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 Post subject: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 30 Oct 2017, 15:01 

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New member here with questions about a 1966 Mercury 200 20hp engine. I'm considering going to go look at a 14' alum boat,trailer and the mentioned engine. The guy got the set up from a property forclosure so he dosen't know much about it. Like if it runs or not. Said the engine was stored in a shed and that everything else he got from the property was in running condition. The asking price is $300 so I don't feel to bad about that. It is a two hour drive from me though. I'll offer him two and see what he says.
I've searched this site and the net about this engine and can't find much about it. What is anybodys opinion on these engines? Are they durable, parts still available, easy to work on,etc. I'm a grease monkey and love old iron so I have no issues about working on it. Thanks.


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 Post subject: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 30 Oct 2017, 16:40 
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The electronics can be a bit tricky some time but other than that they are good motors. I have a couple of that vintage.



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 Post subject: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 30 Oct 2017, 17:09 

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When you say electronics are you talking about setting points or other? I'm a bit long in the tooth with injuries and health. If tuned properly how hard are they to pull start? If one was in good condition and running order what would be the spring/summer value of it?


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 Post subject: Re: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 30 Oct 2017, 17:57 

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Motor is getting pretty long in the tooth. Here in Ontario a good runner might bring 350 and the boat another 400 if in decent shape (without a trailer) trailer here is worth 400 with an ownership. That being said, don’t be afraid of running an older motor on your fishing rig. I run a 1983 and before that a 76, both run flawlessly with little maintenance. Lots of 60’s motors running around here. For a low buck fishing rig, it sounds like a good deal. I’d give that much for a boat motor and trailer sight unseen. Even if the motor is a boat anchor and the hull is a bit of a project, you can still come out looking good.


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 Post subject: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 30 Oct 2017, 18:50 
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I remember being in the saltwater environment in 1967.
the Mercs were not highly thought of at that time.
be investigative as to its past usage the best you can.
don't judge it just by "how well it runs in the barrel".
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 Post subject: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 30 Oct 2017, 21:04 

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Talked to the guy this evening. I wanted some more info from him like what bolt pattern the wheels are. The tires are flat but I have a set of four and five bolt wheels and tires I can take with me. Also wanted a pic of the stern from the back. I asked him his best price and he said he would take Two for it so I'm going over Wensday to go get it. Figured at that price I couldn't lose much site unseen. I don't know what manufacture hull it is. He said it was 52" wide at the bottom of the stern. When I get it I'll start another thread with pics.


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 Post subject: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 30 Oct 2017, 21:18 

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You just might have an incredible set up for $200, I can't wait to see it.


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 Post subject: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 31 Oct 2017, 10:36 

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Did some searching on the net last night. Based on the pictures I believe the hull is Challenger made by Rich Line. I can't seem to be able to forward any pics from the ad.


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 Post subject: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 01 Nov 2017, 10:43 
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tasthree - you have not mentioned what state you are in.
does the boat, trailer or motor require any kind of registration
to be on the public waterways ?? (just curious).
inaccurate papers (or lack of) have caused a LOT of problems here on this forum.




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 Post subject: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 01 Nov 2017, 18:03 
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To do an old points ignition Merc "properly" you need special tools to set up the magneto. Properly is the key word. Check and see if coils are available for that vintage as well as condensors. In all probability you will need these at the bare minimum.
Check and see how much a carb kit is for the engine.
Check and see how much a complete water pump assembly is and also an impeller. You may need a complete assembly.
Check the gear lube to see if water is present in it.
I would have these answers in your head before you jump on it.


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 Post subject: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 01 Nov 2017, 22:27 

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I picked up the boat today. Will try to post some pics later on. Jonney.I'm in NC which is a title state for anything over 14'. I put a tape measure to it and it's 14'3" so I'll have to pay up for that. I have what I hope are all the notorized papers I need. Pappy. It's been a long time like over 30 years since my last outboard work. Rebuilt a evenrude 140. What special tool is needed for the magneto? I have a dwell meter and know how to use it. The boat, motor and trailer look in remarkable shape considering they are over 50ys old. After I got home with it I ran the number for the motor and it comes up as a 1967 not a 66. I know I need to change the impeller and lower unit oil. But why do you say I need "at bare minimun" new coils. Do these particular coils go bad just from sitting or something? When I order the impeller I'll order points,con and a coil anyway. I always like to have spares on hand.


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 Post subject: Re: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 02 Nov 2017, 10:14 

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I’d say see if it runs first, then go from there.


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 Post subject: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 02 Nov 2017, 13:39 

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Posted some pics. I want to add to what I meant that the boat, motor and trailer is in remakable shape. Considering the age AND what I paid for it all. I really don't have the time or energy to work on it right now. When I do I guess my plan is to get a service manual, change the lower unit oil. Then the impeller. Try starting it up and see what happens and go from there. Will problably need to clean the carb. If things don't go well with it I'll just go get me a running 15hp J/E and be done with that part. I want to keep this thread about the motor so I'll post pics of the rest in another thread.
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 Post subject: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 02 Nov 2017, 14:55 

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That looks like a running motor to me... before you believe you have to replace everything in the ignition I'd see if I could get it going as is.... might already have new everything... Just make sure the impeller and lower unit is functional first... My guess is that it was very well taken care of...


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 Post subject: Mercury 200
PostPosted: 04 Nov 2017, 11:47 

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Well I went to drain the lower unit oil today and nothing but 1/4 cup of water came out. Don't know if the oil was drained out in the past for some reason or if it leaked out a bad seal. I was going to take the lower unit off anyway to change the impeller. Guess I'll be doing a leak test and go form there. Any suggestions?


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