Sparing no expense, we brought in a noted natorius stagnum (swimming pool) surgeon, Dr. Ramon Seinfeld, to perform the delicate and time-consuming surgical procedure (the operation took just under two hours). This doesn't take into account the month of waiting for the necessary body parts to be specially couriered down here to Belize.
Anyway, after scheduling the operating theatre,Dr. Seinfeld was gracious enough to allow us to shoot the entire procedure for posterity.
Here's the good doctor (without putting too delicate a description on it) 'opening up' the patient.
|Huey's Operation Underway|
|Removing the Access Cover|
Below, you can see the major organ of the turning system, the so-called cone gear and associated smaller gears. The hose that connects to the pool skimmer (stagnum espumadera - named after the Spanish surgeon who discovered its purpose) connects to the top of the cone gear.
|Cone Gear (Controls Turning)|
|Inner Gears (Also For Turning)|
|Rear Intake Screen (For Medium Turbine)|
|Medium Turbine (Controls Turning)|
|Medium Turbine Housing Showing Inlet Ports|
|Broken Main Turbine Bearings|
|Broken and Worn Out A-Frame Bearings|
|Lower Body and Bumper Assembly|
|Old Parts Replaced By New Kit|
|Huey in Recovery|
We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Dr. Ramon Seinfeld for his expertise and caring, and once again, we express our thanks to him for letting us photograph his excellent surgical techniques in rehabilitating Huey.
PS - As a sort of post-script, when we bought Huey as a re-manufactured item on Amazon, he cost about $250.00 US. Tallying up the parts list, if we were to purchase separately, each part needed to make a complete Huey, it would cost us over $793.00 US - shipping not included.