I found my 1115 Mercury on the side of the interstate for $300 from a guy who just bought a boat it was riding on and had two flat tires getting home. Some "boat mechanic" re-wired it, but they weren't sure it's condition. When I managed it to my boat a year later the starter solenoid was in engaging, grab the jumper cables hotted the starter, motor fire dried up sounding like a dragster! When I got into the wiring he bought the wrong solenoid, and it only needed one positively to make it engage. Someday I would like to rewire it again as you have, but since it's working I'm leaving it alone for now.
The power head is all set to get bolted back down.
Time to address the internal wiring. At a first glance this thing looks like it's roached.
But we want to see what's going on under the 60 year electrical goop, I mean tape.
After removing all the tape and spending about an hour cleaning and cleaning, here is what was left!
I spent about an hour manhandling this thing. As you can see, I cut off the corroded ends. I will solder new ends with new wire.
When I was finished cleaning, I needed to see if my work payed off. I got out my tester and tested for continuity from the plug end to the end of the wires, giving each wire a good strong wiggle. Success, no break in continuity!!
Time to open up the control box.
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Looks as beautiful as in the fall! How fast is she pushing you?
I got to put my 115 Mercury '76 on the water for the first time this year, stood my 16-foot Glastron almost straight up on launch! The boat must be lighter without all of Lisa's gear!