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I'm about to tear my '39 apart for umpteenth time and change the clutch and overhaul the transmission. I would like to change the pilot bearing too, does any one know how to remove it from the crankshaft? It is a roller bearing in a cage, not a bushing.

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I was taught a technique that I thought could never work, but I tried it and it did...worked like magic. Fill the void behind and inside the bearing with thick grease (the thicker the better) and then use a blunt shaft the same size as the pilot shaft to slide in on top of the grease. Smack it hard with a mallet and the resulting pressure on the grease creates enough compression to force the bearing out toward you along the shaft. Calibrate your whacking to just short of squirting grease all over yourself!

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