Saturday, May 11, 2013


I don't really know how it happened.  I was in the shop and Steven came home from work and found me there.  I was cleaning up one of the cone bearings.  I asked him to show me how to use his propane torch.

"What for?"

"So I can heat up this cone bearing and get the screw loosened."

"Boy, it sure looks clean."

And the next thing I knew he was in his part of the shop rustling around with some tools.  Then I heard the grinder going.

He was grinding down a very large and long screw driver.  I watched as he honed it down to fit into the slot on the screw.  The cone bearing was in a VMV (Very Manly Vice)  He put a vice grip on the shaft of the driver to get more torque.  Still no go.

That's when he got out the torch.  He got that nut red hot.  Carefully placed in back in the VMV and used that big, honking driver and TURNED THE SCREW.  I was so excited.

"I'll get you the other one."  I had to dig it out of the naval jelly and clean it all off.

"I don't suppose I have time to run and get the camera, do I?"  asked I, as he lit the torch.

I ran.  I found the iphone in the car.  Much closer.  Which explains the lousy photos.

 Very carefully, he placed the nut and bearing back in the VMV

And then positioned the driver into the screw.
and turned.
I then took both of them and placed them in my VDV (very dainty vice) and worked them over.  I brushed them with the wire brush, cleaned them with brake cleaner, lubed then with vaseline and turned the screw in the nut a 356 times.EACH

Before treatment
Now, they are nestled in their home in their new stand.


  1. I LOVE this post! Well done, good team work. Thanks for the pics (plenty good enough).

  2. That is really cool!