|The Lofrans sitting in my office waiting for an interview.|
|This shows the flange plate which covers the spring-loaded gear assembly.|
Once the flange is off, the interior revealed a somewhat dirty and sticky assortment of gears, but for the naked eye, not a bad condition for what must have been closed for the past 30 or 40 years or so. A quick bath will do them good.
|One of the small gears with dirt and some grease on the teeth.|
|The gear shaft is the inside portion of tubing visible at the center inside the bronze wheel. I knew it had to come out as it had a couple of "keys" to provide grip on the wheel.|
The challenge was to somehow remove the small shaft in order to check the main gear and discover why the bronze wheel would not turn, service the shaft and reput the assembly.
|Once free, the bronze wheel looked perfectly fine. It went to the vinegar bath spa after this removal.|
Below are the pics of the guilty party. A thick, even brittle white plastic, same as covered the original housing area, surreptitiously constraining the bronze wheel, and the house gears, and the gypsy and its anchor retrieval! Busted!
I was thoroughly delighted with this discovery, which by way of some cleaning and debris removal, I will be able to reassemble and use this windlass some more. After bathing for 24 hours in vinegar, the parts cleaned up well...
The housing cleaned up as good as possible with the assistance of the metal brush on a drill.
|The Lofrans looks a bit combat tested but still shows some of the gleam of bright aluminum between the years of corrosion.|