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Trouble with Mercruiser Alpha 1

After shifting our boat into gear, we get a clunking sound. We have play at the prop shaft. Heavy vibration when driving the boat slow.

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Time to get rebuilt
i would not run it again til a pro lays his hand on it and tells you otherwise
hopefully it is still rebuildable

good luck

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