Re: [OMC-Boats] Stern Drive Rebuild

From: BC Howk <bchowk@...>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 16:00:08 -0500 (CDT)
I wouldn't mind dimensions of the stand and some pics if you got 'em...please :-) still planning on diggin into my upper this winter.


On Aug 18, 2009, Scott Veazie <scottveazie@...> wrote:

I've done my own repairs to the upper unit, mainly punching out the plug that is installed when trucourse is not used.  For work on my stern drive, I remove it from the boat and slide it into a wooden stand I built.  With this stand I've replaced three impellers (from three different boats), installed trucourse steering from my old burnt up drive, and even done painting.  These drives are EASY to work on, the books are great, and having  some mechanical ability does help.  But I found it very easy and straight forward.  
If anyone wants my procedure for knocking out the dummy plug on drives that used tiller arm push pull rack and pinion, or if they'd like pictures or dimensions of how to build your own sterndrive stand, let me know.  It's built from scrap 2x4's.

From: dmandelas@...
To: omc-boats@...
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:55:55 -0700
Subject: [OMC-Boats] Stern Drive Rebuild

I have been following Andy’s messages lately (forward clutch not working) and it raises questions that I have had for some time.
How many of us on this list have themselves rebuilt the lower or upper unit on their OMC Stern Drive?
I ask this question because I am noticing that as our stern drive units get older there are less and less mechanics who know how to work on them, or who are willing to work on them.
Lately it seems that the ones who are willing to work on them can charge a very high price. Paying the high price is a great way to go for those who can afford to pay it. But for those who HAVE MECHANICAL ABILITIES, and who either would like to work on the unit them self, or who will eventually be forced into working on the unit them self, we will then need some sort of OMC on line stern drive rebuild clinic in order to
repair the units.
Now I have read my OMC service Manual and have used my OMC parts manual in order to make repairs on my lower unit.  While making the repairs I noticed that I ran into problems with what the book described I needed to do and what I actually had to do. My repairs went well but I’m sure my strategy of repairing the unit can be improved upon.,  I humbly ask questions from those of you who have actually made repairs.
My first questions are these;
How many on this list have them selves made repairs on their lower or upper unit?
What was your overall experience?
In your opinion what is the best way to remove the lower unit in order to work on it at home?
Is there an OMC Stern Drive Training center, If so where is it?
"That’s all I want to know at this time"

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