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Mardi Gras Parade Floats

 


When loaded these floats can weigh 15,000 pounds and they roll on antique wooden wheels.
 



Repairing these wheels is as much an art as building the floats




These wheels are 34" x 4" with 3" spokes and a 5/8" tire.
     

 
 
Wheel Rehab

 

 



Tire
Cupping--->



Metal
Fatigue--->

Old tire is not true and should be replaced. In this case the wood in the wheel is still good and can be planed with a curved planer.


 
   
     
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