Re: [OMC-Boats] First Summer Run - Electrical Issue + Need Coupling/Key

From: Nexi <ohnoitsnexi@...>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 08:36:13 -0700 (PDT)

I've been looking at OMC # 980274. Am I looking at the wrong part? I can't find
a 67 Sportsman 120 list but I did find a list for a '68 at Just want to
make sure I'm buying the right part.

From: Nexi <ohnoitsnexi@...>
To: omc-boats@...
Sent: Sat, June 26, 2010 11:12:13 PM
Subject: [OMC-Boats] First Summer Run - Electrical Issue + Need Coupling/Key

67 Sportsman 120
So I finally got her ready for the water. Changed the spark plugs, oil, filter,
and lube. The problem with fuel coming out of the carbs, apparently a stuck
float, seems to have been solved by pouring SeaFoam directly into the fuel line
and letting it soak inside the carbs for a few hours. Fired the engine up, got
the good ol' puff of white smoke, and so far no more stuck float. So today we go
to the lake for a test run before hitting the Atlantic. Of course, something has
to go wrong.
I put her in the water from the ramp and tie her up to the dock and so far so
good. Now I start her up and she's running just fine for a good 5 minutes. Untie
her from the dock and put her in reverse... she stalls out and is now completely
dead. I've got no power to the dash whatsoever. I check the battery and
connection is just fine so I resort to the tug test under the dash. After about
45 seconds of tugging and shifting I get power back and start her up. She's fine
again for about 30 seconds and stalls out, once again completely dead with no
power to the dash. I tug for 45 seconds and nothing so now I'm just sitting
there getting frustrated. I let her sit for a couple of minutes and all of a
sudden she's got power to the dash again. So I start her up and she stalls again
within 30 seconds, once again completely dead. I give up and paddle to the ramp
which is only 50 feet away at this point since I never actually made it
anywhere. Now we get ready to load her onto the trailer.....
So here comes the trailer down the ramp. First thing I need to do is lift the
sterndrive out of the water. Wishful thinking.. all I hear is a winding noise
but the sterndrive isn't moving an inch. Oh great.. something else broke! Of
course I forgot my toolkit when I left the house so I couldn't undo the bolts on
the tilt to lift the sterndrive out of the water. Long story short.. I get home
pull the tile motor and notice that one of the coupling pieces is cracked in
half and that little rectangular piece which I'm assuming is called a key is
just laying in there. I just priced the coupling w/key set and I found it for
$50+. That's a bit rich for my blood right now.
I'm open to ideas/suggestions on both issues. So much for a fun day on the lake.
Just my luck!

Received on Monday, 12 July 2010

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