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Yeah, I was just stung by the "no early pix or links" rule. Perhaps you could put the photo up on and s p e l l o u t t h e U R L so it was not a link...

I've got a much older Evinrude 4, but it's out of reach right now.

Does yours start? If it turns over easily, it won't hurt to run it dry for a few seconds. That should answer your question about the hole/port.

On looking at

I wonder if it's the coolant water intake. If so, you can test it by running the motor in a bucket and watching for the coolant stream.

You can often get an idea about old engines from sources such as:

Evinrude Gearcase Parts for 1990 3hp E3BRESR Outboard Motor
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