Hey everyone i have a few questions for ya about outdrives. My father has a 1989 Regal with a 3.0L with a Alpha 1 outdrive.
Here's our problem. 3 years ago we our outdrive blew up while i was wakeboarding. The top two gears were completly destroyed. These two gears where the gear running off the engine shaft and the top gear in the upper outdrive. You can see them without taking off the outdrive. You just have to take off the top cover and drain the gear oil to see em.
So we ran it for a year with no problem. Then last year the stringer that supports the engine rotted out and i was wakeboarding again. The engine fell through the floor. This caused the same two gears to get destroyed again. Okay so we replaced the stringer.
So the outdrive was rebuilt by us again; each time. So we took it out for a test drive and we can get to about 15mph and then the boat falls and stops trying to plane but the engine keeps reving very strong. We also can't get it to go in reverse.
So could the engine falling through the floor destroy/damage our lower outdrive? We haven't checked the lower outdrive, haven't taken it apart. Need certain tools to pull the lower gears. We are debating on just buying a rebilt lower unit?
And also we didn't buy the alginment tool for the upper outdrive is that a problem. and we didn't know how many of those little metal shims aka rings to use either. We went off looks lol.
Trying to convince the old man to buy a 83-89 nauti 2001 or a 90-93 ski nautique but to no avail yet. So any adivce at all i would appreciate it.