bobpaul. just had my buddie come down tonight with an old 5.5 evenrude fisherman. his uncle got it for $5 at a garage sale. he said he had no idea if and what was wring with it. its a tiller and a short shaft. we were gonna fool with it for my 10' jon. we noticed that the head bolst were loose. we went ahead and removed the head. the pistons looked fine. the cilinders were smooth and had no scores or marks. we rvted the head after cleaning it and put it back on. we tested the plugs that didn't look to bad. had great spark. we dropped a few drops of gas into the cilinders and with 1 pul it fired.. we got some 2 stroke gas and with a make shift gas pump filled the carg bowl with gas. the thing started up and ran 3-4 min just on this gas with no fuel line attached. the outlet was spitting a good stream of water and it idled fine. the only thing was it was missing 2 head bolts. it was leaking a small amount of water at one of the missing holes. gut ran great. we plan on getting a whole new set of bolts tomorrow for the head and taking off the carb and cleaning and new gear lube and a complete de greasing and lube job on the zerks. any other suggestions for this project. we couldn't believe it ran so easily. its goaat be a good motor. tested forward and reverse. both worked fine. was shooting water from the barrel. with a bit of choke we got it to start every time with 2-3 pulls. should be a great motor with some work. thought there might be some things you might suggest checking too. this is to cool. we were gonna use a 36# minn kota. now have a gas motor.