Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Flying Cloud saga - the adventure continues!


Well, I am out here in San Diego again... taking a break. On Sunday, Zoe' and the boys and I got in the truck at 630am headed for Plattsburgh with Rich's 53 Flying Cloud in tow. All set for a quick up and back trip with maybe a stop at the Lake George Outlets on the way home. The GPS said we'd arrived around 11am. So, just past Cobleskill, I decided to take a short cut that Colin has tried to make the trip a little different for a change and I am glad that I did. At around 9:25, just north of Amsterdam, NY I was towing up the Route 67, heard something funny, looked in the mirror and saw sparks! WHOA!!! I pulled over, and just as I came to a stop, I see the tire pop out. Oh no, my first thought - I blew a tire (we had a tube in it). So, I got out, and went to the rear and looked at the tire... it was not the tire, it was the street side wheel and the rim, and the hub - all sitting there. Yes, the tire, wheel and hub came off. I thought - the axle must have broke. I went back to the trailer and there was very little damage to the trailer. I looked in the wheel well, and the axle was fine, sitting there on the spring meant to save the tire and keep the axle off the road in case of a blowout - let me tell you first hand - they WORK! All single axle trailers need them. Must be the bearings went ( I repacked them and inspected them in VA and they were fine) or a piece of the brakes broke and cause the wheel to back the retaining nut off (went right over the cotter pin as it was still partly there). So, no bearings. I called Colin. I took the other side off, got the bearings, searched the Garmin for a NAPA and headed out. No luck, these bearings can be special ordered, but not in stock. We tried ever other auto parts store and no luck. Tractor Supply - no luck. Camping World in Amsterdam - no luck. So, there I was, with the family and about 2 hours from Colin's. Fortunately, when I had called Colin - he immediately went over to the shop and loaded up his truck with a hub and bearings from a 1950, 1952 ( Vintage Lightning ), and a 1957 trailers. I called him and told him I had no luck and he said, I'm on my way with parts that will get us back on the road. Great - just have to wait two hours. Colin showed around 330pm. After spending an hour comparing hubs and bearings - none would work. Now, we were on a recovery mission and started to figure out how we could get the Flying Cloud to the driveway of the gentlemen I talked with and asked that if I could not repair (having to order bearings) it, if I could put the FC out behind his garage? He said sure, I've always wanted an Airstream. So, we figured we could use one of Colin's hubs and bearings and get a wheel on the trailer (the original 5 hole FC spare was amazingly still holding air) and limp it 400 yards up, and into the guys driveway. We got it there and at 830pm I was back home. I had to still pack, and be at the Airport in Syracuse to fly out here at 5am. And so, on Saturday we will give it another try. So, the bearings have been ordered from NAPA - and he's fitting them into the hub to make sure they fit. Wish us luck. SYDTR!

6 comments:

Steve said...

Rob, that's amazing. I'm glad everyone is safe and sound. Another bill for labor for Rich?

Anonymous said...

Rob, you picked a great time to take the family along on one of your wild trips.Now I know why I carry a set of bearings and oil seal with the 67 Safari, also a good idea to have some grease in the box.
Doug

Rich Luhr said...

Oh man ... I am not looking forward to seeing the bill for this recovery mission! Fingers are crossed for a completely uneventful tow to Plattsburgh!

Rich Luhr said...

Oh man ... I am not looking forward to seeing the bill for this recovery mission! Fingers are crossed for a completely uneventful tow to Plattsburgh!

Geoff said...

Rob,
do you still have the windows for sale?
thanks
Geoff

Geoff said...

rob,
do you still have the windows for sale?
thanks
Geoff