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Greg writes: "They tell me it's a seagull, but I don't know.
I live in New Zealand, and have had this motor dropped at our Recycle Centre. Do you know what it is, IT still starts but look at the prop, it works like a Jet unit.
Any help would be appreciated"
Well Greg, a (British) Seagull it's not, for sure. Anybody have any ideas?
The Verdict is in!
Chapman has been attempting to find the origins of this motor for some time without
success. Hopefully, one of our viewers will recognize it and shed some light on this
mystery motor. Who knows, maybe it's one of Ollie's long lost relatives!
Thanks for all your messages. Most everybody ID'd it correctly.
My dad has an old outboard motor someone gave him. I'm
trying to find out more about it, and possibly where to find parts.
This thing is small, top mounted gas tank. To start it, you wind a rope around the top of the flywheel, which says "Seagull" on it. The story he got when it was given to him was that they were used to land troops during WW1 or 2.. Not sure which. I'll try to get more info by looking at serial numbers or looking for some kind of tag somewhere on it. This thing is small, old and runs like a champ! It uses pre-mixed gas with a 10:1 gas/oil ratio.
Let me know if you have any idea what it is, or how old it might be. I'm also interested in knowing who might have made it, and possibly where to find replacement parts like those nasty little gaskets that seem to be made out of some kind of fiberboard.
Thanks in advance,
This was scanned from an old Popular mechanics Magazine.
Scott Smith writes (On Ollie's Board): "...an Evinrude Speeditwin 22 hp (post WWII)." (&) "Incidently the Evinrude looks like a model 6039 (built from 1939 - 1950)."
AND YET ANOTHER...The
submitted by Carl Kunkel of Hackettstown, NJ
(This one is REALLY strange - click on the thumbnails to view)
Scott Smith writes: "Dick,
It looks suspiciously like a "Ro-Peller". Peter Hunn's book says they were marketed in the 1930s. I've seen several different variations of them at meets. Dick Streater in Washington heads up the people power motor group in the club. He's listed in the Outboarder..."
and Peter Hunn's message: "Dick,
That's a genuine RO-PELLER alright. They were made over a good number of years in a couple locales by a few companies. The EPA would think they're perfect outboards..."
Guess that settles that!
Glenn from Austin writes:
The picture is of the old outboard motor that belonged to my grandfather. My father remembers him using it about 1932 and it was very old then. He recalled it had a brass cylined gas tank behind the cylinder head. It has no magnito and was fired by a battery and coil. Can someone help me identify this motor. I would like to get it running again.
Could this be the dinghy motor from Gilligan's Island?
Jim email@example.com writes:
I have a motor (see
attached photo) and I am unable to find its make. I bought it in Australia and the
only writing on it is in the electrics. It say "Wilco Pacy Sales Corp Bletchley
- Bucks England". any help on its make and age would be appreciated.
Answer from Australia:
Hi friends, I have already emailed to Andy (firstname.lastname@example.org) some answers but have received no reply.
The photo shows a vertical twin Riptide Outboard,one of Three models manufactured by WESCOTT HAZEL in REVESBY a suburb of SYDNEY AUSTRALIA.
They were the Boatman Single Cyl. 2 1/2 hp
The Fisherman Twin Cyl. 4 hp Horizontal
The Fisherman Deluxe Twin Cyl. 4 hp Vertical
They were sold all around AUSTRALIA from the mid fifties to the late sixties
The Gold Cheetah was also sold from around 1954 to 1960 Rated at 3 1/2 hp
Manufactured by BOUNDY Manufacturing Co.Pty.Ltd. SPRINGVALE VICTORIA
The main problem with this engine was the external bakelite points cover ..
all the best. Barry Gorman Maitland AUSTRALIA
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