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Re: Frozen rudder shaft Hinterhoeller 28

I am now thinking to attempt full packing extraction as a step prior to cutting the stuffing box off the shaft. Studying the photos I have come to believe that there are a few layers of rope still in there. If I can get them out I may be able to free the stuffing box and bearing. So for now Iwill belay the angle grinder. My question is what are some secrets I might employ to remove what has become a very hardened packing rope? I am thinking things like drilling, heating, chiseling with sharpened small screwdriver, etc. Ae there other efforts I can employ? Anything chemical? Thanks..
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