Merc Mark 25 inside steering

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CaptChuck
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Merc Mark 25 inside steering

Postby CaptChuck » Sat Sep 02, 2017 12:36 pm

Anyone out there in the cosmos know how the inside steering bracket and associated hardware was finished from the factory? Painted? And if so what color? Polished? Left to rust?
1929 Evinrude Fastwin
1948 Mercury KE4
1953 Mercury Mark 15
1956 Mercury Mark 25 (2 of them)
1967 Evinrude 3702C (folder)
1975 Yamato 80

MercurySpecialist
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Re: Merc Mark 25 inside steering

Postby MercurySpecialist » Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:01 am

Hello,
It has been way too long since I last saw one, but I feel pretty certain that if not silver cadmium plated, then pretty likely Dull Aluminum painted.

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Joe

CaptChuck
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Re: Merc Mark 25 inside steering

Postby CaptChuck » Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:39 am

Thanks, none of the pieces look like they have had plating on them. With no other answers I guess I will go with the dull alu paint.
1929 Evinrude Fastwin
1948 Mercury KE4
1953 Mercury Mark 15
1956 Mercury Mark 25 (2 of them)
1967 Evinrude 3702C (folder)
1975 Yamato 80

kirkp
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Re: Merc Mark 25 inside steering

Postby kirkp » Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:49 am

Don't have the Mk25 steering bar but have often wondered the same about my Mk20 bar. Parts of it looked like paint had chipped off and other areas looked to be painted. As I wasn't planning on doing anything with it I just put it in a box of "future" parts and forgot about it. Your question got me to thinking about it again so I attacked it with some acetone. The acetone just removed some grunge and cleaned up the surface with no signs of removing paint so I would say that it is plated.
Kirk

CaptChuck
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Re: Merc Mark 25 inside steering

Postby CaptChuck » Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:47 am

Mine is a 'new' acquisition and has no paint or plating anywhere. No rust as well tho all pieces stick to a magnet. Maybe the previous owner bead blasted and or wire brushed it. As the engine it will go on is green and cream I am thinking of painting it cream so it blends in with the rest of the lower engine. Green seems wrong and as there is no aluminum color on the lower engine parts unless anyone knows 'for sure' what it should be I am going with cream.
1929 Evinrude Fastwin
1948 Mercury KE4
1953 Mercury Mark 15
1956 Mercury Mark 25 (2 of them)
1967 Evinrude 3702C (folder)
1975 Yamato 80

kirkp
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Re: Merc Mark 25 inside steering

Postby kirkp » Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:23 pm

That sounds like a good solution.
Kirk

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Re: Merc Mark 25 inside steering

Postby kirkp » Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:20 pm

I got to thinking about something else that leads me to believe they were originally plated. I was lucky enough to buy a NOS bracket that attaches to the steering bar which you attach the cables to. It is definitely plated. I do like your choice of painting it to match.
Kirk

Randy S.
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Re: Merc Mark 25 inside steering

Postby Randy S. » Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:24 pm

Hey, while not my forte, I believe I have a couple of them around. I think they were the silver cadmium but it has been a while since I last gazed in them.. Unfortunately, I am in Germany for 2 back to back startups and won't see home until the 21st at least. Let me know if you can wait for a pic. Randy

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Re: Merc Mark 25 inside steering

Postby CaptChuck » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:42 pm

Well Randy S, you are now one of my new best friends! As this is a new buy for a winter project I am definitely in no hurry. I would love to see what an original looks like. Got the pieces just hanging on the wall of the garage where they can't get hurt waiting for the rains to come. It is going on an original condition running engine that I plan on leaving as is (not restoring) and putting on a period correct skiff that I will either find for sale or more likely build from a set of magazine plans from the era. Thinking maybe an 'ACE'.
1929 Evinrude Fastwin
1948 Mercury KE4
1953 Mercury Mark 15
1956 Mercury Mark 25 (2 of them)
1967 Evinrude 3702C (folder)
1975 Yamato 80

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Re: Merc Mark 25 inside steering

Postby wbeaton » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:00 pm

I have a couple and they appear to be galvanized (zinc plated). I don't think the plating is very thick and probably explains why it appears nonexistent today.


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