peppered with both shady and trustworthy characters.
maybe a low expectation,
but always a pocket of cash to seal the deal.
The few times I've taken a failed leap of faith,
were the times I wasn't as savvy
to the reality of what I was l buying.
for the loyal readers!
Hey if I can help your last minute cellphone research,
it was worth it.
Straightforward guy with a low price.
The old mercury wasn't running,
and the deal was like getting the motor and trailer for free.
maybe clean the carbs,
as it was an electrical issue,
basically no key.
One of the first things I did
was cut the lock cylinder out of the ignition switch,
and try to turn it over with a screwdriver.
I was already set on a smaller engine with a tiller steer,
and although clean,
the engine seemed too much of a project.
A weak attempt at flipping had no takers.
A couple manuals were found on the cheap.
I was on the fence of parting it out,
but not after a good try at starting it.
People online raved at how the early 4-cylinder engines were so smooth and powerful,
and since it was as old as me,
I couldn't just kill it.
Luckily it was a freshwater lake engine,
not a crusty salted up bay beater.
then it did to get it running.
The problem was simple,
the controls were jammed,
and it was stuck in gear.
That was a Chinese puzzle to put back together.
Couldn't start with the safety on.
A couple taps on the starter and solenoid
loosened up the contacts,
and some ether woke the engine up.
All the shadetree mechanic tricks.
Anyone need any mercury manuals?
First time since 1992.
Definitely more mechanical sounding then the newer fuel injected outboards,
like an old hot rod engine.
Not many people looking for boat stuff at the end of summer.
In fact there are deals popping up for project boats.
Actually I even thought building a skiff would be fun.
Holey chit why couldn't I just like watching football or baseball.