Ok. I bit the bullet and bought some replacement engine mounts from a e-pay site. (they shipped to Canada using USPS and I didn't get dinged for taxes or import duties). http://www.ebay.com/...sd=110816730864
My son and I pulled the motor. Wow - we are way into it now.
I'm not able to get the brackets off the motor. The bolts that hold the mounting brackets to the bottom of the motor are threatening to not move. I'm afraid that I will strip the hex head bolts or break the allen key (bolts sourced from Ikea?).
Question - how hard should it be to turn these bolts?
Question - if you turn the pump input shaft by hand should be smooth or have a vibration/pulse?
I believe the lovejoy coupler is in great condition. Edges appear square and the rubber feels pliable.
There was some oil in the pump housing and on the back of the motor. No idea if it came from the back of the engine or the front of the pump. Either way, I can't feel any end-play or side-to-side play in either shaft. I'm not going to dig any deeper. I'll just keep an eye on it.