I'd carefully measured the relevant dimensions of the old wheels so knew what size I needed. Unfortunately the local scrapyard is run by a chap who first kept me waiting around in torrential rain, then struggled to understand such concepts as 'measurements' and 'it's not a car, it's a trailer,' then repeatedly tried to sell me some part-worn tyres despite my explaining why I'd rather get new ones and I was only looking for a wheel.
This turned out to be a blessing in disguise however, because my next errand was to the
One of the new wheels is leant against the chassis in this picture. I don't suppose anyone recognises what car they came from? They are 13" wheels and they have 'GM' (presumably General Motors) stamped on them.
This morning I took the brake drums off to check the condition of the brakes and bearings. They want a little bit of cleaning up but otherwise they are all fine. I had been concerned that the bearings were a little wobbly, but they are the taper roller type so the play will all be adjusted out when I put them back together. It's an Al-Ko caravan chassis (they are a good make) and generally in good/excellent condition so I'm very happy with the purchase.
In other startling revelations:
Cats enjoy cardboard boxes and Rayburn stoves. Who would have thought it?