In this episode I take off one of the wheels to measure it. I studied the Wheel Vintiques Fitment Guide to figure out what to measure.
A. RIM DIAMETER
This is the actual diameter of the wheel at the point where the tire bead seats (not the outer lip).
B. RIM WIDTH
Measure this from the inside of the outer lip at the bead seating point to the inner lip.
A very important measurement is from the inside of the wheel at the point where it contacts the hub, brake drum or axle flange to the outside edge (lip) of the wheel.
D. BOLT PATTERN
Count the number of mounting holes for the wheel and determine the diameter of a circle that would run through their center.
Measuring the distance between the centers of adjacent holes, D
If D = 2-5/8", then the bolt pattern is 5 on 4-1/2"
If D = 2-3/4", then the bolt pattern is 5 on 4-3/4"
If D = 3", then the bolt pattern is 5 on 5"
If D = 3-1/4", then the bolt pattern is 5 on 5-1/2"
Notice none of the websites are particularly concerned about the hole in the middle. Well it's damned important! The hubs on this trailer require a 4" hole in the wheel, way bigger than average.
The tire being on the wheel means I can't measure the rim width directly. But that and the rim diameter are stamped in the metal. 15x6. That'd be 15 inches by 6 inches.
These wheels have 7" tires on them. I almost couldn't get them in the wheel wells. I must be careful not to go any bigger than this.
I have seen some people doing vintage Airstream rebuilds and they put giant aggressive wheels and nobby tires on them. This is absolutely not the way I'm going with Ally Mo. The wheels are meant to blend in with the whole aesthetic. I am not going for a silk slip and combat boots here.
After I took the wheel off and measured it I put it back on and got ready to move Ally Mo out of the way. My father gave me his old drill press for my art wood project and I need to run power to the shed for it. I've been putting off running power to the shed ever since I moved back here and started fixing this place up. You'll see why. It's not just the expense of copper wire and subpanels, it's the effort of digging in the conduit. It's going to be a bitch. I don't want overhead wires. I'd rather keep running an extension cord to the pole.
I got some help on moving the trailer from Otis Forbes. He used to work for my father's construction company. He helps me with things that are beyond my expertise and ability. When my house foundation failed Otis came with a concrete mixer and his expertise in pouring foundations and helped me fix it. And when I needed to thin some trees he came with a chainsaw and took care of it. Anyway, Otis went by my dad's shop and picked up the drill press and brought it to me. Then we moved the trailer. While he was here I had him get out his chain saw and cut a slice off a light'rd log to see if it would make a good cake plate. It wasn't as fat as I thought so I abandoned that project immediately. But I'm glad to know now.
While we were jacking up the trailer to take out the blocks my brother put under it one of the stacks tipped over and dropped Ally Mo on its noggin. The stack of blocks was turned so the long direction was front to back, like the blocks under Ally Min. This is the wrong direction for stability when jacking up either side. When I put blocks under it in the new location I turned them the other way.
Going forward it seems like I need a three point system for safety. A tongue jack and all four wheels on the ground would be a good start. I may make a little ramp to lift the low side and then put jack stands under.
As a sidebar to this video I have another one where I fix the impact driver that failed to drive a sheet metal screw into an old pine stud.
Here's the subtitles for this episode:
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Hi, my name is Barbara. I'm a blank builder and a blogger
and I'm on a mission to rebuild and repurpose
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This 71 year old aircraft construction aluminum trailer home
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I'm gonna have to take this thing off to see if I have the
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It looks like I've got on here a 3/4" socket
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It seems to be the right size. But what am I going to do
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Let's chock it
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It is reassuring that this spins well
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That's good enough for around the yard. I think it would
probably get hot on the highway
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I can't find my WD-40, but I found this Liquid Wrench
without a nozzle
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And this spray can aid, so I'm going to see if I can make
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Oh, yeah. This is very efficient
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The solvent goes where the solvent's needed!
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Straight edge across
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And measure from here
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To the straight part. 3 5/8" is what it says
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Alright, so 3 5/8" backspace?
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Doublecheck with a different ruler
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Still looks like about 3 5/8"
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Yep, 3 5/8" with all the different measurements
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I'm not sure if I want to put this wheel back on right now
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because it smells of Liquid Wrench
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So I'm just going to put these bolts back in the holes
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For safe keeping
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Now I can collect all the measurements I need to find a new
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This hole in the middle of the wheel is extra large. 4 whole
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Only a few Jeeps and trucks have hubs this big anymore, so I
think this feature is going to be the hardest to match
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Next I need to know the diameter of the circle through all
the bolt holes
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Labeled here D, for diameter. I'm going to figure it out by
measuring x, the distance between adjacent holes
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I'm not going to do geometry here, I'm going to look this up
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3 1/4" between the center of the holes means it's a 5 1/2"
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This measurement is the backspace. It's 3 5/8"
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15 x 6 is the rim diameter and width, in inches. Now I'm
prepared for online shopping
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I want to run power from this 200 Amp panel to my shed
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This means digging a trench and running conduit
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Ally Mo is in the way
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My father got a new drill press and he's gonna let me have
his old one. But he wouldn't let me take it in my car
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He said to get a man with a trailer. That sounds like a job
for Otis Forbes.
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So I called Otis and asked him to get the drill press for me
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and then help me move Ally Mo while he's here.
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When the coast is clear I can run my power. And I should
start repainting the shed
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This is the last time I'm moving this with three wheels
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Something made a noise up here when I let that down
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Oh, shit! I lifted it off of this stack. That's not really
what I meant to do
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So what happened? Well, that's off too.
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I don't know what I did
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Alright, I'm not sure what's gonna happen. I gotta jack up
this other corner
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and it's gonna go back down on that other side
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Looks pretty level
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Maybe a little low on the left side
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It's the new spot for now
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I got the weight off of the wheels. Tires, really.
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Because these old worn out tires I don't trust em with
weight on em
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They will go flat
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Better to have them go flat without weight on them
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I'll still have to jack it up to get them off and to get new
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But I think it's ok for today!
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I'm excited to get this thing cleaned up. Gonna look so good
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Oh, let's check what happened where I dropped the trailer on
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What do you call the skirt? The skirt?
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I dropped it on the skirt because of this wheel missing
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The Notorious Missing Wheel
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It makes it completely unbalanced
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And this front corner took a dive
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And sat right down on this aluminum and squushed it.
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So that's never gonna be the same again
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But you know, it's pretty strong. It just goes to show you
just how thick this is
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Heavy gauge aluminum, it just sort of mushed
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I could, I dunno
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On the other one when I took the tongue off I had to patch
in all this
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So it's possible to patch this in
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Or take it off. I could take that part off and redo the
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Make the whole apron go around the tongue and everything.
That might be interesting
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This shed used to have power coming in through this
weatherhead. The wiring into the panel was copper
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and then aluminum wire went through the air and into a power
distribution panel in the well house
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I can't explain these taped up lumps. I cut this down 15
years ago but saved it as an artifact
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In the 20 years this place was abandoned prescribed fire
destroyed the well house
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and burned up this corner of the shed
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I sistered in new wood against the burned up stuff,
replaced what was totally gone and screwed the metal to it
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That's how I ended up with this triple stud situation
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I think I can screw a subpanel on there and bring conduit up
through the corrugation in the wall
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I prefer buried utilities
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It's not real flat
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But the box does fit pretty good
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I like that there's three mounting holes, one for each stud
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I'll just make it flatter
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Building code says electrical conduit has to be 18" deep, so
I got some more digging to do
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Now this is a bit higher than it needs to be, but I'm going
to cut end off
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That's gonna be great. Awesome
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So this'll get a fitting like that
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Then that goes on like that and then you screw it to the
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And then you put the nut on it, it's gonna be awesome
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If you're looking at this 50 feet of conduit thinking,
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That's a lot of digging!
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Especially since it goes past these two giant longleaf
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Think of the roots, Barbara! Think of the roots you're gonna
have to dig through!"
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Yeah, I'm thinking about it! I'm thinkin' about it!
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I'm thinking about it
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I'm just gonna dig a little bit until I get too tired and
then I'll dig some more the next day
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That's all I can do in one day
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It's hard, y'all
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It's hard to dig. It hurts my back
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That's all for today go buck yourself
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