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gcyeaw 01-09-2010 07:44 PM

FC Morse shift indicator
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The little red indicator on my Morse shift control stopped moving. I often shift into a lower gear if the engine is lugging on a hill or in a circumstance where topology causes unnecessary up/down shifting. So I need to have a visual indicator so I know what gear I am in.

I exposed the control, not a easy task, and found the problem. The indicator is a red tab on a very thin nylon strap. The strap is fastened to the lower part of the shifter where the detent for the neutral and reverse switches are located. It then goes up through a hole in the forward end of display area, and then back through a hole at the rear of the display area and connects back to the to a post next to where the other end is connected. So when you move the shifter it moves the attachment point and the strip slides the indicator back and forth as needed.

Well, the loop on the rear end of the strap broke. I think it failed because the strip runs over solid metal guides and they were not lubricated at all. I supposeafter 27 years any lubrication was long gone. I would think a little light grease might have prevented the failure.

I will look. but I highly doubt I will find a replacement part. I am not sure how I could attach a new loop on the end of the nylon strap. It looked like it was joined by heat, so I heated up a needle nose plier tip and tried to pinch it. Unfortunately it melted the loop off instantly, so now it is shorter.

Any suggestins on how to join something to the strap as a repair?

Ed Wimberley 01-09-2010 08:09 PM

I've had good luck using super glue.
It melts nylon slightly creates a very secure joint.

gcyeaw 01-09-2010 08:14 PM

Thanks, I never thought of that stuff. I suppose I could use a piece of small, thin zip tie to make up the missing part.

Rick 01-09-2010 08:26 PM


Originally Posted by gcyeaw (Post 42941)
Thanks, I never thought of that stuff. I suppose I could use a piece of small, thin zip tie to make up the missing part.

Ed, I can't believe your not going to completely redesign an indicator with LEDs and a warning buzzer for something that I could drool over.:)

Ed Wimberley 01-09-2010 08:38 PM

Maybe on our new??84 40 footer. got bid in on another 6v92.
Don't need shift position until we can make it go.
Love the suggestion, lets see small wire on red tab,
leds by #'s :rolleyes: could be made to work.
I think you were answering Gardner however.
I like the way you think

Bill Pape 01-09-2010 08:40 PM


This is a new repair, never heard it posted in the past.
I think the entire plastic /nylon belt needs replaced with something that will work. Maybe a zip tie, or nylon strap or cord, the red tab indicator can be attached to the new item. We know you will invent something, then Garnder and Stephen will make the big bucks. Could there be a huge demand for this patent. ;)

gcyeaw 01-09-2010 09:22 PM

I will admit that the overall design, although it did last almost three decades, was far to complicated for the intended purpose.

I have mentioned this before, but it bears repeating. Forty five years or so ago I worked in a boat store. We sold boats with the Merc Cruiser outdrive. The torque on the gears would prevent shifting from forward to neutral or reverse. The solution was to mount the shift cable housing on a pivot. When you tried to shift the housing would pivot and contact a micro switch. The switch would cut the ignition and the engine would momentarily stall relieving the stress on the gears and enabling them to shift. Great idea till things got older and corroded by salt water, then the engine would stall and you would ram the dock.

Turbokitty 01-09-2010 09:32 PM

Could cut out a new one from some Mylar sheet?

Randy Dupree 01-09-2010 10:20 PM

i may have an almost new shifter back home,I will be home in a few weeks,I'll take a look then!

jnxmas 01-09-2010 10:27 PM

That look's like a piece of nylon straping.

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