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    I grew up on OMC.. My dad was Evolution Marine. We had some good years with them. In 1991 he bought a Mercury dealership. The Mercury thing took off.. So of course I run Mercs.. I still love seeing OMCs run and the sound. I have a couple V6 phase 4s and 5s blocks that never been built. Maybe a project one day..
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    My first OB was a "49" 3hp Johnson when I was about 10 (on a 12 ft Mirro-Craft), Since then I have run the whole gammet....including Scotts ,Martins etc when I was young Then got into speed and ran the Mercs of the 1950s. Was out of it for a lot of yrs but ran Mercs on my dive boats, Now that I'm back into speed I have a couple of modded OMCs and a Yammy. Down the road maybe a Tunnel with a V6 Merc. I'm at the point that if it runs fast and is reliable I'll take it!!! BTW Have been the same way with cars, trucks and sleds.
    Gary
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    "72" Checkmate MX-13 "80" 75 Rude w/15"mid and Nitro Lu (to be restored)

    "Too much is never enough" Keith Richards " Dreams become reality via hard work and perseverance" G.A.Carbonneau

    "This coming from an old man that strapped two bananas together, hung a motor on it and calls it a boat" XstreamVking

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    Just wanted to say thanks for everyone's story's, this is what it is all about, we may not all run the same motors, but we all have the story's of our past on why we are where we are, I love reading the post
    Thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by gfinch View Post
    "why? Read the odba rule book, they must be superior.....��"
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    I remember many phone great conversations with your dad, Marvin? if I remember correctly. I had him buy, build and send me a brand new phase 2 then a phase 4 short block. Put the hurt on to many with "It's just a stupid fishing boat!"
    Quote Originally Posted by BuddyRoe View Post
    I grew up on OMC.. My dad was Evolution Marine. We had some good years with them. In 1991 he bought a Mercury dealership. The Mercury thing took off.. So of course I run Mercs.. I still love seeing OMCs run and the sound. I have a couple V6 phase 4s and 5s blocks that never been built. Maybe a project one day..
    Gary

    I don't know enough, to leave well enough alone.

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    In a small galaxy, far, far, away, 2 young boys started their boating adventures with an 8' pram with a 5.5 Johnson on it. You know, the little green one with the neutral lever on the top right side. Remember , "You asked for it"

    5.5 Johnson
    7.5 OK60 Johnson
    30 hp Wizard
    35 Johnson
    50 Johnson
    replaced 35 Johnson with 40 Johnson (1 piece cowl, quieter)
    90 Merc tower of power
    V-drive, 430 Lincoln 4/2's (carboat)
    v-drive, 389 Pontiac, 6/2's (carboat)
    Talon 21, 200 Merc
    put new 225 Mariner on 21 Talon
    bought 2nd 21 Talon (one for Bob, one for Steve)
    put 300 Merc on Bob's Talon
    put Bob's 225 on Steve's Talon (little brother is faster with 300)
    put 300 Merc on Steve's Talon, sell 225 (we both run in the mid to high 90's)
    Two brothers, 2 Talons, 2 300 Mercs, sounds dangerous ;-)
    Bob buys 22 DCB, twin merc 260's (Bob and I had to loose weight or add motors)
    Steve buys 22 Talon, twin 300 drags (is faster but blows up a motor fairly quick)
    DCB looses a 260, gets new 280 powerheads. (fast)
    Talon gets some Ruck modified 260 wannabe S3000 powerheads (way fast)
    Bob gets carboat, 27 Eliminator, Teague 800, outdrive (nice grocery getter)
    Steve finds a rough shape Skater 28, sells Talon, buys Skater.
    Steve and Bob have fun for awhile, then the tanks go bad in the Skater.
    4 years later, Bob still has Eliminator, Steve put new tanks, canopies, and 300XS's in the 28.
    Steve buys 1966 Glasspar G3 project w/80 Johnson

    So the short answer is:

    I've got 2 mercs

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    I've left out a few to keep the story short, some of the guy's have short attention spans.
    Wriggleys gum makes me think of boating, "Double your engines, Double your fun"



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    Quote Originally Posted by NICE PAIR View Post
    In a small galaxy, far, far, away, 2 young boys started their boating adventures with an 8' pram with a 5.5 Johnson on it. You know, the little green one with the neutral lever on the top right side. Remember , "You asked for it"

    5.5 Johnson
    7.5 OK60 Johnson
    30 hp Wizard
    35 Johnson
    50 Johnson
    replaced 35 Johnson with 40 Johnson (1 piece cowl, quieter)
    90 Merc tower of power
    V-drive, 430 Lincoln 4/2's (carboat)
    v-drive, 389 Pontiac, 6/2's (carboat)
    Talon 21, 200 Merc
    put new 225 Mariner on 21 Talon
    bought 2nd 21 Talon (one for Bob, one for Steve)
    put 300 Merc on Bob's Talon
    put Bob's 225 on Steve's Talon (little brother is faster with 300)
    put 300 Merc on Steve's Talon, sell 225 (we both run in the mid to high 90's)
    Two brothers, 2 Talons, 2 300 Mercs, sounds dangerous ;-)
    Bob buys 22 DCB, twin merc 260's (Bob and I had to loose weight or add motors)
    Steve buys 22 Talon, twin 300 drags (is faster but blows up a motor fairly quick)
    DCB looses a 260, gets new 280 powerheads. (fast)
    Talon gets some Ruck modified 260 wannabe S3000 powerheads (way fast)
    Bob gets carboat, 27 Eliminator, Teague 800, outdrive (nice grocery getter)
    Steve finds a rough shape Skater 28, sells Talon, buys Skater.
    Steve and Bob have fun for awhile, then the tanks go bad in the Skater.
    4 years later, Bob still has Eliminator, Steve put new tanks, canopies, and 300XS's in the 28.
    Steve buys 1966 Glasspar G3 project w/80 Johnson

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    I've got 2 mercs

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    I've left out a few to keep the story short, some of the guy's have short attention spans.
    Of all your OBs the Wizard interested me the most as I wanted one when I was young.
    Gary
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    "77" Hydrostream Viper "87" 140 Rude heavy modded w/15" mid, Bobs nose and lwp "DANGER ZONE"
    "72" Checkmate MX-13 "80" 75 Rude w/15"mid and Nitro Lu (to be restored)

    "Too much is never enough" Keith Richards " Dreams become reality via hard work and perseverance" G.A.Carbonneau

    "This coming from an old man that strapped two bananas together, hung a motor on it and calls it a boat" XstreamVking

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    Quote Originally Posted by olboatman View Post
    Of all your OBs the Wizard interested me the most as I wanted one when I was young.
    Gary
    I believe it was a Merc under the cover, can't remember who sold them, it may have been a chain store.
    We bought it well used in 1963/1965
    Wriggleys gum makes me think of boating, "Double your engines, Double your fun"



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    Sold by Western Auto. My uncle worked Sears then (time line mentioned) and they were affiliated Western I think. He bought a sears 14 foot Fiberglass with Elgin motor new at cost for my cousin. Learned to ski behind it a kid! But didn't a Wizard berore made by Merc? My Merc gurus has one..gotta search it.

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    Now the Merc Wizard..(Damn ! miss the good old days!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robby321 View Post
    Sold by Western Auto. My uncle worked Sears then (time line mentioned) and they were affiliated Western I think. He bought a sears 14 foot Fiberglass with Elgin motor new at cost for my cousin. Learned to ski behind it a kid! But didn't a Wizard berore made by Merc? My Merc gurus has one..gotta search it.

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    That's the one, Thanks Robby
    Wriggleys gum makes me think of boating, "Double your engines, Double your fun"



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    Ya guys that 25 Wizard was a 4 cyl sleeper. The word was it produced well over 30 hp at the crank. What a ride on a 12 ft Mirro-Craft (light) as my friend had one. Boy those were the days!!!
    Gary
    "12" Super Lite Tunnel (11') "88" 25 Yammy twin carb "BANANA SPLIT"
    "77" Hydrostream Viper "87" 140 Rude heavy modded w/15" mid, Bobs nose and lwp "DANGER ZONE"
    "72" Checkmate MX-13 "80" 75 Rude w/15"mid and Nitro Lu (to be restored)

    "Too much is never enough" Keith Richards " Dreams become reality via hard work and perseverance" G.A.Carbonneau

    "This coming from an old man that strapped two bananas together, hung a motor on it and calls it a boat" XstreamVking

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    Still another reason omc/evinrude the shifter has the screw at the linkage and when you have a bad day and hit something and this happens the lower unit doesnt fall to the bottom of the river.
    brand new lower units luckily for the screw
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    LETS GO BRANDON.... LETS GO BRANDON

    Sometimes I talk to myself...then we both just laugh and laugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by olboatman View Post
    Ya guys that 25 Wizard was a 4 cyl sleeper. The word was it produced well over 30 hp at the crank. What a ride on a 12 ft Mirro-Craft (light) as my friend had one. Boy those were the days!!!
    Gary
    It HAD to be a monster ride! Heck, I was testing out a 20 Johnny on a 12 foot alum and was like a damn rocket ship!

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    I bought a NOS 200XS this year for my SS 2000. Our family bought a 150 HO for our JCraft (jointly owned with my brothers). The family tin boat has an 8 HP two stroke Yamaha.

    one of each, not counting Tohatsu, Honda, and Suzuki

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