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Old 01-10-2019, 08:44 PM
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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.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:46 PM
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Money!!!

nice find!!
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:01 PM
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Were you able to grab it?

Looks like an excellent find to me!
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:08 PM
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someone that has absolutely no idea what in the he!! they are doing.

does it run or just look good?
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:10 PM
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Were you able to grab it?

Looks like an excellent find to me!
Why would he have it sitting in his place if he did not grab it?
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It appears to be 100% original condition and paint. It must have been covered for most of its life on a stand because the only thing dusty was the top of the anti cavitation plate & prop.




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Nice !!!
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:16 PM
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Were you able to grab it?

Looks like an excellent find to me!
Hell yeah! Itís in my garage now
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Amazing find. Congrats!
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:29 PM
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Happens all the time actually. I would bet that the old man died, surviving wife wanted all the crap gone and the kids could care less so out it went.

You want to see all kinds of great stuff being thrown away! Go to a large college with dorms in April and look by the dumpsters. I've found 40" LCD TV's thrown out in perfect working order. Like new furniture, clothing, books galore, new microwaves, pot and pans sets never opened, all sorts of very good stuff.
I take it all to the Orlando Homeless coalition or several other spots including the camps. Kids' today throw away stuff that's worth a small fortune for many stupid reasons.
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I got a 1924 Johnson like that when I bought my 7.5HP Merc. The lady just gave it to me. I ended up giving it away to a collector because I would screw it up if I kept it and I knew it has a good home. It was not in perfect shape like yours but it was all original except for some tape around the tiller handle.
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Originally Posted by 99yam40 View Post
someone that has absolutely no idea what in the he!! they are doing.

does it run or just look good?
I only had time to spritz a little window cleaner and wipe the dust off. The recoil starter is stuck but motor turns over by hand nice by flywheel or prop in gear. I put some oil in the cylinders and rolled it over by hand a few times. After looking into the recoil starter Iíll probably look for needed parts inc impeller, fuel lines etc. Also a manual if available although these oldies are pretty simple.
As ecstatic as I am about finding this, it sucks to think that this was likely some old fishermanís pride and joy that simply got tossed by some clueless heir.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:51 PM
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What will you do with it?
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And this was on top of it in the dumpster. It must have been covered also as I didnít even wipe it off. Zero corrosion or varnish inside and doesnít even have any smell of fuel. I wish I could say I take of my toys as well as this appears to have been stored.



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its pretty easy to find stuff that isn't lost
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That four gallon can for a 7.5 horse will probably provide two or three weekends of fun on the right boat.

I'm thinking a 17 foot All-Weld or a period correct 1958 era boat. Maybe with fins on it.
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What will you do with it?
Initially thought of finding a collector. But when my son came over this afternoon and checked it out, he suggested putting it on an old Ouachita tin boat we have that currently has an Ď83 7.5hp thatís been in the family over 50 years. So as of now itís a tinker project.
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Don't f#&% it up.
It looks like a museum piece to me, or a grand prize winner component at a classic boat show.
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its pretty easy to find stuff that isn't lost
May be your M.O., not mine.
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Initially thought of finding a collector. But when my son came over this afternoon and checked it out, he suggested putting it on an old Ouachita tin boat we have that currently has an Ď83 7.5hp thatís been in the family over 50 years. So as of now itís a tinker project.
Sounds great. Have fun with the great finds.
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