Practical Carriage Building

Compiled by M.T. Richardson, Vol.1. 1891

What to do with Wheels that are Dished Back

One evening a two-wheeled road cart, drawn by a spirited bay horse, came down Woodward Avenue. At Michigan Avenue a coupe drove across the street directly in front of the rig, causing the driver of the latter to suddenly sheer off. As he did so the tire of his wheel caught on a paving block, and the wheel was dished back. The horse was caught by passers-by and held, as the owner looked ruefully at his wheel, which was a new one.

Policeman Wag pole, of the Broadway squad, came up and calling on two or three onlookers to assist him, succeeded in pulling the rim into place and setting the wheel up as it had been before. The owner, after thanking him, got in and drove off.

"This is something that more buggy owners ought to know. If a wheel is dished back without breaking the spokes off, it can easily be sprung into shape if three men will tackle it, and, catching hold of the tire at various points, give it two or three good strong pulls. That makes five wheels that I have straightened in the same way on this very corner," said the policeman.