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82 40hp merc has broken starter bracket

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The brackets that hold the starter up in place broke so it doesn't engage the flywheel anymore. I have been told different things about this. First, it can't be fixed and the moter is pretty much shot. Second, I have been told that it might be possible to have this welded up and a welding place that can weld this kind of metal.

Has anyone ever had this problem, and if so what did you do to fix it. What was the cost to get it welded etc.

I can still use the moter, that still runs great but I have to take the cover off and wrap a starter rope around the flywheel since the moter doesn't have a recoil rope on it. Thanks for the info and help.

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TRy these places:

www.kvesurplus.com

or email him at

val@kvesurplus.com

His user name on here is Valv and is a sponsor of the site. And from what I've heard he's the man to go to. Hopefully that works and also it helps to use the sponsors that support this site.

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Well im guessing the bracket is just pot metal should be able to weld it or there are boat junk yards around that might have a good used part or a machine shop could probably make oneout of beter metal. I could probably machine one up for you but that would be the most costly hopefully val@kvesurplus.com will have a fix for you.

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Thanks guys for the support, unfortunately I have to pass on this one.

I had a Merc 402 last month that it looks like they had same problem at one time, I cannot explain what they did, it wasn't pretty, but it worked.

You might want to check with TwinCity Outboards in Shakopee, they have a lot of used parts for older OBs, thay might be able to help you.

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Thanks but I don't think its that easy. The bracket itself is part of the block so it change that part I pretty much have to have a complete over haul of the moter, which is working fine as is. I just can't see putting any money into this moter. After pricing out some moter I fig. this one is worth about 900-1000 bucks it has no power T/T. But Thanks for the help anyway. I'll just keep looking

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Same thing happened to me years ago. I made a new bracket out of 3/8 thick alum to hold starter in correct position,drilled and tapped 2 new mounting holes for new bracket in the broken off stubs on the crankcase. worked great and the motor still runs like new.
I,ve never seem a decent weld in pot-metal,to many impurities.

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