I PICKED UP A 1946 WIZARD WD3 LAST WEEK IT IS ALL THERE EXCEPT I NEED RINGS DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN GET SOME. AND IS THE COLOR OF THIS ENGINE GOLD THE DECALS ARE MOSTLY THERE .
when doing my motor look up I found this..
I think your motor would be the kd3 model.
I believe the motor should be a "dull aluminum" color
good luck with the motor, I myself am waiting on some parts so I can get back to the wd4s.
nice to see another old motor out there being worked on.
the people here have been very helpful and have given my a lot of insight and encouragement. As I said before good luck on your motor and post up any questions you may have.
Jay sent you to the right place....check out www.eastcoastmarine.com for the rings. The WD3 is based on the KD3: http://www.eastcoastmarineservice.com/kd3.html
This Wizard was a gold color, like you indicated. If you are going to cosmetically restore it, you can get a decal reproduction set at:
I don't know your mechanical background so bear with
me...most outboard motors produced since end of
WW2 use a rubber impeller to pump the cooling water...
these usually fail during long storage or shortly
after...so you might just as well order one
ignition wire insulation is well into senior citizen
status so you might as well get of piece of 7mm
braided(flexible) wire core ignition wire and maybe some heat shrink tubing for coil to ground and coil
to points wire...condensor are cheap.
Points may be NLA so dress lightly with an ignition
file and spray with no residue electronics cleaner
to remove all trace of oil on points.
You can make the gaskets from stock or order a set
which while convenent will run up cost of job.
You can order seals and bearings online or see
if local bearing supply house can supply.
Rering and hone cylinder may be enough to do all
that needs doing mechanically, but, it may make
more sense to refresh the seals gaskets and
bearings so the powerhead will not have to be
gone into again in near future.
Core of everything is the crank shaft with its
bearing, seal and splines...they may be
rusted, grooved or worn to point that they will
not start or run well.
A lot depends upon the care given by prior owner(s)
over the past 6+ decades.
When doing your first motor you learn a lot if you
let the motor speak to you...
beat up. rusty, missing or broken part motors
generally are as bad or worse inside. While pristine
appearance is no guarantee of good things inside
it is more likely than not to find good internals
on a motor with good externals.
They are ALL fun to work on if you like challange
and have patience to see the job thru.
jpatti is right again. I was cleaning some more on my wd4s, which should be like your wd3 and found the fuel tank,spark plug covers, and "water cooling towers?" had evidence of gold paint. wish I could find a pic of the original paint scheme, All the ones I have seen have been aluminum, and green.
Here's a decent original gold WD4 Wizard:
My 1946 WD3 has the bars on the side like the Mercury below instead of the wings as in the decal for sale at