I just bought an old Trek 800 that I'm doing a lot of repairs on to make into my semi-regular ride to work. I'm kind of enjoying learning how to work on it, and have begun accumulating bike tools.
But now I've encountered a little snag. I need to rebuild or replace the bottom bracket. I got the left side apart easily and pulled out the ball bearings and race, but the shaft won't come out. So I assume I have to take apart the right side too. Does anyone know what direction to turn the spline thing that holds it in? It doesn't appear rusty but I can't budge it. The tool I bought (made by Park) fits, but not snugly. When I apply real torque it sometimes slips out, and without knowing what direction I should really be going in, I'm afraid to really apply a lot of torque, because I'm going to end up stripping the threads or destroying the notches in the retainer.
As a last resort I can just machine it out with a dremel tool until its thin enough to split and break out, and then just buy everything new, but I would really like to avoid that if possible.
Any advise from anyone would really be appreciated.