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Old 02-10-2011, 10:42   #16
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Re: Correct Size for Stuffing Box Packing in a Bristol 35.5

Never had packing that wouldnt go in pretty readily.....? I would doubt it's supposed to be smaller than 1/4 though... what engineer said....
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Re: Correct Size for Stuffing Box Packing in a Bristol 35.5

Sneak your wife's rolling pin and flatten it.
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Re: Correct Size for Stuffing Box Packing in a Bristol 35.5

GFO marine packing is black, soft and silky and does not drip or wear shafts.

http://www.gfopacking.com/
Dont even bother using the old fashioned flax packing or any grease.

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Re: Correct Size for Stuffing Box Packing in a Bristol 35.5

Using the GORE packing but after 2 days of fighting and pushing, etc, I think I will take the whole thing out and start again,flattening the packing before putting each piece in. If that does not work, I'll go with 2 rather than 3 layers.

Wasn't quite so hard to do 10years ago with the teflon/blue clay stuff!
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Re: Correct Size for Stuffing Box Packing in a Bristol 35.5

My Bristol 35.5 has 1/4 inch but what engine and prop do you have and your cruising speed and RPM with reduction gear info-- thanks--wf
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Re: Correct Size for Stuffing Box Packing in a Bristol 35.5

Sometimes it's difficult to get three rings in. If this is the case put one ring in and turn it down (tighten the stuffing box). Do the same for the next two. You should get all three in. After re-packing go for a motor and test the stuffing by touch, if it's hot, back off a half turn. Repeat until it runs cool.
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Re: Correct Size for Stuffing Box Packing in a Bristol 35.5

I,repacked with the Gore packing.1.25 ' shaft 5/16 packing.Checking after running I,have no drip's but a black residue on the shaft coming from the front of the box.I,guess it's ok'Anyone elese experience this?
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Re: Correct Size for Stuffing Box Packing in a Bristol 35.5

Old post but new responses!
I ended up with the 1/4" packing and 2 wraps - No leaking after last summer's trips - I think all is well.....

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