Stanley In Miami Update

Florida / Feb. 8, 2012 / by Gelb
Stanley In Miami Update

We traveled down to Miami to see Stanley yesterday. The head mechanic, Ron, who is dealing with the bus was extremely helpful and took the time to walk us through what had happened and what the options are. 

It seems as though there were two problems that were affecting Stanley. The first had to do with the clutch. Ron showed us one of the clutch disks and highlighted the wholesale degradation of the steel that makes up the two rings. He said that was simply due to age. An engine, if well maintained and low milage is posted, should last for a long time, but clutches are more susceptible to time and weather. He had a replacement disk and it was all set to go.

The other and more major problem had to do with the transmission. One ring was completely broken (literally cracked in parts) and one shaft had been worn extremely thin. This could have been due to long-term rough handling as well as the clutch's degradation.

The part that was cracked was easily replaced, however the shaft that was wearing very thin has been harder to find. Ron is confident of finding one and putting the repairs together pretty quickly. 

Our current estimate is that Stanley should be ready either by the end of this week or early next week. We will keep you posted!

In the meantime, we are holed up in Orlando, catching up on stories, articles, and other bus work. More updates soon!