1961 Johnson 5.5hp

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Rig pig
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1961 Johnson 5.5hp

Post by Rig pig » Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:44 pm

Just bought a classic Johnson, 11 years older than my little 40 and sadly in much worse condition, but on the bright side it was only £13.50!

Horsley-Anarak
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Re: 1961 Johnson 5.5hp

Post by Horsley-Anarak » Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:11 pm

I like the Johnson Evinrude twins.
You will need a couple of coils i expect, bought my last ones from Texas as it was way cheaper.
I have this slightly later 6hp and I love it, powerful and quiet.
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Re: 1961 Johnson 5.5hp

Post by Rig pig » Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:38 pm

Funny you should say that, I have just been poking round the ignition system, only 1 plug has a spark, peeping in the inspection hole the insulation is falling apart, so I'll add them onto the list!
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Re: 1961 Johnson 5.5hp

Post by Horsley-Anarak » Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:02 pm

Rig pig wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 5:38 pm
Funny you should say that, I have just been poking round the ignition system, only 1 plug has a spark,
:) told you, I have 4 6hp twins and they all needed coils, worth getting it going as they are great engines.

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Re: 1961 Johnson 5.5hp

Post by Rig pig » Fri Jul 03, 2020 9:56 pm

Good to hear, this one has had a hard life. The recoil start mounts are all broken off the engine so it's going to need a visit to the tig, the gear shift is also erratic so I'll be stripping the bottom end which was worryingly dry when I pulled the drain plug, it's currently full of engine oil to melt the black sticky grease that has helpfully been stuffed in there. It's taken a couple of days soaking and rocking to get the steering swivel to move.
I almost feel the Seagull is sitting beside it laughing, after 30 years of laying in a shed it needed a new plug and a quick service to go back into service!

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