Holy Moses, Does It Really Cost That Much

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Holy Moses, Does It Really Cost That Much

Post by Retroman » Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:45 pm

I could not get to the points and condenser on my new 1956 mark 55, the rotor was stuck and it came off in pieces. Does it really cost $60 for this $10 rotor.

http://store.oldmercs.com/product_p/397-913.htm

Thought I'd buy a dist. cap too................$175

http://store.oldmercs.com/product_p/394-1561a2.htm

Is this why people on the east coast are afraid of mercs?
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Re: Holy Moses, Does It Really Cost That Much

Post by upspirate » Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:53 pm

Let me check tomorrow with my old Merc guy....I know he has a cheaper source for coils for them....maybe the points and cap too

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Re: Holy Moses, Does It Really Cost That Much

Post by upspirate » Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:55 pm

Randy is on vacation for 3 weeks, he might know also

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Re: Holy Moses, Does It Really Cost That Much

Post by Retroman » Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:02 pm

Thanks pal,

3 weeks vacation. Thats livin.
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Re: Holy Moses, Does It Really Cost That Much

Post by billy c » Mon Dec 19, 2011 9:06 pm

unobtanium is always expensive :roll:
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Re: Holy Moses, Does It Really Cost That Much

Post by upspirate » Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:01 am

Jim,
My Mercury Mechanic friend says to clean the cap with dish soap & water,blow out and clean/dress up the contacts....no need to replace unless cracked....even carbon tracks can be carefully removed.

If it has a Mercury/Kiekaefer magneto the rotor will be about 1 3/4" diameter and have part # 3941560 on it and he has a used one.

If it's a Fairbanks Morse magneto,he doesn't have one,but said they use those on some other engines,tractors etc.....this will be approx 1 1/4" diameter

Try this source;

http://www.seawaymarine.com/

Maybe NAPA has some listed too.

Or wait til Randy gets back from vacation!! :D

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Re: Holy Moses, Does It Really Cost That Much

Post by Caber-Feidh » Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:51 pm

no, no, no soap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Use xylene or denatured alcohol.


soap will leave a conductive film, and break the surface tension of any moisture that happens to condense in it.

Dress contacts first, then clean out with solvent safe for the plastic. (test on outside, see if it softens first) Most are bakelite, later they were changed to more reactive plastic.

Never had to replace one, just clean them up.
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