Well, I want to welcome again. I’m still picking through this backlog of wheels. Well, this week I’ve got a wheel that was sent up from New Mexico We’re gonna get it unpackaged and just see what we’ve got cooking here. Well, in spite of the wreck, this really is a pretty nice old wheel. It has nice fine lines to it. You can tell they’re still original spokes. Got nice fine throats on em. Compared to this old wheel that we did earlier. Pretty thick, heavy blocky spokes. Not much style. But this has a really nice old original style to it. So we’re gonna kind of get it apart here and see if we can’t put this thing back together again. Now when I picked this up off the stand I noticed it had a steel washer on the large side, of the bell side of the boxing It really should be leather. Steel isn’t a good idea. Another thing I noticed when this wheel was put together, somebody was pretty heavy handed with it. I’ve been asked in the past why I don’t use a larger hammer when I set rivets, and this is why. Too large a hammer, or too heavy a blow, can bend the body of the rivet instead of mushrooming the head and that was the case when these rivets were set. Well, this buggy wheel has been changed to a little newer style of hard rubber. It has a flat rubber to it. And there’s a spot where you can see it was drag sideways, probably in the wreck, and it started to pull the rubber out of the channel iron. So while in some past videos you’ve watched me put hard rubber tires on buggy wheels, This time it’s gonna be the process of, how do you take them off? You know there’s gotta be a joint somewhere. There it is. Now inside t his joint is two hard, high tensile strength wires. I’m gonna take a cold chisel and see if I can get them cut apart. It can be a rascal sometimes. In the process of doing this I want to address a question, or comment that’s come up different times when I’m putting rubber on, Why don’t I put on some type of adhesive or sealant on this joint? This is why. Now you remember here a couple two, three, four weeks back I did some hard rubber tires and you see how I brazed the ends together? Well, there’s a brazed job that causes the wire to stay stuck. on one end and it’ll kind of pull in on the other. So this end that I can see the wires just flush on is the end where the weld is. I’m gonna clamp it down tight and I’m gonna stretch this out, kind a like a rubber band, as far as I can, and I’m gonna kink it on the end of the wires and see if I can get this to work forward. I got a little off camera here, but if I twist that, see that wire starts to work out. There you can see the brazing coming out on one wire. The second wire is a little more reluctant, but Ithink we can persuade it. One of the challenges of working on these horse drawn carriages today is the variety of makers. So I’m constantly trying to match old spokes. So the new ones don’t really match just quite right. So I’ll put an old one up against a new one and kinda figure out how I can make this shape a little closer. Now, while I was handling these old spokes, kinda getting them fitted up a little bit, my hands started to tell me something that my eyes didn’t see. You know, a Sarven spoke is kinda shaped like an egg. there’s one side that has kind of a sharp ridge down it, not real sharp, but it’s a definite ridge and that edge is designed to to have a little dish to it. You can see how it kinda steps up off the bench? Well, these old spokes started to feel a little funny. Remember the stripe that was on the outside and the backside doesn’t have a stripe? You can see here the egg as the point is up on the top right here. Well, I’m gonna slow this down and let you see, as we follow the down it is actually on the backside of the spoke. The other side is the side that has the stripe which was on the outside of the wheel. This spoke has been put in backwards. or upside down. Sooo, I started to inspect these a little closer and this is what I found. Well, it’s most likely that these spokes are all of a hundred years old anyway. Most everything that comes in is of that vintage at least. so they’ve had the effects of tension and pressure and weather and they have bent and warped and given over time, so it’s a little tough to tell solely off of the bend in the spokes. You can see there is some warp in these. It’ when my hands feel for the top of the egg that it really tells me the most of just how these spokes were supposed to be. Now I know this is maybe a little difficult to pick up with the camera, so I’m gonna take and set these spokes all in a line, and I’m gonna feel what is the top or the outside edge of the spoke, what is the top of the egg, and I’m gonna put all the top of the eggs up and I’m gonna show you what position these were in the wheel. They’re kinda all mixed up but look at what I found. Well, have you ever heard the phrase you don’t want to buy a car that was made on Friday? They seem to be, I don’t know if this is true or not, but they sometimes are blamed to be the lemons. The workers in the assembly line aren’t thinking about their job maybe. They’re looking for the weekend. and some bolts don’t get put in yada, yada, all this kinda stuff. This wheel, and I don’t know about the whole buggy, but I imagine the whole set of wheels looks like it’s kind of a Friday built set of wheels. About half of these spokes are in upside down. And it’s just one of those lessons, that you know, this is probably a hundred year old wheel, but you know, people are people. Back then, and even today, I have fixed a lot, well maybe I shouldn’t say a lot, I have fixed a number of wheels that are built today, fairly modern, that I find this. Spokes are in haphazard, some right, some backwards, but it’s not that common to find them in old, original carriages. This is one that was one of those Friday wheels. When it goes home, it won’t be that way though. So let’s go ahead and get this put back together and let’s do it right this time. Well, generally when I’m using old fellys putting them back on, I can see kind of the imprint where the egg is on the felloes. But since this one is kind of mixed up haphazard, I’m gonna scrape through and I think this has got some blind rivets on it, and, sure enough, you can see em right underneath the paint here. This is gonna get repainted anyway, so I’m gonna scratch this off. This is gonna tell me what is the back side of the felloes and what is the right side to put em on. Well, the old rivet heads are a little smaller heads than the new ones so I’ve gotta modify these too cause this one has to match the other three. You know, back in 1979, early 1980, I had an older wheelwright watching me do this rubber tire deal. And he just sat their and kind a watched didn’t say too much, and when I got done he said, “Yep, after about a thousand wheels, you’ll about have it figured out.” Well that thousand wheels has come and gone years and years ago. So, you’re kinda getting to be kinda that way too. You’ve watched me do this enough times you’ve noticed that I”ve kinda just kinda just blown through some of these steps. but you’re getting to where you’re familiar with them, which is a good thing. Once again, I appreciate your following along and Thanks for Watching!