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  1. I bought the cheapest one Academy Sports had. It was semi-universal, designed to fit 17-19 ft V-Hull boats. Think it was around $50 or $60. I put it on when While storing the boat year round and taking it on and off when we head to the lake and get home. It fits my 1930ss great and has a 3 year warranty.
  2. Thanks Shepherd, I will definitely get the merc gasket and lube. Looking forward to getting this thing put back together and back on the water.
  3. Thanks all for their replies. Brick, unfortunately no way to repair the existing drive as the gears in the upper unit are completely destroyed, missing teeth and gouged the aluminum casing. I am unsure what the best method for uploading photos or i would post them. Cyclops, it is definitely a drive issue. All speeds in F N R, worse as RPM's increase. Engine runs smooth and will be getting a tune-up this spring. Shepherd, it looks like SEI is the way I'll be going, especially since they come with a 3 year warranty and I can almost buy 2 of them for the price of a mercury. I
  4. Hello all, Last summer I bought a 1997 1930 SS with the GM 5.7, 2 bbl with non vortex heads (I believe), and alpha one drive, 1.62 gear ratio, 19p SS prop. After only 3 trips out, totaling 6 hours total use, the drive began popping. The dealer called and said the drive was toast, and recommended a SEI unit. I will be swapping the units myself as the bellows and gimble bearing were replaced when I bought it, thus the repair should be fairly straight forward. What drive ratio is best suited for this boat/engine configuration. I have read multiple posts and cannot determine if the 1.62 or 1.
  5. I bought a 1997 Chaparral 1930ss with a 5.7 Mercruiser and an alpha one outdrive back in June from the local Chaparral dealer (east central Mississippi). Since then it has been in the shop for all but about 3 weeks and has been a nightmare. When I bought the boat I knew during the test drive that the gimbal bearing was bad and that the shift interuptor switch needed replaced. The first time out after purchase the alarm went off and the drive lube bottle was empty with oil in the bilge. The dealer said the seal on the bottom of the bottle was bad. After $440 we got the boat back and when we got
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