We bought a 1978 Gulfstar
and it has Barient
28 primaries. They are in desperate need of servicing, however the issue I am having is that they seem to have been neglected so long that the unit seems to have corroded to the base.
For more detail, to service
you need to remove the drum and then take 4 bolts out that hold it to the base. You then have access to the bottom of the winch
to remove the gears and pawls, etc.
The 4 bolts were not budging so I used some penetrating oil
over a few hours and i was able to remove all of them. The problem is with them removed, it still won't budget
. It appears (based on some white thickish powdery substance) that the base and the winch are 2 different materials and they are stuck together.
I have been applying penetrating oil
for days. I have used a small screwdriver and a mallet and tapped on that white substance in hopes to break it loose. But even after all of this, I still can't budget
the winch from the base. I have tried tapping it with a rubber mallet.
I have avoided using heat or a torch, because I don't know for sure to try to heat the winch or the base.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I have attached 2 photos that I hope can start to show what I am facing. One is the actual winch prior to starting and you can see where there is actually corrosion
that has eaten a bit of the base away. The second one is a closeup with the drum off and right near the 2 screws you can see the corrosion
between the base and winch. As a side note, I have considered putting the winch handle in the top and then using a small hydraulic jack to see if lifting up on the handle would start to apply enough upward pressure to start to break the 2 metals loose. I have held off on this for fear of bending or damaging the winch. (Given the price
of new large primaries, I am willing to try just about anything