Yep, been there-done that ! Darren at Crowley did return my call ! Nice guy, but doesn`t work on the older motors like mine. I ordered a rebuild kit this morning so I`m in it with both feet . Ill keep ya posted. Thanx for all the suggestions.
Got the job done myself...…… not an easy thing to do ( reassembling the lower unit to the top was a bear ). I think I walked away from it about 4 times as I became frustrated trying to do with 2 hands what 4 hands was really needed. But...….. I know the right words and finally it went back together. Thanks for the encouragement .