A couple years back I acquired a very well maintained 3.5hp Ward's Sea King from my grandfathers belongings. I am relatively new to the outboard hobby, but have come to enjoy these older motors immensely. I have looked up the serial #'s and can't seem to find one iota of information about this motor. I always pick up an OEM manual right when I get a new motor, but it seems that one may not exist? That being said, I know for sure that it's 3.5hp, air-cooled, and from the mid to late 60's (most likely 67, 68, 69, according to my father). I found the Clymer and Seloc manuals online that cover Chrysler's during this time period. So to wrap it up, these are the few questions I have if anyone would be so kind
1) Can I get an OEM manual for this lil' guy? If not, should I choose the Clymer or the Seloc?
2) I've got the motor running, but my father says that it seems to be much louder than he remembers, and it does seem to vibrate a lil' more than it should. The prop seems to be in good shape. Thoughts?
3) To be safe, I went with a 24:1 ratio on my mix. I used regular 2-cycle, as the motor is air-cooled and shouldn't require TCW-3. Am I safe here?
Thanks in advance for all of your help, fellas. This forum has been incredibly enlightening, and has opened up a whole new avenue for this hobby which I've enjoyed a whole lot!
P.S. - I don't currently run this motor on a regular basis solely because I'm not 100% confident that it's good to go. I'd like to put it on a 12' Sea Nymph of similar age, but want to make sure it's shored up before I go running it across the lake. I like adventure, but not the "sit on the lake for hours waiting for a tow" kind of adventure