Ah well who knows.
I pulled the starter
the case of it that encapsulates the starter
shaft and pinion has some scaring on it. I decided to go ahead and try and pull my bell housing and it's proving to be rather difficult. I'm not quite sure how I can get at it. I was thinking I would unbolt the propeller
shaft, disconnect the transmission and slide it back to get off the bell housing. But I got stuck on step one.
Here is my drive shaft, with half the bolts pulled.
The bolts that are pulled run in to the left side of it (from this angle) and are nearly as long as that big red grommet. The other side has nuts, which have threaded heads coming out of that thing. So even when it's good and unbolted it doesn't seem like it's going to come out unless I move my transmission forward
. But the whole idea of coming from the transmission side was to do it without moving the engine.
If Omatako's theory is correct, those broken shards of coil spring would probably be older than this engine then. But then again, a starter
of such nature might be older than this boat (1970).
Anyway, anybody have any tips for pulling my transmission?