OK.. update with photos... although they aren't very exciting, I must try to find some better ones.
All the trailer shops close at 12, so haven't tried Honeyfield or Bristol Trailers. I did get up early, but I had to take the bits off and then get to Saltford cos I thought they'd close first, but I was wrong.
Bristol Boats were really helpful, they are the place that I've kayaked past before
. And they are open til 4pm on a Saturday which is quite dedicated. They didn't actually have any of the odd bits I went there for, but knew exactly what they were and could have ordered them (may still order through them). Got very excited as I thought they had the prop I'm looking for, but unfortunately he said it was a second hand bodged repair and he couldn't sell it.
I did get a bearing kit from them for 25 quid, and some foggy stuff that I need to finish reading up on how to use.
Orve, they do servicing but I forgot to check whether for all manufacturers, sorry. Have to confess I did try Samspeed today but they didn't have the bits I wanted either ! Found out both shops would've charged around 18 quid for an impellor, I was expecting more of a difference.
Right - back to the point - the main thing I need to get is stub axles - sorry I was told what they were called but had forgotten. There's some pictures attached. Apparently they are part of some odd suspension system that only Snipe ever used so they aren't made any more and it's impossible to get them. I'm hoping someone's about to tell me that's complete nonsense and you know exactly where to get them. If not, they look like the kind of thing that could be made by someone with the right kind of equipment... maybe... if I know anyone like that.
I can't get them off at the moment either as there are 3 bolts each side which are as rusty as anything and don't seem to want to conform to any particular size - I think they may once have been M10 but have had so many bits rust and fall off that they are about 15.5mm with lumps. I don't have a 15.5mm spanner let alone one with lumps. Someone suggested an angle grinder so may have to investigate that option, although I'm not sure I want to commit to that if I'm not sure if they can be replaced.
The other thing I need is square U-bolts, which I'm not sure how I've managed to buy the wrong size twice
. If the ever-so-slightly-too-small ones really can't be persuaded to fit I'm sure I can measure them and buy online.
I've been advised to move the suspension back, as there's currently no weight on the nose, which is why I need to replace these. I've got the old ones off, and nearly succeeded in moving it, but the boat + top half of trailer started trying to fall off sideways so thought I'd best wait til I've got some help to finish that.
Another weekend of fun....