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jxs226 posted 10-24-2002 01:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for jxs226   Send Email to jxs226  
I have a 1964 Sakonnet powered by a 1975 Johnson 85 HP engine. The throttle control is the original Morse single lever control and is in perfect condition.

I recently disconnected the throttle cables at the motor only while I removed the lower unit and replaced the impeller housing, impeller, and all gaskets.

Upon replacement of the lower unit and reattachment of the throttle cables at the engine, it has become more difficult to shift the Morse control. Where the control once slid nicely into Forward, back into Neutral, and into Reverse, it now requires considerable force/effort to switch gears.

There has also been a change in the amount of throttle available for Forward and especially Reverse. For example, I can push the Morse lever as far forward as it can go, right up against the mahogony console top, and still not deliver the maximum amount of gas to the engine. Similarly, I can pull the lever back into reverse, all the way down to the console surface and have almost no Reverse motion.

Also, after pulling the Morse lever out into Neutral when starting the engine, I have a very difficult time getting the lever to pop back into gear.

The throttle cables are Yamaha cables, installed for the previous owner by a local BW dealer.

I am hoping that the symptoms I described above are typical of some throttle cable issue or other issue(s) that an experienced reader can readily diagnose.

Also, I'm hoping someone can tell me what the most appropriate throttle cables for mating an old Morse control with a 1975 Johnson 85 HP would be.

Long post, lots of questions, many thanks for reading and any thoughts you might offer.


jstachowiak posted 10-27-2002 07:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
The cables to use for the Morse are Morse cables, only the motor connections change. I just repowered from 1979 merc to OMC and the throttle/shifter (Morse MT-2) feels very different from what it was with the Merc, so I'll have them adjust when I take it in for 20 hr service. It is all adjustable, just don't know how.
jxs226 posted 10-27-2002 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for jxs226  Send Email to jxs226     
Thanks, J. I've done some digging and it looks like I'll be replacing the cables and thier terminals once I haul out next month. The local dealership here in Philly which installed the Yamaha cables is notoriously expensive and does some questionable work. This is just another example.

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