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'57 Merc Refresh 28 Aug 2020 17:34 #107106

That's where I get mine too, they are nice.

Moe wrote: If I recall I got them from this place in Hayward, WI.

www.johnsmcintoshvintagemercuryoutboard.com/

Jpalin wrote: Hey Moe,
Where did you get the decals? I’ve been looking for a good supplier...

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Moe wrote: Starting to get burned out on this thing. Gremlins are definitely at work here.


Don't quit now. You're almost there. :)

It looks great!

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'57 Merc Refresh 28 Aug 2020 15:35 #107104

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If I recall I got them from this place in Hayward, WI.

www.johnsmcintoshvintagemercuryoutboard.com/

Jpalin wrote: Hey Moe,
Where did you get the decals? I’ve been looking for a good supplier...

RickG wrote:

Moe wrote: Starting to get burned out on this thing. Gremlins are definitely at work here.


Don't quit now. You're almost there. :)

It looks great!

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'57 Merc Refresh 27 Aug 2020 17:48 #107090

Hey Moe,
Where did you get the decals? I’ve been looking for a good supplier...

RickG wrote:

Moe wrote: Starting to get burned out on this thing. Gremlins are definitely at work here.


Don't quit now. You're almost there. :)

It looks great!

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'57 Merc Refresh 20 Aug 2020 16:03 #106891

She sounds great, have fun running her.
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'57 Merc Refresh 20 Aug 2020 11:52 #106886

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MercuryMarc wrote: Sounds very nice.
Just curious, what went wrong with the motor after the first Merc refresh?






Thought I heard a bit of knocking but couldn't identify what exactly it was, it definitely wasn't the bottom end. I ended up checking compression and only came up with about 100 psi. I know a leakdown test probably would have been a better indicator but I have a compression guage so that's what I went with. So that led down the rabbit hole of new rings, bearings, correcting the crank shims from the previous owner and now correcting the timing set up as well. I'll take part responsibility for the timing. Either way its all new and running much better than before.

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'57 Merc Refresh 19 Aug 2020 19:34 #106862

Sounds very nice.
Just curious, what went wrong with the motor after the first Merc refresh?
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'57 Merc Refresh 19 Aug 2020 17:26 #106857

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this was my quick test run after getting things set up correctly, MUCH better

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'57 Merc Refresh 19 Aug 2020 12:00 #106843

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Yes, that is how I have it lined up now, per the service manual and NOT by the marks on the cover.
The previous owner had it lined up incorrectly and I just blindly put it back the way it was as it did run. Lesson learned.

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'57 Merc Refresh 19 Aug 2020 00:53 #106838

Moe that's not the timing mark on the 'pulley cover". Take the cover off and look for the timing arrow on the pulley.
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'57 Merc Refresh 18 Aug 2020 13:28 #106822

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Back at the MK55, my pension for older machinery in need of TLC got in my way again. This distraction was a very orange case garden tractor but that's another story.

A fresh set of plugs and recheck of timing revealed my folly. Seems when I first tore into this engine I documented as much as possible as I knew it wasn't a short term project.
Timing marks were noted to line up .235 BTDC so that's the way she went back together. Logic



But looking back over the service manual it notes the key way should line up, which it does not when you line up these timing marks. Thanks again previous owner.
Jump the timing belt a tooth or two to get the keyway on the mag lined up and double check my points with the buzz box and she pops to life so much easier.
I'm not sure how this thing ran as good as it did before I tore into it. Now to get my tach and get back on the water . . . .

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