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cracked skeg
« on: April 01, 2016, 08:28:58 PM »
my sons @nd boat has a cracked skeg at the bullet bout 1/2 inch long...leaks oil..he said last year he hit a log or stump late in the year...he drained and refilled the lower unit for winter..but just noticed the crack....waiting to sell this boat..we have a mig welder and gun for alum. but never done that.and every time to run to the marina it a $1000 dollars so its a home fix....I heard of alumaloy for aluminum  has anyone done anything like this..the crack is mid bullet..i see this years tag hanging on the tie down so he did change the oil in it.....we tag and date our change so we don't forget in spring what was done...that's how I did it and showed him to do this......

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Re: cracked skeg
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2016, 04:12:31 AM »
Welding lower units is tricky business.

Due to the high temperatures, it requires that the lower unit be dropped from the outboard and disassembled, to prevent damage to the internals.

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there's no shortcut for this without risking ruining something inside of the lower unit  :crying:

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Re: cracked skeg
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2016, 12:52:06 PM »
you would think that curt ..but my friends buddy works at a local marina and said they use that alumaloy rod ...it fills in quick I guess ..just got to pull the lower and drain it..i just never used it before or worked with aluminum for welding...so idk..im just not going to give up some cash before I try and do something...if I cant get it ill drop it off I guess.....I just hate that.......

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Re: cracked skeg
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2016, 06:08:23 PM »
I hope it all works out for you! Let us know how it goes  :nod:

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Re: cracked skeg
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2016, 09:21:37 AM »
Alumaloy is like solder almost, you just use a propane torch to heat the part and melt the rod onto it like you would when soldering.
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Re: cracked skeg
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2016, 09:24:10 AM »
Here is a video... 

I just dont know how much I would trust in on a lower unit though
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Re: cracked skeg
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2016, 09:36:52 AM »

I just dont know how much I would trust in on a lower unit though

My thoughts exactly  :nod:

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Re: cracked skeg
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2016, 08:49:35 PM »
spoke with a rep...he assured me this will do the job easily .....picked up 5 rods for just under$9.00 shipped....ill report back on this...rep stated that it would even hold under presser...so we will see

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Re: cracked skeg
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2016, 10:09:49 AM »
spoke with a rep...he assured me this will do the job easily .....picked up 5 rods for just under$9.00 shipped....ill report back on this...rep stated that it would even hold under presser...so we will see

Yes, @fishon-son, let us know how it works out. I'll be curious to get feedback from you on this.  :nod:

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Re: cracked skeg
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2016, 06:15:11 PM »
I sure will curt....im hoping to try this out next weekend if the weather holds out..been stormy and 3 inchs of the white stuff coming they say....and as long as they ship it..lol

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