1975 Evinrude 70hp. Dropping the bottom. HELP!

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Posted by tripled ( on July 09, 2005 at 19:52:01:

I just ran the motor for the first time in 12 years. It wasn't spitting much water out, so I would like to visually inspect the water pump impeller. I removed all bolts that appear to hold the bottom on and I cannot get the bottom off. I have achieved about an 1/8 in. gap where the two halves meet, but it just won't slide off the rest of the way. What am I missing? What could possibly be hoding it on? Please provide advice. Thank you

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