|Weapons of War|
I worked on sealing my deck on the porch that we had built a year ago, and I mowed the lawn. I spent time with my family, grilled out, played bass guitar at church, and generally was a slug. I even had some ice cream.
I have to say that cycling was always on my mind though, and by Monday, I was finding an excuse to ride my "townie" to fetch some sausages, and I procured a huge wrench to aid me in my battle with my Karate Monkey's stuck bottom bracket. Then, of course, I had to try it out.
The bottom bracket has been stuck for years. I've tried soaking it in different penetrants, the latest of which is pictured here. I only recently had any indication that I might be successful when the drive side cup of the first generation UN-52 bottom bracket came loose and I was able to remove that. You might be thinking that got the bottom bracket out, and if your knowledge only goes back about ten years, you'd be right. However; first generation sealed cartridge bottom brackets often had the "locator cup" on the drive side of the cartridge, while the cartridge proper was part of the non-driveside cup. This is what I have in my Karate Monkey, so the entire cartridge and cup are still stuck in there. Of course, having that cup come out really gave me a lot more access to the bottom bracket and has enabled me to really soak the thing.
So, I tried to bang the thing out, but it is so rock-solid stuck I am torquing the tool and wrench so much I can feel them twisting in my hands. Banging on the wrench, (poor man's impact wrench), has had zero effect on it as well.
I'll keep doing battle, but this is going to be a long war........