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Thread: Merc V6 History

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    Thank You so much for this thread!
    Agree on having an edited "good stuff sticky"!

    Absolutely amazing that this has the content it does - again THANK YOU!!!

    pointer

    P.S. My dad had a 71 or 72 115 tower we ran until 1986, replaced with a 135 V6. I can remember the first V6 1750 locally. To think the V6 was being developed while we were chasing fuel starvation issues on delivery of the 115 is hard to comprehend. Once we got the fuel issue resolved we were one of the fastest rough water boats on the river at 42 - 45 MPH. The change to the V6 135 added 10 MPH...

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    I just started reading this thread and am amazed. I to will be checking in on this every day. Us gear heads are like a sponge for information about the history of our sport.


    My first new motor was a 122ci 175 that i paid $2,800.00 for in the box. Took it home, did the install and never had one second of trouble with it. I think it was the best motor i have ever owned thanks to our new friend Mr. Jerry.

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    I find this very interesting. That adaptor plate putting Old Blue on a L6 mid is nicely done. Did you have to make a special exhaust tuner for Old Blue or did the L6 tuner work?

    Its interesting to know how far back development went for the V-6. Also interesting to know that Mercury did not sit on there hands with the L6 as the V6 was being developed. 1970 1972 and 1973 were all notable design advances for the L6 regarding piston design and exhaust design.

    You were around some of the coolest 6 cyl motors made. From 89 cubes to 93 cubes to 99 then your V6 122.

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    1976 Mercury AD

    "The Black Max was 6 years in the making" from the ad.
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    1977 Mercury AD
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    Who is the guy in the ads? 2 yrs with same guy. Was he someone important?

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    His name is Len Yeager. If I remember right he had a guide service in the Ozarks somewhere. He used to go to all the shows as well as Mercury functions. I believe he is still alive. Haven't seen him in years.

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    No, it has seven

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    When we first started testing this engine , it was so secret, that we had big wood boxes over the engine all the time. We were not allowed to back it into a slip for fear that the OMC boys would drive by and see something. Remember that Spellman's was an OMC dealer. I know that Boots didn't care what we built, he may have known anyway as we were always racing past his marina on the Fox river. But the secrecy was out of sight , we couldn't even tell our families about it. When ever we worked on the engine, we had to keep the shop doors closed so no one could take a picture. JFL

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    Got it probably not going to happen

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    I can't wait to hear my notification sound from my phone on this thread. This is huge
    Laser 1550 ...under construction with a serious weight loss
    Motor 2.4....undecided on hp yet

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    I will be looking forward to your next post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianscathouse70 View Post
    Who is the guy in the ads? 2 yrs with same guy. Was he someone important?
    He was supposed to be "Black Max" for promo purposes....Like the "most interesting man in the world" in today's "Dos Equis" ads (who, in fact, is a California guy originally from NY if I am not mistaken).
    20 Foot Switzer Wing 2 X S3000 (Dust'n the Wind II)
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    (Single engine boats are lacking something)

    16 foot Lee Craft Merc S 3000-(Gold Dust II)
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    Obsolete and Proud of it

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    David...waiting patiently for your next installment. Hopefully you will soon get to the cooling system & its excellent design, for which you hold the patent(s) on. Down the road getting into your patented(along with Kollman & Mayer) 1750 trim system, including the hydraulic lower mounting bolts/fittings, etc., as well. Thanks once again. Everyone should enjoy this. Great stuff.

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