Hi, located in the N end of Idaho. I'm 72, mending broken ribs. My "short story" is I was born/ raised in a small town up here. When I was "a kid" my Dad was an auto parts guy for NAPA. Even though a parts store, the owner, a boater, held the Johnson franchise. My Dad along with selling parts, relining brakes and turning drums, and a few other things, was the Johnson mechanic.
A few years ago I bought (and sold) some various/ junk boats, and have/ are acquired a number of various outboards, most of which "still need work." My health has really slowed me down.
I have a 12' Crestliner Commander runabout, which I sometimes run with a 35hp, started to fix up and will sell a 14' Sea King, and then stupidly bought a 16' Crestliner "Flying Crest." It is simply too large for me. Last summer I bought a 15' Crestliner Voyager which needs a lot of work, cosmetically, but not much to get it operational.
I'm a Mopar guy, and have a 67 Dart I should be working on right now.
The Sea King I built a replacement aluminum dash, and new transom wood, white oak. The Crestliner I had out 2-3 times and just got into whether to fix/ sell/ etc when the "ribs thing" happened It came with a 63? Evinrude 75hp.