I started the work on the bellows today.... Its tough going! I'm up to the point where I have the new bellows attached at one end (drive bellows on the bell housing, exhaust bellows and shifter on the transom) and I've connected up the water hose at both ends, the shift cable outer is routed through the boat and ready to get connected once the bellows are all attached.
So far its taken me about 6 hours, but I reckon if I was doing it again I could get to this stage in three hours, not wasting time figuring things out. The stern-drive came off fairly easily and the gimbal bearing feels as good as the new one so I've left it in, no sense in risking damage to the housing if I get the new bearing slightly out of true.
Tommorrow morning I'll get it all finished off, I had to stop because light is fading but also I want to be fresh when I start trying to get the exhaust and drive bellows back in, it looks pretty awkward. If all goes well with the bellows I'll do the impeller as well, if not I'll take the drive home with me and do the impeller in my nice warm garage.
If all goes well I will have saved myself about £300 so its worth the work.
17ft 1987 Marlin Bowrider, 120hp Mercruiser