I inherited a 1981 mercury long shaft 25 horse from an idiot that abused it. the clutch is shot, the reverse gear is shot, and it may need a carb rebuild and a new water pump.
the guy I have looking at it wants $525 for installing the gear and clutch, and probably $200 for the carb rebuild and $2?? (I forget) for doing the water pump.
would you do it or push it in the swamp?
I have no personal attachment to this motor, I am considering going new. my main concern is money value. I don't want to get another used one and go through the same mess with another one from a stranger.