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  • 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

    Can anyone tell me whether or not a 1958 3HP Evinrude Lightwin is the same as the 3HP Evinrude Ducktwin. I am curious which years they were made and whether or not they are the same motor.

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    Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

    The ducktwin has all the same mechanicals as the lightwin, but different paint scheme from the factory (drab brown and another drab color) It also had different decals and was supposed to be used for duck hunting. As far as I know---different only cosmetically but different model #.
    JBJ
    BTW, I'll brag and say I have a '67 folding ducktwin with 90psi and it's a great, reliable, handy motor to own!
    Not a certified mechanic but I have at least 2 shade trees in my yard and my wife always says I'm certifiable. So remember that when you follow my advice

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      Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

      I just bought a 1958 Lightwin today from eBay. It is in remarkably excellent condition. I would prefer to have the color scheme of the Ducktwin but I will settle for using a burlap sack over the top while duck hunting.

      Btw, is there a way for me to post a photo of my new purchase?

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        Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

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        • #5
          Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

          Nice motor! Good call on the gunny sack for hunting.. way too nice original paint to camo.
          author unknown: It's almost beyond the point of bearable how torturous it is to try to have any dignity in being a Vikings fan..

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          • #6
            Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

            Ducktwin 55-68 3 hp, 69,70 4hp.
            Lightwin 52-68,
            69,70 4 hp.
            66,67,68 folding, duck & lightwin
            Yachtwin turns up 64-70.
            Except for the folding feature I think they are all essentially the same motor.
            Last edited by steelespike; October 31st, 2013, 04:06 PM.

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            • #7
              Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

              Thanks Guys, I appreciate the info. I'm anxious to try it out. It's been many years since I used a motor like this. Back in the early 80's a family friend borrowed his Ducktwin to us for a couple of years. Ever since then, I have loosely kept my eyes open for one. Still to this day it's the best running little motor I have come across.

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              • #8
                Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

                Beauty original!

                Please don't paint that one!
                Chris

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                • #9
                  Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

                  Definitely a super nice looking motor! Even the decals are still nice. I like my ducktwin, but would love to own one like you have as well! You won't find too many of those that don't have banged up tanks----yours is fabulous. Glad you posted pics.
                  JBJ
                  Not a certified mechanic but I have at least 2 shade trees in my yard and my wife always says I'm certifiable. So remember that when you follow my advice

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                  • #10
                    Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

                    I say keep the paint original too. Here's a handy link to keep it running a bit longer.

                    3 HP Evinrude Johnson Outboard Tune-Up Procedure 1952-1967

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                    • #11
                      Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

                      I was curious as to what type of gas I should be running in this engine. It's been years since I have used a motor of this age. Is the gas out there these days with all of it's aditives ok to use or should I use only certain types of gas?

                      I remember that the fuel/oil mixture was 25/1 but I have heard that with the refined oil today that it is ok to run 50/1. Is that ok or should I stick with the old ratio of 25/1?

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                      • #12
                        Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

                        25/1 fuel mix w/non-ethanol fuel.
                        author unknown: It's almost beyond the point of bearable how torturous it is to try to have any dignity in being a Vikings fan..

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                        • #13
                          Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

                          i could be mistaken, but i think your 58 may require 16:1 ( maybe 24:1?) DO NOT run it at 50:1 !! if its not a hassle to get non-ethanol fuel, use it.
                          many men fish for years without ever knowing its not about catching one.

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                          • #14
                            Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

                            In my 1967 aftermarket service manual it indicates 16:1 for 58.

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                              Re: 1958 Evinrude Lightwin/Ducktwin

                              Thanks. It should be coming with the original manual so I'll check it out. My biggest concern was the new gasolines that are out there with all of the additives. I just wanted to make sure they would work ok in this older engine.

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