Reposting since this deserves a new topic anyway.
I found some shards of what seems to be a damper plate in my bilge while investigating an intermittent but loud racket my engine was making.
I pulled the starter to check it out, the case of it that encapsulates the starter shaft and pinion has some scaring on it. Looked inside with a mirror (which is now lost in my bilge :-)) and saw what looked like broken metal on the front of the fly wheel. 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. The shaft in the picture runs clear to the back of the bilge and into some housing, I figure it's probably connected to the prop directly.
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.
I'm starting to wonder if that's possible
Anyway, anybody have any tips for pulling my transmission?