The Challenge of Heavy Wagon Hub Bands | Heavy Wagon Wheels | Engels Coach
Last week we bored the tapered hole for the center of the hub to receive the boxing. But before we can press the boxing in we need to put the final hub bands on around these hubs. Otherwise, when we press the boxing in it would just split the hub. These have fairly heavy hub bands. The ones up against the spokes are three eighths by two and the outer ones are three eighths by two and a half and three eighths by three and a half. So this is the process of rolling, sizing and setting these heavy hub bands on the Borax water wagon hubs. Now I like to purposefully roll these a little under sized. It’s a lot easier to open them up than it is to readjust this roller to make them smaller. Now these end hub bands are particularly difficult to get, to put on. because they’re going up against this sharp edge so I’m double checking just to make sure they’re round. If they aren’t, I’m going to run them back through the roller and kind of round them out a little bit. The hub bands up against the spokes aren’t near so bad because they have a little taper to the shoulder that they can kind of self adjust. But these ends ones have to be pretty close. And they’re even more particular when they’re as heavy as these are being three eighths thick. Now I want these irons to be kind of a flat black. So I’m going to take some used engine oil and I’m going to heat the irons up to eight – nine hundred degrees and I’m going to dip them in this oil and it’ll take on this flat black appearance, that I like. Well, since these still have some heat in ’em, I’m going to take advantage of that. I’m going to add a little more and go ahead and set ’em on. Setting hub bands that are three eighths thick is definitely more difficult than normal wagon hubs that are only a quarter inch. But I think we made it. Next week we’ll go ahead and we’ll press in the boxings and go from there. Thanks for watching!