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 on: September 23, 2022, 04:55:40 PM 
Started by antman - Last post by MERCMAN
I've not head of the pinion gear breaking off!!
Pull the spark plugs out and make sure you can rotate the flywheel easily by hand, before proceeding with anything else.

Mercury were very clever at using the same components on quite a number of models, thus saving huge tooling costs. I'm not familiar with the Part Numbers you have quoted. However, small enhancements to existing components did always necessitate a new Part Number.

In the 60's and early 70's there wasn't a different Flywheel for every Horsepower in a given year of manufacture.

Without seeing the two components side by side, I'd say give it a go.


 on: September 22, 2022, 06:11:28 PM 
Started by antman - Last post by antman
starter motors ......just fired it up  well it didnt .  broke the shaft on the starter holding the small gear
..used it twice over the last two years ... had diaphram trouble in the fuel pump  .. replaced it and never got back out
pulled it out for spring and whammo
also bought a internal wiring loom cdi  for it
was starter no 50 37274 have spare  but part number 50 58788
doesnt have tapped thread for the starter solinoid  in the casing but (
can i use it  ?or is the gear on top not suitable for the flywheel
thanks ant

 on: September 08, 2022, 08:56:17 PM 
Started by Guardian - Last post by MERCMAN
Hi Justin and Welcome to The Board.

I feel I understand your question. The first thing, I wouldn't fill the chambers with foam for many reasons.
To me, it makes very good sense to install small pieced of conduit say 20mm diameter (and as low as possible) between each bulkhead.

If you do hit something at sea, water won't enter a chamber faster than the air can get out. A decent pump can look look after what ever flows out of a 20mm conduit.
Underneath the splash well near the transom, make a cut out in the floor and install a Ronstan Inspection Hatch into chamber closest the transom, then install a decent 12V Bilge Pump.

I'm assuming there is already a Bung installed in the transom. If there is, your entire under floor area should be air tight, thus water tight.

Personally, I'm not fond of automatic pumps as the can have dramas. Generally, I'm on my boat when it's in the water and I will switch my pump on, if I'm ever trouble. Simple!




 on: September 08, 2022, 08:30:14 PM 
Started by True blue - Last post by MERCMAN
A very impressive Bell Boy.
As for the motor, I seem recall there was some type of relationship with Chrysler Outboards. If you look at the West Bend, you'll see a lot of Mercury traits. There are many traits under the bonnet as well. In saying that, The Chrysler had no traits.. go figure?

In saying that, both the Chrysler and the West Bend had high gear ratio's and low pitch props where as... post 1961, Mercury abandoned the "norm" at the time
and pioneered the better  low gear ratio's and high pitch props. It was not until the very late 60's, when OMC (Evinrude/Johnson) followed Mercury's lead.   


 on: September 07, 2022, 01:03:54 PM 
Started by Guardian - Last post by Guardian
Hi, Can I please get get some help with a project Im doing at the moment. Im putting in a new floor in a Guardian 5 m half cabin. The underfloor is made up of 10 ribbed stringers/bulkheads running across the boat.
Ive pulled all the old stuff out out as it was rotted etc...There is a hollow square tube of fibreglass that runs down the spine to the rear bung.(it only goes 2/3 of the way to front..)
My main concern is do i seal up all of the 10 chambers and fill with foam so there is no drainage or do i put pieces of conduit in each bulkhead for drainage? If it Is sealed up to floor I am not expecting any water to get into chambers if they are glassed and gelcoated. If I allow for drainage and fill with foam will this stop any water from being able to drain out. Also I thought having sealed compartments would mean if I hit a rock at sea only that chamber will fill with water not the other 9.
Any advice would be appreciated.


 on: September 06, 2022, 10:26:48 PM 
Started by True blue - Last post by True blue
Another photo

 on: September 06, 2022, 09:51:08 PM 
Started by True blue - Last post by True blue
1964 Bell Boy all original boat motor and trailer.

 on: September 06, 2022, 12:56:04 AM 
Started by True blue - Last post by True blue

 on: September 05, 2022, 07:43:56 PM 
Started by True blue - Last post by MERCMAN
As for the white weatherboard boat.. (tongue in cheek) it could be a Nipper, they were made in Taree (NSW North Coast) .
Other than that, I have know idea. Sorry.


 on: September 05, 2022, 07:30:18 PM 
Started by True blue - Last post by MERCMAN
OK, the Red one is a Pride Trident.
They arrived on the market around the time of the popular 1960's TV show "Flipper" There were two Tri Hull's featuring in almost every episode.

Glastron had two Tri- Hulls in there line up, around that time.
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