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Moving Pains II

I suppose it was inevitable.  There comes a time in every obsessive relationship when loathing enters in.  When all that devotion, attention to detail and doting over morph into pure hate.  This was such a time.  My struggles with Sparta continued and seemingly worsened as the week drew to a close.  On Thursday I was able to fit a larger tire onto the wounded left side of my double axle rig, only to find that the stablizer rods that connect each set of leaf springs actually work as intended.  They are designed to keep all fours tires on the road surface by self-adjusting for changes in road resistance.  So all that resulted from my larger tire was that the rusted hub of the broken wheel was pushed closer to the road, continuing its tendency to drag.  This was a really lousy time to learn about these things that just had me chasing my tail.

Leaf springs pushed to the asphalt.

Despite this continuing drag problem, I decided to limp along a 1/4 mile to the tire shop, carving a white snail-trail into the blacktop.  Cristina followed me in horror, her hazards announcing my ineptitude.  Once pulled safely to a broad expanse of curb next to Calvary Tire (had they come to my rescue?), I confered with them about my options, having first borrowed a tool or two to remove the offending hub.  What I found there was telling.  Inside the hub where a drum brake should be found was an assortment of metal shards, springs and scraps like one might normally find at the bottom of a neglected tool box.  What a mess and these parts had basically turned the wheel into a coffee grinder.

Taking one look at that and Calvary’s advice was, “Better go see Chuck”.  So off I went, useless hub in hand to confer with Tony at Chuck’s Wheel and Axle. With a quick glance he grasped the enormity of my problem,  shook his head and said,  “Uh-oh, you’ve got an old Hellwig hub there and they haven’t made parts for those in years.  You’re gonna need a new suspension, axles and wheels”.   Though I admired his deep and comprehensive knowledge on a topic about which I knew zero, I could only plead for a short-term fix that would get me on the road and to my destination.  “Well, if you don’t have far to go, block the stabilizer bar.”.  Genius! So with a quick trip to the hardware store, a dive into the wood scrap bin and purchase of an adjustable plumbing strap I was good to go.  Except that by now it was the heat of the day and I was spent.  The actual move would have to wait…

You can’t beat wood for gerry-rigging.

Look at that beautiful clearance!

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