Virtually every K&O toy
outboard motor came with an instruction sheet. Most were
unique to that particular motor but some used the same instruction
sheet as a prior year to save money. It's also not
unusual to find a Mint In Box toy outboard that someone had since
their childhood and it have the wrong sheet with it. We must
always remember that these were toys in the 1950s and not
collectables. K&O was not concerned about getting it right
since the instructions themselves were almost all identical and the
only thing that changed was the picture of the motor.
Some of the instruction sheets say "Operates from 3
to 6 volts." This is fine and means that you can use two
"AA" or "C" or "D" flashlight
batteries for 3 volts or 4 batteries for 6 volts. BUT,
many of the instructions say "operates on 3 to 9
volts." DON'T use 9 volts! It will
burn out the little electric motor inside the cowl in a very short
time. Don't go higher than 6 volts. Also, don't let them
run too long.
Before trying to operate your motor after 50 years make sure that
you add a little machine oil like "3 in 1" oil to the oil
hole on the side of the motor to lubricate the gears and flex
shafts. Two or three good drops is enough or it will leak out
the prop shaft.
I want to thank Scott Smith for going through a lot of
trouble sending me and giving me permission to use his instruction
sheets to get this page started. Also Denny Cole
for his tireless work scanning these instructions sheets.
Also, Kevin Wells and
others for helping out giving us their sheets.
if you have a sheet that's not here please scan it and send it to my
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercury Instruction sheets.
The Mercury instruction sheets followed the same basic format as the other
manufacturers with a wiring diagram and short description on how to use the
Note: The 1958 Mark 78 used the Mark 75 sheet. The 1961
Merc 800 used the 1960 sheet. The Merc 1000 actually had two different
sheets, one with a white motor and the other with the correct black
motor. I haven't seen a sheet for the 1961 Merc 60.
Evinrude instruction sheets.
As you can see, the early instruction sheets were in color but the later ones
were in black and white.|
Note: The 1962 Evinrude motors, both the 40 HP and 75 HP, used
the same sheets from 1961.
Johnson instruction sheets. Notice
the picture in the first instruction sheet. The motor doesn't have
decals on it. This is the earliest K&O instruction sheet I have ever
come across for the name brand motors because it was probably used before K&O had acquired the
rights to use the Johnson name.|
Note: There were two different instruction sheets for the
1956, one in color and one in black and white. The 1960 40 HP used the
1959 35 HP sheet. Both the 1962 motors used the same sheets from 1961.
Scott-Atwater and Scott instruction sheets.
The same as most sheets from other manufacturers.||
Buccaneer instruction sheets. Like
the Gale sheets above, there were only two purely Buccaneer motors made by
K&O, the 1957 and 1958 motors.||
Oliver instruction sheet.
Since there was only one Oliver ever made by K&O, the 35 HP Olympus, there
is only one sheet here.||
Generic motors instruction sheets. These
varied from the K&O generics to the general generics. Many generic
motors didn't come with an instruction sheet.|
Note: I have never seen an instruction sheet for any of
the Sea Dart or Tornado motors.
Coming Soon! ||Coming
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