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Re: We just cannot get it apart

I think a little heat applied locally to the area is the next step. Small torch with a directed flame. Maybe cool down the surrounding areas with an ice pack or dry ice to mitigate damage. How far are the plastic bits from those screws?. I don't think it will need a lot of heat either.


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My best suggestion would be dry ice on the bronze casting.
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Sounds a little over played! Scrap them, really glued together with epoxy? $ 8000.00? Try old junk!..Not even self tailing!..... Who needs instructions to take apart and service a winch?.....Dale

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Re: We just cannot get it apart

If it still will not come apart. Take it off the boat and to a machine shop and have them vat it. Caustic soda will disolve anything except metal. You will need new springs, O-rings, gasgets, may haps even roller bearings, but it should come apart.

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I read somewhere that the best penetrating oil was the "home made" combination of ATF and acetone.
I tried it and it is the best thing I've ever used. The only downside I've found is that it eats cheap spritzer bottle pumps - I had to resort to a quality small pump oil can

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Being the original cheap Yankee, I'd probably cut the mounting bolts from below, pull the winch and boil it. The expansion would probably snap the offending l
junk and loosen enough to get things going.
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I recently used an impact driver to remove machine screws on a Wilcox Crittenden Skipper marine toilet that was 20 years old. Since you've removed all the applicable screws that would not work, however, if your goal is to be able to rotate the drum to be able to remove it, then something like a fuel filter wrench around the drum to rotate it. Being able to impact that set up with a hammer much like what is happening with a impact driver on machine screws might bring some results. FWIW
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Have you looked for the irreplaceable bearings outside the marine industry?
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How about one of those high-speed vibrating tools. They come with a number of blades one of which is a thin scraper. I use the scraper to remove a lot of things on boats that nothing else will break loose. Just fire it up and shove it down where you've been pushing that putty knife. Mine's a Dremel Multi Max but I know Bosch makes a similar tool. It works with both the vibrating action and the heat it builds up locally from friction. Try it it may work.
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What is the name of your special anti-seize product? And why would you recommend it over something like the Tef-gel or Lanocote?
There are at least two types of anti-seize compounds available from the manufacturers. One is the grey anti-seize that we are familiar with, made for steel on steel applications, like engines.
The other is gold or copper colored and it is specifically formulated for aluminum applications. It was used originally for aluminum heads on steel blocks.
It repels salt water and seems to last forever on s/s threads in aluminum, like on a mast. Zero corrosion, and as they say, it always comes apart like, 'butta'.

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