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jackweston
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Username: jackweston

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Registered: 02-2016
Posted on Tuesday, February 09, 2016 - 05:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My Grandfather Dayton A. Rogers was an instructor at The University of Minnesota engineering dept from 1923 until he resigned and started Dayton Rogers Mfg in 1929. This company still exists today and is headquartered in Blaine, MN. I discovered in my grandfather's archives an article which he wrote in 1929 regarding the production of "The Gopher" outboard motor. This can be viewed at this link http://i1383.photobucket.com/albums/ah297/jackweston1/DAR%20220kb_zpswp9h30th.jpg . His U of M engineering class students made the parts and built these motors each school year in the later part of the 1920's. The production of this motor was likely done over a number of different school years using temporary dies to save on the cost for short production runs. Per this article 85 Gopher outboards were produced in 1929. Hope this provides some valuable information for many antique outboard motor collectors! Enjoy! To request a high resolution file of this article or for questions/ comments e-mail me. Jack Weston Edina, MN jackweston@comcast.net
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outboardguy44
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Registered: 01-2011
Posted on Friday, November 11, 2016 - 10:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I know of several Gopher motors that exist in the collections of AOMCI members. One of the best original examples of a Gopher was found in Indiana about 8 or 9 years ago. It is a straight-shaft model, like the Caille Liberty Singles that were built from 1917 to roughly 1928. Thanks for posting, I will contact you for a copy of the article.

Best,
Chris S

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