What is a good way to separate power head and lower cowl from the lower unit without doing damage. Took 6 nuts off from under the cowl and don't see anything else. Can't wedge about. Thanks for information
Sometimes the gaskets make a really nice seal, tap lightly with a rubber hammer to break that seal. Or "carefully" pry in a couple of spots with a screw driver. Good Luck
Drive shaft splines can be corroded into socket in end of crank shaft. What is
your general impression of prior owner's use and care? Does it seem likely
to have corrosion issues. A motor left out in weather looses protective shield
of grease and grime so corrosion issues common. A motor encased in grease and
grime likely had a roof over it and possibly a warm dry basement. Unless you
have xray vision it is kind of hard to know what to expect for sure.
Does the motor run? Leaving fasteners in but a little loose a running motor
produces vibrations that MAY free a stuck drive shaft and for sure a tight
Stuck issues are problems best solved with patience and mild methods.
The BIG hammer approach makes low price scrap rrom high price parts.
After taking a closer look I realized that the steering bracket and washers were holding it all up. After getting that off I used a little heat and rubber hammer. Worked. 1st wizard that I've restored. So far it looks to be in good shape. It will require a coil kit with wires, water pump and a few seals and gaskets. Need a good parts source for this engine. Eventually will go on a Hasty Hornet Hydro
Old Mercs and other on line vendors outboard specific parts. Local or online industrial supply house for (seals and bearings) I have been cautioned to replace lower crankshaft seal as its function is to keep water out of bearings...and old seals generally are not up to task. Seals are cheap everything else is not...time spent doing Preventative Maintenance is
likely to be less costly than fixing things after they break.