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    Can you help identify wheel?

    Found this old wheel in sister's barn. Anyone know what it's from/age and possible value? The number in the tag is GX2002 and fork number GX 68. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    Debbie for some reason when I see this my mind goes way back many many years ago early 60's when I worked for Carnivals that would pass through the area. This looks like something that came off a ride. I can not put my finger on it but it would pivot from the rear. It could have been an airplane kiddie ride or something like this.
    I could be wrong but my mind goes back to this when I see this.

    Tony

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    It looks a little like a Stinson Reliant tailwheel:

    http://www.williammaloney.com/Aviati...tTailWheel.htm

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    Or a DeHavilland Beaver tailwheel:

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    Howard DGAs also had similar tailwheel assemblies.

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    Jeff I would agree. But more like a Home Built then something the size of those airplanes.

    Do you remember way back in the 50's and 60's they had rides that had airplanes that looked like these. They where Pulled around in a circle and would go up and down. They had tail wheels like these. When I saw this, my mind went straight back to this time period and I saw myself riding those rides.

    I think it came off an amusement ride.

    Tony

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    Thanks for the all replies! It also says Scott aviation on the fork. There's an airplane frame on the property with trees growing through it. When if possible I will try to get a picture of that. Maybe someone can put the two together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1600vw View Post
    Jeff I would agree. But more like a Home Built then something the size of those airplanes.

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    Tony

    You make a good point about size. It may have come off of a Waco. The smaller Waco's have tailwheel springs like other small planes (Cessnas, Luscombes, etc.). But one notch up in size, like a UBA, does have a tailwheel assembly awfully close to Debbie's photo:

    http://www.antiqueairfield.com/artic...54-restoration

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    Since she's just told us that the assembly has "Scott Aviation" on it, it's probably from an airplane, not a carnival ride. BUT! Who knows? Companies did weird things to stay afloat during the Depression - maybe Scott Aviation sold to airplane manufacturers and anybody else who walked through the door - cash is cash! In fact, Scott has a history of developing and selling all sorts of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debbie View Post
    Found this old wheel in sister's barn. Anyone know what it's from/age and possible value? The number in the tag is GX2002 and fork number GX 68. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    Good find, Debbie! Purpose built glider tailwheel by Scott.


    Best,


    HT
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    Quote Originally Posted by high time cub View Post
    Good find, Debbie! Purpose built glider tailwheel by Scott.


    Best,


    HT
    By jove, I think you've got it! There are several images of this at a web site showing the restoration of a Waco glider:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/massey_...7629192059428/


    Looks like HT wins the intertoobes for the day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Boatright View Post
    By jove, I think you've got it! There are several images of this at a web site showing the restoration of a Waco glider:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/massey_...7629192059428/


    Looks like HT wins the intertoobes for the day!

    If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and sounds like a duck it must be a duck.

    I believe you found it.

    Tony

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    After the war, you could buy Waco gliders in magnificent crates very cheaply. A lot of folks bought one, dumped out the glider, and used the crate for a shed or other outbuilding. This would jibe with Debbie's report on the airframe on the property with trees growing through it.

    Debbie, while we probably solved your immediate question, some folks here (including myself) would love to see photos of that airframe. Please post a couple, from different angles.

    Ron Wanttaja

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