Stuffing Box wrench

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  1. tfhyndman

    tfhyndman New Member

    6
    Oct 28, 2012
    NJ
    1995 37' Sea Ray
    454
    I need to repack my stuffing box on a 95 370 Dancer. Where. Can I find a wrench big enough (about 3 5/8”)?
     
  2. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
  3. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    2808670-R1-015-6.jpg You don't need a wrench. I always used a large set of channel lock pliers to do mine. It's a tool that you you can use on other projects too instead of a single purpose tool. Also useful for pulling and straightening the cotter pins while you are making your adjustments through out the year. Works better than the wrench in my view.
     
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  4. CaptRonn

    CaptRonn Active Member

    296
    May 25, 2016
    on a large body of water
    1999 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    Convert fuel into noise
    DO NOT buy the WM wrench. It's a inferior piece of garbage and will fall apart.
     
  5. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    2808670-R1-015-6.jpg IMG_4092.JPG Here is all you need in your bag of tricks to perform the entire job.
     
  6. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    2808670-R1-015-6.jpg I just looked at the price of stuffing box wrenches. They are sort of pricey! Makes the channel locks look like a bargain, especially considering their multiple usefulness.
     
  7. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    Do you plan on spraying any solvent on the nut area before you loosen them? If yes what? I need to work on mine and they are solid.
     
  8. Bt Doctur

    Bt Doctur Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    New Jersey
    Ex SRV 240 Weekender twin
    in between
    A product called "Free-All" works . found in the better NAPA stores
     
  9. dtfeld

    dtfeld Water Contrails

    Jun 5, 2016
    Milton, GA
    410 Sundancer
    2001
    Axiom 12 MFD
    Cat 3126 V-Drives
  10. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    We had some 3/8” aluminum plate left over from another project. I made rudder and shaft packing nut wrenches in about an hour one Saturday morning with a band saw and a milling machine.

    They worked better than channel locs and were softer than the packing nuts so you never damage the nuts on a frozen stuffing box.
     
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  11. susanandlance

    susanandlance Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Feb 10, 2011
    Florida
    2007 Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge
    8.1 mercruisers
    Have any pictures Frank?
     
  12. markrsimon

    markrsimon New Member

    8
    Sep 1, 2018
    Cleveland, OH
    92 Sea Ray 400 Express
    454 Mercruiser
    My starboard side was frozen and it wouldnt loosen with any of the normal tools. I also needed a 3.50 and 4.75 wrench which were scare to non-existant. Picked up a piece of 3/8 plate steel, cut a template out of vinyl, and crudely cut away with sawzall and grinder. Needs some cleaning up, but worked wonders with the addition of a 1’ pipe over the ends. $24 and a few hours.
     

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