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bothedog posted 05-03-2002 09:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for bothedog   Send Email to bothedog  
Back corner of the engine cover is damaged. Anyone attempted to repair these with fiberglass repair kits. Any direction, suggestions, comments, etc. appreciated.
where2 posted 05-03-2002 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
If your crack is substantial, I would expect you could create a form out of cardboard and coat it with wax paper to allow it to peel off later, install the form on the inside, and repair the glass like working on a boat. If the damage is more minor in nature, then you could probably fill it with the usual resins, and some cloth to help reinforce it.

Personally, I'm considering giving mine to a friend who does Autobody work, along with a $100. Mine's got chips, spider cracks, and all sorts of cosmetic problems, but nothing structural. I figure he can sand it, fill it, prime it and spray it in no time at all. He keeps offering to help me fix the dent in my drivers fender on my car...

I priced an "almost new" cover at a marine flea market recently. They wanted $150 for a Johnson 3cyl cover. I figured for $150, my autobody friend could have it looking better than new!

PMUCCIOLO posted 05-03-2002 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
bothedog,

If the damage is too extensive for repair, check out traderonline. I believe there is a parts (or miscellaneous, or something of the sort) section which contains a few places with used outboards and parts.

If it's an OMC or Yamaha, I'd suggest giving Carl Fisher a call at Hontoon Marine in Deland, Florida. He is a great resource for such information.

Paul

Bigshot posted 05-03-2002 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
aint nothing to fix and paint.......wait till you price decals!
lhg posted 05-03-2002 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Somebody (with a Sea Ray) dinged one of my Mercury 200 covers a few years ago. Cost his insurance company about $500 to repair.

I took it to a Corvette body shop, who fixed the ding and repainted it. The replacement Merc decals were about $135 out of that $500.

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