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    Corroded swivel pin = new transom and gimbal ring!!!-gctid376538

    Well, a seemingly small problem with a simple repair just went became the worst case scenario. I noticed that my transom was leaking into the bilge... tracked it down to the swivel pin. I bought a kit to cut out an access hole in the transom assembly to get at the swivel pin nut to pull the gimbal ring and replace the pin and seals. I have to say the kit worked great, but the nuts and pin are so severely corroded that there's no way they'll budge (believe me, I've tried everything short of a sledge hammer!). So, I guess I'm faced with the reality that I now need to go out and buy a new transom assembly and gimbal ring $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

    My question is, is it wise to go with a used (decent condition) transom and gimbal ring off ebay for ~$500ish versus a whole new setup for ~$2,500? 2 grand is quite a savings, but I don't want to have to do this again!

    Also, just a recommendation for saltwater boaters pulling their engine for any reason - replace your swivel pin with a SS pin as preventative maintenance!

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    I'm guessing your boat must be a salt water boat to be that corroded and can't offer you any special ways of getting your swivel shaft off that you probably have not already done. What I will suggest is you contact Ron Bender at J-R Marine in Ohio. He is a specialist in this area of the boat and sells products and solutions. Maybe you already have spoke to him since you indicated you have a plate kit but you did not indicate the product name. I myself have reworked my gimbal assembly using Ron's plate kit, wrenches and his over the phone advice but my nuts were not severely corroded like yours. But if you have not spoke to him I would suggest calling him for his ideas on your problem.

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      ildukhunter wrote:
      I'm guessing your boat must be a salt water boat to be that corroded and can't offer you any special ways of getting your swivel shaft off that you probably have not already done. What I will suggest is you contact Ron Bender at J-R Marine in Ohio. He is a specialist in this area of the boat and sells products and solutions. Maybe you already have spoke to him since you indicated you have a plate kit but you did not indicate the product name. I myself have reworked my gimbal assembly using Ron's plate kit, wrenches and his over the phone advice but my nuts were not severely corroded like yours. But if you have not spoke to him I would suggest calling him for his ideas on your problem.
      Yes, that's the kit I used (from JR marine). The problem is that all 3 nuts (the swivel pin nut, and the two side nuts) are completely stuck and corroded. I applied alot of penetrating oil to the nuts, and even torched the nut (carefully!), and still not even close to budging.

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