Help us out by shopping


General Comments

Here is where you can leave comments about this site, boats, motors, fishing, and other topics, or just simply say hello and tell us where you are from.  Please, no political, jokes, or anything not appropriate for this site. You must Login if you wish to leave comments.


Login with your Facebook account.

You can now login with your Facebook account.




I can't find any pdf file for that manual.  I can point you to eBay where you can buy and download the pdf you are looking for.  I think the cost is around $6.00…

I think I had good reasons for not having that file on my server, but that was over 12 years ago!

Please let me know how it works out if you buy that pdf from eBay.




Hello there!  I just bought my first vintage boat (1952 Hewescraft 14) and it came with a 1955 Sea Bee (Goodyear) 5hp outboard.  I think I understand it was made by the Gale div. of OMC.  The engine is really clean and appears to be all intact, but I was told it hasn't been run since the mid-80's.  I figured a new impeller, coils, and basic tune up is in order before I try to start it.  This is my first outboard project.  Is there a parts list somewhere for this motor?  Best source for parts?  model 5D11G.  And help or encouragement is greatly appreciated!  -Rob


That sounds like a fun project for the winter.  I did some looking and it appears that you can use the same ignition parts as I use on my 3.0 and 5.5 HP projects.  Johnson and Evinrude used pretty much the same parts on many motors, which works out well for you.  I think you can find other engines with a similar carburetor.

That motor is too old to be listed in a lot of the common sources for parts, but that does not mean you can't find parts for it.  If you do a search on eBay as I did, you will find many new and parts listed for that motor.  I even saw a parts manual there which I would buy if I were you.  You can also pick up a lot of clues like part numbers and such.  I learn a lot just by looking at parts listings on eBay.

One thing I want to do with this site is hearing feedback from guys like you about the motors you fix up and the parts you put into them to make them work.  If I know that a certain part works with a certain motor, I will plug it into my parts listings as an (unofficial match) to help others down the road.  Simple things like this can help many people around the world in this same situation so please contribute your knowledge when you are done.  This is especially true since I added all those languages.

I don't know where you are located, but I would suggest you join a local chapter of The Antique Outboard Motor Club Website -

One of my dreams in life is to take an old boat and motor like yours and go to an event like this.

Another great source for old parts is:

Please keep us posted.




Thanks Tom for the site!  I live about 40 miles north of Seattle on the Puget Sound.  I was lucky to find my motor on the East side of the state where it never touched salt water.  I will keep you up to date on my motor as I work on it over the winter.  I also want to polish up the aluminum hull of the boat and sand/refinish the oak trim/gunnels.  I’ll be towing it behind my 1958 Willys Wagon, so it should be a real time capsule at the boat ramp!  

One (probably dumb) question...  would it be a bad idea to even try to fire the motor up as it sits?  The appears to be good compression when I pull the cord, and the integral tank is empty and doesn’t smell bad.  Maybe it doesn’t really need anything?  Clean the spark plug, put some fresh gas mix in the tank, drop it in a test tank, and see what happens?  Or is that a silly pipe dream begging to damage the motor?  Thanks again!  -Rob


If you are the kind of guy who has a 1958 Willy's, then you won't have any trouble getting that motor running.

Your question about trying to fire that motor up is a good question that I have not heard anyone ask before.  I would think that trying to start that motor would not hurt anything, especially if you are feeding it some mixed gas/oil.  You might give each cylinder a shot of WD40 or some lubricant.  The more I think about it; I think it would be a very good thing.

I have heard many stories about those old motors starting right up after being stored for many years.  It all depends on how well it was put away and stored the last time it was used.  Hopefully, they ran all the gas out of the carburetor.  A good cleaning would help as well.

Don't expect too much right away.  It may run, but that is no indication it will run well when you are out on the water.  At the very least, you will need to replace the coils.  All coils go bad with time even though you may not see much damage.  High voltage with higher RPM and moisture can get into cracks and cause the coils to arc or fail.  The newer coils are far superior to the originals.

It sounds like that motor is well worth the $150 or so in parts to get it fixed up and running like a top. I am looking forward to hearing about your progress.


Recent comments


Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti inspired by Maksimer