The Lives of Carl Kiekhaefer. Gearing amplified the effort of the cranker. By Johnson sales exceeded those of Evinrude and Elto, with the 1 millionth Johnson outboard being produced in It was also relatively reliable and easy to start. Which company built the first four-cylinder outboard motor? Maybe he was crazy after all.
He would personally light it and then lower the outboard into the roaring flames, exhorting his troops as the "enemy's" motor was reduced to a glob of molten aluminum.
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And prices stayed low. Gearing amplified the effort of the cranker. Doing Its Part By the time production of recreational outboards was formally halted in Februarymost builders were already doing other work for the military. Sales reached 6, in Got a thing for Mercurys? He updated the design and printed a brochure offering three Thor models, from a 6. Fortunately, his wife, Bess, made up for this.