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71 60hp cooling system question

Purchased a rebuilt lower unit for my 71 60hp, and they look the same except my new one has the return water hole plugged at the top of the impeller housing? 2 questions. 1 why would that be plugged. 2 should I drill it out?
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Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: 71 60hp cooling system question



The 1971 60 HP uses 2 water tubes and the pump housing in the correct kit has 2 holes in it.  In 1972 the engine was changed to a 65 HP with a single tube water pump.


You may have the wrong gearcase or the wrong water pump kit. Contact your dealer to have a tech look at what you have, or contact the seller of the gearcase and the kit.




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