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Wilcox Headmate question

The piston rod on my Headmate was leaking raw water where it entered the pump assembly. I took the pump out of the boat and disassembled. Once I removed the piston rod and was able to remove the nut on top I realized that it is a packing nut. Whatever it is supposed to be packing to keep the raw water in was severely disintegrated. Thus my question:

What was/is that packing material? (it looks to be some type of rubberized spiraling... stuff) Can it be purchased seperately? Or even better, is there a cheap substitute?

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Hoping to finish this "crappy" job soon,
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You should be able to buy a refit kit for the pump at most chandleries. That should have the packing materials and other consumables for the pump. It is probably a really good idea to keep a full refit kit on hand, just in case, particularly if you're going any distance cruising.
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