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  • Buccaneer

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    #253516

    Seen this on FB Market place. The grip says “Western Flyer”.

    It looks more like a Mercury than a Gale product.

    Signed, Curious.

    Western-Flyer

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    outboardnut

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    #253520

    Handle from bicycle?
    https://www.sportsrec.com/398581-western-flyer-bicycle-history.html


    opposedtwin

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    #253526

    I imagine it’s a mercury made sea king. 1940.


    bobw

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    #253527

    Handle from bicycle?
    https://www.sportsrec.com/398581-western-flyer-bicycle-history.html

    Yes, it’s off a Western Flyer bicycle.   My sister’s WF had the same grip.

    Bob

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    Buccaneer

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    #253529

    According to Gary’s old post, they actually sold “Western Flyer” outboards,
    at the Western Auto stores, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen one.

     

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    kirkp

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    #253697

    According to Gary’s old post, they actually sold “Western Flyer” outboards,
    at the Western Auto stores, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen one.

     

    I know Wizard outboards were sold at Western Auto but never heard of Western Flyer outboards. However, I’m not going to disagree with Gary


    seakaye12

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    #253711

    Discount Marine has a reference page for Western Flyer Outboards….apparently made by Gale.

    https://discount-marine-parts.com/ob_western_flyer.html

    Peter Hunn’s book also makes reference to Gale 2.5 and 5hp motors being produced under the Western Flyer name just prior to World War II.

    I can’t say that I’ve ever seen one;  although the Western Flyer name was iconic for a lot of years at a Western Auto Supply store near you.


    lyks2tinkr

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    #253720

    Interesting.

    I do believe there was a Sea Flyer outboard made by Gale for BF Goodrich.


    Buccaneer

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    #253721

    Interesting, now I really want to see the “Gale built” outboards sold by Western Auto!

    Now that I think of it, at one time I had a WA parts motor which
    was a 25 Mercury of sorts.

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    frankr

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    #253757

    The 1941-42 single cylinder 2.5hp Western Flyer by Gale was the same as 24GG9351 Wards Sea King and 25S/25DL Gamble Skogmo Hiawatha.  Offered in Standard Rope Start and/or Recoil Start.

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    Buccaneer

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    #253770

    Frank, did the said motor have Western Auto decals? It would be
    interesting to see an actual motor. Thanks for the information!

    Prepare to be boarded!


    frankr

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    #253782

    I would have to assume it did.  But I don’t even know for sure if I ever saw one.  I was four years old in 1941.  My first wheels were a Western Flyer bicycle though.


    Buccaneer

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    #253807

    I believe there was still a Western Auto store 30 miles away, back in the 70’s.
    Not sure I remember much about it, but remember that there was still
    a bunch of neat “mom and pop” stores still going then.
    My first “full size” bike was in 1963, a red Murray, with the tear drop
    style affair that looked like a skinny gas tank, but had two “D” flashlight
    batteries inside, and a headlight on front.

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    chuckw

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    #253812

    I had a 26 inch Western Flyer bicycle from Western Auto. It had chrome fenders and a tank with a horn built in. The tank was black and gold. Loved that bike. Only one speed. Just pump!!!

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