Building 1,018 lb Wagon Wheel For a Chandelier | Engels Coach Shop
Well, you will recall that last week I made spokes and felloes for these wheels that we’re gonna make that are gonna b a thousand pounds. Well, this hub weighs 187 pounds and I can’t lift it up on to the wheel stand without some help so I’m gonna use my hoist to pick it up, but I need something to grab a hold of, so I’m gonna put a couple of spokes in that I can put my straps to, hoist it up on the wheel stand and start to build this thousand pound wheel that’s gonna be a chandelier. Well, we have the wheel together, and the tire is sized. Now generally I size tires two tenths of one percent under the circumference of the wood wheel. This tire ends up being about three-quarters of an inch shorter in circumference. Remember that’s not diameter, that’s circumference. So now the challenge is to get them heated up and expanded and set on to the wheels We’re gonna build a bit fire around them. But this is one of those things that I just can’t do myself, as much as I like to think that I can do about whatever, so I’ve finagled a few friends to come in. We actually have a couple that came out from Virginia just to visit the shop and their timing was just right and we have a couple here from over there close to Butte, in Walkerville Montana that also came to help out today. And also Trent from down in Basin Wyoming country came up, and he’s the one who’s actually gonna run the forklift for us when we pull these tires out of the fire. So we hope you enjoy the process of of setting the tires on these thousand pound wheels. Well it certainly is nice to have adequate help when we’re setting these great big tires. You notice on a lot of light buggy wheels and wagon wheels I can kinda get it done by myself, but there’s just no way around these 500 plus pound tires, doing it by myself. So now with the tires set, I take the time to clean up all the char marks and I actually put them back in the paint room and gave them a fresh coat of oil and a couple of hub bands I had to tighten up, but now we’re ready to head ’em home to Virginia for a chandelier So next week I’m gonna take the time to put these in a crate kind a walk you through that and get em headed home. So, once again, thanks for watching!