Sunday, August 22, 2021

Give me a 'brake'.....

 7:48 am - Sunday - August 22nd - Seal Rock, OR - 55° F, 94% humidity, wind - 5 mph out of the east.....mostly cloudy today with a forecast high of 62° F.  On this date in 2012 we were riding our Cannondale tandem near the Washing/Oregon Draw Bridge in Vancouver, WA.....↴

Our local forecast for Saturday was for overcast skies all day, but around 10 am the sun broke through, and by mid afternoon we had clear, blue skies....go figure.  Since it was a windless, sunny day TLE and I took a walk down to Seal Rock Beach.....

The brown pelicans have returned, and taken over Elephant Rock

Folks have been building a lot of interesting structures out of driftwood

Looking north...

....and then west

Another rock taken over by the brown pelicans the afternoon I removed one of the trailer wheels to verify the Dexter electric brake part number so I can order a new set......

The part number is the one on top (023-106-00)....this is for the right hand brake assemblies.  The number for the left side brake assemblies is 023-105-00.  I was able to find them on Amazon for $326 (free shipping)

Not much brake lining left

The brake drum was very rusty, so I cleaned it up using a wire wheel attachment on my Porter Cable angle grinder

Looking much better

I used the wire wheel attachment on my bench grinder 
to freshen up the six lug nuts

Next up I used a Magic Eraser to remove 11 months of surface rust on the rim

....those Magic Erasers are amazing...she's all shinny white again!

The 20 ton bottle jack I used to jack up the trailer

......I was pleased to see that there was still brake lining left on the shoes, and there was still plenty of grease on the wheel bearings.  I'll repack each wheel bearing on each wheel when I install the new electric brakes.  Amazingly, the tread on the Michelin light truck tires I installed back in 2005 still looks great, and there is no visible tread separation.  Before I switched to these Michelin tires I was replacing a trailer tire every few months.  I went through 5, or 6 tires the first three years on the road, but none since I installed the Michelins.

After putting the wheel back on the trailer I retired to one of our Adirondack chairs for about an hour to enjoy the sunny, balmy weather, and the view, of course....

....I never get tired of this view, and every day we get some sunshine I'm going to do my best to sit for a while and enjoy it!

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