Mercruiser stern drive OK?

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Mercruiser stern drive OK?
« on: January 22, 2019, 04:14:15 PM »
I am considering a 1979 Mark Twain 24' cuddy cabin. It has a Mercruiser 260 and I have been doing some internet reading that makes me wonder what version I have. Can anyone tell me if this is an Alpha or an older version? I have always had outboards and this will be my first stern drive if it is a worthy project. Is this a good drive unit?  Anyway to tell if the engine isn't running?  I can use all the advice I can get as I don't want to buy a basket case. 

I am told the floor is spongy so I have read all about how to fix it. You guys have great information out there!! Other than that, it seems like a great boat. Was garage kept and used only in fresh water.
 Thanks so much!
South East PA