The antique outboard motor club devoted to those with a passion for antique outboards a worldwide nonprofit organization. Chris craft oliver motors landolakes classic boat club. It gives a good guide as to who made what and when. Vintage sledvintage boatsoutboard motorswooden boatsfishing boatsboatingpackagingantiquehistory. Feb 22, 2014 vintage 1954 lauson 4 cycle engines outboard boat motor fishing print ad ebay.
I was told by the previous owner that the engine is a four stroke tecumseh, with the ob parts added by lawson. This 3 horsepower lauson outboard, manufactured in 1954, is a freshwater model. Here are a few pictures of the finished motor and the work as it progressed. Get the best deals on vintage complete outboard motor engines when you shop the largest. I would really like to find one, i like the air cooled ones too. In 1895, henry, jacob schmidt and john incorporated as the john lauson mfg. Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts. They were sold to tecumseh in the mid 50s they never put the outboard back into production. They would manufacture outboards through the 1956 model year. Spark ignition was practically unheard of at the time, so the first lauson used hot tube ignition.
Mar 18, 20 shorpy historical photo archive evinrude girl. The pictorial history of outboard motors webb, william j on. Gas engine magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information. May 09, 2019 at the rear of the tank, the casting has a chunk cracked off, but it appears this only affects its stability when set down horizontally on the ground. If you enjoy boating and you have ever wondered the history of the outboard motor then this book would be for you. This newest museum attraction along the grant wood scenic byway is located at 605 east maple st. Internet museum dedicated to the history and preservation of the long gone oliver, chriscraft, oliver manufactured wizard, and perkins of uk diesel fame outboard motors. The elto company and johnson motors merged with evinrude in legend has it that the outboard motor began with evinrude, a manufacturer that continues to make waves today despite some very dark days a few decades ago. If it is indeed a 4 stroke then it is surely a lauson if it is a 2 stroke tecumseh it may be built by eska. The old outboard book by peter hunn, paperback barnes. By 1937 johnson sales exceeded those of evinrude and elto, and the 1 millionth johnson outboard was produced in 1952. For a time in the 1950s, gale was the worlds largest producer of outboard motors. Buy the old outboard book by peter hunn online at alibris.
Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf. While few specific details concerning the engineering development of these motors exist, i thought a brief history would prove interesting. In 1956, tecumseh products company purchased the lauson manufacturing company, which was founded in 1895 by john lauson. Peter hunn began collecting old outboards after receiving a 1928 johnson for his tenth birthday, and since then he has acquired several hundred. It had a horizontal cylinder, vertical crankshaft and driveshaft, a tiller arm for steering and a 90degree gearbox. It had a horizontal cylinder, vertical crankshaft and driveshaft, a tiller arm for steering and a 90degree gearbox below the water ahead of the propellers. In 1956 tecumseh purchased lauson manufacturing and in 1957 they purchased power products a 2 cycle engine manufacturer. Ole evinrude and his outboard motor badger biographies series. Outboard engine manufacturers boat part manufacturers. Please practice handwashing and social distancing, and. Outboard racer george martin was convinced that his poppet valve intake method for 2stroke motors would revolutionize the boating industry and in 1946, he introduced the first production models under the martin name through an odd royalty based manufacturing agreement with the national pressure cooker company. They are the most common motorized method of propelling small watercraft. From garden tillers and chainsaws to irrigation pumps in rice paddies and outboard motors at fishing resorts.
In 1940 lauson introduced their first outboard motor, a 2. Oddjob motors whirlwind russian made antique outboards. My lauson marine engine catalog lists 12 water cooled engines. Lauson outboard motors the lauson manufacturing company was founded in 1895, by john lauson. Perhaps as part of a greater plan, his brother henry had been working in a gas engine manufacturing plant in chicago. The old outboard book tells the story of the outboard motor, from the earliest days near the end of the nineteenth century through the dawn of the modern outboard era in the 1960s. The first year lauson 410 did have a different lower exhaust casting and tiller handle. The johnson brothers the outboard motor industry saw more than just the rise of elto in the early 1920s. Models covered are a410, s300, s350, s351, s353, t600, t650, t651, and t653. Incredible amount of detail about all those kickers from the past. Vintage 1954 lauson 4 cycle engines outboard boat motor. Lauson chronicle vintage gas engine newsletter 1973.
Lauson is a totally air cooled 4 stroke outboard built in the 40s and 50s. Couldnt find a t642 closest t600 in 4849 or t650 in 50. The former owner of two upstate new york radio stations, he currently teaches communication studies at the. Lauson motors were made starting in 1940 as a 4 cycle air cooled motor. Vintage rare 1940s lauson sport king outboard motor stand. S121 overview the first clinton engines factory was established in 1946 to manufacture small generalpurpose aircooled gasoline engines. By the way, if you happen to runacross a 50s outboard called a corsair, or an outboard bearing the firestone tire brand, you are looking at a scott. While evinrude, johnson and mercury survive, martin did not. Could you post a picture of this motor so others can see it. In the late 1930 s, jay smith began working on an outboard motor design to complement the planned production of an outboard line of boats. Lauson, penn power mowers condenser ph529 fg4082, 29177. In 2007 the yankee chapter of the antique outboard motor club celebrated the 85th anniversary of johnson outboards.
Vintage lauson sportking marine outboard motor engine pull. Caille, champion, evinrude, flambeau, johnson, martin, mercury, scottatwater, waterwitchthe big list chapter. A whopping 3hp out of this little aircooled lawn moweertype motor perched on top of an outboard lower unit. This book isnt for everyone, especially those people who think of outboard boat racing engines as the. The newly formed johnson motors company burst onto the scene with a twincylinder motor, quickly taking leadership away from evinrude motors.
Oliver outboard motors cyberspace museum restoration corner paul monesks lauson. Hunn is a outboard curator for the thousand islands antique boat museum and is a regular contributor to antique outboarder magazine. Lauson outboards were produced form 1940 up through 1956 when the company was purchased by tecumseh which then ceased production. Building on his childhood love of tinkering, hunn, the author of half a dozen books on outboard motors, hopes to infect others with his joy of small engine restoration. There are three main styles and the two horsepowers mentioned are a 5. Ok so i know its a 1948 or 1949 6 hp 4stroke, air cooled, essentially a lawn mower engine on a outboard lower.
My comments on the restoration rewind starter the recoil spring was broken. I know nothing about lausons except what i found in the old outboard book. Brought it mone, cleaned her up and got her running. Over the years, the evinrude outboard became a setpiece of pure americana. Lauson maufactured 4 cycle engines for many pieces of equipment from farm tractors, marine inboard, power plants, garden equipment, motor scooters and more.
At the rear of the tank, the casting has a chunk cracked off, but it appears this only affects its stability when set down horizontally on the ground. Oliver outboard motors cyberspace museum restoration corner. If you want a book to tell you about the history of old outboard motors this book is for you. Commemorative flyer from tecumseh lauson in 1973 showing history of lauson company products. Vintage complete outboard motor engines for sale ebay. Posts about lauson outboard written by conductorjonz outboard boat motors. Pull start unit for a lauson sportking 4 cycle marine engine. This little motor is indeed a 4stroke outboard that weighs in around the weight of the afformentioned johnson 30hp.
Sep 17, 2012 peter hunn began collecting old outboards after receiving a 1928 johnson for his tenth birthday, and since then he has acquired several hundred. Looking beyond frost kings at unusual lauson engines. Page 2 has many pictures submitted by other owners of wizard outboard motors, and page 3 features technical data including the ability to compare your wizard outboard motor to is counterpart mercury outboard motor. There is even a clinton engines historical association for hardcore collectors and history buffs. Lauson chronicle vintage gas engine newsletter 1973 tecumseh. I think this goes on a 1948 or 1949 engine, but not sure.
This offer is for an original instruction, service and parts manual for lauson sport king outboard motors. Lauson chronicle vintage gas engine newsletter 1973 tecumseh outboard tractor. Find great deals on ebay for lauson motor and lauson engine. Welcome to parts from the past vintage small engine parts. The motor in question is a 1947 lauson ob410 4 stroke 2 hp outboard motor. Unfollow lauson engines to stop getting updates on your ebay feed. During the 1950 era lauson converted their lawnmower engine for outboard use, they also made the 2 cylinder model. That exclusive contest quickly took its place in portable marine propulsion history as the free outboard story and spread through the. It is a four stroke, with a verl flat oil sump and a little piston oil pump driven by a little crank.
Art i do not think lauson was making outboards that early, i would think its closer to 1950 but a picture would realy help. In 1935, ralph evinrude and steve briggs bought the company and made it the third leg, with elto and evinrude, of outboard marine and manufacturing company. We accept and for paypal orders, click on the above paypal logo for secure credit card transactions. An outboard motor is a propulsion system for boats, consisting of a selfcontained unit that includes engine, gearbox and propeller or jet drive, designed to be affixed to the outside of the transom.
About the best tool available is peter hunns old outboard book. Lauson maufactured 4 cycle engines for many pieces of equipment from farm tractors, marine inboard, power plants, garden equipment, motor scooters and more in 1940 lauson introduced their first outboard motor, a 2. Previously, outboards from the like of martin, bendix and lauson were. Warsaw, virginia on display in the window of this northern neck town at the daily coffee shop is a snazzy martin 40 outboard motor. Antique 19 evinrude detachable rowboat motor outboard motor duration. Racing outboards 19071989, a history of the great horsepower race is a recently published book by donald w. I snagged some flea market photographs for the tomboy style bookthese two photos in. Boat manufacturers listed alphabetically boat manufacturers listed by boat type outboard engine manufacturers boat part manufacturers. All of their outboards were to be 4 cycle air cooled motors. This column will address some of the other brands of outboards that one is certain to runacross while out searching for.
Oliver outboard motors cyberspace museum restoration. You could also try keeping an eye on ebay auctions of similar motors but this can be unreliable since the prices for a given outboard have been known to fluctuate widely day to day and week to week. The new company, called outboard motors corporation, was. Johnson was the featured marque at the yankee chapter formal meet in september 2007.
The torque tube may be brass or steel depending on year. It produces a whopping 2 hp, is air cooled, and loud as hell. By the time of the purchase in 1956, lauson manufacturing company had grown into one of the largest manufacturers of small gasoline engines in the united states. A zw918 at 200 pounds is listed, as a 1 cylinder, 4 cycle, valve in head. This was apparently the first gasoline powered outboard.765 808 1063 1150 1387 1080 1418 695 610 404 1256 21 182 485 452 1285 1370 1256 1544 997 449 220 1477 899 384 878 1053 1288 1322 1303 1159 499 1253 573