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    Supporting Member Super Sportster's Avatar
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    Just curious how many people are running these. I've been running this last one for almost two months with almost zero problems. Uses no oil, no lower unit leaks and is the best running of the 55's so far. I have a 12 pitch prop on the 16 ft aluminum Sylvan, WOT 26 mph @ 5300 rpm. It trolls at 500 rpm @ 1.5 mph. Like the other two it doesn't like to be trailered with the engine tilted up, the bottom cylinder will fill with oil and and at startup I can smoke out most vintage twostrokes! Looking at my trailer I can raise the rollers then shorten the transom saver to have less of a tilt, might have to do this. Overall I'm very pleased with this engine, it performs very well for my application. I still have the 85hp and will run it again sometime soon.
    Dick Johnson
    1989 16ft Sylvan
    '57 Evinrude 18hp
    '58 Johnson 5.5hp
    '61 Johnson 5.5hp LS
    '64 Johnson 18hp
    '72 Johnson 6hp
    '61 Homelite 55 Shortshaft
    '65 Homelite 55
    '66 Homelite
    '68 Bearcat 55 (3)
    '70 Bearcat 55 (2)

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    I still own two of them and will not sell them, ever.
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    Supporting Member Super Sportster's Avatar
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    That's two of us, anymore???
    Dick Johnson
    1989 16ft Sylvan
    '57 Evinrude 18hp
    '58 Johnson 5.5hp
    '61 Johnson 5.5hp LS
    '64 Johnson 18hp
    '72 Johnson 6hp
    '61 Homelite 55 Shortshaft
    '65 Homelite 55
    '66 Homelite
    '68 Bearcat 55 (3)
    '70 Bearcat 55 (2)

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    I have one on my 16 ft BellBoy. Really has worked out well. I left mine tilted on the transom saver for some time (a month or so) and it blew out a pretty nice cloud of smoke on start-up. I had been bragging somwhat to my friend, along for the ride. After some good natured kidding, and a threatend dunking,we got underway... Its never done that again but I always let the motor down at rest. For what we use it for it's worked out perfect, altho my next boat will have go faster! - Ross
    Ross Henson

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    Supporting Member Super Sportster's Avatar
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    That's three and I know their is two more out there. I'm not feeling so lonely anymore! Ross, I've had the same problem when I've had the engine tilted up for extended periods on two of the engines, I can't remember on the third as it's been sitting for a couple years now. Fried my rectifier yesterday so it's off to Radio Shack for a new one in the morning.
    Dick Johnson
    1989 16ft Sylvan
    '57 Evinrude 18hp
    '58 Johnson 5.5hp
    '61 Johnson 5.5hp LS
    '64 Johnson 18hp
    '72 Johnson 6hp
    '61 Homelite 55 Shortshaft
    '65 Homelite 55
    '66 Homelite
    '68 Bearcat 55 (3)
    '70 Bearcat 55 (2)

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    homelite

    i have a 63 55 homelight on the 17 skagit

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    I have 3 of 'em

    Got 3 of 'em (not running) in storage awaiting my attention. Don't know when I'll be able to get to them...
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    Supporting Member Super Sportster's Avatar
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    And I have the 4th one in your picture along with the two powerheads. I hear Mark finally came down and got the CB750F from you.
    Dick Johnson
    1989 16ft Sylvan
    '57 Evinrude 18hp
    '58 Johnson 5.5hp
    '61 Johnson 5.5hp LS
    '64 Johnson 18hp
    '72 Johnson 6hp
    '61 Homelite 55 Shortshaft
    '65 Homelite 55
    '66 Homelite
    '68 Bearcat 55 (3)
    '70 Bearcat 55 (2)

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    Craig Lam

    I just bought one two weeks ago literally for a song. 1966 Bearcat 55. Is Bearcat Bill and Ed Ewing the only people to get parts from? Only 26 mph? Seems like it would go faster.

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    I got my rascal '68 A block almost ready to start repaint after I get it peeing right.

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