Hugh James suggested I ask you for advice.Redoing the stringers and floor on this v-drive. It is supposedly from the 60's era. Under the shaft log I found 4 inch fiber bearing encased in a "blob" of white marine-tex surrounding the propshaft. Opinions vary as to whether it is needed. One is that the prop shaft is 68 1/2 inches long does not need to be there. The other is it replaces a whip strut. Really want to "Get her wet" soon. Can you advise best decision.