Thursday June 17, 2021 Guerneville CA.
Not giving up yet
I got some good suggestions in comments from last nights post and I had some more ideas how to break the tire beads from thinking on it last night. Thanks for the helpful comments.
I thought I’d try some more stuff as it was a warm day and it would be hot if I drove over to the valley to shop at Harbor Freight and I’m stubborn a bit too.
I figured I could always drop my brothers tractor bucket on it and break the bead if all else fails but I was wrong about that. I could hear my brother running his tractor across the street.
So someone suggested I use a Sawsall to cut a hole in the tire which gave me an idea. I didn’t think that would work to cut the bead because you can’t get the saw into where the bead was and I was also thinking they might have some wires in there to cut too which I didn’t think I could get to to cut.
I cut into the tire with my knife but quickly ran into a big problem as knives don’t cut wires well. I used my pointed wire cutters to try to cut the wires but only got a few of them and could not get the wire cutters into the bead area to cut the rest of the wires. I also found out the wires were hardened and when I tried to cut them they didn’t cut but just snapped because they were so hard.
OK I’d had it so it was time to try my brother’s tractor bucket as that should do it. So I took it over to his tractor and he helped me try to get it off but again no go.
Fifth try and some success finally
My brother suggested I try cutting a bigger hole in the tire and maybe just cut around the rim to get the tire off so I could work on cutting the bead off somehow and after giving it some thought I used the Sawsall to cut around the rim which worked fairly well without too much trouble.
Here’s what that stubborn bead looked like. It was tight on the rim and I couldn’t get a bar under it or behind it.
My brother does have a die cutter if I needed it but first I’d try what I had as he was busy on his tractor.
Tire iron breaks the wires
I used this tire iron to try to bend some wires up so I could cut them with the wire cutters and in the process working the bar back and forth I broke a couple of the wires so I just kept rocking the bar back and forth until I broke all the hard to get wires.
It was a warm day and I was tired out from all the work so I napped a bit and took it easy for awhile.
After working on removing the sand with a water jet I think the better way to do it is with air, which I did try early on but I only have a small air compressor. To do the job quickly one would need a trailer mounted compressor. I can’t think of anyone I know that has one and the rental yard wanted 155 bucks a day to rent it and I don’t really like the rush of a rental but I think the air might work better than the water.
Rims cleaned up
Persistence pays off.