OJM Test Report: 1958 Johnson CD-15 5 1/2 hp
The Johnson/OMC 5 1/2hp outboards from the 1950s are in the running for the
greatest outboards ever made. Smooth, quiet, reliable and fuel efficient,
they were and are the "gold standard" for small outboard motors, not just
in the 1950s but even today. This series motor started life in 1954 and
was constantly upgraded through the final version in 1979. (It is said that
OMC literally wore out the tooling!)
This is a 1958 Johnson CD-15 5 1/2 hp that I picked up at a yard sale about
10 years ago for $50. It needed the usual coils, carb kit, fuel lines and
impeller but runs just perfectally as you can see in the video.
1959 Evinrude 5.5hp Jubilee
This is an all original 1959 Evinrude Golden Jubilee edition outboard. It
is honoring the 50th anniversary of the first Evinrude in 1909. This motor
is all original and runs about as smooth as anything out there.
1952-54 Johnson Seahorse Model JW-10
Here Stan is again with another of the fine vintage outboard motors. This
is an early 50's 3 hp Johnson Seahorse model #JW-10. These little motors
run so smooth and efficiently.
Cold Start the 1955 Evinrude Big Twin 25 Horsepower!
Hi! Cold War Motors picked up this 1955 Evinrude 25 a couple of years ago.
We just re-commissioned it with a couple of new pickup coils and points,
some plugs and a quick clean-up of the carb. We also replaced the water
pump impeller thingy. It started right up after sitting for many years!
These old motors are very well made, dating from a time when American stuff
was the best in the world. Soon, I hope to load up some video of it running
around on a lake (if we can find one where 2 stroke motors are still