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Old 04 April 2009, 14:26   #11
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Oh dear, oh dear!
My guess, as others have said, the foils were definately added to improve performance as a big chunck of an Important part of the leg is missing.

Best of luck trying to recover your money.
I think, happy to be proved wrong, if you had a chance to inspect the motor prior to parting with cash then you may have a hard fight on your hands.
Very best of luck!
I'm afraid this is probably the reality. If it was a private seller rather than a business it would be harder to get recompense (Buyer Beware and all that).

Hard to tell from the pics, but from what we can see I'd guess that those who've surmised this was a bit of a heavy handed attempt to shift the gearbox are probably right and more likely than damage from grounding. If the engine runs OK, and unless there's a good reason not to, I think your best option may be to put the foils back on.
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Old 04 April 2009, 14:27   #12
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It could be grounding damage as well, if it had been on the other side of the plate it could very well have been rocks and kelp picked up by the prop.
Unless it was prop going in reverse

Other photos show paint stripped from skeg, and a chunk missing from prop so its still possible?

Although my money is on the hammer
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If the engine runs OK, and unless there's a good reason not to, I think your best option may be to put the foils back on.
Mag to Grid ?
Surely not sugesting it becomes someone else's problem ?
Thank goodnes im not in the market for a motor just now
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Old 04 April 2009, 14:34   #14
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bummer

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/QUICKSTEEL-Qui...3A2|240%3A1318

I'd leave the doel fins off,they are going to put a strain on a much depleted part of your motor. I also wouldn't be surprised if this was hit by a concrete gate post or similar.

If you can get your money back, or some of it! The repair isn't too difficult use this stuff and drill some holes for fitting a few rods across the gap as rebars for the putty sand and prime and paint if you do a good job aof the sanding and painting stage you won't be able to see the fix

http://www.imsupplies.co.uk/home.php?cat=198
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I would get a good welder to repair it properly if possible.
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First thing I would do is to get an indipendent assesment of the lower leg. You want to be sure of your facts and everything that is wrong if you're going back to the seller. At least you'll find out how much it's going to cost you to sort out and how much you want in compensation.
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You could get a bit of aluminium plate shape it to match the Cavity plate and bolt it on the under side using the fin holes, you may need to make it in two halves, then fill the hole and paint to make it look good
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Oh what a bunt! At a guess I'd agree with Dave. Be a bit hard to do that damage with out the rest of the plate getting wellied by the outboard hitting something wouldn't it? Looks like someones been giving it a fair old whack.

I don't mind taking it back with you Neil if you have too.
Cheers John, I suspect its because its been hit with a hammer, I've mailed the bloke the photos, so I'll see what story he comes back with.

I took it out while I was in Oban, forward and reverse gears were fine. The rest of the leg looks Ok too.

I think its been hit with a hammer, I'll get a quote for welding it and if that's a fortune see about taking it back.

He did give me a new prop with the sale, so at least one bit of the damage is covered.
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It could be grounding damage as well, if it had been on the other side of the plate it could very well have been rocks and kelp picked up by the prop.
I hadn't thought of anybody taking a hammer directly to the plate but then again I find it hard to believe anybody is THAT stoopid!
Who did you buy it from?
Hi Bruce, came from a chap in Oban that lives on Kerrera, it was advertised on Boats and Outboards,
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I would get a good welder to repair it properly if possible.
You'd need to remove the leg and disassemble completely to weld it up. And be damn careful that things don't warp.

Had a friend who broke the skeg off a new Suzuki motor; he had a muffler guy weld it back on a grind it smooth. Next trip out the gearbox disintegrated due to water ingress through melted seals. Luckily for him, Suzuki decided to cover it under warranty, despite the "remove shoe, shoot foot" procedure that got him there.

Personally, if I was going to effect a repair, I'd use a steel putty type epoxy, and fair it out a bit along the remaining plate. It's not going to hold against a lot of load or anything; it's just there to isolate the prop from the surface.


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