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It looks like the tool that's supposed to go in there is some sort of a large Allen wrench (not the same as my winch drums)

I took photos and its real similar to the one you posted above. I'm on my phone though so there is no way for me to post those photos for another hour or so until I get home.

It appears that it's real likely to be frozen as well but hard to say. Luckily when I come back during daylight hours it will be easy to remove it from the boom and bring it home to work on. I will of course try to find a suitable tool to fit and attempt to operate it before going to all that trouble
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Re: Frozen Gooseneck bearing

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It looks like the tool that's supposed to go in there is some sort of a large Allen wrench (not the same as my winch drums)
That's pretty typical (the hex drive).. they originally had a crank handle that engaged the hex and allowed you to roll the boom as a reefing method.. never really worked well and most such systems have been converted to slab/jiffy reefing long ago - something you may want to consider too, if it's not already been done.

Quite possible you'll be able to free it up and roll the boom upright.. no real need to change it if that's the case, you can convert to slab without changing the gooseneck. You may be able to test the mechanism with a simple allen wrench of the correct size (you can buy them individually at that size, usually)

Again, if you bring it home, a thorough, patient soaking with PBBlaster or Krolls may yield good results.

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Re: Frozen Gooseneck bearing

PB Blaster is some good stuff. Next time I stop by there during the day I will pull it off and bring it home for a good soak. tyvm for your help figuring out what the deal with that was






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