P.O. Box 324 Lecanto, Florida 32661
I am enclosing a couple of pictures to show how I used up some
of those emergency spare tires and wheels that nobody seems to
The trick is to make a hub. I used a piece of
3/16 plate six inches square and a four inch
length of tubing. I true the tubing in the lathe and bolt it to the
middle of the plate with a 5/8 bolt. Then
weld a good bead around the tubing, now the bolt comes out and I
put the thing in the lathe again for truing up. To make a hole for
the wheel, I score a ring 4? or 4? on the plate. Some have three
sets of holes to accommodate different size bolt patterns. Now I
put one hole in the ring. Then I have made an arbor to put over the
hub and inside the big center hole in the wheel. Next thing is to
punch mark and drill the other four holes. You don’t need a
tricky index outfit for the job.
How would a three horse John Deere look on the truck? You should
see the front axle pivot I made of a street ell and a couple
nipples; I even put greased fittings in the threaded area. This
whole thing is narrow enough to fit through a 36 inch doorway.
Now the heavy duty yard cart. I made these things to use and to
take pictures of. Notice the handles, this makes it easy to load a
garbage can or other stuff. The thing does not offer to run onto
your foot like some.
That axle in the truck is about an inch and quarter. The axle in
the yard cart is thin chrome moly steel tubing, only three quarters
of an inch in diameter.