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Removing clutch pilot bushing


Since this is a tech topic I wanted to put it in tech forum.

Just a reminder or a tip if you happen to have never heard it. I was again today reminded how slick this tip is.

I removed the pilot bushing from a crank using an old Muncie four speed input shaft and a bunch of grease. Filled the cavity with grease, tapped the input snout in until it bottomed on the bushing, filled the cavity with grease again, tapped the input and out it came. It took me far longer to type this than to do it, maybe 1 minute total. So slick!!!

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Great tip, I have one to take out. Will give it a try.

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Just make sure you fill it right full to start, and you have to fill it up again once the bushing comes part way out. It loses the hydraulic advantage as the grease is trying to fill a larger void than you start with.

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i've always taken them out that way

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Stephenzone wrote:

i've always taken them out that way


Me too!.
Wish the roller ones were as easy and reusable too..

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RE: Removing clutch pilot bushing THANKS


Just a heartfelt word of thanks. In the midst of putting clutch kit into 59. 

Was wrestlng with bushing for hours - the removal kit slide hammer thingy I bought failed miserably.

Admittedly, I had seen this method on YouTube but dismissed  as, invariably, it was with a two year old Subaru or Honda and some looked downright staged.

Read Carls post and realized it had been done with one of our relics so must be something to it.

15 minutes, out it came.

 

BIG thank you...

 

RGM

 



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Removing clutch pilot bushing


Yup, people have been using this method for decades. Glad it worked for you.

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It makes sense when you think about it, but I still find it amazing!

I see guys using pilot bushing pullers and I think "why"? This is fast, simple and cheap.

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Here's a faster and easier way yet. As long as it's a brass bushing take a large enough tap (5/8" if I remember correctly) and run the tap into the bushing and keep going after it bottoms out. Pushes the bushing right out. If you use an air ratchet to drive the tap, takes about 10 seconds. If it's a bearing wrap electrical tape around a shaft and use the grease trick. Helps to seal in the grease.

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I didn't have much trouble with grease leaking out the shaft but maybe the bearing was in pretty nice shape too.

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The tap works better for not shooting grease back at your face...lol

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But what to you do with dry skin issues then?

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filling it up with wadded up wet paper also works. I had a roller bushing I could not get out with grease and the paper worked no problem... It doesn't squirt out as bad and WAY less messy.

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Just some paper towel or something, soaking wet? Never would have thought of that.

Takes an engineer to figure that one out.......!

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Just like spitballs !!
I can't take credit for the idea but it works !

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I used the big end of a 3/8 drive extension with a little electrical tape wrapped around the end for a tight fit. Filled cavity with grease and popped it out with a couple of taps.

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