Started this job around the time of this post. Got the locking nut off after another boater loaned us the largest adjustable wrench I had ever seen. After the second week with no luck moving the coupling with the puller we bought (hubby had to grind down the puller "elbows" as well due to lack of space") I sent the husband down the way to book the mechanic
. Another week gone by with no sign of the mechanic
so hubby went back. The mechanic's brother gave us a plate type puller with the bolts. Took a good 40 minutes to get it fitted yesterday. First thing this morning while the shaft was still cold it took only 3 or 4 turns and the coupling popped loose! Will be attempting to change the bellows out today. Will also be getting a puller with the plate and bolts, rather than the spider arms and adding an angle grinder to our onboard tool kit. I think I will start another thread unless I can find an old one, that lists suggested tools for engine
work. Many thanks to everyone who replied to my call for help!