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Title: Riptide (Stolen Reward offered)
Post by: Chair on March 09, 2005, 08:14:50 AM
Pete Hunn has written "The Old Outboard Book, and it's available by mail order. I hope he doesn't mind the occasional use of his research on Aussie material reprinted to help us identify our Outboards.
 
Riptide outboards were quite popular in the early 60s. It was Sydney's attempt to produce an outboard with a bit of grunt. With huge import tariffs imposed on outboards brought into the country, it seemed like a good idea. Until the tariffs were cut that is. Poor Riptide could not compete with the yankers. The name says it all, R.I.P. tide and as you can see by the pictures below, Rip-off of a Mercury in looks.

Here is (was) my Riptide's huge 7.5hp Circa 1960


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on March 09, 2005, 08:16:02 AM
And another


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Rod on April 02, 2005, 08:32:04 PM
WOW!  these are great machines.  Nothing like what I thought my little fellow was (see Wanted section re: conrod).



Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on May 14, 2005, 04:06:56 PM
Here is a twin opposed Riptide at the Lochsport Outboard Museum. I think it's about 5hp, My dad had one on his mouldcraft. It was great when it went, but us kids gave it a trashing sucking up sand over the bars.


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Rod on May 24, 2005, 06:14:15 PM
Thanks David

I didnt spot this pic previously.  Looks like you found my baby's big brother!


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on May 24, 2005, 07:37:14 PM
Rod I posted another pic after your post about the manual so you wouldn't miss it.

David. Looks like its you and me on the board lately :)


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: andy on July 29, 2005, 02:22:53 PM
Has anyone got any idea what the outboard is in the r.h bottom corner of the photo taken of the opposed twin riptide?


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on July 29, 2005, 05:49:37 PM
I'll take a guess that it's a Waterboy air cooled. Don't know much about them, but it may be a local job. Anyone else know?


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: neil 263 on March 19, 2008, 02:35:37 PM
I HAVE JUST FOUND A RIPTIDE TO TINKER ON AND IT HAS SO FAR LED ME TO THIS SITE IF THERE IS SOMEONE WITH A HORIZONTAL OPP MOTOR THAT COULD HELP WITH FINDING PARTS AND WORKSHOP INFORMATION IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED BY NEW MEMBER NEIL 263


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on March 20, 2008, 03:06:08 PM
G,day Neil welcome.

Is it like the one in the picture? what color is the tank? There are a couple of members here who may put you in the right direction, but be patient, as not all of them check the posts every day.
David


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: neil 263 on March 21, 2008, 10:24:11 PM
DAVID THANKS FOR THE REPLY, THE PAINT ON IT LOOKS TO BE PALE GREEN UNDER ALL THE BLACK. IT WILL BE STRIPPED BACK WHEN I GET TIME AND COMPLETELY PULL IT APART TO SEE WHAT MAKES IT TICK, HOPE TO POST PICS LATER


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on April 04, 2008, 07:02:36 PM
Hello again Neil,
Sorry but I've  been travelling away.
I'd love to hear of your progress. My Dad was very loyal to Riptide. So I cut my outboarding teeth on them. Firstly the twin opposed then the bigger twin.
David


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Collector Inspector on May 15, 2008, 07:49:17 PM
Ah, These are mint!

One of mine is a "Sea Scout" with a magnifico sand cast  Al tank. The tank should be the blue with cream upper and the red on the water pump housing should be cream as well. The blue is correct and original. The carb in the pic is wrong of course but it now has a genuine one.  I converted to electronic ignition and put the Wico stuff into my parts box to protect etc. Sweet old dear. Needs gearbox seal on drive shaft and new needle race, else very much a user.

B


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on May 16, 2008, 12:11:48 PM
Is this Sea Scout really a Riptide?
What year is it and how many HP? Have you any other literature on Riptide?
David


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Collector Inspector on May 16, 2008, 07:49:33 PM
Sea Scout?  Most definitely is!  I have no documentation but I have another original tank in the same blue and cream colours. The decal is very worn but is "Sea Scout"

It is otherwise your basic Fisherman underneath the tank except that the rope sheave is slightly larger diameter. Else, exactly the same.

Sand cast tank in two bits, top and under, welded together. Very neat job.

I have a good scan of a sales  brochure signed, in hand writing, "The Sheltrum Family". Mum and the Kids are on the cover, really nice sentiment that. Else no other documentation directly relating.

Look P Hunn, page 196 which describes this tank on a Fisherman. (I do not think that the "Sportsman Part" ) comment is informed. Hey, Mr H is relying on down under comments so forgive.

I have problems in not being able to shrink my images to less than 100k so impossible to post on this site.


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Collector Inspector on May 20, 2008, 07:02:20 PM
OK, Here is a Riptide Sea Scout tank. Un messed about with and showing original colours

Regards

B


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on May 21, 2008, 11:17:46 AM
"B"
It would be great to compile a list of all the Riptide models and their HP.
A bit of history on Riptide would be great to research.
David


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Collector Inspector on June 15, 2008, 05:04:54 PM
I will see what I can do



Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Collector Inspector on July 26, 2008, 02:52:34 PM
Yes I can!

Following are copies of Sales Brochure. Just love the touch up to monochrome photography to provide that "Living Colour"

Every person in this is from the Family.

Regards

B


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Collector Inspector on July 26, 2008, 02:53:48 PM
The rest


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on July 26, 2008, 04:58:43 PM
Fantastic B

I'd Kill for a true copy of this brochure.
Any chance of that?
Regards DD


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Collector Inspector on July 26, 2008, 08:13:05 PM
This is the reason why I am a "Collector Inspector"

I get down and dirty for my old Dears.

Copy of it, lets see.

More info and DEFINITELY Pics of yours please?

Especially under the cowl!

B

I Suck Yes!


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on July 28, 2008, 05:32:23 PM
Yep I'm most happy to give you all you want. But my Riptide is at the back of one of those rented storage sheds and it's impossible for meto get at it until I empty it out which I do this winter. by copy I mean maybe could you email me a high resolution copy of it so I can read and look at it in more detail.
D


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Capt,n Sandbar on May 31, 2009, 10:18:03 PM
Hi Niel 263 , I too have found a Riptide to tinker with and found this site in search of Info and Parts, I especially need to know what kind of carby was originally on it , and then try to find one .Ive tried ringing the Outboard Museum in Vic. with no luck,( Ph. No. doesn't work.)I'll post some picy's soon ,I hope .Have you had any luck yet in your search?


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on June 01, 2009, 08:23:54 AM
Welcome to the board Capt.
Which model is your Riptide? The museum at Lochsport is no longer operating, What are you after and where are you. Collector Inspector is a wealth of info on these.. mine is a 7.5.

Chairman (David)


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Collector Inspector on June 01, 2009, 03:36:19 PM
Another Riptider, A1 Capt.

Post some pics. Don't worry about engine numbers etc. seeing is helping.

Between us motley crew (Arrr) info is available.

Any Old Dear is a good old dear. Especially when winter starts today.

Winter!  Not in Perth for a while by the looks.

Send the pics in and

Regards

C.I.


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on June 27, 2009, 09:02:41 AM
Sent to our Webmaster
Thanks for the warm welcome David & C.I., sorry about the delay , my life gets in the way of my hobbies, Here's some Picy's from lot's of angles to help you to I.D. the beast.
I haven't washed it down yet but I had a quick lok fro Model & or Engine No's with no luck, can you tell me where to look please.
I'm located near Kilcoy in South East Qld. a nice small  country town , we escaped the big smoke about 5 yrs ago.
Where are you at David , & C.I. , Ive got rello's in Perth, which could come in handy down the track.
My Riptide has a carby on it that doesn't look original although it might be & the prop has a nasty chunk missing from one fo the blades , It's about 16 mm in size in a triangular shape.
Do you think I could get away with getting it alloy welded and reshaping it myself , (I worked with metal for yrs)
The paint job on the tank looks original yellow as I can't see any signs of an undercoat.
 That's it for now , Thanks Again , Capt'n Sandbar.


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on June 27, 2009, 09:39:23 AM
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Post by: Chair on June 27, 2009, 09:43:03 AM
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Post by: Chair on June 27, 2009, 09:44:16 AM
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Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Chair on June 27, 2009, 09:48:51 AM
This is the same model motor I cut my boating teeth on in the early 60s. Dad had it on a very early Savage and then a Mouldcraft. The colour is original and the whole rig would be worth doing up. I'm sure the Collector will give you all the info to get it original. I think it was rated at about 5hp but more infor from the above will confirm this.
Chairman


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Collector Inspector on June 27, 2009, 12:28:01 PM
Hi Captain

Yep, you have a mid production Fisherman Model GA-1F. 4 Hp.

The engine number is behind the carb on the lower part of the crankcase.  SS-XXXX.

The carb you have is a common retrofit from an early Victa lawnmower. Sort of works but not really efficient.

If your motor is useable after having a check over, I suggest that you do not use this carb.

Yours would have had an Amal Two Jet carb like below.

Very first ones had the Australian copy SKC two jet as below.

I suggest that a Villiers carby from a British Seagull would be ideal as they are found on Ebay quite often. They have adjustments for needle for mid throttle.

They will be jetted already for pint oil per gallon.  (10:1) Do NOT cut back on the oil quantity.

Yes, the colour scheme on your motor is all original too.

Normal experience and care, prop will be fine welding.

Regards

C.I.


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Collector Inspector on June 27, 2009, 12:28:54 PM
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Post by: Collector Inspector on June 27, 2009, 12:29:33 PM
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Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Collector Inspector on June 27, 2009, 01:33:12 PM
I may have made a blue with your expected engine number!!!!!!

Those starting with "SS" should be for the Sea Scout and xxx only got into 3 numbers.

Yours should be something like LF-X-XXX/X

Regards

C.I.


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Capt,n Sandbar on June 27, 2009, 09:17:26 PM
Just a quick note R.E. the Riptide, the very old blokes that I bought it from assure me , very strongly , that it is a goer. Thanks for the Info. Capt'n Sandbar


Title: Re: Riptide
Post by: Collector Inspector on June 27, 2009, 09:31:12 PM
That is great!

Enjoy your Old Dear Captain.

Send us some pics of it running when you can.

Regards

C.I.