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    X-115 Evinrude

    I have said before, I think one of the prettiest and coolest engines of its time. There were a couple on the river when I was a kid with a 12' boat and an 18 Evinrude. We were drawn to them like moths to a flame. But they don't show up on the vintage circuit much if at all. Any one have any runners out there that they use? Any good pictures or stories? I always thought they were good engines. How did they compare to others of the time?
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    Here is a picture of the Evinrude X-115 X 2.

    Much more here..https://www.screamandfly.com/showthr...my-OMC/page103

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    Top speed?

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    You don't see that many of them now because Merc made 10 to 15 times as many race motors. Ralph and Charlie only made enough of them to make the impression that they were out there.

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    Well..around twenty Evinrude X-115 and twenty Johnson GT-115 in little Sweden 1967-68. Popular engine back then.

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    Hustler 15' Wildcat / Merc 80
    Hustler 13' Wildcat / Merc 80
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    Hustler 16' Victor / Evinrude 85
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    Ranger 17' Aztec / Merc 115 (current)
    Hustler 16' Victor / Merc 125 (current)
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    Hustler 15' Family Tunnel (current project)

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    I know of 3 when I was young Just on LI.... one in conn....... still have that one in parts.....I think more around than though.... but maybe they lasted longer.....HeeHee .... I think they are COOL..... and I am Merc....Like to get a ORG omc prop for one.... most are mich or OJ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanUmbarger View Post
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    hey Dan, that is a nice picture of your UI rig. Where was it taken? Looks like Rockford...

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    It was on the Chicago River in Chicago....early 70's.


    Quote Originally Posted by vintage v4 View Post
    hey Dan, that is a nice picture of your UI rig. Where was it taken? Looks like Rockford...
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    I don't know how many they made, I had 2 at different times and really liked them . They were reliable other than the prestolite ignition. There were a number of good factory up-grade parts available and a legal exhaust port mod. Probably the best help for racers were the O.M.C. cleavers . As far as how fast, Terry Leatherby set the UI 5 mile record at 74 and change at 74 Eufaula Nationals. I think the class was dead the next year and replaced by Mod 90

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    Here's a good one of Terry's UI rig at Lake St. Mary's. My dad still has this motor, which was built by Harold Nauss.
    Dad built the X115 on the vampire for someone, can't remember who. Brochure page from 1968.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dale robertson View Post
    I don't know how many they made, I had 2 at different times and really liked them . They were reliable other than the prestolite ignition. There were a number of good factory up-grade parts available and a legal exhaust port mod. Probably the best help for racers were the O.M.C. cleavers . As far as how fast, Terry Leatherby set the UI 5 mile record at 74 and change at 74 Eufaula Nationals. I think the class was dead the next year and replaced by Mod 90
    Dale, you got one of them from me, I owned it through the winter and never put it on a boat. If I remember correctly, I traded it to you for the CV16 and you put a 135 powerhead on it.
    That motor came off Roddie's red CV16 that he sold to a local guy. Was this the one that was on Roger's Allison when you bought it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 99fxst99 View Post
    Dale, you got one of them from me, I owned it through the winter and never put it on a boat. If I remember correctly, I traded it to you for the CV16 and you put a 135 powerhead on it.
    That motor came off Roddie's red CV16 that he sold to a local guy. Was this the one that was on Roger's Allison when you bought it?
    The first X-115 was on the Allison when I bought it from Roger. The second X-115 I got from you. I couldn't remember who I got it from. I thought it was probably Roddie but couldn't really remember. Didn't it come from Reds Marine originally ? One or the other of them ended up with the half stinger parts 135 powerhead on it.

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    i worked at a big omc dealership and we had 1 on display. way-cool. i remember the lower unit super bad az. they got the xtra 15 hp by going to a 2 ring piston and reworked piston dome. had a 4 barrel carb in line. mercs top dog was the 110.

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    Kirchner.... The exhaust ports were raised and squarid......new spelling only that have The Dave S.... ring decoder..... Or 2 strong drinks.....The heads were diff casting from stock.... Had a forged crank when stock were cast.... yes 2 rings....The carb plate had no share holes......Damm if they only hired me back then..... I was only 16 years old.....casting parts in high school to pump 44 mercs....heehee

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