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Old 11-14-2007, 11:05 PM
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Thought this was pretty cool. The video is below. This guy restored his dad's old boat... some old Chrsler Marine "speed boat" with a Chrysler 130 outboard. Guy says that back then they were "Mercury eaters".

Now, I'm not old enough to remember these old Chryslers. But I've always wondered about their history. One of my father's best friends used to have an old Aquasport with twin Chrysler outboards. He curses them. Ran it a lot in saltwater, and claims that they were nothing but trouble.

I'm just wondering if I can get some opinions of the old Chryslers... positives and negatives... first hand experiences, and what ultimately sunk the marine division. Anyone?

Here's the video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9N3U...eature=related

And another... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2IE6...eature=related
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I think to see one running today is rare.
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In the 1970's no commercial fishermen would use them. Someone tried to open a new boat dealership carrying the Chrysler engine and boat line and they went belly up. The engines had a terrible reputation.

I had always heard (maybe wrongly) that Force bought the engine rights/design and the early Force models were "rebadged" Chryslers?
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Actually they made two decent engines, one was the 85, the 130 or 115 may have been the other. They became the Force brand of outboards.
I remember them and the boats, I was in my 20's... They were not Merc or Johnrude eaters, that's for sure! The styling of the boat would have done well in the fifties as being futuristic, and it was at least better looking than the Evinrude boats of the era.

Was that Florida Dan narrating the video?
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From what I could see of the boat, looks like he did a pretty nice job of restoring. Spent a lot of hours running the family's boat during that era, and Chryslers were not very highly thought of. As I recall the only thing the Chryslers were know for eating was time spent in the shop for repairs. Rude and Johnson pretty much were the power of choice back then with Merc a distant third.
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my first boat that i bought when i was 19 was the same boat except mine had a 105hp on it, alot of people talk bad about chrysler outboard motors, but mine treated me great, (the motor was 12 years old when i got it) loved the boat and the motor. had alot of fun on that boat, me and my wife have said that we wish we still had it.
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I learned how to ski behind a 1976 Chrysler 130 hung on a 19' tri-hull Marquis. My dad was a cheap old guy - he'd buy the Chrysler instead of the Johnson/Evinrude (remember in the 70's it was Mercury, OMC and Chrysler). It actually held up pretty well - never left us stranded! I always wondered what ever happened to that boat.
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I have a 1965 Chrysler 75 that sits on a 16' Penn Yan runabout that will still runs strong....... Never had any trouble with it
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I had a Quichitaw (spelling?) bass boat with STICK steering and a Chrsyler OB. That thing ran FLAWLESSLY for years , but was not a Merc eater by a long shot. Man I loved that crappy boat. I probably thought I was Roland Martin or something. LOL, memories, DANG getting old sucks!!!!
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we had an 80 hp west bend...1962...that was before chrys. bought them...it was prone to trouble...electrical mostly...we had a 1970 105 hp chrysler on a 19 ft runabout...those in SoFla. may remember beeline...price point boats...motor ran great...was prone to a lot of corrosion from salt water tho...sold that to but first CC a 19ft cobia with a 115 merc inline 6...that was one great motor...over 4000 hrs...sold it to a fishing buddy who put another 500 hrs before he sold it...fishing buddy bought a 1973 aquasport 19-6 CC with a 105 chrysler...he wasn't a boater and sold it after 6 mos. of learning how much upkeep was involved... and yes chrysler did become force...
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In 1979 I bought a new 16' fiberglass tri-hull walkthrough with a 1970 70 hp Chrysler. I lived near a fresh water lake in New Mexico.I never did a thing with that motor except run the carbs dry after EVERY use. I changed the lower unit oil every 5 or 6 years. I had to pre mix the oil. I went replaced the"computer" module once. I put about 300+ hours on it every summer pulling skiers. In 1998 I moved to Alaska and gave the boat to my boys who still use it every summer. It will still pull a skier and we still do nothing except plugs and LU oil once in a while. Over the last 25 years we had to replace all the fuel lines as they disintegrated and started to fill the carbs up with little pieces of rubber. I replaced one carb and rebuilt all three a couple of times. I guess I was lucky because that was the best motor I haveever used. I rode it hard and put it up wet. Ithink one key was running the fuel dry every time to keep the varnish out of the carbs and fuel system.
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Saw one on the back of an old beat up riveted Aluminum boat about 21 foot yesterday....the boat, the engine and the occupance looked as if they just came out of some redneck resort community (trailer park) on the west side of Jacksonville.

It ran, because they needed it too as they would anchor up and with a cider block right next to the jetty rocks (10 ton granite boulders) and have every wake thrown by every commercial or ghetto cruiser toss them into the rocks.

They followed me one time and ran over my buddies line as we fished....yes they were inconsiderate too.

Look for the worst trailer park in your entire area, and you may find just what your looking for.

That's where I'd start here in J-ville.
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My friends dad bought a 18 foot SEA Breeze with a 55 chrysler in south fl and brought it home, ran
poorly that year and stayed in the shop. next year he put a 100 hp V4 johnson !!!! that thing walked the dog !!!

Force and Bayliner !!! what a combo !!!!
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Yeah, they started out life as West Bend's, then Chrysler's, then Bayliner bought them and called them Force, and then Mercury's.

They were also sold at Monkey Wards under the Sea King brand. Only up to 55HP as I recall. Wards used to sell 14 to 16' runabouts and used them for power.

I still remember our local Chrysler dealer having the Chrysler boats and motors on his showroom. They also sold the parts for them. I still have a few of their brochures floating around here somewhere.

Chrysler made and sold I/O's too. Mostly in their own brand boats though.
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I remember briefly considering buying a Chrysler sail boat back about 1977.

Haven't seen one of those lately.
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Friend and his wife had one back in the 70s. One day they stopped on a sand bar and ate lunch. Jr. got back in to fire up the boat and squeezed the fuel line primer bulb. It didn't pump up firm so he continued pumping for awhile before starting the engine. Turned the key and the engine exploded splitting the engine cowling into two flaming pieces with one piece flying by his head close enough to feel the flames off it. He reached under the seat for the fire x only to find it had been stolen. Next he and his wife did the thing with throwing sand on the engine to extinguish the flames. Turns out the fuel pump had a leaking gasket.

I asked Jr. if he would get another Chrylser and he said, "You know other than that it was a really good engine."

I guess Chrsler guys were really forgiving also.
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Friend and his wife had one back in the 70s. One day they stopped on a sand bar and ate lunch. Jr. got back in to fire up the boat and squeezed the fuel line primer bulb. It didn't pump up firm so he continued pumping for awhile before starting the engine. Turned the key and the engine exploded splitting the engine cowling into two flaming pieces with one piece flying by his head close enough to feel the flames off it. He reached under the seat for the fire x only to find it had been stolen. Next he and his wife did the thing with throwing sand on the engine to extinguish the flames. Turns out the fuel pump had a leaking gasket.

I asked Jr. if he would get another Chrylser and he said, "You know other than that it was a really good engine."

I guess Chrsler guys were really forgiving also.
Pretty funny, But can you really blame the engine for a leakly fuel line? Sounds like up- keep.

BTW, good or bad, Those old Chrysler engines did look cool.
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We had a 20ft Chrysler Hydro-Vee boat and a 135hp Chrysler OB. The one thing these engines had going for them was their light weight. We had quite a bit of touble with electrical issues (coils, magneto, ...) and it did not like to idle, even when new. In the end the engine lost a piston (stuck rings) and a year later the hull split at the V of the bow. Poor glass to resin ratio. Overall it allowed us to go boating for ~25% less than the cost of a Grady with Johnson or Merc but it was not a high quality boat & motor.

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I had a Chrysler 105 in the 70's on a Wellcraft V20. The motor had constant problems, mostly related to salt water operation. They worked pretty well in fresh water but were a nightmare in salt water. I retired the 105 when the water jacket corroded to the point I could stick a screwdriver through the block. It was about 6 years old.
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