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.
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
Evinrude 5.5hp running on Crestliner boat
This motor came from another area dealer who had tuned it all up last year.
Only to have the owner be a Dead Beat. So I was asked to sell it for them
I'll be listing this on eBay shortly. As you can see it runs great. I ran
it for around an hour. And it ran great the whole time.
Johnson Sea Horse 5.5HP 1960 CD-17
NOTE: its a 1960!!!
This engine was my dads but he gave it to me. Its been sitting outside
COVERED for 3 years and the coil was cracked.
One was new and other dead also the water pump was screwed up so my dad got
a new one and installed it after it was running on one piston we nevered
knew that other was dead i found out when i removed the spark plug and saw
buch of oil on it so when i removed the flywheel the coil was shorting out
and cracks on it.
After my friend needed two new ones and i needed one, so we ordered three
from US. Now it runs like new and very smooth it can idle to 388RPMs very
The knocking sound is from the exhast hole so it sounds like knocking but