Car Engine for boat


I haven't done it, but have been interested.
(I think I'm intersted in about everything)

Wooden Boat Magazine had a design contest a few year
ago for a Subabu Auto engine powered boat.
I got the first issue on it, but not the one on the actual
This is the issue
converting a Subaru engine for marine use, 134:52
Other references can be found by typing in Subaru at search.

I've been trying to find out more as I think Subaru
woud be great for Boat use. (Small,flat,long lived,economical)
I'm too cheap to spring for a back issue.
Any body Got #134.
I would be interested in what changes need to be made,
and how expensive the thing would be.
There's a ton of Subaru's out there.

I did see a work boat over at Yaquina Bay years ago
that had a standard car or truck engine and transmision
of unknows make, with a propeller shaft attached to the
U joint off the tanny and a steel frame to support the
shaft and prop.
The shaft and prop could be uphauled out of the water.
Looked very crude, but looked like it must have worked,
as the boat looked Very much used.

I have seen a "Log Pusher" and thought about that after
writing. Have also seen "Bumper Boats" amusment park
rides that do the same thing.


--- In MessaboutW@y..., thoms.bryn@d... wrote:
The log pusher. Several years ago I was collecting sediment
samples on
WeyCo. Springfield's log pond in the middle of winter. It was very
and I felt like we were in a calm piece of the ocean or a harbor,
you couldn't see the edges. You could here the noises, though,
like the
steam out of the stacks and the rumbling of the machinery, and most
of all
the smell of sulfur, (around here we call that the "smell of
Anyway, one of the log pond fellows had a log pusher (steel hull),
I'm sure
he had a more appropriate name for it, I can't remember it though,
that he
used to push the last remaining logs to the chain and mill at the
west end
for final removal. While we were out in the log pond on a pontoon
driving core, he would offer assistance with his log pusher. One
time, out
of my dismay for his disregard to THE UNION, he let me drive the
around a bit. It was like a bucking bronco, or a weeble wobble on
water. I
swear we were gonna tip over. Anyway, it had a wheel directly of
over the
outboard shaft and you could spin that boat in circles or do all
sorts of
weird maneuvers. There was no reverse, you just very quickly
turned the
wheel 180 degrees. If you would fart around at 90 or 270 or
anything in
between 0 and 180 you'd start going sideways. The operator was a
pro, he
had been out on that log pond for probably a good 20 years. He was
a dying
breed, I suppose. Soon after we completed the job, WeyCo.,
the log pond and it turned it into chip storage. I noticed they
had a
couple of the log pushers, and if I my memory serves me correctly,
boats were left high and dry in the boneyard. I wonder if there
are still
out there. Seems a shame they don't have them on display in a
museum, or up
at the front desk, or something like that.

Another fun job at the log pond, was when we strapped a trackhoe to
a very
small steel barge to collect sediment samples. I was the geo that
logging the samples when the trackhoe bucket would drop a big pile
rotting elephant dung on the deck in front of me. It was a great
job, I had
to hang on every time the trackhoe would stick his arm out over the
edge of
the barge and the gunwale would drop under water, I'd be on the
upper side,
right behind the roaring diesel. Then the arm would come up and
the barge
would slosh back to the other side, I'd get up close to the side of
as the operator would swing the bucket over in front of me and drop
load. The whole time I would be scrambling around trying to stay
dry and be
ready for a capsize (unlikely, but it sure felt like it).

That's fun thinking about the field days.

Anyone, installed a car engine in a boat?

-----Original Message-----
From: jhkohnen@b... [mailto:jhkohnen@b...]
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2001 12:22 AM
To: MessaboutW@y...
Subject: Re: [MessaboutW] Re: Hopeless Boat Nut


Ever seen one of those little boats they use to herd logs around in
a log
pond? I've been wracking my brain, but I can't recall what they're
Anyway, they're short, fat, and have an outboard mounted right in
middle, arranged to spin around 360 degrees. Nowadays the motors in
special mount that spins, with a circular "handle" on top that the
uses like a steering wheel. Last year at the antique outboard
showing in
Florence there was a great big, long shaft 10 hp. Evinrude built
for the
Navy in WW II that had a circular handle all around the powerhead.
It was
geared way down and had a huge propeller for pushing barges around,
and the
circular handle was to spin it around for reverse (no gearchange).
old-timer who brought it said that after the war surplus ones were
used on
those little log pushers. It may be there again this year (plug,
With dry decking replacing all the log ponds it's hard to find a
place to
see one of those little pushers in action anymore. A friend of mine
used to
drive on at the Hull-Oakes mill at Dawson (west of Bellfountain),
but I
never went up there to see him work it. If the motor on their log
pusher is
anything like the machinery in the mill (still running their saws
steam!) it's probably worth a look. Maybe it's one of those old Navy

I saw one of those boats at Depoe Bay a while back, a fairly big
one, steel
and black. For some reason I thought it was the tug for the port.
It'd make
a good one. Know anything about it Jack?

No water in the lake at Detroit either...