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« Reply #30 on: Nov 30th, 2007, 6:55pm »

A fresh set of wheels are being overhauled at the moment with 2 out of the 3 stripped down for re paint however the third one, a mainwheel has no tyre on it so the usual way off spliting the flange off by inflating the tyre to pop it off won't work

so far i've tried for 3 days to seperate it at the moment it is soaking in penatrating oil and i'll give it another go next week

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« Reply #31 on: Nov 30th, 2007, 9:23pm »

I know it might sound a bit simple, but have you tried to take it to a Tyre Speciallist (like Kwikfit)? The reason I ask is that we recently took one of our spare Bucc wheels to a local company called A & B Tyres, twenty minutes and 15.00 later, job done, tyre and wheel packaged up and put into storage.
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« Reply #32 on: Dec 1st, 2007, 12:34am »

Sad news about the engine. Hopefully it can be sorted out.
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« Reply #33 on: Dec 1st, 2007, 09:24am »

I might try it however the hub has no tyre on it which is usually the way most people use to seperate the hubs by either levering against it of inflating it with the locking rings removed usually it will pop off this way if i get time i'll try them however our tyre bay in work looked at it and scratched there head alot
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« Reply #34 on: Dec 1st, 2007, 09:43am »

So did the tyre bay at my old work, hence why I decided to take it to a company who specialise in tyres, more specifically, one who deals with larger vehicles, i.e: Lorries and Agriculture.

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« Reply #35 on: Dec 1st, 2007, 5:20pm »

Right oh i see
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« Reply #36 on: Dec 1st, 2007, 10:23pm »

Good to hear that you are still making progress,indeed those wheels can be a pain,agricultural tyre fitters shop should be able to deal with it though.

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« Reply #37 on: Dec 4th, 2007, 8:36pm »

went to a tyre fitters and they scratched there heads, -- went to the tractor dealership next door and with a little agricultural knowledge they came apart, never under estimate the tractor boys the reason they didn't come apart by traditional methods became apparent as the o-ring seal had rotted and was jamming the two halves together

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« Reply #38 on: Dec 5th, 2007, 07:33am »

Good to hear that Matt, never under estimate anything until you try it, our local tyre speciallist are always eager to help.

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« Reply #39 on: Jan 11th, 2008, 8:45pm »

A quick pictorial update from Chris & Matt Wainwright.

The main undercarriage wheels awaiting refurbishment.
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two shots of a light stores pylon before refurb.
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A general view of two areas where repairs are necessary.
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« Reply #40 on: Jan 30th, 2008, 5:12pm »

This weekend all the overhauled invertors were fitted although one took 3 attempts , however due to the unavailability of any form of external power source we have yet to test them ah well that's being stuck out in the open for you, the rest of the day was spent trying to fit a ground lock to the nose undercarriage shock absorber to no avail and sorting through the wheel set we have still at bruntingthorpe some of which will make great coffee tables but are too heavily corroded to use again

never mind i'm sure things will pick up once the owner returns and we get access to all the other ground equipment and spares that are scattered around the UK

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« Reply #41 on: Jan 31st, 2008, 3:35pm »

A question and an idea.
What happened to cause the damage to the flaps as from the pics it looks like both sides have flap damage?
Interesting about the farm tractor guys helping with the wheels, A lancaster group over here had to have a main wheel leak fixed by a tractor heavy machinery wheel shop too!
You could always sell the unuseable mainwheels on ebay or the like to generate funds?
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« Reply #42 on: Jan 31st, 2008, 8:21pm »

I think fron what i've been told that at one time when it was on one of it's many moves the strop taking the wings off slipped off, anyway getting the flaps of will be a challenge in its self as the flap tracks and chains are apparently heavily corroded, we'll see what summer brings

as for the wheels it'll be sorted as to what to do with them when DT returns
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« Reply #43 on: Feb 1st, 2008, 02:23am »

Could the flaps not be repaired on the plane? If they are removed then it would be beneficial as you will be able to sort out the rust etc on the chains.
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« Reply #44 on: Feb 1st, 2008, 3:57pm »

THe first line in the AP for flap removal says "...partially drop the flaps " so to get them off you officially need to have a working flap system in the first place ermmm you see the problem, however with better weather and longer days we'll crack on with some sort of solution even if that's a 'rigger's' calibrated hammer
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