View Full Version : Sears 1965 12HP Model 57159271

05-29-2009, 02:31 PM
"My web searching indicates that this motor was one of the last made by Westbend before Chrysler took over. It is in excellent condition, i.e. coils not cracked, etc., starts and runs well, points look new and good recoil pinion. Will need a new water pump.

Are these dependable motors if in good condition? I may buy this one for a back-up motor for fishing.

Serial number is 59271-1017 and it is white in color.


05-31-2009, 03:26 PM
"Well like anything 45 years old, you may be running into fuel issues (they didn't run alcohol in 65) This can soften and degrade main seals and rubber parts like the fuel pump diaphragm. Some of these parts can not be found now.

Remember --what conditions will you be trying to run this motor? After the main power fails and your day is basically a wreck-and now you are going to try and get you 45 year old back up motor going?"