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Restoration of 1918 Stewart Truck


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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".

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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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