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kingfish posted 09-29-2003 10:00 AM ET (US)   Profile for kingfish   Send Email to kingfish  
We have a 90 HP Johnson on our Montauk, a 1999 model, I believe (the motor that is; the Montauk is a '74), that I have removed and placed on a wheeled dolly I built, so I can work on the boat over the winter.

My question is in regard to the 1/2" +/- diameter pin that can be placed in one of several different holes on the transom bracket, to limit how far down the motor can be trimmed. I want to remove the pin, but it seems to have what looks like washers pressed into slots at each end, outside the bracket on each side. I am used to pins that can be removed relatively easily and re-set with some kind of simple locking mechanism. These look more like a permanent application.

Do any of you guys who are familiar with similar motors and pins have any secrets to share as to how I would release one side of this pin so it can be re-positioned?



kingfish posted 10-01-2003 09:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     


whalersman posted 10-01-2003 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     

A friend of mine has a 1996 Johnson 115hp OceanRunner with the same type of pin....

I belive the washer you are talking about is called a "Jesus Clip" or something of that nature...

You should be able to get a screw driver inbetween the pin and the Clip and slide the Clip out of the groove in the pin...

I have never done this so I can't say for sure but that is what it looked like to me when we were looking at doing the same thing on his engine..

Those Clips should come out......


lhg posted 10-01-2003 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
John - just a guess, as I am unfamiliar with the details of your engine. The semi-permanent pin might be because of the power trim system, as a "down" trim limiter, as opposed to an older engine without trim where the pin needs to be quickly changeable for various running positions. My Merc 115's came with such a device, as a precaution against too much "tuck-in" (which can cause a boat to go out of control). The manual said it could be removed if the particular transom could handle the full tuck-in, as my 18 can. So I removed the pins all together, which lets the engine trim in all the way.

Your Montauk has a smirk, so it can't be a '74! Glad to hear you're giving the old girl some attention.

whalersman posted 10-01-2003 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     

These engines have approximately 8 or 10 different holes to put the pin in and was designed to change holes.... Obviously, not as easy as the early pins that had only 4 or 5 holes for adjusting the maximum amount of down trim.....


kingfish posted 10-02-2003 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Thanks Joe, and Larry-

I'll clean the grunge away from the ends of the pin and dig around a litle more closely with a sharp instrument, to see if I can find something that will move...these don't appear to me to be the type of spring steel split washers that are regular in surface at the outside perimeter of the clip and sort of scalloped on the inner perimeter so you can get the point of a knife or something inserted to pop them out of the grooves...but I'll look more closely.

Larry, it *does* have a smirk - your memory is on target - but a quick look at the metal ID tag on the transom looked like there was a "74" where the year of production shows up. I'll look more closely at that now, too.


whalersman posted 10-02-2003 04:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     

Not to change the subject too far, but I have a list going of Montauks and the first "Smirked" Montauk so far is the one that is owned by BillB and was built in November of 1975 as a 1976 model Montauk...

Let us know what you have and I will add you to the list...


kingfish posted 10-02-2003 04:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
This is the dumbest thing---I cannot open the "reply" window in this, my own post, from my computer at work, the computer from which I initially posted! I have emptied every temporary file I can find, told IE Explorer to delete all files including offline content, and told IE Explorer to check for newer versions of stored pages every time I visit the page, and I STILL can't reply to my own post - I have to do it from another computer. Maybe there's a message there...

Anyway, I'll get a hard reading on the Montauk serial number tonight-


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