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  • Mumbles
    Mumbles

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    #171668

    Why OMC made the tilt levers out of steel, I don’t know as they rust and corrode badly once the paint has worn off. On motors I get, they are either bent, broken, or totally missing (usually from salt) and it’s a pain to try and make them look good again while doing a restoration. The solution? Stainless!

    For material, the 5/16 round was on hand so I just had to get the strips sheared at my metal supplier. Being a regular customer, I got those for free!. After turning a groove at one end for the return spring and softening the sharp edges, the parts were welded together.

    This one will be going in the six horse I’m currently building but I think I’ll make a few more today while I’m set up. These levers should outlast any motor they go on!

    Some originals.

    Rusted-Tilt-Lever

    And the stainless replacement.

    Stainless-Tilt-Lever

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    fleetwin

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    #171680

    Geez, that piece is beautiful, worth more than the rest of the engine!

    bobw
    bobw

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    #171725

    Outstanding fix!!

    Bob

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    sydinnj

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    #171745

    Very nice job

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    garry-in-michigan

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    #171750

    You did that just to make the rest of us jealous – Seriously you better make a lot, there are a lot of salt water motors out there.

    bobw
    bobw

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    #171762

    Are you taking orders yet?

    Bob

    1954 Johnson CD-11
    1956 Johnson RD-18
    1958 Johnson QD-19
    1959 Johnson QD-20

    fisherman6
    fisherman6

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    #173588

    Nice work Mums! I live in the Great Lakes so not too many salties around here. The salt water does a number on the steel ones though, that’s for sure. You’re replacement looks excellent!
    -Ben

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    lloyd

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    #173691

    Excellent fix! You should make a few more and post them on the Classified section, if you can figure out how to post an ad there. I didn’t have any luck with that and gave up.

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