1975 70hp Evinrude, Bottom Removal

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Posted by tripled ( on July 11, 2005 at 09:10:25:

OK. I want to replace my water pump. I've removed six bolts from the lower unit and disconnected the shift rod at the top. I have a 1/4 in. gap now between the lower unit and the rest of the motor. It just wont let loose and come the rest of the way off. I've jiggled it, rocked it, pryed it and tapped it with a hammer. I am assuming the crankshaft is the hang up. Is it just not comming out of the splines? Could it be rusted in there? Could the water tubes be the hang up? Please advise on how to knock this thing loose. Thanks much.

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