Introduction and Welcome

About Me:

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.


  1. Note: I will refer to these pieces in future posts
  2. Carburetor
  3. Flywheel
  4. Crankcase
  5. Head/combustion chamber/cylinder
  6. Spark plug
  7. Clamp assembly and exhaust manifold
  8. Steering handle

Note: I’m assuming that you already have some knowledge about small engines.






3 responses to “Introduction and Welcome

  1. Luckily, I found a very eccentric genius machinist in the neighbourhood who made me one. Later on, when we couldn’t get enough compression, someone wondered if the material he used for this piston ring was perhaps not the correct substance, ie: iron or steel. I never did find out if that was the specific reason.

    What did you end up doing?

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