Adventures in Times of Global Shortages!

Discussion in 'Outboards' started by DogCavalry, Oct 31, 2021.

  1. DogCavalry
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    DogCavalry Soy Soylent Green: I can't believe it's not people

    Anne, an old friend and I drove 5 hours yesterday to Port Alberni, and 6 hours back (check it out on Google maps- it's at the end of a long fjord) to buy a '94 Johnson Sea Runner 150. Ironically it's not a runner. According to the seller it idles all day, but at WOT it dies after 15 minutes, and won't restart for a few hours.

    2 years ago I wouldn't have considered this engine. Now it's worth the try.

    Laying on it's side on a rotten pallet in the guy's yard. All we could do to try it was turn it over by hand at the prop, to see that it at least wasn't seized. No difference in compression that I could feel between any of the pistons. But we'll get it into the shop today, and start the process of elimination.

    At least it was a gorgeous fall day in incredible scenery, with some of my favorite people. And I do like pulling wrenches.
     
  2. bajansailor
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    I do hope that the seller let you have it for beer money at the most?
    Please be careful - rebuilding stuff can often work out more expensive than buying something that works.
     
  3. DogCavalry
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    800 bucks with all the cables, controls, fuel lines, and auto oiler system. Like I said: 2 years ago, not a chance. Now its a 4 month wait for a 150, and it will cost 18000, plus 3000 for the extra bits he threw in. If I get a year out of it, the supply chains might be normal again.
     
  4. comfisherman
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    My recommendation is to do diagnostics quick and get parts ordered and on the way. Parts availability isn't a lot better than new item shortages. Especially for electrical, and I'd take a stab in the dark it's coil or exciter related with those symptoms.

    Our weird one this year was v belts. Wife ended up spending her day off to locate spares when we used our more than normal second set.
     
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  5. Mr Efficiency
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    Are you hoping to use this as a single engine ?
     
  6. DogCavalry
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    Yes. 150 is low power for Serenity, but not unworkable.
     
  7. Mr Efficiency
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    That is the 60 degree v-6 engine ?
     
  8. DogCavalry
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    It's a V6. Don't know more yet. Those jerks at OMC aren't maintaing their website.
     
  9. Mr Efficiency
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    I think it is the narrower profile engine. (60 degree)
     
  10. Tedd McHenry
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    Excuse my ignorance, but does the fuel system have a vapour cannister, like on a car? I ask because that symptom is exactly what you get with a car when the vapour cannister is clogged. You draw a vacuum in the tank because the cannister's not letting in enough air, and the engine quits until the cannister lets in enough air to raise tank pressure back up to where the pump can overcome the pressure difference.
     
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  11. DogCavalry
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    Good question. I don't know if this engine has one or not.
     
  12. hoytedow
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    Yes it sounds like a fuel delivery problem to me too.
     
  13. comfisherman
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    It'd also not uncommon to be an electrical issue with the coil packs. Voltage ups with the rpm causing shorts and cut out. Takes a few hrs to cool down the insulators and up it goes again. Had it happen on a 90s 90 hp omc evinrude as well as a early 2000s Yamaha 225.
     
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  15. DogCavalry
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    Fanastic lead @gonzo. I'm going to go over this tonight over coffee.
     
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