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sea king 3.5 for the fatt knees Dink

Hello all, I have a fatty knees dink and am looking at a sea king 3.5, wondering what you think of a 1968 sea king 3.5? said to have a small fuel leak from the carb bowl, wondering how big of a problem that is and how hard and expensive it is to fix? I dont know much about motors, and even little about the so called "sea king" is it a decent little motor, and being more than 40 years old what problems are likely to show their ugly faces soon?
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Many old motors are tough to find parts for, and they all need parts. Also, one thing to keep in mind with a lot of old motors is a) they have a LONG recoil, b) they are finicky about starting, and c) they do not have a neutral- add it all together and itmeans that while you are pulling and almost capsizing as you try to start your hard to start O/B, when it DOES start you have to make sure you are pointing in the right direction, right now. You may be happy to engage in this rustic endeavour, but the first time your significant other gets soaked because she overcompensated on a starting wind-up and threw herself overboard, it's gonna be ugly. Ask me how I know.

Spending another hundred dollars or so on a later model mariner, mercury, johnnyrude or UJOB is money well spent.
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You should be SeaKing a newer motor.
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I second the looking for a newer motors. Or third. Anyway, parts can be impossible to find and costly when they are located. If you are a shade tree mechanic they should be easy to fix but if they do have some sort of speciality work that needs to be done it might be impossible to find someone that knows how to do it. Not mention old motors dont like all the ethanol that is put in today's gas. It tends to gum them up and cause a bunch of other problems.
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Yeap, Pretty much what I was thinking, Gotta have neutral too.. 80$ but id rather have a reliable little Yamaha or Nissan. Thanks Fellas!
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I have a yamaha & very dependable.Can depend on it being hard to start,plan on working on it today.marc
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