Boating How-To’s - Removing an outboard motor
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06-04-2012, 12:44 PM
I have a 1965 Evinrude Starflite 90hp outboard that I need to remove to do some transom work. I can't for the life of me figure out how to get it off my boat. The four bolts that hold the mount to the transom are loose. I can't get the top two out without the motor tilted up but I can't do that while lifting the motor with a hoist. Is there an inner part of the mount the comes loose from the mount that's bolted to the transom? There has to be an easy way to do this that I'm just not seeing. Any help would be appreciated.
06-06-2012, 03:18 AM
Leave the bottom two bolts in. Tilt the motor and remove the top bolts. Tilt the motor down and remove the bottom two and lift it off. The motor could have been installed using 5200 as a sealant.
06-07-2012, 01:08 PM
I am not exactly sure what you are describing. However, even if the 90 is of an older make (i.e. about the same as your hull), the bolts should be able to be removed with the motor in it's normal position. Maybe some models would have an issue if the bolt heads are on the outside and had to be backed out towards the engine. Buf it the heads are on the inside of the transom, you should be able to run them out with a ratchet while the motor is snugged up on the hoist. At that point the motor would be free of the hardware - if it was installed using 5200 or 4200 as the sealant for the bolts, that is a different story. The motor will probably still be hanging on the transom without the bolts in.