Nice and dark black. What’s interesting is, it was missing the back thrust washer. I had milky oil leaking out, which lead me to drain it in the first place. The oil that came out of the lower unit drain was black to my surprise. I’m wondering if a seal replacement is in store, or if I could take the thrust washer off the other lower unit and it would seal as I had about an inch of play in the prop on the shaft. It’s been a project and I enjoy it.
on a side note I acquired a 1947 Firestone 3.6 hp that I restored spark to last night. If I get it going I may try to do a full restore with paint and the whole works