View original topic: Another Question for The Olde Timers
rayjay Mon Dec 07, 2020 8:32 pm

Why didn't the outboard motor conversions catch on ? One or two of the old HVWs I bought had an article. I remember reading about them back in the early 70s.

I am an old 2 stroke motorcycle mechanic hence the interest.

Thanks !!

unclebilly Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:56 am

I imagine they would be pretty thirsty. Iím very intrigued by that Evinrude V8 and some of the dragsters that have been built using that engine...

rayjay Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:38 am

They still race the old OMCs in boats.

halfassleatherworks Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:55 am

IMO. the cranks were not built for taking the shock loading of a clutch and a drivetrain like a car, there were meant to be put in gear and run up to speed. most boat cranks I have seen were pressed roller bearing cranks they rev good but are weak by nature. and most 2 strokes have a narrow power band, fowl plugs and suck gas.

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