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All Mercurys are cataloged by serial number, can I get that number so I can see exactly which engine you have.
Is the lower unit still on, or have you taken it back off?
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I do not quite understand you. Are you saying te drive shaft is not spinning then you turn the prop?
Is it just freewheeling, spinning with no resistance?
Did you put the lower unit into forward gear by grabbing the shift shaft in the front with a pair of pliers and turning it to the right?
OKay that is why it's freewheeling, you have to put the lower unit into forward gear first.
Can you open up PDF files if I send you the instructions for installation in that format?
Okay give me a few to get it copied for you.
I'm attaching the file to this response. When installing the lower make sure you disconnect the shift cable from the outboard first and shift the linkage by hand. Both the outboard and the lower unit must be in forward gear before attempting to install the lower. This is a tricky job, at the end of the day, the difficulty level is probably an 8 or 9 on a 1 to 10 scale. So if you don't get it on your first try, remove the lower and try again. It will eventually go into place, it just takes some practice to get good at installing these and having them shift correctly the first time.
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There are 3 things that have to be lined up. The drive shaft, the shift shaft, and the water tube. Any one of them could keep it from going all the way up. You can try grabbing the prop and giving it a little tug counter clockwise. Or you could have a helper pull the spark plugs out and rock the flywheel back and forth. Either way would help align the drive shaft.
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This is tricky to do. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most difficult, this is about an 8 to do.
Uhhh.... this only goes together one way, what other kinds of ideas are you looking for?
No it wouldn't. If you go back to the file I gave you step 6 reads;
6. Shift gear housing into forward gear and place guide block anchor pin into forward
If the outboard has mechanical control you have to remove the shift cable to do step 6. If you have electronic controls you would remove the electric shift actuator.
Since you have electric shift, are you removing your shift actuator before performing step 6?
If you didn't do that then you are not following the instructions that I gave you. If you are not following the instructions I am not surprised you are having a hard time. This only goes together 1 way. You need to remove the shift actuator from the outboard, and shift the outboards shift linkage into forward gear before trying to push the lower unit up into place.