Hi all, great site you guys have here with some very knowledgeable members. Thats good because I may need lots of help.
Just picked up this engine a couple of days ago and It's in real nice shape for a 1972. The guy who I picked it up from said it hadn't been started in about 6 years. He also said that it was stored and serviced properly when put away.
I brought it home, checked it over, hooked up the controls and fuel, Primed it up and proceeded to fire it and nothing, not even a click. There's power because the electric choke is working. I was curious to see if it would start so I jumped it off the solenoid and by golly it fired up. It's seems like to me though that it's starting up in forward gear and I can't get in into netural. It will go into reverse good and then into forward but thats it.
I'm just wondering if this is the problem with it not starting with the key because it's stuck in gear? The guy I bought it from said it has hydro electric shift, I'm not sure what this means but maybe the last time it was running it was shut off in gear and needs to be started using the ignition to reposition itself to netural. Maybe theres a netural switch gone bad or something? I guess first thing I need to do is buy myself a shop manual and thats what I was doing when I found this site.
Maybe I Hooked something up wrong when I plugged the controls in. There's the big plug that I mated to the plug on the engine. There was also one separate single wire with the plug that I assumed was a ground, maybe it's something else and should be attached to the solenoid or somewhere else?
One other thing, I ran the engine on a set of muffs but didn't see any water discharging from the tail anywhere. It was peeing out on the lower part of the tail but no where else. I've noticed on some Johnsons the two side by side holes higher in the tail discharging some water there but nothing coming out on this engine, but maybe the tail has to be completely submerged in water. Any help on these issues would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.