Morse Control Rehab

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« on: February 03, 2009, 07:30:27 AM »
I've got the single lever dealio that runs both the throttle and reverser cables. I'm replacing my cables and thought it would be "fun" to check out the lever's guts. My boat is 74 vintage and I've owned it since 96. The entire time I've owned it I just accepted that this lever was hard to use. As I was removing the old reverser cable I noticed that the lever was still real stiff. Then I unhooked the throttle and no difference - still stiff.  :sly:

I found two "interesting" things inside my control. First, the 1974 grease had turned into petrified wood or something. Wherever it was just laying around inside the housing it was still soft and slippery. But on all the contact surfaces it was dark gray (metal oxidation?) and stiff as kicked resin. Second, the spring and detent ball on the throttle shaft were way, way, way too stiff. This was at least 75% of my trouble with the stiff control. I could not believe that Morse had it setup this way. I ended up cutting the spring down 1/4" more in length and only then would it function like I think it was supposed to - making a nice behaving detent and still creating some friction to hold throttle position steady.

Cheesh what were they thinking?  :screwy:

The older I get, the better I was.


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