The P bracket on my SO362 sailboat is slightly bent causing shaft misalignment and rapid wear on the cutlass bearing. It is a bronze casting. Can I straighten it by applying heat (how much?) and bending back to shape, or will it fracture? In other words is it malleable or brittle?
VERY VERY difficult to ascertain if that specific " P " is malleable or brittle - the odds are because it was cast as opposed to machined or forged it will not take kindly to being straightened. Also it depends where the 'bend' is situated ? Got a picture ?
One option : if the part through which the shaft passes has enough meat, is to drill this out and introduce a bush that relines the bracket with the shaft.