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Collecting Antique Outboard Motors
“It’s a relatively cheap hobby to get into,” says Woody Quiram, Star Lake, Minn., about his hobby of collecting antique outboard motors. He’s a member of the Minnesota chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club and we caught up with him at a recent swap meet where he sold five motors and bought one.
  The Gopher Chapter has about 100 members from all over Minnesota and a few from Wisconsin. They get together 8 to 10 times a year to swap motors and parts, along with tales of fishing and boat racing.
  Bruce Reischl, who has 150 outboards in his collection, easily had the oldest outboard at the swap meet. His 1912 Evinrude attracted a lot of attention. Fellow collector Ben Dittmar of Oak Grove has been collecting motors since he was seven. “Evinrude started making prototypes in 1908 to 1909,” he says, “and they started manufacturing them in 1910. They must have done something right because many still run a hundred years later.” Dittmar owns a 1913 Evinrude and was a little envious of Reischl’s motor. “There’s quite a difference between a 1912 and a 1913,” he says, and it’s fairly easy for a practiced eye to tell the difference. For example, the 1913 has a magneto ignition which wasn’t invented in 1912.
  Other differences in the older motors: the 1910 to 1913 have small gas caps whereas the 1914 has larger ones. And the first flywheels didn’t have holes whereas the 1912 does.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Stasieluk, President Gopher Chapter Antique Outboard Motor Club, 6016 Chapel Dr., Minneapolis, Minn. 55439 (jowh.e.stasieluk@seagate.com; www.aomci-mngopher.org).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4