Re: [OMC-Boats] Tilt Motor Handwheels

From: Lee Shuster <Lee.Shuster@...>
Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2012 22:16:34 +0000

OMC eliminated the hand wheels on tilt motors sometime in the 1967 - 1970 timeframe. Not sure why? So you may have an original motor. I know they showed in the owners manual on my 66 Sportsman. It's a lot easier to remove the quadrant gear if you need to get the unit down in a hurry.

I suspect it had to do with OMC dealers trying to explain to an irrate owner that it would take many minutes (hours) to spin that sucker enough to raise (or lower) a stern drive leg, especially when the hand wheel isn't exactly in the most accessible spot.
Also, the hand wheel probably was an expensive addition to add to the OEM motor sourced originally from Prestolite. Who knows, for sure?

From: omc-boats-bounces@... [] on behalf of BLDFW [bldfw@...]
Sent: Sunday, July 08, 2012 10:36
To: OMC Boats
Subject: Re: [OMC-Boats] Tilt Motor problem conclusion

Well..... anyone have the pleasure of "trying" to remove the tilt motor? That lower bolt is a killer! Will prob need to get a universal joint for my 1/4 ratchet to get in there!

Always somethin'!

Cedar Creek Lake, TX
1970 Evinrude Explorer - 155 Buick V6 - OMC Sterndrive

From: BLDFW <bldfw@...>
To: OMC Boats <omc-boats@...>
Sent: Sunday, July 8, 2012 9:51 AM
Subject: Tilt Motor problem conclusion

Had a boating buddy come out to the lake yesterday to see what we could figure out on my tilt motor problem. We picked up a new Multi Meter at Lowes and set about testing all of the circuits. There was power right down to the motor plug but no action from the motor itself even when we bypassed everything running a wire direct from the battery to the plug itself. Still nothing. We came to the logical conclusion the motor just quit working. Bad timing (when is it ever good timing??). Soooo..... we missed boating on my Explorer this weekend. Bummer.

I went on eBay and looked up tilt motors with the original part number (380361) and found this (one of many):

In looking at the pics, it's exactly what is in the boat now so it obviously the motor is not original. The end cap of the motor has the same smooth contours as the one in the pics and vice-versa. That would explain the missing hand wheel. Out of curiosity, I checked eBay for a hand wheel and surprisingly found one. There would have to be a shaft coming out the end of the motor to attach the wheel to. If my motor were original with the hand wheel, I'd have had it rebuilt just to keep a means of manually raising or lowering the outdrive.

Oh well, you make due with what you have!

Cedar Creek Lake, TX
1970 Evinrude Explorer - 155 Buick V6 - OMC Sterndrive
Received on Sunday, 8 July 2012

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