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I am on the hunt for an outboard for my 14 footer. This would be my first outboard. There is a guy selling one locally on CL, this is from the ad...

"5 hp Sears Gamefisher outboard motor, starts and runs well. Newly rebuilt carb, new prop. Great condition, other than the shift handle is missing. $100"

Does that seem like a good deal to yall? I take it that the shift handle is the steering/throttle handle. How expensive/difficult to find is that part?

How long do these motors run? I am going to pick up a 6 gallon and wanted to get an idea of how long 6 gallons of gas would last me. Sorry to ask so many newbie questions, but I would appreciate any knowledge yall could send my way!

thanks!
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I can't comment on the deal, but I would expect a 5hp to sip gas. 6 gallons should be plenty for
a day or two. A lot guys use 3 gal tanks for that size motor.
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The shift handle is probably on the side of the motor and has nothing to do with the throttle. It simply puts the motor in neutral, or Forward. (I doubt the motor has a reverse). 6 Gallons of gas would probably run the Mississippi upstream with that motor. :D I have an 80's model 5hp and 15hp Gamefisher. My 5 runs great and I would probably get $250-$300 for it in Atlanta.

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i'd recomend staying away from sears motors..

had 3 so far, all problem childs

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Sounds like a good price.You could make a shift lever.I always check compression before buying a motor.
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Good price, but I personally would stay away from Gamefishers.

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So I snagged an old Eska 7 hp for 20 bucks...

It was well kept and is very clean even had all the old stickers on it... I replaced all the 1/4" fuel lines, cleaned the fuel shutoff valve and the petcock in the tank. I pulled the choke and set it in the middle on the idle knob... a little starter fluid and I can get it to fire, but it cuts off right after it burns the starter fluid off... any thoughts? Am I going to have to take off the carb and clean that out too? What about the little needle valve on the bottom of the carb bowl?

I suck with little 2 stroke motors (lawnmower...gokart... outboard)... so any help would be appreciated!
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Also, anyone know where I can get a bench manual for this thing!?!?
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You don't want to use starting fluid on a 2 stroke motor it doesn't have any lubrication for the motor. Try spraying fuel oil mix in the carb.
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lckstckn2smknbrls wrote:You don't want to use starting fluid on a 2 stroke motor it doesn't have any lubrication for the motor. Try spraying fuel oil mix in the carb.
Fricken rookie maneuver... #-o
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VBTravisD wrote:So I snagged an old Eska 7 hp for 20 bucks...
I need to shop, where you shop

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Welp, took off the carb, douched the hell outta it and it runs great now! Before I run this thing too much... there has to be some place for the prop to be oiled correct? Where do I add oil to the lower unit?
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VBTravisD wrote:Welp, took off the carb, douched the hell outta it and it runs great now! Before I run this thing too much... there has to be some place for the prop to be oiled correct? Where do I add oil to the lower unit?
Here is some good info already posted on this subject - it is a simple job

https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... r+unit+oil

And another:

https://www.tinboats.net/forum/viewtopic ... r+unit+oil
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Post by commandohorn »

Sounds like your carburetor isn't carbureting! Yep, clean that too, those carbs are real basic. A $20 motor will buy you a lot of frustration though I might add.....been there done that, and at the end I would have paid $100 not to have experienced it!

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Post by joepowe8 »

That sounds like a good deal. I don't know much but I have rebuilt a few two stroke dirt bikes and outboards. There should be a reed valve that goes between the carb and block. make sure that is clean and not worn out looking. I don't really know how it works, but I do know that it needs to work.

Good Luck!

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