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    Here's a question for someone with knowledge on the early Evinrude motors. I have a 1961 Evinrude fastwin 18 horse motor, Pull start. I am adding an electric start to it that came of another engine. My question is would a solenoid from an older ford work? both have the heavy lugs for the main power cable and the two smaller tabs, or is the amperage to different for it to work? Just a thought I had and couldn't come up with a diffenative answer. Thank you for the help. Eric, AKA jamesdean.
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    I think the old ford solenoid should work fine if there is room enough.
    I used to have a '56 18 horse. had alotta fun with that.
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    actually a riding mower solenoid might work too. if you burn one up, they should be cheap enough.
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    Thanks Baitwaster. I couldn't find no references to amp draw on either. Sure will save some money I hope....
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    Old Ford solenoid would be more than good enough, and should do fine.
    My Dad had a '57 model 18 Fastwin, aint nuthin' like it.
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    Had a 56 18hp that was pull start, and it was a beast!
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    Yep Skeet, no doubt. If this thing sets much of any time without being started, It's really hard for me to get started with my back. Lots of compression for sure...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamesdean View Post
    Thanks Baitwaster. I couldn't find no references to amp draw on either. Sure will save some money I hope....
    its not really a question of amperage draw. All solenoids draw(or consume) very little current as they are basically just relays(electrically flipped light switches) that allow higher current (or even different voltage) to pass through them.
    The starter for a small outboard should be relatively low current (compared to a chevy big block) and most any solenoid that you can wire up should work (or at least worth a try if they're cheap enough)
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    It will work.....i replaced the solenoid on a side by side ATV with one for a Ford truck because a ATV one cost 3 times as much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamesdean View Post
    Yep Skeet, no doubt. If this thing sets much of any time without being started, It's really hard for me to get started with my back. Lots of compression for sure...
    Aint that the truth!
    With my Dad's old '57 18 Fastwin, in normal operation we ran the motor out of "Lock" in case we hit something the motor could lift up, and when we put it in reverse, you put one hand on the front of the motor to keep it down in the water. It became a normal reaction.
    But when it was time to "Pull the rope" - you had better have it in lock! One hand on the motor and one hand on the rope handle would usually not get 'er done!
    Here is a video of a 1958 Evinrude Fastwin 18 that looks just like Dad's motor (That my Brother still has).
    It's a nice, pleasant video, and quite informative. A great deal for the recent buyer, IMHO.
    Those motors really look ahead of their time to me...
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