This is my first time to this site, I have been picking up small displacement motors of all types as I hate to see them go to waste. Today I picked up a Wizard model WG4 serial # 728312. My questions are 1 Is it better to clean them up or leave them as found? 2 The motor I got today is complete but has a broken tiller handle and one leg of the motor mount is broken. Other than that It doesn't appear too bad. It pulls over with the roap starter but I haven't actually tried to start it. the cover has been painted with what looks like latex paint but physically It looks fairly good. Oh the prop is a little chewed up. 3 Is it worth saving?
Welcome to the sickness of Wizard outboard ownership.
I have about 4 Wizard outboards myself and I like the attention they draw at the boat landing.
It's a matter of personal choice to clean up or leave as found. I like the cleaned up "old" look myself, and usually clean mine up with a degreaser and leave the original patina. It's real hard to match the wizard green out of a paint can off the shelf. I hear there's a guy in Canada who is selling green paint that is supposed to be a match to the Wizard green. Wizards aren't worth a lot , but they are sure fun to play with. Yours was made by Mercury around 1951 to 53 and is 6 hp. Don't try to get parts from the local mercury dealer...He'll just make you angry and send you packing as their catalogs don't go back past 1969??? I think.
here is a link to the thread of the parts breakdown about half way down the thread in the (Manual 80-06) :
Click on the url below the pictures for a clearer image of each page.
The mercury/Wizard lower units are the weakest link to the motor so baby it as well as the water pump impeller. Use lubriplate #105 from Napa in the lower gear case. I've heard of others using corn head grease as a substitute. lower unit gears are next to impossible to find so treat them well.
E-bay is a good place to get some parts. do a search for "Wizard outboard". The wg4 shares many parts with the Mercury KD4.
Be sure to do a search for all the threads on this forum for the WG4 or wg-4. Many beginner questions have already been answered many times before on this forum, but don't be afraid to ask.
You might start here:
Have fun with it.
Transom mount Wizard WG-4:
Tiller handle WG-4:
bullet style grip: (similar to OEM) Ask Seller question to make sure you are getting color black before purchase. This style grip can be hard to find.
It depends upon what you want to do with motor. A parts missing/broken outboard that has been repainted
poorly would be difficult and expensive to restore to factory new. Generally outward appearance is a good
guide to overall condition of things you can not see.
My vote is you have a source of (some) parts that might help restore a better candidate for restoration.
If you intend to sell by all means clean it up so it
takes a better picture.
They're such a simple great little engine, I vote keep it as the joy you'll get out of restoring it will for sure make it worth the money. I love tinkering with mine. It's as if you can feel the craftsmanship and pride of the era it was built.