Restoring old Lockerbie kick wheel
Question: I just brought home an old Lockerbie Model K kick wheel which is in need of some TLC. It dates back to the 1970s. I am in the process of taking it apart to clean, sand, repaint, and most importantly cleanup the bottom and top bearings. All in all the kick wheel is in fairly good shape.
I've managed to remove all the set screws but still cannot get the wheel head to come off the shaft. I cannot find any documentation on the Web to tell me if the wheel head is threaded onto the shaft or just slides on/off. (It may just be stuck with years of grease and paint buildup.)
Do you know if Lockerbie published an Owners Manual and/or a parts schematic for their wheels?
I would really appreciate any suggestions. Thank you.
Answer: Thanks for the question, Karen. I've never owned a Lockerbie wheel, but your problem reminds me of a recent post about at Randall Kick Wheel that had a stuck wheel head.
We did a bunch of research and found some interesting solutions ranging from heating the wheel head with a blow torch to spraying around the drive shaft with WD-40 and tapping it upward with a rubber mallet.
I'm inclined to think this might be similar to your problem if there is some rust on there. I like the WD-40 idea myself, but hopefully another reader who owns a Lockerbie can offer some insight.
Anyone out there got a Lockerbie and know some tips for Karen?