... or anyplace else within an hour of two of Arkansas City, anyone have a junk rear axle housing for little or nothing? All I need is a straight tube with places for sleeves and bearings. Busted pumpkin and/or wrecked backing plate is fine. Left or right doesn't matter. I have a few decent ones, but I don't want to use them for this project. No new ones are being made, and I don't want to cut up one that could possibly be used in a car.
Steve -- If you're wanting that to make a rig for painting your wheels, you don't need to go to nearly that much trouble. I wired an old axle to an outfeed roller from my wood shop. A stepladder would work as well. The axle stays put, and the wheel turns on it.
Henry and God wouldn't like that.
Now if you take an old tub and fill it 3/4 with water, pour some Japan black on top off the water, drop the wheels each into the water through the japan black and pull them out
Uh-oh, I've created a monster with that God and Henry phrase.
Mike would make a good detective. He's figured out what I had in mind. After seeing what Dan Treace posted about turning painted wheels at hundreds of RPM, I thought I'd give it a spin. I'm doing only a few wheels, so I don't think I'll bother with the vat.
Stay tuned for the further adventures in wheel painting with our amiable host Mr. Thrifty.
It doesn't need much to spin rather fast..
When I painted wire wheels a few years ago I didn't use a bearing, just an old cracked hub with some grease running on a iron bar and a pipe, stopped from falling off by a worn out angle grinder disc and some bailing wire. No Cost
The pictured engine failed after only one wheel, but I found another in my pile, an old washing machine engine that was much faster - maybe it spun the wheel at hundreds of rpm with the bicycle rim liner, but it still worked just fine without any paint runs
When I painted wood wheels another year in the same color I spun them slowly by hand, maybe 1 rpm - worked just as fine