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1982 70 hp Evinrude

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  • 1982 70 hp Evinrude

    I am considering purchasing a 1993 21 ft Crest pontoon boat. The boat is in very good condition. The only concern I have is the age of the motor. If the motor has been well maintained, can I expect a few more years of reliability?

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    Re: 1982 70 hp Evinrude

    Howdy Jonathan.That engine is only 20 years old. If it has had reasonable care it should last another 20.The OMC 3 cylinder loopers are among the best engines ever built. They were 20 years ahead of the industry when introduced around 1970 so there is no obsolescence to be concerned with.A compression test (all cylinders compress 100psi or more and are within 15% of each other) and an on the water demo (engine reaches 5000-5500rpm at full throttle, starts easily cold or hot, idles smoothly and doesn't overheat) should demonstrate what sort of shape she is in.Good luck


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      Re: 1982 70 hp Evinrude

      You gotta like a guy who talks about a 20 year old motor like it's just broken in. JB is right -- an early-'80s Evinrude will be reasonably easy to work on, with ready access to replacement parts. The 3-cylinder models were a workhorse, and there are a lot of them around from the '70s (and of course those "new" ones from the '80s). It's a good bet if it's been cared for.