Thanks for all the help guys! Really do appreciate it!
Got the bearing out and the new one in (no freezing this time).
Let me tell you the horror story that removing that bearing was.
After removing the tranny, clutch, pressure plate and flywheel, I had exposed the torn up pilot bearing (the inner casing was shot, and the bearings were all in the back towards the crank). I did not have the pilot bearing puller tool, so I went the grease hydraulic route (see video here
) and that didn't work (put about 3 hours into trying that method).
The next day, I went to Advanced Auto
and borrowed the bearing puller I needed. Sure enough, the bearing puller wasn't working either, it would just slip off the back and not grip.
I made my own puller after that, with 2 different size carriage bolts (one large, one medium) and used a socket, nut and washer to pull the bolts out from behind the bearing as I tightened the nut down. Broke the grade 8 bolts doing this.
After 11 hours messing with it, I got fed up enough to take an air dremmel to it. I wore the inside of the bearing down all the way to the crank, and split one side of it. The bearing collapsed a little, giving me the freedom to pull it out easier with the puller tool.
All in all it took 13 hours to get that bearing out, and If I ever have to deal with another pilot bearing again, it will be too soon!!!!