The oil in the shift cable cavity may be from a bad seal in the shift shaft in the front of the drive. There is a small seal that is pressed into the housing where the shift shaft goes thru and seals the shaft so no oil from the gear housing can get into the shift assembly area.Originally Posted by rangerrick63
The pivot pins you're talking about, do you mean the ones on the side of the bell or the ones on the top and bottom? The one on the top has a threaded nut that is inside the gimbal housing and it needs to be removed by either romoving the transom assembly or drilling the holes on either side of the housing, then loosening the u-bolt. The bottom pin is solid and has a cotter pin that goes thru it. The side pins usually come out without the need for a slide hammer. I'm usually able to wiggle the bell housing up and down while twisting out the side pins.
Hope this was descriptive enough?