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Just an update.  While it might not look like much on the surface, I've been busy entering parts into the site database.  I do not have this information in electronic form, so I just have to enter it the old-fashioned way.

Right now, if you look at motors before 1980, you see a listing of parts for that motor, if available.  This past summer, I entered all the Evinrude/Johnson/OMC/BRP motors from 1980 to current.  This was a huge job, but I got it done.  Now I am entering all the parts in the Sierra Catalog and will reference them up to the motors they work with, along with Amazon links.  Right now I am entering piston rings and have about 100 more pages to go!  I believe the result will be worth the effort.

I am writing some custom programs to help with the referencing, but first I need to get all the parts entered.

I did put a link to the 2018 Sierra Catalog so people can look up parts that I do not have entered yet.

I have a few other site issues I want to clean up, but for right now, I want to get all the parts data entered.

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I am near the end of matching up our long list of parts and the motors they work with.  In other words, I am entering in the application tables so that when someone pulls up their motor, a list of matching parts for that motor will be shown.  This was a bigger project than I imagined, but I am currently in the last few pages of entry.

While I have tried very hard to be as accurate as posible, there are sure to be some errors.  If you spot a part that you know does not work with your motor or something that needs to be corrected, please let me know by posting a comment here.

I have learned a lot in this process, particularly what is no longer available for some older motors.  I hope to go back and do some research to see if I can find solutions that are not so obvious.  Any input or suggestions are welcome and will be used here to benefit others.

Now that we have this site multilingual, I am amazed at how many visitors we have from around and how many languages they are using.  I welcome everyone as we all seem to have a common love for the motors we are working on.

I have more ideas on how to improve this site and will be putting a lot of effort into it over the next few months.  Three things I want to add to the site are props, spark plugs, and service manuals.  These are things that a lot of people seem to be searching for.  Stay tuned and keep checking back.

 

Tom

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