The manual is available online, I googled "furlex type c manual"
The connecting springs are not meant to be removable without disassembly as they have an insert behind them to lock them in place...it will only damage the extrusion by forcing it.
I believe you will need a new connecting spring as it may be bent...very difficult to straighten.
instructions require the furling
line to lead off the drum to port. (Does not care lead aft port or starboard) This allows the extrusion to rotate nearly a full turn before tack starts getting furled.
I completely rebuilt my furler last year when I replaced rigging
. (Not my first) I also painted the unit to look like new. I studied the manual, took my time and had the whole thing apart in 60-90 minutes. Reassembled in about the same time. A bucket or blanket to catch ball bearings... Reassembly of balls was easy as I packed them into grease.
There are two issues:
It takes a good wack to free the Staloc cone. The spindle shaft can be bent. (Mine was by PO) I was able to true it.
The instructions require trimming the outer strands from the headstay to remove Stalok cone...this can be removed without trimming. It will need to be trimmed a small amount to move wedging stress. ( I recommend a cutoff wheel) Be sure you understand relationships of parts
....study the manual until it makes sense. Trimming the headstay changes weather helm
I am happy to guide you along after you study the manual...send a pm to get my attention
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