Learning to be a mechanic’s apprentice

A few weeks ago Ralph and I dismantled our steering system in order to remove the binnacle for painting.  Today we begin to reassemble everything.  I have to admit that, while I have good intuitive instincts, I don’t know much about mechanical systems.  So what I usually do is fetch tools, hold the flashlight, and provide other support.  I am getting some grease on my hands, which feels – how shall I put this? – yucky.  But, I don’t mind getting my hands dirty.  Here are some photos of the binnacle and when it was partially dismantled (the wheel gets attache to that post with the knob on it, FYI).  I’ll update you on how it goes with the reassembly.

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