When you sawed those bushings, did they come out easy or was something else holding them? I'm going to try some heat on the housings and maybe some kroil, but if they're that tight it may not penetrate. I was a tool and die maker for 20 yrs and another nine in tool design, so the machining and fixturing is no problem for me. As far as the babbitting goes, It's not a lost art but rare, and I just want to try my hand at it. I've already made a mandrel for the rods, researched babbitt procedures and contacted the JD historical to get the proper grade of babbitt.
Thanks for the input.