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Cutlass Bearing difficulty
Learning sucks sometimes.
I have managed to get my new cutlass bearing stuck 1/2 way into the stern tube.
Cutlass is brass, stern tube is brass or bronze. I did freeze the cutlass, but only for about an hour. It started easily, was tapping it in with a small plastic hammer, got about 1/3 the way and it became stiffer. Used wood block and 2 pound hammer where it is now. Got a couple pieces of all-thread and tried that, wasn't able to move it any further.
I realize this needs to be a snug press fit, but just how snug should it be? I'm reasonably sure I have the correct size cutlass.
For now planning to get another cutlass, cut the stuck one out, freeze the new one at least overnight, lube the tube with soap, use the all-thread to pull it in.
Any other thoughts? Suggestions? (I turned down the suggestion I got "if it was mine I'd get a bigger hammer, drive it in as far as I could and cut off the part mangled by the hammer". )
Thanks in advance.
Pacific Seacraft "Crealock" 37 #312
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