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http://www.kcra.com/article/how-the-amish-build-a-buggy/8592222

 

 

"Back in the '60s, a local Amish man started going through junkyards and getting the old seven-inch VW brakes," our builder says, "salvaging them, repairing them, and cleaning them up, and retrofitting them to buggies. After a while he started getting good castings made. Now all the buggy brakes are manufactured by buggy shops."

Builders cast the drums in steel and the backer plates and shoes in aluminum-tin alloy. "We'll buy the castings, and we'll machine, we'll drill the holes, we'll process them, and install the components," he says. "We actually bond our own shoes. We buy brake lining from a brake company in Ohio."

The few disc brakes used on buggies are off-the-shelf parts bought from outside Amish communities and usually were manufactured for dune buggies. For both drums and discs, the brake master cylinder, which moves the hydraulic fluid that actuates the brakes, is mounted underneath the body near an Amish-made pedal assembly whose foot pedal pokes up through the floor into the interior. The master cylinders are made of anodized aluminum at an Amish shop, also in Ohio.

 

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We have a rather large Amish community near us. A young Amish man was returning home about 10:30 pm after being on a courting venture. His homeward route took him down the main street of Verona, MO (pop 600, so the signs say). When he turned from a county road onto Main Street he failed to stop at a stop sign. He was stopped by the young local cop. He told the policeman that it was not his fault. He told the horse to stop but the horse knew the way home and did not want to stop as he was headed for the barn.

The police gave him a ticket for rolling thru a stop sign.

Then the war started.

Not the Amish but the English (anyone not Amish) community got up in arms. Offers to pay for a lawyer to defend him and offers to pay the fine and offers of damage to the young cop. The municipal judge had a hiccup attack, dismissed the charges and told the young man to pick a different route home next time.

Lots of local respect for the Amish. Good people!

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We have a rather large Amish community near us. A young Amish man was returning home about 10:30 pm after being on a courting venture. His homeward route took him down the main street of Verona, MO (pop 600, so the signs say). When he turned from a county road onto Main Street he failed to stop at a stop sign. He was stopped by the young local cop. He told the policeman that it was not his fault. He told the horse to stop but the horse knew the way home and did not want to stop as he was headed for the barn.

The police gave him a ticket for rolling thru a stop sign.

Then the war started.

Not the Amish but the English (anyone not Amish) community got up in arms. Offers to pay for a lawyer to defend him and offers to pay the fine and offers of damage to the young cop. The municipal judge had a hiccup attack, dismissed the charges and told the young man to pick a different route home next time.

Lots of local respect for the Amish. Good people!

Some of the best craftsmen in the country. Know of several houses with basement walls that were shifting / collapsing that they expertly repaired.

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Some of the best craftsmen in the country. Know of several houses with basement walls that were shifting / collapsing that they expertly repaired.

 

 

After Hurricane Katrina many Amish and Mennonites spent years helping to rebuild, donating their labor.

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