[MessaboutW] Car Engine for boat
I was just readin that issue last night. That's exactly the reason why Itoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
asked the question earlier. the artic;le is from 1997. The author said you
could pick up a subaru flat four for about $400 to $800, a hurth
transmission (specialized) for $300, or something like that. a bunch of
other parts, like different carb, different cooling, different exhaust,....
All in all it would probably be cheaper than a new four stroke outboard, of
That's the plan now for the 16 foot runabout. There's a little more Hp in
the four cylinder inboard, than I need for the boat, but heck, it sure would
be a fun project.
From: pateson@... [mailto:pateson@...]
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2001 9:45 AM
Subject: [MessaboutW] 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.
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The log pusher. Several years ago I was collecting sedimentsamples on
WeyCo. Springfield's log pond in the middle of winter. It was veryfoggy
and I felt like we were in a calm piece of the ocean or a harbor,because
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 mostof all
the smell of sulfur, (around here we call that the "smell ofmoney").
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 thewest end
for final removal. While we were out in the log pond on a pontoonboat
driving core, he would offer assistance with his log pusher. Onetime, out
of my dismay for his disregard to THE UNION, he let me drive thething
around a bit. It was like a bucking bronco, or a weeble wobble onwater. I
swear we were gonna tip over. Anyway, it had a wheel directly ofover the
outboard shaft and you could spin that boat in circles or do allsorts of
weird maneuvers. There was no reverse, you just very quicklyturned the
wheel 180 degrees. If you would fart around at 90 or 270 oranything in
between 0 and 180 you'd start going sideways. The operator was apro, he
had been out on that log pond for probably a good 20 years. He wasa dying
breed, I suppose. Soon after we completed the job, WeyCo.,decommissioned
the log pond and it turned it into chip storage. I noticed theyhad a
couple of the log pushers, and if I my memory serves me correctly,both
boats were left high and dry in the boneyard. I wonder if thereare still
out there. Seems a shame they don't have them on display in amuseum, or up
at the front desk, or something like that.a very
small steel barge to collect sediment samples. I was the geo thatwas
logging the samples when the trackhoe bucket would drop a big pileof
rotting elephant dung on the deck in front of me. It was a greatjob, I had
to hang on every time the trackhoe would stick his arm out over theedge of
the barge and the gunwale would drop under water, I'd be on theupper side,
right behind the roaring diesel. Then the arm would come up andthe barge
would slosh back to the other side, I'd get up close to the side oftrackhoe
as the operator would swing the bucket over in front of me and drophis
load. The whole time I would be scrambling around trying to staydry and be
ready for a capsize (unlikely, but it sure felt like it).a log
pond? I've been wracking my brain, but I can't recall what they'recalled.
Anyway, they're short, fat, and have an outboard mounted right inthe
middle, arranged to spin around 360 degrees. Nowadays the motors ina
special mount that spins, with a circular "handle" on top that theoperator
uses like a steering wheel. Last year at the antique outboardshowing in
Florence there was a great big, long shaft 10 hp. Evinrude builtfor 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).The
old-timer who brought it said that after the war surplus ones wereused on
those little log pushers. It may be there again this year (plug,plug).
With dry decking replacing all the log ponds it's hard to find aplace to
see one of those little pushers in action anymore. A friend of mineused 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 logpusher is
anything like the machinery in the mill (still running their sawswith
steam!) it's probably worth a look. Maybe it's one of those old Navyone, 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?
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