We have our new prop, a Campbell Sailer, nice and new and ready to go.
West by North Enterprises - Campbell Sailer
I have a new cutless bearing, actually two, on order (25mmx40mmx100mm).
Last weekend, I made a short attempt to remove the existing bearing, by
tapping on the bearing with a piece of galvanized pipe. The pipe was a bit
too big, with tapered threads that allowed me to move the bearing a few mm
before the pipe got in the way Ė finding 40mm pipe in the US is not so easy.
Here is my question. Has anyone removed their cutless bearing while the prop
is still in place? I am getting some advice that this is doable, but others
that say you need to remove the shaft first. Those that say you need to
remove the shaft talk about damaging the p-bracket during the removal
process. The folks that say I can remove it with the shaft in place think it
should drift out with minimal force.
Unless I find a piece of 40mm pipe, I will be using one of the bearings to
use as the punch to remove to old one. It may damage it, but it is still
much cheaper then paying the yard to do it! Pressing in the new on, I was
going to make a contraption with four long bolts and two metal plates to fit
around the p-bracket in a box shape, and then tighten it against the new
bearing pressing it in place. At least that is the theory.
So what say ye? Comments?