starting and running motor without stern drive

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Old 05-07-06, 02:35 PM
SilverGA2001
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Question starting and running motor without stern drive

Hi,

I'm working on my boat, it's a '73 Century with a 3.0 Mercruiser inboard/outboard. Right now the lower housing and the gear housing are off the boat being looked over. I'm wanting to get the engine started though. Is there a way to feed water into the bell housing on the back to feed cooling water to the motor? Like sticking a hose on low pressure into one of the openings in there? Any ideas? I don't want to run it long, but would like to make sure it still fires and idles after the work.

Thanks.
 
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Old 05-25-06, 07:04 AM
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Sure you can do it. The best way is to find the feed in the bell housing for the r/w and hook the hose to it, if you can't find or have access to it, remove the impeller out of your r/w pump to prevent burn up and monitor your engine temperature.
Chris
 
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Old 06-04-06, 08:43 AM
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If the whole out drive is off you can buy / make a plate that covers the water inlet area on the bellhousing, it bolts to it and uses the o ring as a seal.
 
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