Thaks to you all. I am working through your suggestions. After i cut a large hole in my cockpit
sole i discovered the alignment was out. 90 thou on a 4"coupling. The best I could cut down to was 30 thou. I think my strut got bent when I hit a 40 ft by 2ft diam log a few years back. It didnt become noticeable until i replaced the stuffing box with a PYI dripless unit which has no lateral stability. The 90 thou run out on the coupling translates to the strut being bent 0.4". Being cast bronze anyone know if this can be safely bent back with lots of heat.