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The History of Outboard Motors – Part Nine

The History of Outboard Motors – Part Nine

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Boat Propellers, Boating | 1 comment

When world war II ended in 1945, Mercury was ready with two new motor models. A 3.2 horsepower single cylinder called the Comet and the twin cylinder 6 horsepower named the Rocket. In 1947 the engines were redesigned with a much more modern look and a third model was added called the Lightning. This new model was a higher RPM, 20 cubic inch, 10 horsepower...

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The History of Outboard Motors – Part Eight

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Boat Accessories, Boat Propellers, Boating | 0 comments

The 1940 Mercury outboard boat motor was a very good looking streamlined motor compared to other brands at the time. The drive shaft was put inside a casing that also served to cover the water pickup line and a leak proof under water exhaust system. The water pump was also a huge leap forward in design using a Rotex rubber pump that did not need any...

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The History of Outboard Motors – Part Seven

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Boat Accessories, Boating | 0 comments

Mercury Outboard Motors was founded in 1939 by Carl Kiekhaefer who at the time was a chief engineer working at a successful company not related to boating. Wanting to own his own business he bought a failed outboard motor company in his hometown of Cedarburg Wisconsin that produced Thor brand outboard motors, with the plan to produce magnetic separators for...

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