i just got this engine from my old man its been sitting for 7 years in storage cleaned it up nice everything was seized and stiff the throttle handle is very stiff iv cleaned and checked all other moving parts like the gears and under flywheel and tracked it down to the handle sounds life a plastic bushing is binding right in front of your hand when turning handle i cant seem to get in to that part of handle anyone had this happen to them??
was the engine used in salt water? If so they can be a pain and get real tight from oxidation, They come apart fairly easy, 2 little screws in front, a long screw in back, a screw on the plastic handle, after you take off the plastic handle part you can use a little heat from a propane torch to help get the screws out, use a "good" screw driver. use a low temp all weather lithium grease re-lube/reinstall in reverse.