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 on: May 25, 2020, 06:42:49 PM 
Started by antman - Last post by MERCMAN
Hi mate,
A 1973 4 cyl 850 powerhead has the same stud pattern as the I6 blocks of the same era. Be careful, gearbox ratio's are different.

I have a feeling the 1971 4 cyl 650 will have a different stud pattern to your original 1967 650 Franken Merc. Maybe not?

FYI, The pistons from an early 650 will fit some of the early 90Ci I6 Mercs
       The pistons from a '70's 4 cyl 800 & 850 will fit all 99Ci I6 Mercs. (high HP I6's, have bigger ports (windows) in the sides of the pistons)


 on: May 25, 2020, 05:08:47 PM 
Started by antman - Last post by antman
mate bought a 85 hp 4 cyl 1973  and dropped it off   
has same ignition system and stuff and read that the 850 powerhead will fit the 650 leg and gearbox
but it doesnt ... its needs alot of work  dont know anything about it but it has been laying around for 4 years ,,, but it did work ...heard that before !!!!
only cost 4 slabs ...so now i have 2 outboards that dont work
then 48 hrs later he found a 1971 650 complete engine , picked it up yesterday
 that makes 3
650.powerhead was seperated from leg , rewired stator ,rewired dizzy .
i need to  compression test it first (and the 850) 
may be good and i can bolt it on my leg       cant be that easy


 on: May 25, 2020, 07:23:59 AM 
Started by True blue - Last post by Chair
Are you going to buying it?

 on: May 24, 2020, 11:22:03 PM 
Started by True blue - Last post by True blue
Found this boat for sale on-line. It was in Walla Walla, which the add said was near Albury. Just wondering if the boat is a Dorsett Catalina from the late 1950ís or early 1960ís. There was only 1 photo in the add and the picture was quite small, so I wasn't sure.

 on: May 19, 2020, 05:52:32 PM 
Started by True blue - Last post by Chair
I had a soft spot for this model. I remember when it first appeared and the speed of those boats on Port Phillip Bay.

 on: May 19, 2020, 05:49:09 PM 
Started by True blue - Last post by MERCMAN
Gosh, I hope the person who buys this lovely old donk realises it should be run on fuel at 24:1
(only slipper bearings on the crank and wrist pins... I'm pretty sure!)


 on: May 19, 2020, 05:44:50 PM 
Started by True blue - Last post by MERCMAN
It's actually a 1960 model.
I own a 10hp Evinrude from that same year. (Little Twin)

This 40hp is the exact same motor which powered a 14' Savage named OZ, that was the first ever runabout I rode in, way back in 1963.  I remember that day so vividly. I was 7 years old.
Thank you for that unforgettable life changing experience and introduction to boats Rob and Barbara (RIP).


 on: May 19, 2020, 12:19:28 AM 
Started by True blue - Last post by True blue
Evinrude Big Twin 40hp outboard motor. Was advertised on Gumtree as a "Barn find survivor from deceased estate

1960's Evinrude Big Twin 40hp outboard motor Model # 35018 Serial # 04362". Dingley Village VIC.

 on: April 28, 2020, 07:35:02 AM 
Started by True blue - Last post by MERCMAN
What an absolute classic. I would love to have that little gem sitting in my shed, at the ready to hit the water at the slightest opportunity .


 on: April 26, 2020, 11:32:13 PM 
Started by True blue - Last post by True blue

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