Since I plan to use it for Duck hunting, I was worried that it may give me some grief once it got colder outside.
The funny thing was, when I pulled out the choke knob, it did absolutely nothing - almost as if it wasn't even connected to anything.
When I tried to look at it, I couldn't see anything because the choke linkage was burried underneath the air box. This morning I started pulling everything apart to see what was going on.
Really funny, whoever owned the motor before me must have pulled the carb out at some point in the past - when they put the carb back in they put the choke lever in upside down, so it could not catch the choke linkage or retaining clip. I rotated it 180 degrees and reinstalled it, and it works like a champ.
Never know what you are going to find when you tear into something. The take away is - always look at a parts breakdown, as the person who took it apart before you may have put it back together wrong. Here is link to the parts break down - the part they had in wrong was #19 http://www.boats.net/parts/search/BRP/EVINRUDE/1983/E10RCTC/CARBURETOR%20%26%20MANIFOLD/parts.html
Last winter I pulled the chain case on my boy's 600 Polaris and found a similar problem...