I am a senior member of a 4-H Small Engines Club. Until my involvement in the 4-H program, I didn’t know anything about engines, and I mean anything. However, during my years in 4-H I have learned about engines through personal experience, reading books, and learning from club leaders, friends, and relatives.
This blog documents how I went about restoring my last three small outboard engine projects. You can learn from my mistakes, see how I managed to overcome irritating problems, and if you have any tips yourself, I’d welcome them!
My first year in the Small Engines club was a little confusing, because not only was I an engine novice, but there were so many other things I didn’t know about machines and tools. Everything was so technical! The leaders who ran the club in my first year didn’t have a lot of information or knowledge about outboards either, and I learned as I went along. So it is for this reason that I have created a webpage offering information about small engines: to help others who might one day find themselves in the same situation I was in.
All small gas outboards have the same basic parts. Small, old, outboards are a lot simpler than larger newer ones and have fewer electrical components. This makes them easier to fix.
- Note: I will refer to these pieces in future posts
- Head/combustion chamber/cylinder
- Spark plug
- Clamp assembly and exhaust manifold
- Steering handle
Note: I’m assuming that you already have some knowledge about small engines.