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Since we found the remainder of a bearing, the choice was to find one or make one. We ended up making a thrust bearing to fix the problem. We machined two brass rings on the lathe. Then drew out and spaced the ball bearings in the circle we made on the rings. After that we drilled the correct sized holes and then counter sunk them to allow the balls to float between the two rings. After we were all done we then soldered the two rings together and assembled the transmission and clutch as a whole again.

Before final assembly we had to also make two new cork seals for the end plates of the transmission.

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After we got the Transmission assembled we started working on the wheels to get them sealed. We used a sealer called Kwik-Poly. You have only a couple of minutes to work with it until it sets up hard. Then fully hardens in 24 hours or so. Roger and I sealed 3 of the 4 wheels without making any new pieces. Although the last one, I needed to make a section of the wood rim.
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Although the last one, I needed to make a section of the wood rim.
Looks like your doing a good job! I believe that piece of the wheel is called the "fellow".
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For one thing non detergent oil is not readily available from most regular outlets these days. It gets back to the basics of use, as stated above cruddy accumulations in the motor are the result of poor maintenance and worn rings. If the thing burns oil, crud will build up in the crankcase no matter what the oil used. If the motor is clean and in shape, regular service intervals will keep it that way. If your motor is in need of a rebuild the oil used isn't going to make much of a difference, kind of like those magic little motor overhaul in a bottle kits. The only thing they did was humor the buyer into thinking he was really doing something good. Just a side note on that wheel repair, I believe you will need to replace those spokes where the rim was rotted as they will keep shrinking and never stay tight. I have a few here that are in the same shape and am looking for practical ways to correct them. Never seen the rim repaired in 2 pieces like that before so will like to hear how it holds up. There are a few old time wheel wrights in the Amish communities that do those type wheels but can get pricey and their not close by here. F.J.W.

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Thanks for the update on the Stewart. I bought a 1920 International truck. I had two front wheels made and used parts of the front fellows to fix the back wheels. It has worked well .

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Looks like your doing a good job! I believe that piece of the wheel is called the "fellow".
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I know this is nitpicking but it's spelled "felloe".

Now, I could be wrong and probably am.
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I have been doing some sanding and painting on one of the front wheels. The Kwik-Poly sands very nice and paints well. I also used some body filler to fill in the deep gouges. Next will be to work on the rubber on the wheel.

The first picture is of wheel hub primed and the wood with the first coat of red paint.

The second picture is with the steel rim painted black and the first coat of red paint on and it is sanded down, ready for the second coat of paint.

The third picture is the finished product.
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Nice work Troy.......

We had a 1923 Sterling truck in the shop.
The front rubber was SO out of round we could hardly drive the thing.......
I couldn't swing the wheel in the lathe soooooooooo we jacked up the front end, clamped on every vice grips we had and spaced them equally around the rim to act as a "pulley" for a flat belt, took the cross slide off of our big lathe and clamped THAT to a heavy steel horse.
We used a BIG drill that has a 6" 3 jaw chuck on it to drive the wheel like a pulley.
Set up a sharp, SHARP, cutting tool and faced off the front tires to make them round and smooth.
Worked like a champ.......


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I finished my first wheel yesterday (Monday), all of the pin striping is done in black. It worked out very well for doing it by myself and for my first time ever.
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Here are the front wheel bearings. They are for both front wheels. There is a bigger and a smaller one all inside the hub. They cleaned up nice and work well. Notice the shoulder on the bearing and the ridge for it to ride in in the raceway.
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I finished up making the universal joint awhile ago. I got the parts re-cast and had to do all the machining and fitting to the drive shaft. I think we figured out why it was so wore out, the people that used this truck before mounted a corn sheller on the truck and powered it with a gear welded to the drive shaft. So they disconnected the universal joint from the rear end and ran the corn sheller. So it sat out there and beat its self apart out on the end of the drive shaft. There are just a few reasons why a new one was needed

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Nice work so far. Keep up posting progress, it is quite interesting.

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Maybe it will work right this time.
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I have here a picture of the side lamps and head lights finished. There wasn't any broken glass, they were just very very dirty and needed some good paint. Next I have a picture of a Stewart Truck that i found online from the period of 1918 and is the same model of the one I am restoring. Lastly, the oil pump has been cleaned up and it works. Today I am headed over to pick up some more of castings that have been re-cast for me.
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I got my castings picked up from NRB Metals in St. Charles, MN and they look great. I still have to some machining on them to get the perfect fit to the Stewart. A week or so ago, I went to an auction a few miles south of me in Racine, MN and scored a deal on a Weaver auto crane. I was able to get it and bring it home that day. It is almost complete and we even got it turning and working that weekend. I am missing the hand crank and a snatch block that would go on the chain. All the original ads that we have found, shows that instead of having cable around the drum, Weaver actually used chain. The name plates are on both sides of the frame and they are in great condition. It is a two ton auto crane, so I am going to mount that on the Stewart and make the Stewart into an old time service truck.
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Finished my driver side wheels! Had to do some touch up painting and now they are finally done. One wheel to go! Hopefully look at taking it off on Saturday to get started on it.
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I have one of those Weaver Auto Crane's, but mine was changed over to a cable.

Still has the pulley for the chain though with the cable running in the groove.
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Here's a couple shots of my old Weaver Auto Crane and the name-plate showing it as a 3 Ton.

The adjustable arms have been welded in place on it and it has a cable instead of the chain, but still has the chain pulley on it.

Not shown in this picture, but right now I have a 50 gallon drum of cement hanging on it that I removed from my loader tractor when I sold it last year.

As per your PM, I will try to get a couple shots of the crank handle for you ASAP.
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Since I don't seem to be able to attach pictures to PM's, here's a few more shots showing the crank handle you asked me for.

I don't know if it's original or something one of the previous owners welded up for it, but it is fabricated instead of cast.

Simple enough to make if you need one.
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And here's a few other 'detail' shots showing the pawl for locking the hoist and the 'Chain" pulley even though mine currently has a cable on it.
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