Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bearing the load

I've been a bit remiss in posting if late, but there hasn't been much to tell. Haven't worked on Hanky in some time, so my story telling will revolve around Heavy D this time. 

A few weeks ago, I was headed up to my mother's place to grab my brother's trailer. I was headed to Mike McDaniel's place in Glenelg to pick up Brandon Byrd's extra parts from Gigi. Going up rt. 32, there was suddenly a loud bang an clanging sound. I pulled over and looked underneath. Sure enough, the rear u-joint on the front drive shaft let go. I lashed it up with twine and carried on, got the trailer and took the shaft off when I go home. The next day I picked up the parts and dropped the trailer back at moms place. 

So then coming home, the drivers side wheel starts making a racket. As I get closer to home it gets louder. This can't be good. As I make the last toward home, it makes a crunch and get quieter so I drive the last mile home and park it. I left for vacation and business for the next three weeks, so just got to tear into it today and here is what I found. Not surprisingly the inner bearing is toast. Luckily, the race and the spindle look fine. Tomorrow I go part hunting. Gotta get it back together for Carlisle next weekend!