unusual is how we classify the Outboard Jet 200. From Peter Hunn's
OUTBOARD BOOK I learned that it was made in Indianapolis Indiana
and the company dissapeared not long afterwards. Outboard Jet (OJ)
motors are different from other jet outboards because the jet thrust
exits the outboard above the waterline, about at the height of the
transom. Starting in the early 1960's, the first OJ motors used
a Tecumseh air cooled powerhead. These sold well enough for OJ to
totally redesign the motors including an all-new proprietary powerhead.
Looking like a hideously mutated OMC 9.5, the motor seen here was
the second and improved model offered by OJ and was only available
for a few years. The OJ unique powerhead is an alternate firing
twin 2-stroke, loop charged and water cooled. Cooling water is diverted
from the jet wash and we are told can be problematic at low RPM's.
The magneto and pull start look to be the same as the West Bend/Chrysler
outboards of the early 1960's. The carburetor also looks to be the
same as the one used on my Chrysler Sno
Runner. Apart from these items, the rest of the motor appears
to be 100% from Outboard Jet, even the transom clamps!
the millions of jet skis that are sold each year, Outboard Jet was
way, way, ahead of its time!
Outboard Jet 200 - 9.5hp
Year & Model:
1967 Outboard Jet 200 9.5hp
Horsepower: 9.5 @ ? rpm
Cooling: Water diverting jet wash
Condition: 100% Unrestored
Retail price when new: $369.50
Weight: 62 lbs.
Oil/Gas Mix: Estimated 16:1 ratio (2-stroke)
Spark Plug: ? (It had J-7J plugs in it)
The one review I was able to locate in Peter Hunn's BEAUTIFUL
OUTBOARDS says this motor compares in speed and power
to a Johnson TD/TN.
enters in the bottom front and exits the nozzle under the
Outboard Jet 200 File Library
Here are a couple of brochures and letters I found on the OJ that tell something of the story behind the company. You will need to have an Adobe pdf viewer to view them. (This is a free program you can download from the web if you don't have it)
Outboard Jet Dealer's Letter
Outboard Jet Company Write-up in the September 10th 1964 Indianapolis Star Newspaper
OJ-J55-B Brochure (thought I'd include it in case you have one)
If you have additional items to share on the OJ-200 please contact me and I'll include them here.
photos of this oddball!
Jet unique powerhead
nozzle - this swivels to deflect the thrust for forward,
neutral and even reverse!
Outboard Jet logo is curiously similar to THE INCREDIBLES
logo in the 2005 Disney movie of the same name!
plastic script on the starboard side. You can also see the
rough sand casting found on the pan & leg.
dashboard - button on left stops the motor, choke is on right.
Scott Atwater pull start knob appears incorrect. Small panel
under the pull start can be removed by a thumb screw to adjust
the carb settings. Appears to use a Mercury fuel connector.
While the whole motor is so heavily made it could deflect 50cal bullets, the impeller is made from the crappiest plastic imaginable. Of the 4 motors I have, there is only one with the impeller intact! Any debris, pebbles, sea weed (or whatever) that gets by that intake grill easily can damage it. I'm hoping the world of 3D printers gets to the point where I can scan and output a new one, certainly the material wouldn't be any worse than what it was originally made with. So far my first attempt with the one at our local library came out like a blob, but as the technology improves, (and if I can get someone to help me who is knowledgeable about the CAD program associated - AKA son Hurricane Harry), there may be hope!
|I have one intact impeller, this is the next best. Since it is the most critical part in the whole outboard, why make it out of such cheesy plastic? Especially since the rest of the motor is built like a battleship! Hopefully someday I'll be able to scan and output a new one on a 3-D printer, so far my first stab looked more like a donut...
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