Before anyone gets their knickers in a twist, the lack of reliablity of this outboard will in no way put any persons life in danger, It's a be used within rowing distance of saftey kind of a deal.
Any way this outboard was advitised as:
Hey, can't be that bad, A quick fiddle with the mixture screw and a new plug and she'll be good as new - Mistake No.1
$1 reserve ,Old Evinrude 2hp 2 stroke outboard, in running condition but takes a few pulls to get going and stalls if the throttel is set to wide open, it may just need a plug and tune up or good for some spare parts, rust and corrosion on some parts, missing one knob for mixture controll.motor is old and not reliable hence $1 res.
$65 and I have this peice if shit, cool.
Pick it up and they guy show me it running, well to be honest thats more than I was expecting. The seller noticed me looking under the cover while it was running and said "Yea I know, no indicator pee" Quick look and could not see where it would be coming out from, another quick look and didn't see the water pickup, must be air cooled. mistake No.2
Take it home set up a length of 4 by 2 (one end clamped to the washing line and the other end in the grass) and drop the end in a 10L bucket and proceed to spend the next hour fucking around with mixture screws, as luck would have it my late father had an Evinrude outboard, He also had the workshop manual, Being of Dutch heritage makes it hard to part with usless stuff, but sometimes even I get lucky. I found one little problem with this. A guy who is not a mecanic with a piece of shit outboard even with the workshop manual will not make honey from shit.
O.K. time to take the carb to bits I'd already tossed out the old fuel and replaced it with fresh stuff (measuring the oil petrol ratio: thats for girls a wimps) and replaced the spark plug with one specked by Mr google (yep, same type as the one that came out) only to find all nice and clean, Bugger starting to think this 29 yo outboard runs like a 29 yo outboard because it's 29 years old (and fucked)
Any way back to pissing around with mixture screws. This moter has a mixture screw for both high speed and low speed, Both are user adjustable, except of course the low speed knob is long gone this doesn't seem to matter as it doesn't matter what I do with that screw, I still runs like a bag of shit.
Get in the car and go down to the boat to do a couple minor maintenance jobs, sitting at the lights and the realization hits me. No cooling fins on the head, Mmmm, how the fuck did I miss that!
O.K. so now that I know it's a water cooled moter and I've been running it in a 10L bucket Two things come to mind (1) Does the fact that running it over 1/2 throttle empties the bucket and deprives it of cooling effect the mixture? And (2) just how fucked is that impeller now?
Time to take the bottom 1/2 to bits. Still not sure why the bottom 1/2 doesn't look like it does in the book but at least the impeller still look good, Just as well I didn't measure the fuel oil mixture, all that extra oil floating around in the bucket seemed to save the impeller, But now I notice the milky oil in the bottom end, O.K. milky may not be the right way to describe it, What do you you call that that look that looks like thawed out ice-cream? Time to sit it upside-down and let it drain and have a beer, Mmm don't have any gear oil around, oh well I'll make some, I have some gear grease and some engine oil, that'll work, Oh wait here's some power steer fluid better add some of that as well.
O.K. by the end of the day I've spent $65 on a an outboard. $18 on a new sparkplug and proper 2 stroke mix, used about 1L of petrol from the lawnmower can and waisted most of a sunday. I know a lot more about 2 stroke engines than I did at start of the day and have an outboard that if I turn the mixture to "lean" run's good at low revs and around to "rich" runs good at high revs (on the user adjustable knob thats still there)
So far I have an outboard that will get me from the boat to the beach (and maybe even back) and have learned more than a $65 dollar course would teach me. If this saga is going to be anything like my $60 dollar lawn-mower (7 years and I still can't kill it(God bless B&S)) then It's going to be a fun one.
Will keep you posted on my attempts to kill it (further) and how it goes