I have a 1965 1000 Power of Tower on my slickcraft SS160 that came without the control. I am asking to see what controls might work with it (or which should it have had).
Serial Number on Mercury is 1,854,8xx which is why I say 1965.
I have seen two main styles of MerControls for boats from the 60's give or take a few years and want to understand what should be there as well as what would work properly. The two are square versus shaped - will either work or is one more appropriate for the ski boat?
Either box will work, but it is very tough to find control cables that will work in the larger oval control box.
The square box uses control cables that can be purchased new still.
The external electrical harness for the '65 1000 has to match the pin configuration of the motor's internal harness, so if you don't have the external harness (goes from the ignition key back to where it plugs into the motor) you'll want to be aware of this issue when you are on the hunt for the harness.
That ignition switch, etc is from the square box, and so are the control cables.
Can you post a picture of the pin configuration at the engine end of the electrical harness?
From what I can tell the only thing that has happened to the boat is someone took the control box out of the boat but left the cables and harnesses hooked up - and then the prop is gone as well (need to get that resolved too). Otherwise it is as was built. I have not got any parts for it yet - what is there is what it came with.
I do have the external harness so that is one less hunt I have to do...
Here is a picture of the engine pin configuration:
That is the first time I have unplugged it - here is how I found it (well, the cowl and medallion were on):
Thanks for your input - that is the direction I am heading.
I just wanted to find out if the cables it had in place would work with one or the other and am glad to know it is square - now to get one (white or maybe even black as the boat is black with a red interior). The cables and wire harness are good to go as far as i know so it opens up my options a lot just needing the mechanical parts of the box...
If you find that you need something for this project - whether control box related or engine related,...I can help you out.
I don't have much NLA, but lot of good used goodies.
I am crazy busy this time of the year, as the PNW has a short boating season, but I love helping out folks with needs for "Mercury Magic"
There are a BUNCH of Mercury GURUs on this sight, so don't hesitate to post any and all questions.
1) You have the same selector cables and wiring harness hooked to the outboard but change between the two housings you show with no issues in fit or function
2) you have two housings - each with their own selector cables and wiring harness - that hook up to your outboard with no issues
The difference I am interested in is that I already have the original selector cables and original wiring harness in place I just am missing the MerControl housing and it sounds like one fits my cables but the other fits a different design of cable.
Right now I am under the impression the cables will fit one control box design but not the other (I have never seen the inside of the two boxes side by side).
Thanks for any further insight into how you switched between the two designs (control box only change versus control box-cable-harness change)