Beware of Clarks marine in atlantic beach

Old 05-01-2015, 10:58 AM
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Default Beware of Clarks marine in atlantic beach

last year i had the very unfortunate experience of dealing with Mr. Clarke.

I acquired an old johnson 225. I wanted him to go through it and bring it up to snuff....

turns out all he did was paint the engine, cleaned the carbs and change the spark plugs. He charged me $2K........

First trip out i put in at radio island ramp and before i got to the high rise bridge an overheat alarm......

I went back put it on the trailer and took it to my house...

I checked the thermostats that were supposed to have been replaced... bolts were seized in place... once i got them off with heat and penetrant, the thermostats were shot... the rubber was dry rotted and the plastic pieces were totally plugged with sand.

i replaced those and decided to check the impeller (also supposedly replaced)...nope... dry rotted and cracking...I replaced.....

i looked at the gear oil that was supposedly clean as a whistle.... MILK.... so i replaced it and the seals...

took it out and would not run right....
turned out to be carbs... i had to buy 6 rebuild kits as the rubber bits were all dry rotted. (supposedly had new kits).

all in all i ended up replacing rectifier, stator, trigger base, power pack, impeller, carb kits, vro pump, gearcase seals......

when i took it to him it had not run in 8 years and i wanted to get an assessment on its condition....i was told that for about $2K he could make it like brand new.....

he totally BS'd me on what he actually did....

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Any type of conversations with him since you picked it up?
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Thanks for the heads up. Where is this guy so Ill know, Ive never seen it.
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Something does not sound quite right. There has to be more to this story. He has been involved in selling and rehabbing Johnson and 'rudes for years and I have not heard of anything like this. Of course all of his stuff fits a certain market for people that cannot afford new engines. He is located on the right past the Scotsman ?station headed to the stoplight at the Atlantic Beach Rd. towards the circle.
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Sorry to hear of your issues. I have done business several times with him in the past and have been treated fairly, promptly and with very good service. One time he even gave me a part for free $($20).
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I recently had Mr. Clark service my old Ocean Runner. He went out of his way to get me taken care of the next day since I was on vacation. He did an excellent job for a reasonable price. Sorry you had a bad experience but mine was great.
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I have experience here as well. A few years ago they sold my 83 year old grandfather a 225 Johnson, that basically had a fresh coat of spray paint on it. My grandfather passed before he ever used it, let's put it this way I ended up having to replace the power pack and stator before I could sell it.
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Yea something doesnt seem right. Who in the right mind keeps fixing stuff after they paid 2 grand for it to be fixed? First thing I would have done would be to take it back and show him the problems and the paperwork showing this and that was suppose to be replaced and fixed.
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Yea something doesnt seem right. Who in the right mind keeps fixing stuff after they paid 2 grand for it to be fixed?
Me. And yardpro.

I could work as a mechanic but I have a full time job in another field.

Recently took my project albemarle to a mechanic and paid him 2k to fix "whatever it needs".I ended up fixing a few minor problems that were not correctly addressed by the mechanic. It's a 2hr drive to/from the shop and with these issues I was better off just buying parts online and fixing it myself.
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Googled to get phone number and came across this post. (I know it's old however it still shows up in search engine which is wrong) Eason Clark is one of the most Honest and Fair business owners you will ever deal with. If you have a Johnson or Evinrude with a Carb this is the place for service to rebuild.
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By presenting your defense of Mr. Clark, you have brought back to the main page a post that was a year old and all but forgotten.
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A Johnson 225 and 235 was a worthless POS when new. If you actually paid him 2K to rehab it, you paid good money that could have gone toward a real motor.

Sounds like you keep throwing good money after bad. Walk away.
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I bought a used starter there once,starter was good. I do not miss my Ol Johnson's...

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