I am restoring a 1959 performer t-bird 14 ft boat and it came with a 40hp Scott outboard. I got the motor running but it is a pullstart and takes a bit of force to get going- has anyone ever converted these to the electric start? i have the service manual for the motor and there are a few geared flywheels on ebay, but it looks like the ignition system would be the wrong size? i know it would be extreme to replace, but i was thinking about using a battery for starting only, and retaining the current ignition.
Also, cables are in okay shape, the outer rubber is worn in a few spots but fully functional. I broke one of the black clips that fits on the motor transmission- do you have an extra or know of any place that has one?
Thanks to all for the vast info on this site...it has helped me alot
I am trying to remove the powerhead (engine) following the procedure in the 1960 repair manual- which states "remove the allen head screws which secure the powerhead to the adapter assembly. Be sure the screws partially hidden by the motor support and shift handle are removed"
I have read that there are 13 of these screws. i cannot find all of them... any tips or tricks on how to remove this engine?
Yes- thank you. I was able to remove all 13 screws and lift off the powerhead. I was able to find a replacement exhaust/base gasket from Laing's outboards. I am going to try to clean up the powerhead and repaint and check all the seals on the lower unit... along with replacing the rubber bushings/mounts for the engine...
Does anyone know where to find replacement engine mounts? i thought i read somewhere that older merc ones might work...
So the motor has been confirmed as a 1960 Scott 40hp. The 'new' flywheel and starter motor are installed and working. I hope to get things back together for a final test but so far the conversion is going well.