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1  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Restoration Projects: Underway, Prospects, also Help and Advice / Re: Painting an old outboard on: February 16, 2019, 12:56:11 PM
No!
I'll have to check my junk.

MERCMAN.
2  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Restoration Projects: Underway, Prospects, also Help and Advice / Re: Painting an old outboard on: February 15, 2019, 10:39:49 AM
These days soda blasting or peanut shell blasting are preferred alternatives to sand blasting. These new ways will not damage parent metal.

See nymarine.ca for painting tips and methods. There are quite a few yankie websites/forums that offer great ideas for enthusiasts like us. See: FiberGlassics.

MERCMAN.
 
3  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Information Wanted / Re: mercury 650ss 1967 4 cyl on: February 13, 2019, 09:06:51 AM
The loom in your most recent picture doesn't look real flash. It shouldn't look limp like that (near the support bracket).
Take the electrical tape off and look for perished/damaged insulation of the wires within the loom.
Can you borrow another control box and loom assembly from someone? (I had spare control boxes up until this time last year.) Try speaking to Guy at the Outboard Workshop - Carrum Downs. I sold most of my collection to him.


This is an obvious one... is the vent on the fuel tank open, since attending to all the other suspects?

The other thing I see in the pic.. That's not a 1967 outer. This leads me to think the position of timing mark (decal) is probably not matched to your powerhead. This needs further investigation, only if there is nothing wrong with the wiring within the loom. 

MERCMAN.
 
 
4  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Information Wanted / Re: mercury 650ss 1967 4 cyl on: February 04, 2019, 06:19:31 AM
Not only could the prop be a factor, you may have a gearbox with the incorrect ratio based on what ever powerhead you have.
Sent us a pic of the gearbox plus the midsection and shockers (if any). These pics will assist me in figuring out the possibilities.

This is a good quiz!

MERCMAN.
5  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Information Wanted / Re: mercury 650ss 1967 4 cyl on: January 23, 2019, 02:05:40 PM
One of our members AaronJ had a collection of 4 (I recall) of short shaft 650's. Perhaps he may still own a goer which he is prepared to part with? Send him a PM.
If need be, I can email you his phone number.

MERCMAN.  
6  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Information Wanted / Re: mercury 650ss 1967 4 cyl on: January 16, 2019, 04:15:37 PM
That is the incorrect sticker for a '67 model, if in fact that's what block you have??
That sticker belongs to a 73 model, which match your outer cowls. Grrr.
Where are you located? I think you have a Frankenmerc? I hate them.

As for number 4, I suspect spark, not fuel.
The bottom Carbie fuels both 3 & 4. Even a crook/bent reed would prevent 4 from receiving fuel.

Leave plug in 4 and place a grounded (spare) plug on number 4 lead. Start motor and check spark for strength.
Never start motor without pug in hole. Its starves piston, crank etc of oil, plus it will start a small fire at the back of the motor. Not a good look!
Marshmallows!
7  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Information Wanted / Re: mercury 650ss 1967 4 cyl on: January 09, 2019, 05:46:33 PM
Are all plugs fouling equally?
Are any plug leads grounding out? Check for this at night time is best.
Have the plug leads been replaced by silicone? Should be good old copper on a '67 model, I reckon.  Undecided
Is an ill fitting plug boot preventing a good contact between the spring and the plug top?
Pull back all plug boots and examine all connections.
Is belt out by one tooth?
Was timing conducted at WOT? Mark, am I right here, I don't have my factory service manual with justme right now.
Re-check compression. Never trust hearsay.

MERCMAN.


8  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Information Wanted / Re: mercury 650ss 1967 4 cyl on: December 29, 2018, 10:35:27 AM
Antman,
Congrats' on finding your obvious problem.  Grin . The replacement Crankshaft Key you are looking for, can be easily found at you local outboard wrecker. Ther are that typical with many model's its not funny.
As for the hull, that particular pic makes me say: Swiftcraft Falcon, perhaps.

Is that your motor you have been posting about? You said yours was a 650SS.
The cowls in the pic tells me they are 1973/4 Cowls. There was no SS in those two years. The 650SS was only manufactured in 1967 & 68.

If that is your motor, please provide more pics and I'll happily identify what is going on here for you.

MERCMAN.
9  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Information Wanted / Re: mercury 650ss 1967 4 cyl on: December 18, 2018, 06:32:05 AM
Wow, your head must be spinning. (unlike your motor)

If I was there, I'd be removing the flywheel to check the key hasn't been sheared. Perhaps someone has removed the key just for a joke? I've honestly discovered that before! That will throw the timing out the window.
Then I'd check the condition of the underside of the flywheel and make sure nothing is loose or broken.

By the way, has the motor been coughing or sneezing at all? Is fuel spitting out of a carbie perhaps?

Keep us posted, this won't be too hard (said the actress to the bishop)

AA are you there? I'm coughing and sneezing at the moment with a summer cold. Do you think I may have a loose/broken or damaged Reed or perhaps a timing problem?

 
MERCMAN.
10  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Members Boats / Re: G3 Glasspar arrives in Melbourne on: November 27, 2018, 03:39:22 PM
G'day Dave and Neil,
I've been off the radar for quite sometime. Had a great holiday in NY in October, even visited Washington DC for the day! What a lovely place that is.

As for your G3, wow finally... she is with you, I bet you can't wait to rig her.  Do you have suitable boating areas for that hull down at the Island?

MERCMAN.
11  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Wanted / Re: Glastron Wanted on: September 05, 2018, 09:11:52 AM
Your V4 would be an unbelievable match on a Haines 17R. I would really love to find one of those hulls and have it professionally repaired and restored!
That would be a great ski and social boat.

MERCMAN.
12  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Wanted / Re: Glastron Wanted on: September 04, 2018, 06:05:05 AM
I'm going greater that you could ever imagine..   Grin

Now, what are you going to do with that rig may I ask? It certainly won't be a go fast boat like your other boats you currently have, that's for sure.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3cEF5wfk0o
Gotta love the sound effects!

13  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Wanted / Re: Glastron Wanted on: September 03, 2018, 10:24:55 AM
Hey Nigel,
If you find a Glastron 150 you have to put a V4 on it. (No, not a Super Strangler)

MERCMAN.
14  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Board members YOUTUBE links / Interesting OMC history - Youtube link. on: June 13, 2018, 05:13:05 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBdLitpi2sU

Careful, some members may shed a tear!

MERCMAN.
15  Vintage Australian Outboard Runabouts / Vintage Boats Chat, Old Outboards and Runabouts in Australia / Re: Mallard Outboard on: June 13, 2018, 04:51:04 PM
Hi all,
At the time of composing this Post, this very Thread has been viewed 2805 times!!!!

OK, can someone tell me why please? What's the attraction, I wonder?

MERCMAN.
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