Okay, gearbox is filled up (someone needs to redesign the quicksilver tubes / Mercury filling system.. no wonder you need 2 tubes, as half a tube leaks out during fill!)
Managed to fit the coils with some Ty Rips, put a piece of squishy rubber foam under them to absorb any vibrations/movement (and to stop them breaking) Fitted the new cables/sparkplugs, turned it over a few times with the sparkplugs out.. 2 very healthy looking nice sparks!
Stuck the sparkplugs back in.. primed the thing, left the cables off and tried to turn over... the first few times i managed to get the flywheel to rotate halfway (and then solid on compression/friction), took the plugs out again, sprayed some mixed petrol down the hole... turned it over freely again, stuck the plugs back in and pulled, this time got 1,5 rotation out of it... but im still to scared to touch it.. if i cant even rotate it by hand (By pulling) how in earth will it start without yanking the cord out of my hand, and smashing my hand up against the cover (which has a VERY sharp edge!)
im a bit reluctant to start it as the last thing i remember of it is backfiring + when starting pulling over was very easy
Any more solutions to a stiff outboard engine? i think i used engine degreaser in it which eats the carbon away.. and the carbon must be floating around inside around the pistons.... 3 in 1 seems a easy option!
or should i try some sunflower oil or something?