Pictures will quickly sort this out.
I loosened the manual screw and I still can't lift the lower unit up. Any suggestions
Sounds like you have a "frankenmotor" built from parts.
I am glad I asked about this subject.I had seen where someone had a older Johnson like mine and claimed they had a bad lower crank seal causing issues
This reply/note has no intention of insulting your intelligence in any manner, and I really hesitate to ask... BUT... there have been cases where various