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Old 30 April 2008, 07:10   #1
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Evinrude 60HP 2 stroke outboard - approx. mid 80's.

I have an old Evinrude 60HP 2 stroke outboard with some sort of "electric gear shift" system. I haven't had a proper look at it yet. Was wondering if anybody knew if it is possible to change to a normal gear shift system easily or not? Would like to replace the control box at the same time so would be ideal to do it together.

I'm not sure of the exact age of this engine but I'm guessing mid 80's ish. It is tall and thin, NO power tilt or trim, manual choke etc. If anyone knows anything or has any info., it would be much appreciated.

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I have an old Evinrude 60HP 2 stroke outboard with some sort of "electric gear shift" system. I haven't had a proper look at it yet. Was wondering if anybody knew if it is possible to change to a normal gear shift system easily or not? Would like to replace the control box at the same time so would be ideal to do it together.

I'm not sure of the exact age of this engine but I'm guessing mid 80's ish. It is tall and thin, NO power tilt or trim, manual choke etc. If anyone knows anything or has any info., it would be much appreciated.

Thanks.
What you've got is a Hydroshift. You can't change the gearshift system easily (and as a result you can't change the controls very easily) and they go wrong a lot as they are over 35 years old now. At best it's from the early '70s. They do lock into forward if the solenoid fails which is better I guess than locking into N or R-but still bloody dangerous to start from cold when locked in forward. They also need special gear lube or the solenoid dies rapidly.

Stick it on Ebay and get something better.
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