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Homelite/Bearcat Block Rusting Out 5 years 8 months ago #74308

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Hello all,
Title says it. I'm still researching these because I think want one. Does anyone have thoughts or info on the blocks rusting out (top cylinder mainly or....?). Has this been a common issue? I'm sure you couldn't tell without a tear down and I would assume salt water makes it more likely as well as not flushing. Just askin'.
Thanks, Steve
Talent, OR.

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Re:Homelite/Bearcat Block Rusting Out 5 years 8 months ago #74313

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Steve,
Blocks rusted beyond service are usually only seen in saltwater areas, and especially the units with the recirculating water pump assy. The E model Grand Prix was the most susceptible since it used the recirc pump AND it had a stainless steel muffler. So with a cast iron block, aluminum manifold, then the ss muffler you made a nice battery with heated saltwater.
However, this condition is rare overall.
I have running motors if you are interested, and you're in a good area to find them locally too.
BillR

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Re:Homelite/Bearcat Block Rusting Out 5 years 8 months ago #74336

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Thanks for the info Bill. If you are up near Seattle then I saw your web site and talked with you a while back. I don't think you had anything at the time plus I have family in Redding, CA. so I've been talking with 4 Cycle Marine. Nice folks but they don't seem to have late model 'F' blocks (that I've seen).
When you say recirc pump does that mean before they put the water inlet at the top of the block? Maybe I'm over thinking these motors but trying to ID them is getting complicated. I'm looking at what should be a 1966 (sn 2266211) which has the later (?) Boston Whaler logo hood but no 'A' or 'F' on the block. Can that be correct? Crossover years?
I might try to call you again but not sure how busy you are. Thanks again for any help.
Steve

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Re:Homelite/Bearcat Block Rusting Out 5 years 8 months ago #74341

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Many engines have had powerhead/hood/lower unit swapped out, so I almost need pics anymore to see what someone "really" has.
If no A or F on the block, it did not have valve seat inserts from factory at least I've never seen it. Even the factory swing units had the A or F in the casting if running the seat inserts. However, it is possible someone installed them during a rebuild at the machine shop although chances slim.
Yes it is easy to over think these things. There are plenty of early blocks out there running just fine.
I have complete engines and parts galore, if interested call me direct.

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Re:Homelite/Bearcat Block Rusting Out 5 years 8 months ago #74432

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Yes, swapping out parts makes sense and seems likely. I've seen that before. I imagine you are correct saying there are the older blocks running fine; maybe I'll relax my critique. I'd be real interested in what you have and hey, you're 'only' about 450 miles north.
Steve

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Re:Homelite/Bearcat Block Rusting Out 5 years 7 months ago #74444

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Best running one I have is the '65. The '70 F block also runs good but so far doesn't troll as good as the '65

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1989 16ft Sylvan

'57 Evinrude 18 (finally found a decent one)
'58 Johnson 5.5
'72 Johnson 6.0
'61 Homelite
'64 Johnson 18
'65 Homelite 55
'66 Homelite 55
'68 Bearcat 55 (3)
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'71 Bearcat 85 (Sold)
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