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The appeareance of my stuffing box, seems
to say that it hasn''t been touched in many, many years. I tried to release the locking nut with stuffing box wrenchs,one
on the adjust nut, anticlockwise, and the other on the lock nut, turning it clockwise as I face the stern. It would not budge. Any suggestionson how to release that lock nut in a case where it seems to be frozen on. To see view of box, please see Nigel Calder, Pg 314 fig.9-26b
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Should be brass and may look like the devil but shouldn''t be hopeless, sounds like you are turning correct direction. Try soaking threads where locking nut (thin one) is (aft) with WD-40 or other penetrating type oil for a day or 2. Turn just the locking nut to loosen it, the big adjusting nut may even tighten by hand once you get the locker backed off a little.
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You can try this I should be a vinadar salesman since I just told another person about its cleaning properties. Take a bottle the one you buy in the store is a quart I think. White vinegar and mix the whole thing with about a cup of salt use this sa soon as it is mixed put it all over the fitting don''t worry about the salt not being desolved all the way just scrub this solution in with a brush and when you have covered the whole thing wash it with a hose the fitting should be much cleaner and maybe even bright, then use Knocker loose you can find it at places like Napa they may try and sell you some other stuff but Knocker loose works better than anything I have ever used.The Vinigar and salt will also clean silver copper brass. Your stuffing box is bronze if it is kind of green looking.
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Some stuffing boxes may be Brass but bronze is more common and hear is why. Bronze was used in making cannon that had long range way back in history. Some of the guns went to the bottom and after hundreds of years were recovered and I have seen them first hand and you chip away the coral and the gun is in fair to great shape.I pissed away my share of my life chasing treasure still think about it but thats another story. Bronze is much harder than brass. Some brass is very hard and is used in shell casings in bullets and cannons of today but it is still not as tough as bronze and bronze should always be used below the waterline.
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I don''t want to insult your intelligence, but if you have a left hand prop, as I have, the nuts go in the opposite direction.
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I just bought a 28 foot 1978 Sabre (Mark 11). The stuffing box needs repacking. A marine shop quoted me $3,876 to do the job right. Remove shaft by cutting in half as the coupling is rusted together with the engine. Repair and repack stuffing box. Replace cutlass bearing and install new shaft. Reinstall angine and align. He said you can see stuffing box but can not get to it. Does this job sound extraordinary?
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this is out of sight-
he must be doing drugs-
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Actually there are several grades of bronze. There is Manganese and Leaded Manganese Bronze(C86100-C8680), Silicon Bronze(C87200-C87900), Tin Bronze (C90200-C91700), Leaded Tin Bronze (C92200-C92900), High-Leaded Tin Bronze (C93200-C94500), Nickel-Tin Bronze (C94700-C94800)and Aluminum Bronze (C95200-C95800). As well there are many brasses which some of actually have a higher resistance to corrosion then some bronze.

Guess which bronze canons were made from?

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I owned the same boat several years ago, I replaced the stuffing box with a drip free unit and never looked back. Can''t remember all the details of the job but it was not nearly a $4,000 pain in the ass. Bring the boat to Chicago and I''ll do it for $2000!

Would the people quoting this job be named Ilene and Ben Dover?
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