1966 Boston Whaler 13 Restoration

My 1966 Boston Whaler 13 restoration. This is definitely an Extreme DIY project! I’ll be restoring a 1966 Boston Whaler 13 with a 1981 Johnson 40hp outboard.

Over all condition of the interior is fair to bad. Consequently, I’ll be spending a lot of time with the interior. Correcting delamination and removing several coats of marine paint along the way. The hull is in fairly good condition. Other than patching a few holes there will be mostly sanding required. After that,I’ll apply a sealer and two part polyurethane paint using the roll and tip method.

I’ll be doing an assessment of the Johnson 40hp outboard as well. Hopefully, I will be able to use it as part of the restoration. I hope to eventually have a nice video of the vintage boat running on the lake!

Cleaning Fixed Idle Jet Passage on an Outboard Carburetor

Sealed Carburetor Access Ports

After rebuilding these carburetors I still had a rough idle. I took the carbs back off and removed the access plug and carburetor lead shot to clean the idle circuit out completely. I also found a good alternative to the expensive “carburetor lead shot plug” from OMC Johnson/Evinrude. This is my second go around with …

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How to Replace an Outboard Thermostat

New Thermostat, washer and Relief Valve Grommet

So far I’ve done a number of things to restore this old outboard to life. Before going any further though, I want to make sure there is adequate cooling for this engine. There are two things I’ll tackle to do this. First, I’ll replace the outboard thermostat. This engine hasn’t been in run on a …

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Make Your Own Spark Plug Wires DIY

Spark Plug Wires and MSD Crimp Tool

Making Your Own Spark Plug Wires Building your own spark plug wires is a simple yet rewarding task. They are not complex to build and do not require advanced skills. If you have worked with wire strippers and crimpers you can easily build your own spark plug wires. In this post I’ll be describing the …

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How To Accurately do an Outboard Compression Test

Compression Gauge

Why Compression Test an Outboard Engine There are several reasons you may want to compression test an outboard engine. If you notice the engine is running rough (especially at idle) is one. If you are buying a used boat than certainly performing a compression test is definitely in order.  Don’t make a decision on purchasing …

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How to Inspect Reed Valves on a Johnson 40hp Outboard

Removing the Manifold and Reeds

Reed Valve Inspection Now that I have I have the carburetors off the engine and on the bench, it’s a good time to pull the manifold and reeds off. I want to perform a reed valve inspection. If necessary, replace any components that are not up to par. The first step in this process is …

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1988 40HP Evinrude Johnson Carburetor Rebuild

Rebuilt Johnson Outboard Carburetor

My first attempt at starting the Johnson 40hp Engine resulted in a few sputters and a bang or two. Consequently, I checked the carbs and drained the one on top. My reward was a stream of prehistoric ooze. I tried removing the screw from the bottom carb to drain it as well, I found that …

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How to Fix an Outboard Stuck Tilt Tube or Frozen Steering Rod

Johnson 40HP Stuck Tilt Tube and Frozen Steering Rod

The Boston Whaler 13 I purchased came with a 1988 Johnson 40hp outboard. We had to return to pick it up in the bed of my truck. Once we got the engine home my son and I removed it from the truck. We mounted it on the wooden stand I had built. That’s when we …

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Boston Whaler 13 Restoration

Boston Whaler 13 Restoration Interior

Boston Whaler 13 I love restoring boats, in the past I’ve restored an 18 Ft 2001 Wahoo center console, a 2005 Seaboss 180DC Dual Console. Each of these have been increasingly more demanding in the amount of restoration required. This Boston Whaler 13 I just bought (Less than 2 weeks after selling the Sea Boss) …

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