OK, feeling like a dummy but this is bugging me. I have a driveshaft tube that has been shortened for use with a Warford. My problem is with removing the front bushing. This belongs to a friend who had taken a torch to the babbitt bushing to melt it out. Well the babbitt came out but there seems to be a steel shell or at least some short tube still in the location of that bearing. I tried a home made puller that has worked before on pressed in brass bushings and no go, broke 3/8" puller the bolt. Fixed the puller and drug out the torch, heating the driveshaft tube to a dull red in the area of the bushing and trying to pull the sleeve made absolutely no progress.
Were the babbitt bushings normally in a steel shell?
Should there be any trick to pulling it? The good book just says to pull the bearing with no mention of heat.
If all else fails I have another driveshaft tube we could shorten, I just really don't like giving up.
I have not seen one with a steel shell but if there really is one sounds like you need to saw through it on one side to release the stress.
The other thing would be to take some accurate measurements to make sure that there is a steel shell there and it is not just warped.
It is a sleeve of some kind. It is the right length for the bushing (quick eyeball guesstimate) and I can see a slit down one side of it. It also has the hole in it that aligns fairly well with the hole for the grease cup. It's in an awkward spot to try to cut another slot in it. Not sure how I'd do that. The inside diameter of the sleeve is about 1.050 based on slipping a drive shaft in the hole and estimating the size difference.
One of these should work to cut a slot in it: