I recently got a boat w/55hp Evinrude (1978). Seems that 1 of the 3 studs that hold the starter on has been broken off of the crankcase. By stud I mean the female end that is part of the block casting. Does anybody know if this is possible to weld or have any ideas on a fix or what kind of metal the crankcase half might be made out of. I hope getting my 1st boat doesnt turn into a nightmare.. Thanks to all that responded to the 14 foot thread. I ended up with a 17 footer. We'll see about the motor.