For the last several days do to a couple of non working modern cars I been driving my touring. That is to work and to the shop I rent. I have been needing to make room, aka clean the place up. One thing is I have a welding cart I made several years ago, one thing it's always been hard to roll around as the casters i used are to small to carry the weight nicely. You know it feels like it will tip over easily.
Two years ago at an auction I paid $12.00 for a small cart with steel casters on it. 2 weeks ago I found the use for them, my welding cart.
Problem was they were welded on the 3 1/2" pipe that was the legs of the cart, nicely done but would not work for my cart as the legs on mine are 2" OD sq tubing.
So first thing, cut them off. First 2 pics are of the small cart after cutting them off. Next is of the top plate of the caster after decreasing and clean up. Followed by some grinding to help get them closer to round as the next step is to put them in the lathe to finish them for welding to new 3/8" plates that will get welded to 2" sq ID thick wall tubing.Pic 4-6.
Pic 7 and 8 are after welding and then quickie turning to true up to round, pic 9. Next step with out pics because I did not have my camera w/me that night, is to weld the 4" long, 2" sq ID tubing to the plate. Needing to make sure it's centered I turned up a slug of steel to bolt in the center so I could slip the tubing over and then weld it up. Pics 10-11 are after glass bedding, ready for paint.
Pic 12 is the wheel "cage" before blasting, 13&14 after. Had to wait for Fastenal to ship in new ball bearings. Sorry no pics of putting it altogether.
Pics 15, 16, &17 are of the removal of the old casters, use a floor jack to rise the welding cart, cut the legs off 4 1/2" below the bottom of the frame, then slip on the new casters. Some small grinding with the angle grinder after using the zaw saw. Do the other end, more fine tuning. Finnish installing the last 2 casters, set jack down and check it see if it moves ok. Pics 18&19.
Yea!. Now a little bit too easy, and because the casters have no locks I'll make this weekend some chocks.
Some back ground: the number I thought was a part number I found when turning the top plate's down turned out to be a pat. number, from 1933. These having steel wheels should carry 600lbs each, and looking at eBay cost about 95-115 dollars each. My cost to do this is around $80.00 for materials and close to 20 hrs, but when I work for myself I am lucky to get a buck an hour so with my fuzzy math I have $100.00 bucks in them.
How does this relate to My Model T? I needed the room in my shop, and to do that, the cart needed to move. Room in the shop now to work on Model T stuff.