Well, it looks like I have to repack the rudder stuffing box on my E35-3. I have the proper amount and size packing material. The question I have is: How is the stuffing box put together? My assumption is that when the upper plate it loosened and raised up, I will have to get some tool between the shaft and the lower bronze rudder tube to dig the old stuffing out. Is this a valid assumption?
I was looking at an old shaft log the other day and the packing material was in the nut, not on the tube part. That got me to thinking that my assumption was incorrect. Has anyone else replaced the packing? Any special tools or suggestions to make the job go easier? I plan to do it in the water, is this a bad idea? Comments and suggestions are welcomed.