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  • anyone heard of a "stinger" motor?

    Has anyone out there heard of a Johnson motor referred to as a "stinger"? My 1970 115hp has remnants of some old lettering on the motor cover which says "stinger". I have never seen this in old photos or heard of it before. Maybe it was done by a previous owner who thought it looked cool Stay Dry,Dan


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    Re: anyone heard of a "stinger" motor?

    There were several three cylinder models in the 70s and 80s that were labeled as "Stingers", but I recall no V4s.
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    • #3
      Re: anyone heard of a "stinger" motor?

      Yes, as JB said, there were three cylinder models designated as "Stinger". Some were even painted bright orange (don't ya love the 70's)The V-4 models carried the designation "Javelin".

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      • #4
        Re: anyone heard of a "stinger" motor?

        The early 70's V4 Evinrude hot rods were Stanglers. Its interesting that that motor came out just when OMC hired Charlie Strang away from Merc. Coincidence? I think not!

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        • #5
          Re: anyone heard of a "stinger" motor?

          The first "Stingers" were indeed V4s and were the Johnson counterpart to the "Strangler" V4 racers used on the tunnel boats of the day. They were not for general consumption and if indeed your V4 is a Stinger, you've got a rare gem on your hands. The commercially available Stingers were initially 65hp I-3s, followed by a 70, then 75hp models. In the mid 1970s Evinrude offered similar "high performance" models with special white with blue accent graphics, the Sizzler 2-cyl., Hustler 3-cyl, and Strangler V4. Although some of these models may have been used in racing, they were primarily just jazzed up graphics and paint versions of the regular models.The late 1970s/early 1980s saw several "Javelin" models, as Johnson dusted off the premium model name that was previously used on 30 and 35hp models in the mid 1950s. The 1980 model year had some snazzy gold accents - ...- Scott
          Share A Project Page for 1971 GW Invader Banchie 13
          http://www.shareaproject.com/pages/p...,p,433,00.html
          Share A Project Page for 1976 American 18
          http://www.shareaproject.com/pages/p...,p,404,00.html
          Share A Project Page for 1974 American 15
          http://www.shareaproject.com/pages/p...,p,405,00.html

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          • #6
            Re: anyone heard of a "stinger" motor?

            Thanks for the info guys! How can I tell if this really is a "Stinger"? The model number on the tag is: 115ESL70D. Now you got me really wanting to know the history of this boat!Dan

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            • #7
              Re: anyone heard of a "stinger" motor?

              the model no says it's a 1970 115hp just like my 70hp 1974 70ESL74M. I had a 75hp stinger motor that was a powerhouse but it was a 3 cyl. Good luck with it

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              • #8
                Re: anyone heard of a "stinger" motor?

                If you had a real V4 Stinger or Strangler youd be going nuts trying to find a prop. And earplugs. And 100 octane fuel.

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                • #9
                  Re: anyone heard of a "stinger" motor?

                  HA HA 98 octane unleaded is available at any gas station here in DK, they all have 92 regular, 95 regular and 98 premium, take that. Does that mean we can start shaving cylinderheads ?

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                  • #10
                    Re: anyone heard of a "stinger" motor?

                    Here's a pic of the decal if anyone is curious. freewebs

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                    • #11
                      Re: anyone heard of a "stinger" motor?

                      Hi Jolly Roger, Sorry, but that "Stinger" logo doesn't resemble any Johnson created logo I've ever seen on a motor. I suspect someone added it after the fact...- Scott
                      Share A Project Page for 1971 GW Invader Banchie 13
                      http://www.shareaproject.com/pages/p...,p,433,00.html
                      Share A Project Page for 1976 American 18
                      http://www.shareaproject.com/pages/p...,p,404,00.html
                      Share A Project Page for 1974 American 15
                      http://www.shareaproject.com/pages/p...,p,405,00.html

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                      • #12
                        Re: anyone heard of a "stinger" motor?

                        Oh well, thanks anyways Scott. It was fun to dream about for a couple days! Plus the topic got me searching on the web and I found some old pics of tunnell boat racing they used to do around here. They did it on the same slough that I boat on, kinda cool!Dan

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                        • #13
                          Re: anyone heard of a "stinger" motor?

                          AjollyHow soes this motor perform?
                          Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser.

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                          • #14
                            Re: anyone heard of a &quot;stinger&quot; motor?

                            954winns-Well it performed very well until it overheated the last trip out. With a new water pump, t-stat, and head gaskets I hope to be back out on the water soon!Dan

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                              Re: anyone heard of a &quot;stinger&quot; motor?

                              my 75hp stinger had a red cover with white letters on the sides abot 2" tall that said Stinger

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