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#10863016 - 05/22/15 12:41 AM 1983 Johnson 15 horse
redneck74z71 Offline

Registered: 05/18/11
Posts: 232
Loc: sanger
The guys in boat and motors don't every respond ! I bought this motor new prop and gone through to make lake ready paid 450 with a title did I do good ? Going on a 14ft aluminum semi v gonna go slay some catfish when the ramps open back up on ray bob.

#10863024 - 05/22/15 12:59 AM Re: 1983 Johnson 15 horse [Re: redneck74z71]
Chemdawg Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 1236
does it do the job you want it too? anything wrong with it? then you did fined down look back you will alway have eh what if in your head. if you needed it and the pice was were you can afford it your you did ggood Iam properly the biggest OMC fan alive i will take an omc over just about any motor out three. and on a 14ft boat it will move it alone quite well but that i my opion and someone else nay have an other but i stick to my saying you did ll right

#10863205 - 05/22/15 07:34 AM Re: 1983 Johnson 15 horse [Re: redneck74z71]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 15930
Loc: South Texas
Those small motors are a breeze to work on. Replacing or rebuilding carb, maybe a fuel pump, filter, and water pump are easy.
I've presently got a 9.9 88 model year Yamaha I picked up many years ago for $300 and I've replaced the carb because of a cracked bowl. I also changed the reed valves and put a 15 hp carb on to convert it to 15 horses since there was little difference between the price of carberators, and everything else in the motor was the same.
I've had a few small motors and they'll last a lifetime if you just do minimal maintainace, and keep fuel stabilizer in the tank.
Look for Chilton's type repair book for your motor and just some common hand tools and you'll be all set.
Just one more cast!

#10863285 - 05/22/15 08:13 AM Re: 1983 Johnson 15 horse [Re: redneck74z71]
mjmetro0719 Offline
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Registered: 10/25/02
Posts: 3953
Loc: saginaw,tx
That motor on a 14' will do just fine, I had a 14' flat bottom a couple of years ago with a 9.9 and with two of us it pushed us pretty good. With a 15hp and a semi v you should be able to get to those spots okay and wear out those cats.


#10863354 - 05/22/15 08:41 AM Re: 1983 Johnson 15 horse [Re: redneck74z71]
redchevy Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/25/05
Posts: 6902
Loc: texas
If the motor is in good shape you made a good buy.

I have a 15 hp merc 4 stroke on my 1436(14 foot long 36 inch wide) flatbotom With a few rods and a 180 lb me in it it ran 29.5 gps, with me and a 240 lb buddy it ran 25-26. Rough water is your enemy.

#10863474 - 05/22/15 09:21 AM Re: 1983 Johnson 15 horse [Re: redneck74z71]
fshnbassrob Offline

Registered: 11/15/07
Posts: 341
Loc: Anna
redneck74z71 thanks for this post.

This is great info. I have been doing a lot of researches here and these guys know what they are talking about. I'm just getting into catfishing and glad to see that many of the comments that have been posted on forum have put me on the right track.

I just bought a 1436 and now looking for a 10 to 15 hp motor.

#10863612 - 05/22/15 10:23 AM Re: 1983 Johnson 15 horse [Re: redneck74z71]
sleeper Offline

Registered: 08/08/04
Posts: 389
Loc: East texas
Heck yea. I have a 1973 model evinrude. It's a 25 hp. Bought ten years ago from original owner and purrs like a cat I just run the gas out every time and change lower unit oil every year.

#11044753 - 08/16/15 04:44 AM Re: 1983 Johnson 15 horse [Re: redneck74z71]
Chemdawg Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 1236
fish dont care what kind or how expensive your boat is as long as it is reliable and does the job. i would save up and get a 9.9hp like mentioned above above 4 strokes are nice but the up keep cost more and the price is higher. I still like my 2 strokes easier to work on. on my 12ft alumna i had when i was a 12-17yrs old i have 2 noter a 5.5 hp and a troling motor it would get me and my 2 friends mourned just fined they they were some big boys even at 15 there were 6ft and over 200lbs but yes you got a good deal if thats all you were asking at least i think so


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