1952 Gale Outboard 35HP (Johnson-Evinrude) maintenance

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Stuman, May 23, 2020 at 1:50 PM.

  1. Stuman
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    Stuman Junior Member

    What maintenance required for this outboard engine? Oil and oil fill site

    Also, on passenger side of engine under cowling is a black ground wire on bolt on side of engine. Where does this wire go?

    Wiring diagram for this motor?
  2. messabout
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    messabout Senior Member

    You will need to change the lube in the lower unit if the engine has been in storage for a while. Use Hypoid oil for that application. If the motor has been in storage for a long time you will probably need to change the water pump impeller. It is a rubber like star shaped thing that deteriorates over time.

    The black wire is probably only a ground wire that is part of the starter circuit. Leave it attached to the motor or the starter will not work. There is a solenoid somewhere on the motor where the battery cable will be attached. The battery cable probably has one red and one black wire along with a smaller switching wire that energizes the solenoid which causes the starter to engage.

    I suspect that you would be better advised to find someone to help you get the engine going. If it has been sitting for a long time the piston rings might be stuck. Check the compression with a suitable gauge. If the compression is low the pistons and cylinders may be worn or the rings might be stuck. In either case the fix involves a complete tear down of the power head. Best get a knowledgeable mechanic person to help you check these items out.

    Those old engines had "iffy" ignition systems with breaker points and condensers that were famous for making problems. You will need to verify that the ignition system is working well or nothing but problems will be your fate. Also the carburetor is likely to have become clogged with varnish like gunk that will render the carburetor useless. That will need careful cleaning and perhaps some repair work. You may need a repair kit to replace the small parts of the carb.

    Best of luck.
  3. Stuman
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    Stuman Junior Member

    Thanks for your advice. Might be cheaper to upgrade to larger outboard motor. Lol

  4. Mr Efficiency
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    Mr Efficiency Senior Member

    There are websites devoted to these old dinosaurs, whilst what messabout said was good general advice, there may be people around on those websites that know their intricacies better than most mortals, I doubt many practising outboard mechanics would ever have worked on one.
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