20 Mule Team Borax Wagon #4: Rear axle

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Blog entry by lizardhead posted 01-21-2018 09:49 PM 957 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Completed Front Axle Part 4 of 20 Mule Team Borax Wagon series Part 5: The Box »

This is the linkage for the brakes, they will be just a block of wood on a wood beam that
rides against the rear wheel. The real wagons brake blocks are 4’ long x 8” square. The
all rod you see here is not the final piece. The pin used to mount the hand lever to the
box mount is a rivet made from a 1/2” length of 1/8” rod.

This is the axle cap support, which doubles as the brake lever support.

Axle Cap support after paint

This is the Rear Reach. It is a tongue that connects the rear axle to the front axle.

Rear Reach again after milled and paint
The two axles are independent of each other.

Axle Cap reinforcement braces

Here is the Brake Lower Linkage. This will pull the Brake Block against the rear wheels.

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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