one summer.  If it has the windshield, it's 1959.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby zul8tr » Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:43 pm

In 1955 I built this Scat Cat from Science and Mechanics  plans and modified the top deck and cowl, powered it with my 1st Merc a Mark 20 Service engine. Had mailings from Hal Kelly about and sent catalog and some of his decals. Then went on to build another hydro 'Wetback' with 20H, a rat Merc 200 on a 1:1 Quicki and 25ss. Still playing with the 25ss Merc today on the Wetback and a Karelsen. Though one time early on I put a 35 hp Evinrude on the Wetback, way too heavy but kids try stuff  icon_crazy.gif
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby ctpdsr » Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:47 pm

How will you know until you try? I tried a MK55 powerhead with MK40 service tower on my Larson 12'. Way too heavy. It ran, but the boat was much happier with the Merc 200 or the MK25 I built later on.


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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby Wyo307 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:24 pm

I am also new to the old merc world and old motors in general. I picked up my first old merc though in 2017 and it was a nice condition KE4 which I am still needing to put back together. The next was this mark 55E that I pulled out of an old barn with all the original controls etc but I actually traded it off because it was too big for any of my boats. And now I am well down the rat hole in my rat motor with multiple power heads etc. All fun though!
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby BillW » Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:31 am

That's a very interesting looking propeller on the Mk55.   Looks like it is adjustable.

I recall that 15 or 20 years ago there were props that automatically changed pitch,  as the speed increased.
They were for IO's;  don't recall if they were also used on big outboards...?

But this is certainly nothing like that...
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby Wyo307 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:20 pm

BillW wrote:That's a very interesting looking propeller on the Mk55.   Looks like it is adjustable.

I recall that 15 or 20 years ago there were props that automatically changed pitch,  as the speed increased.
They were for IO's;  don't recall if they were also used on big outboards...?

But this is certainly nothing like that...


Yes it was a variable pitch prop but did not automatically change you had to manually do it but was simple enough to do. Here is some better photos of it.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby buff5 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:17 pm

LONG Story shortened, in 1947 I discovered the KE7, 1950  then came the KG7,  at about age 15 I begged my father into buying a BRAND NEW one as the then recently acquired new, (to my Chagrin),14 H.P. Evinrude Fast twin just could not take my punishment any longer,!!!  he did & he passed MANY years ago as a Mercury lover & here it is 2019 & I still have a room full of them. I grew up RIGHT on the banks of the Mississippi river & we were commercial fisherman, along with my father's employment, so MANY hours each day all summer long I worked that KG7 & it NEVER quit, on the heavily loaded 18 foot long fishing boat or the little racer I also ran it on. What else can I say. The Mercury collection now holds 6 Factory Matching #'s Factory KG7H's, 2 MK20H Gold & Green's, one KG4H, one stock KG4, 5 Stock KG7's, 4 Stock KE7's, one a square plate, a KF7 & a KH7, all totally restored, oh I also forgot a beauty of a MK7, of course I had many more "Green Tankers", over the years that have come & gone, much Fun & enjoyment!, I wish I could repeat all that has went on since about 1948!!!, about 70 years.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby dave bernard » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:57 pm

This has become an interesting and informative post.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby DaytonaJohn » Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:55 am

1969. We moved to Florida about a year before on a lake. I was using my grandfather's '57 7.5 Evinrude which died so I bought a new 1969 Merc 75 for $333.

It was not my first time around a Mercury. Here is my grandfather's 1955 Mark 25 and Glasspar Lido. The 1955 picture with the sculling oar is before my grandfather added the Ride Glide steering as seen in the 1957 picture.  His lake house has been passed down to my sister and is now in it's 80th year - Santa Fe Lake, Melrose, FL

That boathouse in the background was torn down just last week because of such extreme high water damage following Hurricane IRMA. It was 70 years old !
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby JW in Dixie » Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:18 am

In 1951 or 52, I had built an 8' runabout and using a LT10, 5hp Johnson on it. Stopped for gas on the way to the river and the appliance dealer came over and told me that he had just the motor I needed. A customer had bought a KG7 and returned it for a KE7 as it was "too frisky" for him. Motor only used once when I strapped it onto the runabout. Still have that motor and it still runs.

At races, the OMC losers would taunt the Merc winners that "Mercs are fast but they won't last!"  I beg to differ.  :arrow:   Cheers, JW
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby MercurySpecialist » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:26 pm

Happy New Year All,
I do not know when to state that I first knew of Mercury outboards, but my parents were a Mercury dealer when I was born.  Ted Ferguson founded our business in 1951, and my father met and started working (we think) with Ted in 1952.  With Ted's passing in 1957, my parents purchased his share.  Our business is no longer a dealership, but continues in business to this day.  Atlanta, Georgia has had a Mercury distributor  (first an independently owned) or Mercury factory warehouse since probably the end of World War II.  I wonder if anyone else is still alive but for my mother and I which have frequented all four Atlanta area locations.  Earl Ferguson, Ted's son, actually was working with Mercury when the then new second warehouse was being constructed, and tells of avoiding Carl Kiekhaefer from running over him on a bulldozer when the land was being graded, only a few miles from where I write this (the building still stands, with a lighting distributor in residence today, and can be viewed easily, but for trees, from I-85).  I look back and feel that I had an amazing early life, with my Wonderful Father (The Mercury Specialist)!
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby BillW » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:52 pm

JW,
Your comment about folks saying  "Merc's are fast , but won't last"  brought back a memory.

I grew up at Priest Lake Idaho, and most of our neighbors, including us, had OMC outboards.  Then, in the summer of '62 one family got a Merc 1000.
And all the local experts would say  "It's fast, but has no pulling power".  Their words.

I was surprised so many dummy's didn't know   "pulling power" is determined, to a large extent, by the prop installed.
But, at age 14, I didn't say that to my elders.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby dougw » Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:14 am

Since my Grandad bought at cabin on Lake Shafer in about 1969 I was 4, the motor was a 1968 6hp that I now have. Very low hours and looks like it too, my uncle did not use it much after Grandad died in 73  I inherited it 10 yrs ago
had been setting since @ 79 or 80 but oiled and pulled over occasionally, I replace the impeller for the first time, replaced fuel lines, cleaned carb. Best running little motor around.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby Wally » Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:54 am

Found another picture at the Cabin on Hood  Canal in about 1963.  That's my brother-in-law's Pacific Mariner Stiletto with Merc 650 in addition to our Sande Ace.  Skiing behind the Stiletto was a blast.  Two slalom skis on the raft.  

These are golden years for the kids (and adults) and we're still having them today.

The color photos are scans of Dad's old Kodachrome slides.  They have held up perfectly.
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Re: How long have you been playing with merc's

Postby twobangermercs » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:23 am

It was 67 or 68(MD Chesapeake Bay area).  My mother bought a red-wht Mk 10 from a Johnson dealer.  I did some work on it(good runner)...got stolen in 69.

bought a 1960 150 in '69 for $75...needed an impeller.
1983 I bought a new 18...sold.
I have a '73 110,'76 7.5,'67 200 and a '82 40 horse.

gone: 1972 Evinrude 100hp,140hp MerCruiser. Other stuff:1967 3 hp Johnson folder,1972 25hp Johnson,1984 Sea King 15hp

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