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John K posted 03-15-2004 08:59 PM ET (US)   Profile for John K   Send Email to John K  
I need your help again b4 I break something. I bought a 1978 montauk on e bay 3 weeks ago. After scrubbing the hellout of it and oiling the teak it looks like new. It has a 1978 Johnson 75hp on it. When I took it out the first time it ran good for a couple of hours then would not accelerate. Bought new fuel pump and that seemed to cure the problem. Now I have trouble starting it sometimes. Well to get to the real problem,the steering cable cracked open so I want to replace it. I've got it out to the stearn of the boat but there's not enough room to pull it out of the motor. The cable seems to hit the transom before I can get it out. Is it supposed to come apart?
drumbeater posted 03-15-2004 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for drumbeater  Send Email to drumbeater     
I have had to pull an engine off of the boat before when installing/uninstalling steering cables. Sometimes they are just too hard to bend. I had a Wahoo 1850 (whaler clone some say), that after installing a new engine, had to pull it back off to install a NFB helm.

Live and learn.


greyg8r posted 03-15-2004 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for greyg8r    

As for the steering, are you not able to disconnect the steering cable because it is hitting the starboard gunwale before it comes out of the tube? I replaced the steering cable on my Katama (same hull as yours) with 90 HP Evinrude and I had to unbolt the engine and slide the engine to port to get the steering cable out. I suspect you may have to do the same. The steering cable does not come apart.

As for the hard start, I would consider overhauling the carbs.


John K posted 03-15-2004 10:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for John K  Send Email to John K     
WOW! I was hoping it was something simple that I was over looking. Thx for your help, I guess I will attempt to unbolt the engine tomorrow.
Tom W Clark posted 03-15-2004 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

You need only back off the starboard bolts a little bit and the port bolts a bit more. This will put the motor at an angle to the transom and "aim" the steering tube inboard enough to pull the steering cable out easily.

John K posted 03-15-2004 10:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for John K  Send Email to John K     
Thx Tom, I will do that tommorow. Is there somewhere online that someone knows to buy this cable. I called the dealer near me and they quoted me $266.oo for a steering kit. I would rather just buy the cable. The thing turned really smooth before it was just old and needed replacement anyway. I don't want any problems when I get out on the open water.
John K posted 03-15-2004 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for John K  Send Email to John K     
After I change this cable and I'm ready to secure the engine back to the transom, Do I need to put some sealant or something in the bolt holes?
Tom W Clark posted 03-15-2004 11:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

The steering cables are available by themselves. West Marine carries a bunch. Should cost around $150 for just the cable.

John K posted 03-15-2004 11:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for John K  Send Email to John K     
Thx Tom, This stuffs all new to me I'm Learning from all of you little by little.
Tom W Clark posted 03-15-2004 11:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Yes, put some sealant on those bolts. Snug the motor back up without any sealant, then remove the bolts one by one and apply some silicone to ensue no water can get in the transom.

jimh posted 03-16-2004 07:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
John--Proper sealing of the bolt holes in the transom for the engine is very important. The lower holes will probably be submerged all the time the boat is in the water. You must keep water from finding its way into the wood that is embedded in the transom.

Problems with rotted wood encapsulated in the transom are very difficult to repair. It is much easier to keep the water out in the first place. Don't overlook this important step!

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