to scrounge for boat chit.
The so-cal conditions aren't too bad,
it seems the dark at 5pm
messes with people.
People give stuff away!
I found this oddball 1980's Force 90hp...
On funny enough the same boat as ours.
All it needed was a quick white cowl paint,
to ditch the goofy pink and blue graphics.
The engine is a bulletproof chrysler design.
Marketed to first time boaters,
the abuse comes from not cleaning the salt,
forgetting to mix 2-stroke oil,
not emptying the carb gas when stored,
not checking lower unit oil,
and most likely over-revving.
Equal 130 psi compression,
looked brand new under the cowl.
The perfect Baja motor,
it's going to Cabo to live in La Paz,
not with us though...
a 1974 Johnson 85hp v-4,
at about half the asking price!
Hey I'll make it easy for them!
just not put together.
This had baked in Palm Springs for years,
thankfully it was mechanically clean.
A rattlecan touch-up freshened the outside.
this thing didn't want to stop.
My quick cowl spray paint was marginal,
and unused Johnson decals
were a needed distraction.
and would have been
the period perfect backup outboard,
since our whaler is 1970.
Johnson/evinrude kept this solid design
from 1974-1996 I think,
and these engines can run forever.
This one left too,
finding the perfect home on an old glastron.
as there was a trade option.
The owner had a 70's Johnson 70hp
with a dead lower unit.
How could I resist!
this turned out to be even better,
a clean 1977 Johnson 75hp Stinger!
This was the hot chit back then!
Tons of race records broken,
all before power tilt/trim was standard.
who used the inline 3-cylinder model as a base,
for the 90hp that we have now.
basically a reverse engineered copy.
It made giving up the 85hp easier!
The original is way trashed.
always something fun!