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    02-28-2013, 02:21 PM
  #31
Green Broke
Ashley congrats, I just finished refinishing my meadowbrook. I can say make sure you mark those floor boards, top from bottom and right from left. The first cart I refinished I didn't mark well and it was like putting an impossible puzzle back together.
Can't wait to see progress.
     
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    02-28-2013, 03:12 PM
  #32
Yearling
new medow brook at home

Hiya that's awesome you have it at home and starting referbishing it so its a great prodject and like to see you driveing once its done.
Many thanks for keeping us in the loop and we look foward in seeing some pictures.
Many thanks michael.
     
    03-03-2013, 08:13 PM
  #33
Yearling
Started to sand my cart. I'm very impressed with the wood, once I started sanding the nice fresh wood grain began to peak through. Sanded for the better part of an hour or so and finished most of one of the wheels and half of a fender, LOL. This is certainly going to take some time but, I'm so thankful the wood was as I suspected it would be, LOL no pun intended. will get some pictures as it starts to look different.
     
    03-04-2013, 03:29 PM
  #34
Yearling
travleing with 4 wheeler or medow brook.

Hiya tc I have analised your trailer in my minds eye.
Ok if you have an escape door say in the middle and pilgrim takes up 2 partition that's no probs.
Your 3 day event cart you can take the shafts off with the rabbit pin and the connecting bar removed and you can use small rachet (nylon)straps to secure the cart down and wheel chocks as well.
And the shafts protected in a bed deuvett under the cart.
Ok your medow brook you posably have the shafts anchord in loops in rachet straps to the ceiling of the trailer and the medow brook anchord with rachet straps at the back,the other possabuilaty would be to have a small wooden stand which on top has 2 small shafts which slot in the same as the existing shafts to keep the medow brook levle whilst in transit and the shafts wrapped up and proteted and straped up on one side near the ceiling away from the horse.
I hope this helps.
     
    03-06-2013, 06:34 PM
  #35
Yearling
Cart is 75% sanded. very excited. The spokes on the wheels have been allowed to breath and adjust their internal humidity and have fixed all but two of the spokes almost entirely. The remaining two loose spokes are only very slightly loose so I'm hoping they swell a tad more as the warm weather starts to move in. love these warm days can't wait for spring/summer.

I'm thinking a nice mahogany/cherry for a stain then finish it off with several coats of eurathayne but, I suppose that will have to wait a minimum of a few months...
     
    03-06-2013, 07:36 PM
  #36
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Ashleysmardigrasgirl    
So I got the cart, it's in my barn drying out a tad right now. So I can begin stripping/sanding it after it's done.

When I saw it there was one piece of wood near the seat on the folding side was split and rotted, and the dash had what seemed like a split and slight rot.

However, once I brought it inside of the barn (from outside on a cement pad in the rocky mountains) the "rot" vanished and left what looks and feels like normal weathered wood with a slight split. Either way I'm replacing these pieces with new ones that I'm going to cut and bevel to match the old ones.

The wheel doesn't squeak but it does wobble in place because it's loose. My dad suspects it's because it is missing a codder pin which just wobbled off. Though the wheel itself is true not warped many of the spokes are slightly loose. Though the wheel spins several times (more than 5 or 6) freely.

The other wheel seems pretty solid and it's angulature is appropriate. It also spinds freely and doesn't wobble in place.

The rubber on both tires is completely free of cracking. Some of the floor boards are warped a bit though none of the metal bits (hub excluded) are rusty.

The fenders are in in good shape, not warped out of shape though one is slightly knicked up, I don't see anything overall, that a bit of fine grit sanding won't fix.

To top it all off, It's very very very well balanced. Though it weighs a ton, once you pick the shafts up it's night and day to my jerald/sulky which in comparison weighs a ton in the shafts. I was very impressed. It even gets lighter with people sitting in it imagine that LOL.

Overall I'm very excited about my "find" and the woman whom I purchased the cart from was beyond fair and reasonable on the price.

Sorry for the long post guys I will try to upload pictures as soon as I can. Though it's been quite the week here in colorado with all of the snow we've been getting! I'm behind on everything all of a sudden, LOL.
They wobble and they have a leather washer that you need to grease and replace regularly. Whitmers coach has the leather washers. MNake sure your saddle is fairly wide to distribute the weight of the heavier cart.
     
    03-06-2013, 07:47 PM
  #37
Green Broke
I wanted to post a picture of my horse in the 1st stall, then a mini in a stall that I made and my gig behind with the shafts up over both horses.
This is a 3horse slant and the cart is tethered in 4 places on the axle and the shafts are tied to the ceiling
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    03-08-2013, 12:18 AM
  #38
Yearling
Thanks a bunch churumbeque,

I did not know about the leather washers. Though after reading more about it and what the wheel is like if you need a replacement it seems that might be what's wrong with my wheel. I'm going to take it apart after I'm done finishing the cart. On that note I purchased minwax's Sedona red stain and urethane clear gloss and a pre stain wood conditioner/sealer. I haven't seen many cherry meadowbrook carts out on the web but, I'm a sucker for the darker woods but didn't want brown or mahogany I also think it will look very sharp against the black patent leather on the shafts and black seat. Crossing my fingers that I won't regret the cherry stain.

Also, thanks for sharing your picture of how you move with your cart. Your pony is adorable! If you didn't already know, lol.
     
    03-08-2013, 07:43 AM
  #39
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Ashleysmardigrasgirl    
Thanks a bunch churumbeque,

I did not know about the leather washers. Though after reading more about it and what the wheel is like if you need a replacement it seems that might be what's wrong with my wheel. I'm going to take it apart after I'm done finishing the cart. On that note I purchased minwax's Sedona red stain and urethane clear gloss and a pre stain wood conditioner/sealer. I haven't seen many cherry meadowbrook carts out on the web but, I'm a sucker for the darker woods but didn't want brown or mahogany I also think it will look very sharp against the black patent leather on the shafts and black seat. Crossing my fingers that I won't regret the cherry stain.

Also, thanks for sharing your picture of how you move with your cart. Your pony is adorable! If you didn't already know, lol.
get a piece of oak and do some samples I have seen walnut mixed with a reddish stain and it was gorgeous
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    03-15-2013, 03:23 PM
  #40
Yearling
Got a couple new pictures.







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