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Old 24-05-2014, 22:39   #1
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New Old Outboard

Picked up a Tohatsu outboard today. Its new, as in still in the box, never started, but a few years old nonetheless. I'm wondering if there's anything else I should do before connecting a fuel tank to it and going through the starting procedures in the manual? Will this start just as it would have the day it was assembled?

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Old 24-05-2014, 23:32   #2
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Re: New Old Outboard

I would pull the plug and shoot a bit of oil in and then take a few pulls with the engine off so as to get a bit of oil to cover everything it should. After that you should be good to go if you start it as recommended.
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Old 25-05-2014, 10:09   #3
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Re: New Old Outboard

If it turns over easily, I'd just put in fresh break-in mix fuel (2-stroke, right?) and break it in per the owners manual.
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Re: New Old Outboard

I would change the impeller. It might be old, dried out and cracked. Happened to me once with a brand new Nissan 8 that had been sitting for a couple of years.
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Re: New Old Outboard

as long as it turns well I'd just start it up. Look for water flow from the cooling exit.
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With my Nissan there was water flow. Just not enough and the problem was not apparent until you were running wfo for a few minutes then it would overheat. A new impeller solved the problem.
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