I have a 1993, 75 Hp Mercury outboard.
Salt water has eaten the two bottom motor mounts up that hold the drive shaft housing to the swivel bracket.
In order to replace the bottom motor mounts it looks like I have to take the two bottom nuts off at the bottom of the swivel bracket AND the two top nuts off at the top of the swivel bracket, then separate the drive shaft housing from the swivel bracket. If that is the case, then I assume you have to remove the power head to get to the two top nuts?
Instead of all that:
1. Could I cut the two bottom motor mount bolts just behind the swivel bracket, and then remove the old motor mounts?
2. Next, put the new motor mounts in place and then put the two bottom bolts in backwards? For example, slide the bolt in from the front side (i.e., slide the bolt through the swivel bracket first, then the motor mount). In the end, the bolt head would be against the swivel bracket and facing towards the bow, and the nut would be aft and against the motor mount.
This would eliminate a tremendous amount work if doable.
Does anyone know if this would work? Iíd sure hate to start cutting, to find a big surprise later.