What am I looking at?

Hi Randy, I recently burnt a piston on my old 235 Evinrude, I'm thinking Iíll go find a Mercury to replace it with. I did find a good deal on "a 200 EFI Bridgeport". A few Merc running friends tell me to stay away from the Bridgeport but none can tell me as to why, that is my first question, or is there anything wrong with them at all? Also, is there a source out there where I can get info on that motor, such as shop manuals. Any info setup would be helpful. '82 Hydrostream Viking V-pad (no Training wheels), 5" setback on Land & Sea hydraulic jack plate. I also have a 29 SRX and a 23 SRX, how will these work?    Thanks so much for any help and I am glad to see you on the Hydrostream Reg.  Randy Williams



The 200 EFI bridgeport throws me. Merc made a 240hp bridgeport but it was a race motor with the plastic cowl and all. Does the motor have this or is the seller just confused? If it is a true 2.4 EFI I would not be afraid of it. If it is a basket of different parts then I would. We need more info. I make a pretty good living sorting out the "different combinations" that people sometimes get. The 29srx will be a good prop even for a stock 200. The 23 will be a door stop. As far as set up we need to know what the motor really is. As far as the bridgeport "bad things" they are a little hard on pistons as the bridge in the exhaust port beats it up more than an oval port. But any engine has it's little ills. They just need to be addressed.

Let me know what you have.




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Mark C.


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