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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    OK - now you're saying it should be a steam powered wheelbarrow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by oznabrag View Post
    If anybody can do it, Rich is that man.
    True - but I kinda liked his "wife power" concept & am anxiously waiting to hear how it worked out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    True - but I kinda liked his "wife power" concept & am anxiously waiting to hear how it worked out.
    Just so long as the steam isn't coming out of her ears!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oznabrag View Post
    Just so long as the steam isn't coming out of her ears!
    Ha! I had that image as I was typing that post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    True - but I kinda liked his "wife power" concept & am anxiously waiting to hear how it worked out.
    I decided to abandon my wife power concept. Preliminary tests concluded that the power plant might explode when asked to hump the wheelbarrow around.

    Having rejected steam power for my launch in favor of electric, I'd go electric. Let's have a few pages on how to power a wheelbarrow with an old trolling motor.
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    Here's one you could model it after...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    I decided to abandon my wife power concept. Preliminary tests concluded that the power plant might explode when asked to hump the wheelbarrow around.

    Having rejected steam power for my launch in favor of electric, I'd go electric. Let's have a few pages on how to power a wheelbarrow with an old trolling motor.
    Oops... I do believe you spelled 'was instructed' incorrectly there...
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    "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green

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    Wheel barrows...
    My grandfather had a flatbed wheelbarrow that was a good thing. The modern stamped out type are seriously limited as to what you might carry. The only good thing about them is you can stack and ship about ten of them in one pallet. The old man's wheelbarrow could carry a great stack of wood, or brush and spring prunings or, you could put the sideboards on and load it with dirt or gravel. The large diameter wheel was easy rolling. When he died it was simply discarded... No one asked me.

    In the years since I have often considered building one like it. An "improved" version with a pneumatic tire and maybe something lighter weight than white oak, like plywood with aluminum fittings.

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    You could build one with a wider bed , similar to a small shipping pallet, wood slat sides like the larger Radio Flyer wagons, and 2 wheels for better side-to- side stability. . . . Just saying . . . Imagine the discussion which would follow about fastenings, and finishes !!

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    This is the kind of thing I would do. I still have a tripod screw jack (from when they jacked up cars by the bumper) in storage that, in my late teens, I sandblasted off the rust and repainted it, and installed new chains. I love restoring tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    Oh rats! I forgot the mastic to bed the bolts. Looks like I might have to install a bilge pump. Manual or should I install a shelf for a battery?
    Manual, one of the handles could activate the pump.
    Of course that means going around in circles when not in boat mode, but let's not worry about that.

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    Update:
    I just used the wheelbarrow to bring in some firewood. Paint on the inside held up quite well.
    As the afternoon shadows got long, I realized I'd forgotten one important thing during the restoration.
    Running lights!!
    Now: how and where to mount them? Also, when loaded, do I need a light tower like on a tug boat to indicate that I'm under burden?
    So many questions.
    This is gonna keep me up all night...
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    Where are you going to attach the zincs?

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    I bought mine about 25 years ago. Recently dropped a tree on it, so a bit of panel beating and a new handle.
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    Name it Dallas Alice.
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    If you tip those handles down on the ground it make a really good seat to sit in the shade and drink beer and watch others sweating away.
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    I used to have a photo from the net saved of this but it's gone. It was for sale by an online antique dealer and was the finest looking wheelbarrow ever. It even had pin striping. This is the best I can do. The proportions are beautiful, it's a true work of art. The dealer doesn't show it any more, must have sold it. Probably designed and built by a boatbuilder.images[1].jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerarddm View Post
    Name it Dallas Alice.
    But he's not going from Tuscon to Tucumcari...

    But maybe he's driven every kind of rig that's ever been made?
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    How 'bout the lights on the roof? Would they be enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    How 'bout the lights on the roof? Would they be enough?

    Sheesh.... now I gotta put a roof on this thing?
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    ...... and rear-view mirrors and backup lights and turn signals and safety glass windshield (windscreen) you ARE going to license it for on the road use aren't you ??

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    I am so envious! Not only do you clearly have the very best looking wheelbarrow on the WBF but you have time to restore a wheelbarrow!! I bow humbly in admiration, suppressing any troubling wish from my darker side that someone scratches it. Know that you have achieved a greatness that we plebs can only dream of!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WX View Post
    I bought mine about 25 years ago. Recently dropped a tree on it, so a bit of panel beating and a new handle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    Sheesh.... now I gotta put a roof on this thing?
    I was thinking more like a light bar mounted on your shoulders - 2 lights per side. Or maybe 2 per side just forward of the hand grips?

    You could mount a light on the bow, but it'd have to be on a bale that'd swing up out of the way or well below the lip & above the forward pivot.

    I see lots of design work ahead!

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    When she finally passes on, you will have to send her to Peerie Ma to be cremated. he lives near Barrow in Furness
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    I once had a wheel barrow that had two wheels; one on each side, independent of each other. Placement was to balance the load.

    Was a much better idea.
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    Anyone remember the ball barrow circa 1970?, about a 40 - 50cm ball instead a wheel they sold like hot cakes for a couple of years and then dissappeared without a trace. seemed like a great idea at the time, but the only thing I have seen similar is launcching trolleys for sandy beaches. Had one on my Vaurien for years till the salt got it.
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    The ball barrow was the start of Dyson's fortune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonboy View Post
    When she finally passes on, you will have to send her to Peerie Ma to be cremated. he lives near Barrow in Furness
    I am staying with the kids at the moment, when I am home I'll post what I did with one of these when the frame finally rusted out
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    In 1974, James Dyson designed a smooth-edged plastic bin called the Ballbarrow that didn't rust or stick to fresh concrete like the metal ones of its kind. Instead of wheels, it had a load-spreading red ball, and its large red pneumatic ball gave it stability and stopped it from sinking into soft ground.

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    ....and it was so good they dont exist anymore,, now that would be a good restoration project.
    I had one, honestly never thought it was any more stable, but it was certainly better at rough and soft going, steps etc.

    I have just replaced the perpetually flat wheelbarrow pneumatic tyres and the sack barrow, with semi solid none inflatable ones. The business . for the cost of three or four innertubes and cris'knows how many hours of repairs . ... I'd put them everywhere, and I even started a thread many years ago wondering why we still hurtle around on potentially dysfunctional fragile rubber bags of air at 300kms an hour on some vehicles.... there are run flat tyres and so on, but why did it take 100 years , and they are not not universal by any means.
    but as they say, it was twenty years after a man walked on the moon that suitcases got wheels. work that out.
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    I bought one of these for gardening, lighter loads. We’ve pretty steep hills on our place. Going down with the wheelbarrow was fine; up, not so much.

    https://www.worx.com/aerocart-wheelb...wApg&gclsrc=ds
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    I bought one of these for gardening, lighter loads. We’ve pretty steep hills on our place. Going down with the wheelbarrow was fine; up, not so much.

    https://www.worx.com/aerocart-wheelb...wApg&gclsrc=ds

    STUPENDOUS!!!

    I would think it could use bigger tires, but I have gotten very inventive with some hand truck action over the years, and this thing has me beat!




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    Swmbo loves flowers, bedded and in pots. Big pots. Heavy. This cart takes the grunt out of moving them. Though truth be told, I *need* a wagon I can pull with the garden tractor. None as cool or long-lived as those wheelbarrows. No one will be refurbishing that worx in 20 years!
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