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    Posted: May-26-2023 at 8:56am
I am in the process of rebuilding the dual pocket raw water pump on the 318.  Did not really want to disassemble until parts got here and of course that allowed me to order the wrong kit!!  When I realized that I called the vendor to get the correct one headed my way and also asked how to remove the bronze bushing that the main shaft rides in on the back case.  The fella said there were two ways to do it- a dremel to make cuts on opposite sides or I could fill the bushing with grease and use a 5/8" rod (same size as pump shaft) and tap the rod into the grease to make my own hydraulic press. This is obviously messy but I had never thought of being able to use this process and just had to try it.  Worked like a charm.  I realize many of the experts here may consider this old news but I was impressed with my new found skill.  
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How many times have we all said it Bill?..... Youth is wasted on the Young! ...That Old man doesn't know Didley Squat...... Now were one of them but as Grease monkeys and tinkerers ourselves we hit ourselves for not thinking of it sooner. Many of us oldtimers in the shop still ask the other Seasoned guys how to fix a part we've fixed for 20 years just because someone might have tried something that worked better by thinking outside of the box. ALL with the limits and specs of the maintenance/repair manual of course. TongueWink 
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That's exactly how you remove a pilot bushing in a crankshaft too. You can also remove a caliper piston by using a zirk fitting or hose and a grease gun you youngsters
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Done all those(I’m old too). Recently had the pto clutch on my JD riding mower become erratic( it engages the blades). It engages electrically and I thought I would have to change it again. I isolated the clutch and it works as normal so I followed it back to the switch. It’s a toggle switch so I thought what have I got to lose. Took the switch apart, accounting for the balls and springs, cleaned contacts and put it back together. Took me better part of an hour but felt the satisfaction that I still had the brains to do it!
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Nice, glad to see the old brains are all functioning well!   The grease trick is a good one and has been used for many years.
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