Fix up an old outboard and SAVE $1000 or more compared to buying a new motor!
With a little know-how and a few common tools, you can fix an old motor—bring it back from the dead. Sometimes all it takes is a squirt of WD-40 into the cylinder and a new spark plug. Or a new set of points and condensers—which do not require expert knowledge or black magic to install. Maybe the carburetor needs cleaning and adjusting. You can do it!
Max E. Wawrzyniak III is an outboard motor guru. He advises you to find an old motor at a yard sale for $100 or so (and he tells you exactly which ones to look for), and fix it up—rather than spending $1500 or more on a new motor. He is a big fan of “cheap power.” Get on the water with money left in your pocket.
With a basic understanding of how these motors work, a little logical thinking, and a few hours’ work, you can go boating for a fraction of what everyone else has to pay. Also—for the boater who already owns an outboard motor of any age—this book demystifies these internal-combustion marvels that can bring such frustration if they malfunction. You’ll learn how they work, and the simple things you can do to keep them running forever.
What Max teaches are not only money-saving skills, but can also be life-saving, as you will no longer be helpless in the face of engine trouble on the water. His clear instructions and over one hundred color photographs will make anyone into a capable outboard mechanic.
INCLUDES: What to Buy, Where to Find It, Tools Needed and Where to Begin, The Ignition System, Carburetors, Water Pump Repairs, Recoil Starters, Fuel Tanks, Propellors, Lower Units, Emergency Shut-Down, Fuel Pump Conversion, Remote Controls: Shift and Throttle, Remote Control: Steering, Tiller Conversion, Trouble-Shooting, and Onboard Spares and Tools.
This book has always been very popular and well-used in its print edition. Now it's available as an e-book so you can load it into your phone or tablet and always have this wealth of repair / maintenance information at your fingertips, even when out on your boat.
Introduced to the Mississippi River and to boats at a young age by his parents, Max E. Wawrzyniak III has never strayed far from the water. After high school graduation, he took a job as a deckhand aboard Mississippi River towboats for a year and a half before attending college (and earning a totally useless B.A. in English.) Post-college found him back on the Mississippi River where he eventually moved from the deck to the pilothouse, spending several years as a pilot of commercial towing vessels and passenger vessels. Additional college courses in accounting and successful completion of the examination for Certified Public Accountant preceded a career move to “land-side,” where for the last sixteen years he has “crunched numbers” in the riverside office of a major Mississippi River barge line with only an occasional wistful gaze at the Mississippi flowing endlessly by outside of the windows.
A life-long pleasure boater, a “bean-counter” instinct for economical boating lead him to old outboard motors more than a decade ago and he is currently the owner of about 150 outboard motors, dating from 1918 to 1979. A graduate of the School of Hard Knocks, Old Outboard Motor curriculum (with an advanced degree in knuckle-busting from the University of Adversity) Max is a self-taught old-outboard-motor mechanic, if you don’t include the multitudes of friends and outboard collectors who have helped him along the way.
The search for inexpensive boats to run his old outboards on lead Max to small craft designer Jim Michalak, author of "Boatbuilding for Beginners (and Beyond)", and Jim’s easy-to-build boat plans. To date Max has completed four of Jim’s designs.
In 2003 however, at 250 pounds and gaining, it became obvious to Max that he might not have enough time left in order to “mess” with all of those old outboards if changes weren’t made, so he got his eating under control and began walking 5 to 6 miles each day which eventually evolved into runnning 6 to 8 miles each day. Now weighing 147 pounds, Max has run a 5K and a 10-mile race and also a half-marathon. He would like to eventually run a full marathon if he can find the time between working on old outboards, building wooden boats, and making a living.
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