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        Does anyone have any pictures of how they shored up their shaft when removing the engine? I am in the process of doing this and was hoping to see one that is shored up.


        Jan 7, 2020, 9:27:35 AM
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        Here are a few responses I received to my direct email. Thanks to all who replied. I will post some pictures once I get the engine and fuel tank out. Kinda cramped right now.

        Loren Beach
        Mon, Dec 30, 2019, 3:38 PM (8 days ago)

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        Hi Cj,
        Here is a picture of how we supported the shaft. There is a U bolt around the shaft and thru one side of the aluminum channel.
        That L-shape channel is screwed into a partial bulkhead on both sides.
        Lacking that, I bet you could fabricate something similar, behind the transmission.
        Feel free to look thru my other nearby blog entries about the engine project.

        You should also check in with Tod Bassham. He did his engine change while in the water.


        TodDeedie Bassham
        Mon, Dec 30, 2019, 8:53 PM


        I can’t find any photos, but can describe what Norm did during our repower. Norm bolted a couple of 2x4s about 1 foot long to the shaft coupling, then screwed the bottom of the 2x4s into the fiberglass rim of the engine pan and strapped the top of the 2x4s to a wooden cabinet crossbeam across the top of the engine compartment, which effectively immobilized the shaft, kept it from sliding forward, and kept pressure on the shaftseal. Obviously your engine space is different, but I hope that description might help.

        Charles Pennington
        Tue, Dec 31, 2019, 7:47 AM

        I have experience with this issue. I could better explain it in person and draw pictures for you if that is OK with you. It’s easy to do.


        Jan 29, 2020, 7:03:30 AM
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        Here are a few pictures of the bracket I made using body putty. I use a u-bolt to complete the bracket assembly. I will post a couple of it installed soon.

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