Holiday weekend (3), starting the old engine

My old Evinrude 4HP outboard has been in the shed for a couple of years without being used so I decided it was high time that I showed it a little TLC. After a general clean up and emptying out the fuel tank I filled her with fresh petrol and oil mixture (1:100 on these old engines). Lots and lots of pulling on the cord /sweating / cursing failed to start her, so I stripped down the carb and gave it a good clean out. It didn’t look too bad but there was some dirt in the bowl so it is highly likely that the jets were blocked. Once they were blown through I put it all back together again. Here is link to the video of the next attempt to start her up:

These old Evinrudes are great little engines. OK so they are heavy on fuel and a bit noisy but they are strong little workhorses with a lot of power for their small size. The greatest benefit they have is their lightness. In these days of enormously heavy 4 strokes this little beauty is a real delight.

Not bad for an engine that was manufactured in 1980!

The rain has finally stopped today so hopefully the rivers will drop back a little by next weekend and I can get out for a day’s fishing.

Update! It’s Sunday 26th and no fishing for me this weekend due to family commitments.


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