I’m starting to work on replacing the bushings and axle pivot pin in my MF 265. It looks like MF tractor(s) 165, 175, 255, 265 and construction & industrial(s) 30, 31, 3165 all use the same pin and others my be similar. In reading online it seems that some people do have a problem removing the old pin and I hope to be able to complete the job without removing casting that is bolted to the front of the engine.
My plan now is to make some kind of a puller that attaches to the 3/8” holes in the hollow axle pivot pin or run a pulling rod completely through the axle pin and add a nut in the limited space between the axle pin and crankshaft pulley. If it does not come right out, I will try to drive it slightly deeper just to break any static friction before trying to pull again. Then if it is still stuck my alternate plan is to weld a hot bead the full length inside of the hollow axle pin. After the pin cools it should be a slightly smaller diameter and easy to remove.
1. Does anyone have a good plan for making a puller that attaches to the 3/8” holes in the hollow axle pin? Or a better method to pull that pin without removing the front casting? 2. Has anyone tried the welding trick to reduce the pin diameter and aid in removal?
I have used the welding trick to remove bearing races and valve inserts with good results but not tried it on such a long hollow pin.