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Old Mar 13, 2005, 1:45 PM   #1
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On the topic of the outboards that powered the bay Garveys, I've come across two.

The first pics are a 1937 Johnson 10 hp. My friend that collects them says that this one he had running and in the water at one time. Close up of the old Firestone plugs. The second motor is the mystery motor. He did a lot of research on this and could find nothing on it. The old timers had never seen before, no one knows what it is. From the looks of it, it probably dates back to late 40's, early 50's.

Ten hp was a lot of motor for the 16' or 17' Garvey. Most ran 5's or (I think...) a 2.2 hp. And my buddy's old Larry had a 7 hp.
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Old Mar 13, 2005, 1:46 PM   #2
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Firestone plugs.
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yet another....
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sorry if this has become boring.
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last shot. the mystery motor.
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very simple design yet so efficient...reminds me of the old ford flat head engines .....but i guess must outboards are flatheads ...i have a 1990 75hp merc thats a 2 stroke flat head...i think it's a great engine ..very dependable and it scoots me around about as fast as i want to go
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Right Jazz. That's just what we were saying bout the old ones. I loved that 70 Johnson and the old whaler that came with it.
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Old Mar 13, 2005, 5:51 PM   #9
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Thanks for the pics, Joe. I guess stealth was a requirement for rum runners. We're these motors fairly quiet? I googled for a little looking for you mystery motor. I would think that hood would be a dead give away. Never did see one. What did Sears and Montgomery Ward sell in those days? Cute little devils. How long ago was that Johnson running on those Firestones? They look like they've gone to seed. How about if we just let you be our window to the wide wonderful world of outboards. Shoot until you drop. Od on obs. New ones. Big ones. Biggest one. Dual ones (twos?). Catamaran. Smallest. Ones people threw overboard they gotso p'od. How about some action shots with the outboard betweenskiers.Split the backgrounds like that. Above all, don't show anymore sick ones.


They do look like little broken down robots. Very cute.
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Old Mar 13, 2005, 5:57 PM   #10
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It's nice looking at pieces with history like that. Thanks.

It makes me cringe though just to think about trying to get some of those bolts and screws loose without breaking them off.


Here are a couple that aren't quite as old, but still being used in 2005 ...







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