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Pedestal Adapter Plate Removal

On my binnacle is this Pedestal Adapter Plate which holds the Gemini compass. I removed the compass, but to replace the throttle cable I also need to remove this plate. There are not any bolts accessible from what I can see, only small slots in this plate, but not sure what they are for. I've tried twisting, poking, cursing, but no joy. So, any suggestions on how to get this plate off the binnacle to access the throttle cable? It looks like part #36 in the attached compass schematic.
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Re: Pedestal Adapter Plate Removal

The plate should be able to just be pulled up at this point. The only securing bolts would be the 4 threaded rods, and they appear to just running through the plate, not really connected to it.

Have you used a knife to cut all of the sealant between this plate and the shifter/throttle housing below it?
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Re: Pedestal Adapter Plate Removal

Thx, its on really tight, so perhaps being held on by corrosion. I'll try a "persuading" tool to loosen things up.
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Re: Pedestal Adapter Plate Removal

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Re: Pedestal Adapter Plate Removal

Interesting setup on your boat with the studs. On my boat extra long screws go through the plate and down to threaded holes at the bottom of the shifter part of the pedestal. On yours it looks like the bolts come up from the top section of the shifter part and are held in place with nuts.

What holds the shifter/throttle part onto the pedestal? It is just sealant?

While you are in there I suggest lubing the main wheel bearings and chain as well. It made a huge difference in feel and rudder feedback on my boat.
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Re: Pedestal Adapter Plate Removal

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What holds the shifter/throttle part onto the pedestal? It is just sealant?

While you are in there I suggest lubing the main wheel bearings and chain as well. It made a huge difference in feel and rudder feedback on my boat.
The plate is held on to the pedestal by corrosion and rust!!! It just slides over the four bolts, that are mounted to the pedestal.

I was thinking of lubing the chain, etc. Any recommendations on type of lube? As you can tell, I am brand new to the boating scene.
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Re: Pedestal Adapter Plate Removal

No, I mean the section below what you removed. The Edson pedestal is modular, and the part holding your shift and throttle levers is a module that is sitting above the base section of the pedestal (where the steering gear is). Those two parts should be bolted together, but it looks like they aren't.

A teflon dry lube like "super lube" works pretty well.
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Re: Pedestal Adapter Plate Removal

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No, I mean the section below what you removed. The Edson pedestal is modular, and the part holding your shift and throttle levers is a module that is sitting above the base section of the pedestal (where the steering gear is). Those two parts should be bolted together, but it looks like they aren't.

A teflon dry lube like "super lube" works pretty well.
Yes there are two bolts holding the top collar onto the pedestal. I was informed this is actually a Cinkel, vice Edson, pedestal. Here is a drawing:
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