Hey I was working on this 1973 seaking 9.6 outboard for a guy. I had to tear this thing down, I mean all the way down!! Anyways I got it running and it run's great. When I broke down the water pump I noticed that this water pump did not have any gasket's inside the water pump housing at all. Correct me if I am wrong but there should be 2 gaskets there (at least that is how I seen it). I assumed that there were 2 gaskets that went there, so what I did is I made 2 gaskets (they are cut right on the money) and the impeller is still good so I put it back together. Took it out and it got hot and I noticed it was not pumping water. So I tore it down and I put the lower unit in the tank and used a drill to spin the water pump. It pumped water so I took the tube out and place that in the water pump housing and it would pump water up the tube but it was very weak. So before I get this guy to buy a new water pump kit I starting to second guess myself and wondering if this motor does not have water pump gaskets? Maybe the housing is self sealing or something? Any help would be appreciated.