My answers follow your questions below:
On Fri, 17 Jan 1997, Phil Duff NA4M wrote:
> How do I remove the aluminum shell that covers the motor? I dont see
> any obvious fasteners for it on the outside other than what appears to
> be a widely notched ring around the shell where it enters the gear case.
> I tapped on it thinking it was perhaps a retaining ring holding the
> shell but it didn't seem to want to unscrew and I didn't want to force
> it unless I know thats whats holding the cover.
The aluminum shell is held in place by screws around the periphery of the
shell. The shell may be a little snug, but it will come off! The notched
ring is a retainer that attaches the motor to the gearbox. It screws out
counter-clockwise and you can remove it by tapping firmly with a cold
chisel. A machinist friend fabricated a special tool for me that that
slips over the motor and matches the notches perfectly. It makes the job
a little easier, but I used only a cold chisel and hammer for many years
before that! You may need to loosen this ring if the aluminum shell is
binding against it, but the ring is not intended to retain the shell, only
the motor. After you have removed the retaining ring, the motor will pull
straight out of the gearbox.
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