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Here's how it looked after lots of water, degreaser, detergent, a scrub brush and a scotch-brite pad. It was still mouse-stinky but much more clean! I next coated it with penetrating oil to loosen all the moving parts, and finally doused it with WD-40 until the next time I work on it.
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Jun 17 2010 20:51 GMT Annamaria
Wow!! You did a great job!! It looks like a new one! ;-))
Jun 17 2010 21:23 GMT hans55 PRO
WD-40 does miracles !!! :-))
can you stil buy parts for it ???
Jun 23 2010 07:51 GMT jackbadger56
I remember a mate who's little Johnson 4hp had seized; mechanic said it was dead scrap but he removed the spark plugs, actually filled the cylinders with WD40 (3 cans-worth), left it for a week.........
Got a further 9 years work out of it before it fell off the back of the yacht in rough seas! ;-(
Jun 23 2010 16:02 GMT JPHarr
One time my sisters were goofing around with a rowboat and a Merc 3.9 outboard. The engine came off the transom and fell into the lake, still running. They hauled it back up by the fuel line and for some reason that engine just kept going. I'll probably end up liking this little Johnson better than the larger boats, inboards and outboards I have owned. Just in time, too, as I am on the verge of getting old. ;-)