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...since there is no reverse, i figured a gear issue wouldn't be that complicated...this will be the first time i've ever opened up an outboard engine, and i'm looking forward to revitalizing this little 3hp for a 12' portabote...
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3 horse power, twin cylinder?

Twin?

What size are the pistons?

I trust it has a single carb?
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I'm using mine to run a 10' portabote too. That 3 hp will get me and the dog up on a plane with some power to spare. Not me and the wife though.

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3 horse power, twin cylinder?

Twin?

What size are the pistons?

I trust it has a single carb?
it's a 3HP Johnson model J3BRCEC, 2 cylinders
its not a Twin, i believe it went by the name of Ultra
size pistons: i don't know
1 carb
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The pistons are about 1-1/4'', they are tiny. As for the lower unit issue, it could be the rod that shifts is bent so maybe come loose. If you do find that the lower unit is bad, ive got spares to sell. Ive got loads of spares for these motors. Ive also got the shift linkage if its bent or broken.


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The pistons are about 1-1/4'', they are tiny. As for the lower unit issue, it could be the rod that shifts is bent so maybe come loose. If you do find that the lower unit is bad, ive got spares to sell. Ive got loads of spares for these motors. Ive also got the shift linkage if its bent or broken.
SVDistantStar...i'll be in touch for some of your spare parts (and intimate knowledge of this engine)...let me open up that midsection of the li'l guy and see what's going on in there first...
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1989 johnson 3hp midsection repair

well i've opened up that bottom section (and it wasn't all that complicated in there), and i confirmed that the shift rod is bent near the upper half; so i'm gonna need a new (or used) one...

i'm still not sure how the shift works. i assume that it is normally always in gear, so when the rod is pushed down, it either presses the prop shaft out of the way or hits a spring on the prop shaft to loosen its tension or something...

that rod was bent due to sloppy maintenance by previous owner; i think it wasn't put in that hole before it was put back together...
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Get a service manual for your engine. On Ebay, you can get a scanned version for around 20$ including shipping.
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Get a service manual for your engine. On Ebay, you can get a scanned version for around 20$ including shipping.
already on order from ken cook...i couldn't find anyone who could provide reprints of the model specific shop manual...
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Can you straighten it? Wouldn't cost anything but your time to try?

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