OUTBOARD REBUILD KITS ?

I’ve been a member on here for awhile now and have enjoyed reading most of the posts.  A great bunch of people you guys are and the topics & discussions are very helpful and enjoyable to read.  This is my first post on here and I need a bit of advice OUTBOARD REBUILD KITS ?.

 

My current boat is a VOYAGER LTD 18.6ft half cabin.  It is an incredible boat and I have decked it out with bimini/rocket launcher, EPIRB, Lowrance Elite 5DSI Sounder/GPS & Garmin 300c Fishfinder, and also heaps of other “cool” and useful things.  The motor is a 1985 or 1986 Mercury Black Max 150HP V6.  It was running great guns when I first bought the boat about a year ago.  However, for the last 4 months or so I have not been able to start the outboard.  I have spoken to a few people and they suggested cleaning the electrical/battery connections, which I did.  Still no good.  Have tried changing spark plugs and still no good.  Although she was a good runner (when the outboard was running), I had trouble cranking the outboard.  It would take about 5-8 cranks before the outboard fired up.  Also, some of the wires on the outboard are “bare” meaning the protective insulation/cover has eroded?

 

Considering the outboard was a great runner, should I have her rebuilt or should I spend money on a “new” outboard?  The outboard which I’m considering is a Johnson Ocean Pro 150 2001 model which costs about $6000.  If I can have the Mercury rebuilt and running sweet for less than $2000, then I would go the rebuild and spend the savings on new toys for the boat! 🙂

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