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Re: Prop shaft / cutlass bearing overhaul

Well, I thought it would be no biggie pulling the prop shaft. Being a tiller boat the rudder comes off easily. Unfortunately the prop shaft coupler does not want to part with the shaft! It is very rusty, and likely has not been removed in the life of the boat! I have it disconnected from the transmission but there is no room to get a puller on the end. I have hit it with PB Blaster and it is sitting overnight. I have an idea to make a puller that will fit. Normally when faced with such a problem I would just pull out my acetylene torch and heat it up, but I am very hesitant to do that in such a confined space with the fuel tank, fuel filters and fuel lines all in the immediate vicinity! Worst case scenario something will have to be cut off. The coupler or the shaft, depending on which is cheaper! My other option is to leave the shaft in place and forgo the stuffing box hose replacement, and just invent a tool to remove the cutlass bearing with the shaft in place.
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