Have a 1955 Evinrude 15 HP that I am putting back together, and I noticed on one of the lower unit gears that the brass bushing bearing just slips in and out. I checked another one and it seems like it’s a press fit to keep the hole orientated towards the hole in the gear.
Do you think the one pictured is going to be a problem?
The reverse gear has a free-floating bearing because the gear turns in opposite direction from the shaft (in forward gear/high speed). The forward gear is not free-floating for the same reason, plus it is a thrust bearing transmitting horsepower to the boat.