James, Blue Stocking,
That seems to be the direction we're headed as well, with the Duramax. I just wanted to be certain I wasn't overlooking a source that might have the right size to begin with. It seems the Duramax bearings have enough metal on the sleeve to machine down. Some other bearings I've come across start with a 1/4" sleeve, so they wouldn't be an option.
And James, glad you like the blog. It's kind of evolved over the years and it can be a bit random at times, but then, it's a pretty accurate reflection of me and whatever is going on at the time. What amuses me most is whenever I’m on the phone
with some supplier or another, who, in an attempt to find answers Googles “Cheoy Lee” + whatever part we’re discussing. “Oh, hey,” they say, “there’s a web site here with someone doing just what you’re talking about, with plenty of pictures and information.”
Every time, without fail, it’s my site and my boat they’re looking at. It's handy though; at least they can see exactly what I'm trying to describe.