Oh man im so fkin excited right now. Last time i had to remove the auto pilot bushing it took me like 2 hours with a dye grinder then a dremel. I just finished the job in less that 5 min with no hassles at all.
Well i had heard on this forum that you can do it by packing the bushing/crank shaft with grease, then getting a like sized piece of metal and using that plus the grease as a hydraulic piston. The pressure created by the grease and the piston would force the bearing out. All sounds great in theory, so i decided to give it a try. I started looking around for something thats the same size as the bushing, i couldnt find anything that would work. So i decided to use our ancient lathe to make a piece that would fit.
After i made the piece, i packed the crank with grease. You want to use something small and thin to try to get as much of the air out as possible. I took a 5 pound sledge to it, and about 5 swings later the bushing popped out. Was grinning from ear to ear, good stuff.
On a sidenote, if anyone wants to borrow this tool i made id be happy to rent it out to you, just shoot me an email at [email protected]