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Pull outdrive on OMC 3.0 24 Aug 2017 18:00 #1

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I own a 1988 Bayliner Capri 1950 with a 3.0 OMC. Bought it new; NADA rates it as worth only $1,800.. Only 120 hours on the water with it! Been in storage for 5 years. Just spent 2 weeks doing maintenance and small repairs. Put it in the water and discovered a leak on the inside transom, a steady trickle coming from the bottom of a metal plate above the drain plug. I'm told it could be a bellows, or even just a water-pump hose, but either way it requires pulling the outdrive for access. I'm not a mechanic but can do routine stuff -- tuneups, replace the impeller components, etc. On a scale of 1 to 10 I'm probably a 5 for mechanical aptitude. Paying a boat mechanic to diagnose and fix my leak is not practical on a boat with such low retail value. Question: Is pulling the outydrive and changing a bellows, or similar work, likely feasible for someone like me?

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Pull outdrive on OMC 3.0 24 Aug 2017 21:20 #2

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Yes !

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Pull outdrive on OMC 3.0 25 Aug 2017 13:50 #3

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Yes it's easy as long as the drive is not corroded in place. Keep in mind that you will need to pick up the gasket set for the transom assembly (Sierra is fine for this) and a can of non hardening gasket sealer for the gasket (OMC gasket sealer or Permatex Aviation Sealer). The out drive weighs about 85 lbs so figure out a way to support it. If you know where to look Crowley Marine's website has maintenance instructions on line for this job....

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