1977 mercury, merc 200, 20hp

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by Brentkeele, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. Brentkeele

    Brentkeele New Member

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    I picked up a boat and motor earlier this last spring. The motor is a 1977 20 hp mercury (model merc 200). This motor runs fantastic and is very reliable. The issue I had with it was that the previous owner had covered the whole motor in flat black paint some years back. I really did not like the appearance it had like that. So, I went to work and scuffed and sanded the whole outside of the motor. Then I used some glazing compound body filler to fill in the worst of the chips and dings the motor recieved over the last 30 yrs and again sanded everything smooth. I then primed it, painted it, wet sanded it, and clear coated it. I took the wrap around portion of the cowl to a local sign maker and he covered the center section of it with Advantage Max 4 HD camoclad and custom printed the mercury badging in white with a black shadow. I then clearcoated over the vinyl work.

    I apologize, but I did not take any before pics, but here is what the finished product looks like.

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    I apologize for the lack of quality in these pics, but when I am done working on the boat that this motor usually hangs on, you will see it better.
     
  2. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    I like that!! Kudos!!:big_smile:
     

  3. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    ain't nothing wrong with that
     
  4. Laker2

    Laker2 New Member

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    FINE lookin Merc.- Looks like a new one
     
  5. BKS72

    BKS72 New Member

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    Looks good bro! Nice work on the paint and I dig the custom Merc logo.
     
  6. psychomekanik

    psychomekanik New Member

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    Very cool. And unique..
     
  7. Brentkeele

    Brentkeele New Member

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    Thank you everyone, I appreciate the kind words!!
     
  8. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    I have found the 200 20hp Merc to be a very reliable engine also. I like the custom trim on the cowl. Mine still has the original cowl trim on it. Gotta love those old Mercs.
     
  9. Brentkeele

    Brentkeele New Member

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    I have not been able to use it yet, to find out if there are any reliability issues, but as an owner of a specimen of the above named motor, ya gotta love hearing stuff like that. I know that it pushes the boat it's hanging off of, REALLY well. planes out and scoots on down the water.:cool2:
     
  10. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    I've had mine on 2 boats the 1st was a 14X4 fiberglass and I have it on an old runabout now that I converted to a catfishing boat. It's an old Sea Star 15'X5'
     
  11. jdward

    jdward New Member

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    That looks awsome!! If she will run as good as she looks you better hold on!!!
     
  12. Dsage

    Dsage Active Member

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    Looks great, I have the same motor just a 73 model yr. Great little engine.
     
  13. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    How can you figure out what yr. model it is buy the numbers on it??
     
  14. Dsage

    Dsage Active Member

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  15. Brentkeele

    Brentkeele New Member

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    As the previous poster said, Oldmercs.com has a section where you can use the serial number to find out what year your motor is.
     
  16. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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