Pre-Alpha water inlet hose leaks. Advice on replacement/routing?
This is regarding a '74 Mercruiser 140 with Pre-Alpha outdrive. I've got a slow drip coming out of the water inlet hose on the outdrive and I plan to replace it soon. I'm wondering what happened to it. It appears to be pierced in two places. I noticed that if I push the outdrive all the way to the port side, the hose is pinched between the moving part of the outdrive and the stationary part. Could this have been caused by the hose being old and brittle, or is there a problem with the routing of the hose? Could it be freeze damage?