Hi there, spinners! I just inherited an Ashford Traditional last night, from a friend who is moving to New Zealand. When I took a look at it this morning in the light, I noticed that there are some *very* strange things happening with this wheel. I've sent the previous owner a PM on Facebook to find out if she'd ever even used it, and if she had, how on earth it had functioned, because....
#1: The wheel is extremely
wobbly in the housing/casing that it goes into. I am likely going to remove all of that when I pick up some wood glue, and a few clamps, and fix the wobble that way (unless there is objection to that here by others who have repaired their wobbly Ashfords in a different manner).
#2: The flyer assembly is sooooooo weird. So weird. On every Ashford traditional I've seen, until this one, the brake drive tension knob has been on the other side of the flyer assembly, over by the wheel tension knob. So exactly the opposite of where it is on this wheel. And
this assembly has the hook for the brake drive band on the opposite side. AND
there's no eye hook for the brake drive band.
You can see in the photos that a brake drive band does actually exist. It would seem
that the previous owner had put the brake tension knob on the wrong side, except how does one do that accidentally? There's no pilot hole for the brake drive tension knob on the correct side. SO CONFUSING! Also, the brake drive does not reach the hook on the side where there shouldn't be a hook, and there is no spring.
tl;dr Help. Much help. Please. Do I need to just buy a whole new, um, whatever that assembly is called? If so, where? I've looked online for that whole part, and while I can purchase some of it separately (a new flyer assembly, a new tension knob, new brake band, etc), I cannot seem to be able to purchase the part that is set up with all of the weirdness on this wheel.
Have any of you wonderful people ever experienced anything like this?
Thank you in advance!