Friday, April 22, 2016


Beating on Melody

When your at the end of the road and way out in the outback - it's all about how you get the job done.

Saturday Morning on the Chilcotin Ranch: Kevan comes up to me and says “are you feelin' strong today?” and I know something exciting (I do not know yet if good or bad) is about to happen.

But let us step back a little bit first. It is the beginning of April in the South Chilcotin Mountain Park and we are setting up the Ranch for an early start of the season. Setting up includes falling trees to renew the fences and gates and to strengthen frames, tents and cabins. Therefor we called up the faller Randy, who is helping us with all of that, and furtonately, has a lot of experience fixing skidders. Our Skidder “Melody” has seen good and bad days and right now we are somewhere in between, meaning tht it runs and all the hydraulics work, but it needs some fixing on the break and has a flat tire.

Me and Kevan tried to fix it by pouring a soup based on motoroil and fireglss into the tire to seal it from the inside, unfortunately that only lasts for a couple months until it reacts and disolves with the glue and destroys the inner tube. We realized that we need some proper fixing to take Melody back to her true beauty. So with Randys help, we take the rim of the axes, the tire of the rim and the innertube out of the tire to patch everything up. We are starting by using tire levers and pry bars to take the 500 pounds of rubber and heavy metal apart. Sledge hammers, soapy water and a lot of love and brutality finally get us to our goal and we are able to roughen the tire from the inside with a grinder and therefor we are able to put a rubber boot on the inside and glue it on with contact cement. We are finding the holes in the tube and we are patching those up to. As we are finlly ready to put everyhting back together ( with the same combination of sledge hammer, prybars, soap and love) and put it back on the axes to try it out, we realize that the valve has a leak and our story starts at the beginning.

If you should ever get the opportunity to fix skidder tires, it should take you about 2 hours with a couple pry bars and a big hammer.


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