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FloCat

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  1. Purchasing A Used Wheel

    I appreciate what you are saying. I contacted a supplier about 5 minutes from my house, they did not have anyone who could fix it, and only suggested that I buy the replacement and related control box for $250.00. I can't blame them, the mark up on that is probably a lot greater than the hour or less that it would take a good repair person. I am 51 years old, my Daddy died about 5 years ago, he was an electrical engineer, I miss him normally, but times like this I miss him terribly. The mechanism looks so simple, he'd have been able to fix it in a flash. Thanks anyway. If I can get some clear instruction (via my pictures), maybe my brother-in-law who is mechanically inclined will be willing to give it a shot. Thanks, Flo
  2. Purchasing A Used Wheel

    Charles, thanks for your help, but it's a tiny bit over my head. I photographed the inside of the pedal for some long distance help. If I sent you the photos, could you take a peek and see if you can point out to me what you are talking about. Can I post them to this forum or should I send them to you privately? Hi: I'm sorry to hear about your wheel. I am not familiar with the GT400 since I prefer the Lockerbies myself but I volunteer the maintenance for the p ottery program at a local JC. The wheels I see generally are either a wound resistor or a carbon resistor. If youo can remove the base plate from the control you can see whether it is a carbon resisstor or a wound resistor. If it is wound and your comments sound like it may be you may just need to clean the windings. Make sure the power is off or the wheel is unplugged. You should be able to clean the windings with some really fine emery paper and make them shiny. You should also turn the emery paper over and slip it under the contact arm and gently slip it out so that the contact arm is cleaned. Another way is to use contact cleaner available at your local Radio Shack. Spray the contact cleaner on and operate the pedal up and down a few times. The other possiblity is that you may have a broken wire. i'd inspect the wire to the commutator arm (the slider) and see if it is attached and then check the one at the end of the winding. Finally you can check the resistance at the point where the cable from the pedal connects to the wheel. An inexpensive volt-ohm meter (again from Radio Shack, you can go more expensive but the one from RS will work just as well) and check that the resistance changes as you push on the pedal. The pedal is really a very simple device and those are about the only things that can go wrong with it. If all the wires are intact and connected and the slider and windings are clean the wheel should work as designed unless there is a break in the circuit at the motor. Good luck. Best regards, Charles
  3. Purchasing A Used Wheel

    Well, I used the wheel I have written about a few times, the holidays rolled in. I didn't use it much. Now that I am back at it, the pedal doesn't work. Does anyone have a foot pedal for a GT400 knocking around, or an actuator that would work in it and/or the skill to fix the pedal I have? I know the only way I can get a new one is to pay 225.00 to get an upgraded control box and a new pedal. I cannot afford to get this, at this point and I am deeply frustrated, as I gave up my kick wheel due to the fact that it was much too hard on my back and knees (explanation too long to go on). When I used the wheel, the pedal was a little temperamental, but it worked. Now it doesn't work at all. It doesn't even "hum" or click and I know that it is the pedal, because when I unplug the pedal from the control box, the wheel slowly turns. Thanks to anyone who can help. Flo
  4. Purchasing A Used Wheel

    Thanks for your help those of you who answered. I got the wheel. It is currently in my car awaiting my husband to help me get it out. I looked at the underside, not very, very closely, but close enough and didn't see anything scarey. Although I did get the black widow post AFTER I got it home. But it is from a fairly suburban neighborhood where people get exterminators for every little fly or ant that they see. When you say "bag it" and fumigate, I am imagining putting it into a big contractor bag and spraying Raid on it. Honestly, I hate using that stuff. If I just use a shop vac on it, if I can see how to open the area where the motor is, and carefully vacuuming or using the blower feature of my vac in there too, I think that should be sufficient right? I mean how deep into the motor can the creepy crawlies go. Eventually they'll be contacting electricity and high heat. I believe I got it for a good price too, and she tossed in bats and all her tools and a nice tool satchel, all for 150.00. So thanks again for your help. You did give me ideas of things to look for and it gave me a lot more confidence. Flo
  5. I have the opportunity to purchase a used Pacifica GT400. It's about 10 years old. It's been stored in a garage, I suspect no climate control, so subject to seasonal heat and cold (East Coast, so it's been through many temperature and humidity extremes). Other than some basic dirt and mouse droppings I see no major physical problems, but will be taking a closer look soon. First, what should I offer for this wheel? Second, what should I look for when I take a closer look, as far as flaws and etc. Obviously, I want to run it to see if it runs, but aside from that, what are common possible problems. Also, I am concerned about the possibility of "creepy crawlies" setting up housekeeping in hidden areas of the motor housing, would this be possible? and is it fairly easy to check for that, if and when I purchase the wheel. Obviously, I won't be pulling the whole thing apart before I purchase it. I just don't want anything hatching in my house. Yuck!!! Any helpful advise is very much appreciated. FloCat
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