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Old 01-11-2019, 10:16 AM
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Friend of mines father, a lifelong heavy equipment operator, in his later years worked for the county landfill. Probably for the benefits, don't excuse the pun.

My friend declared it was the worst thing ever for his dad. So much good stuff thrown away and he apparently tried to carry all of it home.

People are very wasteful. Surprising how people that speak of helping the needy cannot take time to post an add online, FREE TO GOOD HOME.

Another Mason friend retired and started a small business cleaning out properties for a fee. These are from estates, bankruptcy etc. and need to be clear for sale. He gathers so much valuable "stuff". He sells it at flea markets and such, which thoroughly enjoys. It's a good fit for him.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:24 AM
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I would either sell to a collector it or use it. It would look great on a vintage boat going down the river.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:35 AM
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My town has an area called the "Mall".....you drop off stuff you think someone would want rather than tossing in dumpster. What is left at the end of the weekend a backhoe takes it away and tosses it. I had an old dining room set and was placing two chairs at a time and by the time I got back with the 2nd set of chairs (less than 2 minutes later due to where I was parked) the 1st set were gone. Lady approaches me and asks if I had the other chairs and drove over to my truck to get them. Go figure....Vultures!
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by bikem View Post
I would either sell to a collector it or use it. It would look great on a vintage boat going down the river.
After speaking with my son, I’m leaning toward keeping it. After a little research this morning ( and a lot more to come) possibly do a non intrusive / reversible conversion to a single hose vacuum fuel system and replace impeller and run it off the same tank as my 1983 7.5hp on our 1959 13’ Ouachita tin boat. Not that I don’t trust the pressurized tank, the one I found it in near perfect condition on outside and appears even better on the inside. Never seen one that nice as they were usually stored in sheds or garages. It has zero corrosion inside or out, heck it doesn’t even have a faint odor of fuel. These motors are fairly common, granted not in this exceptional original state, but good fuel tanks were getting scarce in the early eighties when we replaced our old 1955 Fleetwin with the 1983. The motor is a pearl but the tank is a treasure.



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Old 01-11-2019, 11:10 AM
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NIce find! I was at the convenience center (dump) near my house one day, and a guy pulled up with his pickup truck loaded with stuff. He had a husqvarna chain saw, table saw, bench grinder, etc. etc. I asked him "Are you throwing that away?" He said "Yes, my wife left me and it all has to go." I started loading it into my truck as fast as I could (the guy manning the dump saw it, too, and quickly came over and joined me in relieving the guy of his stuff). I'm probably a terrible person for "helping" this guy, but I got over it. I would have understood better if it was a woman throwing away her husband's stuff (or vice versa), but I assume all these tools were his.

So another possibility is this thing was thrown in the dump by a jilted spouse.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:25 AM
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2 things, What else was in the dumpster and have you started her yet?
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:26 AM
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Y'all must have a lot more room and tolerance for "stuff" than I do. After moving all our junk 5 times in the last 3-4 years, I took a hard look at what I had and what I really needed. If I haven't used it in a year, it goes out. I've noticed we've started to accumulate more "stuff" lately, so that will be a spring project to get rid of more junk I don't need.

After the pain of the initial decision is made to get rid of something goes away, Its really empowering to get rid of all the crap you've been carrying around just because you "might need it" one day. Ex: I started with high school and college annuals. I tossed the high school annuals, and tried to give the college annuals back to my college, but they didn't want them either. So they went to Goodwill, along with my college and high school text books that I've been carrying around for 25 years. All that crap about "needing them one day" was just that. I've never needed to look at a physics,calculus, dynamics or thermo textbook in the last 25 years--not once. If I ever need that info, its a lot easier to find on the web.

As for that engine, I'd wager it's been sitting around someone's garage for who knows how long, and the space became worth more than the engine was worth. The owner probably didn't want to deal with craigslist (understandably) or even knew about it or something similar, and just wanted it gone. Sometimes its just easier to throw something away rather than try and sell it.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:13 PM
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It is amazing what people throw away. I know a guy who picked the curb-side trash in a small city, would drive up and down the streets in his van. The stuff he found was crazy.....he made a decent living re-selling it!
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by ttwo View Post
Went to the trash transfer station today and spotted this in a 40yd dumpster just before flinging some old metal shelving in.



Who the hell throws something in this condition away? 1958 Evinrude Fleetwin 7.5hp.
For starters it's an Evninrude. No one throws away 1958 Yamaha outboards in perfect condition.

I dumpster dive at my own building, and I own the dumpster lol. Cool as hell find.
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Old 01-11-2019, 02:45 PM
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The fuel tank maybe worth more than the engine!!!
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:41 PM
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I don't think I have ever thrown anything out that I didn't wish I still had at a later date.
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Great find OP. Great John Deere mower too
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:53 PM
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shelter Island has the best public dump in the world. There are lots of old vacation homes and everything comes on the island by ferry. So when people remodel and simply clean up, it all goes to the dump. The funny thing is it’s clean . People actually do their Christmas shopping there. Great furniture.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Vollymall View Post
Great find OP. Great John Deere mower too
Thanks.
The Deere is a 1970. I’ve owned it almost 40 years.
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Originally Posted by superjag View Post
You grabbed another man's junk.
Hee-hee-hee....
i walked right into that one...
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by captbone View Post
The fuel tank maybe worth more than the engine!!!
You are correct Sir!
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
2 things, What else was in the dumpster and have you started her yet?
The instant I spotted the tank and motor underneath I lost my peripheral vision. Haven’t started it yet, at the very least the impeller needs to be changed first. As of now I thinking of converting to single line vacuum fuel supply inc ethanol safe components, change cork float, replace coils, condenser points, plugs and change lower unit lube. I’m not in a huge hurry as there is a lot of cold weather ahead and want to source as many OEM parts as possible. Kind of the “old bull approach”.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:31 AM
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One thought. I doubt motors were titled back then so you can probably tell DNR it was in your family and not used and get a title and sticker. I did that with a old boat once. Personally on that engine I wouldn't even worry about a sticker. I used a 1978 7.5 mere for 20 years without one.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:50 AM
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Others may weigh in on the matter saying better oil today or what-not, but back in the day Evinrude stipulated a 25:1 gasil ratio for that motor. Plug fouling was common, especially if you ran at trolling speeds for any duration of time. You likely know more about converting from a pressurized tank than I do, but you would have to add a fuel pump in there somewhere. If the gaskets on the tank are good you may want to think about getting the motor running on the pressurized tank before making the conversion for a couple of reasons.
One reason is that if you make the conversion and the motor won't start you don't know whether the problem lies in the motor as you found it or in the fuel pump conversion that you dd. Getting it running "as is" will eliminate any confusion on that point. The second reason relates to monetary value. "Original" components are generally worth more, and are more desirable by collectors, than modified components. The change in the value of the motor after adding a fuel pump may not be all that great. But I suspect that the pressurized fuel tank and its Siamese hose may actually be worth more than the motor. Modifying that tank (a vent will be necessary to let in air to displace the fuel removed - or perhaps you can get by just leaving the fuel cap loose?) could make a big difference in the tank's value. Consider using another tank after the modification and leaving the original one intact. I believe someone, somewhere, sometime will make a handsome offer to purchase that tank.
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