an '89 johnson 3hp
i picked up the 1989 model of this 3hp johnson (looks in exactly the same condition as the pictures above). it starts, but it has issues; it won't go into gear after turning the shift handle. actually, it did go into gear the first (and last time) i had it in a lake only after banging down on it "on the tilt", otherwise it would have been an embarrassing tow back to shore. also it couldn't sustain itself at low revs...
question: is this gear/linkage problem relatively easy to fix? i already ordered a shop manual as i am planning on rebuilding the carb, ignition parts, head gasket, and maybe impeller (i miss anything?).
any advice regarding this ouboard will be greatly appreciated...