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Narrator: ON THIS EPISODE OF "HILLBILLY BLOOD,"

EUGENE AND SPENCER ARE HOT TO GET INTO THE STOVE BUSINESS.

THE ONLY THING THAT'D MAKE THIS LOOK BETTER IS

IF WE HAD A WINDOW IN THERE, YOU KNOW?

IF IT HAD A MICA WINDOW, PEOPLE WOULD REALLY LIKE THAT.

Narrator: BUT IT WILL TAKE A LONG TREK ACROSS THE MOUNTAIN

TO SCOUT THIS SPECIAL MINERAL.

IT'S JUST EVERYWHERE UP HERE. LOOK.

WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO COME BACK HERE

AND KEEP ON GETTIN' THIS STUFF.

Narrator: CAN THE BOYS RIG UP A MACHINE

THAT WILL HAUL ALL THIS MICA?

WHOA. [BLEEP].

AW, CRAP. SPROCKET BROKE LOOSE.

Narrator: OR IS THIS WHOLE THING HEADED FOR A TRAIN WRECK?

IT'S GONNA HIT US. GET OFF THE TRACK.

WHOA!

Narrator: HERE IN COLD MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA,

THE LIVING IS TOUGH.

FOLKS LIVE OFF THE LAND JUST LIKE THEIR PARENTS,

GRANDPARENTS, AND GREAT-GRANDPARENTS BEFORE THEM,

GETTING BY WITH LITTLE AND MAKING DO WITH LESS.

THERE'S NOBODY BETTER THAN EUGENE RUNKIS,

WHO'S GOT HILLBILLY INVENTION RUNNING THROUGH HIS VEINS,

AND HIS MOUNTAIN BROTHER, SPENCER "TWO DOGS" BOLEJACK,

WHO'S UNLOCKED THE SECRETS AT THE HEART OF THESE WOODS.

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CAPTIONS PAID FOR BY DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS

WITH COLD WINTER NIGHTS COMIN', SPENCER AND EUGENE

ARE FIXIN' TO TURN SOME OLD OIL DRUMS INTO PROFIT

BY MAKING SOME BARREL STOVES.

I'VE SEEN BARREL STOVES BEFORE,

BUT YOU GOT SOMETHING SPECIAL IN MIND, HUH?

Narrator: BARREL STOVES ARE COMMONPLACE.

THEY'RE A GREAT WAY TO HEAT SMALL SPACES,

SO FOLKS LIKE TO USE THEM FOR THINGS LIKE HEATIN' CABINS,

SHEDS, AND HUNTIN' TENTS.

YOU CAN NEVER BE WARM ENOUGH IN THESE MOUNTAINS

DURING THE WINTERTIME, SO SPENCER AND I ARE GONNA START

BUILDIN' SOME STOVES AND, NOW THAT I'VE TALKED TO CHEYENNE

ABOUT GETTIN' SOME TOOLS AND SOME MATERIALS,

I THINK WE CAN MAKE A DEAL.

WHAT'S GOIN' ON, GUYS?

YOU RAN OVER MY HAY.

MY BAD.

I GOT THE STUFF Y'ALL WANTED.

WE GOT A WAY FOR YOU TO MAKE SOME MONEY WITH THIS.

IT'S GONNA BE A COLD WINTER, SO WE'RE GONNA MAKE SOME STOVES.

IT'S NOT GONNA SELL FOR TOO MUCH. THEY BURN WOOD.

THEY'VE GOT SOME NEAT DESIGN IDEAS

THAT ARE KIND OF UNIQUE TO GENE'S BRAIN.

AND WE WANT TO LET YOU SELL THEM

IN YOUR STORE AND WE'LL GIVE YOU 30%.

YOU SURE YOU CAN MAKE ONE THAT LOOKS GOOD ENOUGH TO SELL?

WHEN HAVE WE LET YOU DOWN?

YOU NEVER HAVE.

AS SOON AS YOU GET ONE OF THEM, DUDE, BRING IT ON DOWN.

ALL RIGHT, WE WILL.

SEE YA!

I GUESS WE BETTER FIGURE OUT HOW WE'RE GONNA MAKE THIS THING.

I WAS THINKIN' THAT WE'D MAKE THEM ALL, YOU KNOW,

HORIZONTAL STOVES. GOT THE BARREL, RIGHT?

WE CAN USE THAT PIPE RIGHT THERE.

Narrator: EUGENE'S PLAN FOR A HANDCRAFTED STOVE BEGINS

BY TAKING AN OLD STEEL BARREL AND MAKING A DOOR.

THEN, THEY'LL FORGE THE LEGS OUT OF REBAR

AND INSTALL A CHIMNEY USING CHEYENNE'S PIPING.

THAT'S BASICALLY ALL WE GOTTA DO.

THE FIRST STEP FOR MAKIN' A STOVE OUT OF A BARREL

IS CUTTIN' YOU A DOOR

AND YOU DON'T WANT TO CUT IT FREE

UNTIL YOU GET THE HINGES ON, SO WE'LL GIVE IT A PARTIAL CUT

WITH THE TORCH, PUT THE HINGES ON,

AND FINISH THAT CUT, SO THAT THE HINGES ARE ON RIGHT.

AND WE GOTTA TAKE THOSE RODS DOWN TO THE FORGE.

THE LEGS ON THIS STOVE ARE A REAL UNIQUE PART

OF THE WHOLE THING. WE'RE HANDFORGIN' 'EM.

GONNA FLATTEN OUT THE FEET AND BEND THEM AT A CERTAIN ANGLE,

SO THE THING SITS FLAT,

AND THEN, WE'RE GONNA WELD THEM ON IN AN X PATTERN

AND WELD THEM ONTO THE STOVE BARREL.

ALL RIGHT, YOU GOTTA KIND OF HOLD IT RIGHT THERE

AND DON'T LET IT MOVE.

Narrator: EUGENE ATTACHES THE LEGS

WHILE SPENCER HOLDS THE STOVE LEVEL.

FOR THE STOVEPIPE, I USED THE TORCH,

AND ALL I DID IS CUT X's AT THE TOP OF THE CAN,

UNTIL I HAD THE DIAMETER OF MY STOVEPIPE,

AND THEN ALL I GOTTA DO IS BEND THE TABS UP AND I'M DONE.

SO I GUESS WE OUGHTA PUT A LATCH ON THERE.

Narrator: TO ADD A SAFETY TOUCH, THE BOYS INSTALL A GATE LATCH,

TO ENSURE THE DOOR DOESN'T OPEN UNEXPECTEDLY.

SEE? THAT'LL LOCK IT SHUT.

THE ONLY THING THAT'D MAKE THIS LOOK BETTER IS

IF WE HAD A WINDOW IN THERE, YOU KNOW?

IT'S A SHAME YOU CAN'T BUY MICA ANYMORE.

I THINK THAT'D BE A GOOD SELLIN' POINT.

IF IT HAD A MICA WINDOW,

PEOPLE WOULD REALLY LIKE THAT.

Narrator: MICA IS A MINERAL KNOWN FOR ITS HEAT RESISTANCE.

BACK IN THE DAY, MOST PEOPLE HAD A MICA WINDOW

SO THEY COULD SEE WHEN THEY NEEDED TO ADD MORE WOOD.

FROM THE 1860s TO THE 1960s, THOUSANDS OF MEN BROUGHT UP

COUNTLESS TONS OF THE MINERAL

FROM THE MOUNTAINS RIGHT HERE IN THE HOLLER.

MICA USED TO BE AN IMPORTANT INDUSTRIAL INSULATOR,

BUT DEMAND DECREASED AND THEM MINES SHUT DOWN.

WELL, IT'S EXPENSIVE, IF YOU HAVE TO BUY IT.

BUT IF YOU FIND IT, IT'S FREE.

WE CAN GO UP IN THE MOUNTAINS AND POKE AROUND

AND SEE IF WE CAN FIND ENOUGH MICA.

IF WE'RE GONNA DO ALL THESE STOVES WITH IT,

WE'RE GONNA NEED A BUNCH OF IT.

SOME PEOPLE AROUND HERE STILL USE MICA

TO MAKE ALL SORTS OF STUFF, AND THEY'D BE WILLIN'

TO PAY GOOD MONEY, IF THEY CAN GET THEIR HANDS ON SOME.

IT COULD DEFINITELY BE WORTH OUR WHILE.

WE COULD GO, JUST SEE WHAT WE CAN FIND,

AND THEN THAT'LL TELL US WHAT KIND OF WINDOW TO MAKE.

Narrator: THE BOYS'LL NEED TO TRAVEL 12 MILES

AND CROSS OVER A HIGH RIDGE TO REACH THE MICA SITE.

NORTH CAROLINA IS THE NATION'S LEADING PRODUCER OF MICA.

THE MINERAL MAKES UP ABOUT 10% OF ITS ROCK MASS.

THIS IS OUR LANDMARK, RIGHT HERE.

THIS IS THE OLD MURPHY LINE.

IT RAN FROM LIKE 1880 TO 1980, 100 YEARS.

IT JUST DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH FREIGHT TO KEEP IT GOIN'.

IT'S BEEN INACTIVE FOR ABOUT 30 YEARS, NOW.

Narrator: THE MURPHY LINE WAS CONSTRUCTED IN 1886.

IT CROSSED STEEP SLOPES AND DEEP RAVINES

TO CONNECT REMOTE VILLAGES.

IF IT WASN'T FOR THE MURPHY BRANCH,

MANY MOUNTAIN TOWNS IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

WOULD'VE BEEN CUT OFF FROM THE REST OF THE COUNTRY.

WE JUST GOTTA GO ABOUT HALFWAY UP THIS HILL AND WE'LL FIND 'EM.

WELL, LET'S GET UP THERE.

CHECK IT OUT.

THAT MINE WAS AROUND HERE, SOMEWHERE.

IF WE LOOK AROUND, WE'LL PROBABLY SEE THE FLAKES.

JUST LIKE GOLD OR SAPPHIRES,

OR, REALLY, ANY NATURAL MINERAL SOURCE,

MICA FORMS IN LARGE CHUNKS, LIKE A VEIN IN THE GROUND,

AND THEN, AS THAT GROUND ERODES OR IS DUG OUT,

THEN THE MICA STARTS WASHIN' DOWN THE MOUNTAIN.

WOW.

SO, THIS IS ALL BROKEN UP.

I MEAN, THAT'S SOME REALLY HIGH-QUALITY MICA.

IT'S SO CLEAR I CAN'T EVEN SEE THE LINES IN IT.

IT'S LIKE GLASS.

YEAH, THE WEIRD THING ABOUT MICA IS YOU CAN'T MELT IT.

IT DON'T MATTER HOW HOT YOU GET IT, YOU CAN'T BURN IT UP.

THAT'S WHY IT WAS USED IN STOVES FOR SO MANY CENTURIES, EVEN.

OH, WAIT, IS THAT A PIECE RIGHT THERE?

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WHOA, LOOK HOW HUGE THAT IS.

LOOK HOW MANY SHEETS ARE IN THAT.

MICA'S COMPRISED OF MANY PAPER-THIN LAYERS

AND THOSE LAYERS CAN GET MUD IN BETWEEN THEM

AND IT MAKES IT WHERE YOU CAN'T SEE THROUGH IT.

BUT HIGH-QUALITY MICA IS COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT.

WE'LL TAKE THE BEST PIECES AND MAKE WINDOWS WITH IT

AND SELL THE REST OF THIS OFF.

THERE'S A PLACE IN APPALACHIA THAT'S PAYIN' $30 A POUND

FOR GOOD-QUALITY MICA, SO WE WANT TO GET AS MUCH AS WE CAN.

Narrator: THERE'S VARIOUS GRADES OF MICA.

SOME OF IT'S MORE FLAKY AND WON'T BE AS USEFUL.

SINCE THEY WON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'VE GOT

UNTIL THEY EXTRACT THE MICA SHEETS FROM THE STONE,

THEY'VE GOT TO BRING DOWN AS MUCH AS THEY CAN.

IT'S JUST EVERYWHERE UP HERE. LOOK.

WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY

TO COME BACK HERE AND KEEP ON GETTIN' THIS STUFF.

FINDING IT, LIKE WE ARE HERE,

I'M GONNA KEEP COMIN' BACK 'TIL I GET ALL OF IT.

SPENCER AND I WANT TO PICK UP EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF MICA

THAT WE CAN FIND, BUT WE'RE CARRYING IT OUT OF HERE IN BAGS,

SO WE'RE LIMITED TO WHAT WE CAN GET.

LET'S JUST TAKE WHAT WE GOT AND FIGURE OUT A WAY

TO GET UP HERE AND GET SOME MORE.

THOSE RAILROAD TRACKS ARE RIGHT DOWN THERE BELOW US.

MAYBE WE CAN GET THIS STUFF DOWN TO THE TRACKS

AND FIGURE OUT A WAY TO USE THE TRACKS.

ESPECIALLY IF WE'RE GONNA MAKE MORE TRIPS IN HERE,

WE'RE GONNA NEED A WAY TO GET IN AND OUT.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S HEAD DOWN TO THOSE TRACKS.

MAN, YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME.

THIS STUFF IS GETTIN' HEAVY.

I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY WAY WE CAN WALK THE WAY WE CAME.

WE GOT BRUSH WE GOTTA DRAG THIS STUFF THROUGH.

Narrator: GOING BACK THE WAY THEY CAME

MEANS ROCKY AND STEEP TERRAIN.

IT WOULD BE TOO DIFFICULT

TO HIKE BACK WITH HEAVY BAGS OF MICA,

SO THEY'RE GONNA HAVE TO COME UP WITH A DIFFERENT ROUTE.

IT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT

TAKIN' THIS RAIL LINE?

QUESTION IS WHICH WAY DO WE GO?

LET'S GO DOWNHILL TOWARDS THE BRIDGE.

'CAUSE YOU KNOW THAT'S GONNA HIT A ROAD PRETTY SOON.

YEP.

WATCH YOUR STEP, MAN.

GENE, WHOA, MAN.

I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THIS, BROTHER.

LOOK AT THAT.

THING'S ROTTED THROUGH.

IT'S FALLIN' APART.

WE CAN'T GO AROUND. THERE'S WATER DOWN THERE.

WALKIN' ACROSS ROTTEN WOOD'S NEVER A GOOD IDEA.

CARRYIN' A HEAVY LOAD OF MICA ACROSS

JUST MAKES IT THAT MUCH MORE DANGEROUS.

I DON'T SEE HOW WE'RE GONNA GET ALL THIS MICA OUTTA HERE.

AND WE'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO DO THIS OVER AND OVER.

Narrator: CAN THE BOYS BUILD A MICA-CARRYING MACHINE?

SEE IF WE CAN GET THIS THING GOIN'.

Narrator: AND, LATER...

THERE'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ANYTHING ON THESE TRACKS.

Narrator: SPENCER AND EUGENE ARE IN FOR A BIG SURPRISE.

OH, CRAP, LOOK.

WHOA!

Narrator: THE BOYS ARE DEEP IN THE BACKCOUNTRY,

TRYING TO HAUL OUT A WHOLE LOT OF MICA,

BUT THINGS ARE GETTIN' HEAVY.

THING'S ROTTED THROUGH.

IT'S FALLIN' APART.

I DON'T SEE HOW WE'RE GONNA GET ALL THIS MICA OUTTA HERE.

CARRYIN' THESE HEAVY BAGS OF MICA

JUST BRINGS HOME THE REALIZATION

THAT WE'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO DO THIS OVER AND OVER.

YOU KNOW, IF WE COULD DISTRIBUTE OUR WEIGHT,

WE COULD GET ACROSS THAT METAL. THAT METAL'S STILL PRETTY GOOD.

THESE TRACKS CAN STILL HOLD A LOT OF WEIGHT

BECAUSE THEY'RE ALL BEAMED TOGETHER

AND THE UNDER SUPPORTS ARE STILL STRONG.

BUT I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD WALK ACROSS THIS BRIDGE, MAN.

WE NEED SOMETHING THAT CAN TRAVEL ON RAILS

TO COME BACK UP HERE.

YOU EVER SEE ONE OF THOSE

OLD PUMP TROLLEYS?

YEAH.

I WONDER IF WE CAN BUILD ONE OF THOSE.

Narrator: A PUMP TROLLEY IS AN OLD-FASHIONED RAILROAD CAR

THAT'S MANPOWERED.

A METAL ROCKER ARM THAT'S ATTACHED TO AN A-SHAPED TOWER

IS PUMPED UP AND DOWN IN A SEESAW-LIKE MOTION

AND THAT DRIVES THE WHEELS.

FROM ABOUT 1850 TO 1910, THESE VEHICLES WERE ESSENTIAL

TO TRANSPORTING THE GOODS NEEDED TO BUILD AMERICA'S RAILWAYS.

MIGHT BE ABLE TO BUILD SOMETHING WE CAN HAUL UP HERE

AND GET ALL THE MICA WE NEED AND GET IT ALL THE WAY BACK DOWN

AND CROSS THAT BRIDGE SAFELY.

LET'S DROP THIS MICA ON THE SIDE OF THE RAIL

AND JUST GO BACK THROUGH THE WOODS,

GO DOWN TO JIMMY DON, SEE IF WE CAN GET SOME PARTS.

HE'S GOT A WHOLE BUNCH OF AXLES AND STUFF OVER THERE.

YEAH, LET'S JUST HIDE OUR MICA.

Narrator: BY BUILDING A PUMP TROLLEY

THAT RIDES THE RAILS, SPENCER AND EUGENE WILL BE ABLE

TO COME BACK AND HAUL OUT AS MUCH MICA AS POSSIBLE.

THE BOYS HIDE THEIR MICA AND HEAD ON OVER TO THE SCRAPYARD.

JIMMY DON IS GONNA HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED.

HE'S GOT TOOLS AND A REALLY STRONG WELDER.

HEY, JIMMY DON.

HEY. WHAT DO Y'ALL WANT TODAY?

WE WAS HOPIN' TO GET SOME MATERIALS.

GOT ANY MONEY, THIS TIME?

NAW, MAN.

WE GOT SOMETHING BETTER THAN MONEY TO OFFER YOU, THOUGH.

I'M ALL EARS.

GENE AND I FOUND A WHOLE DEPOSIT OF MICA --

NEW DEPOSIT.

YOU KNOW, IF YOU GET US WHAT WE NEED TO BUILD THIS PROJECT,

WE COULD MAKE YOU SOME SORT OF PARTNER.

YEAH, WE CAN GIVE YOU A QUARTER OF WHAT WE GET.

DON'T BE WASTIN' MY TIME WITH THAT.

MAKE IT 50% AND I'LL GIVE YOU

EVERYTHING YOU NEED, TOOLS INCLUDED.

NO, MAN, THIS IS --

NO. NO WAY, MAN. WE CAN'T GO HALF.

WAY TOO MUCH. NO, WE HAD TO FIND THIS.

THIS ISN'T A ONE-TIME PAYDAY FOR YOU.

WE'RE GONNA KEEP GOING BACK.

A QUARTER'S A GOOD RATE.

I MEAN, GENE AND I ARE GONNA BUILD IT.

WE'VE ALREADY FOUND IT, YOU KNOW, WE'VE LOCATED THE MICA.

WE JUST GOTTA BUILD THE THING AND GO UP THERE

AND GET IT AND BRING IT OUT.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU GUYS HAVE GOT FREE RUN.

GET ANYTHING YOU NEED.

IT WAS A HUGE RELIEF WHEN JIMMY DON AGREED

TO SPLIT THE PROFITS WITH US, YOU KNOW.

IT'S A BIG PERCENTAGE, BUT THERE'S NOTHING UPFRONT,

SO, NO MATTER WHAT, WE'RE MAKIN' MONEY AND SPENDIN' NOTHING.

Narrator: TO BUILD A PUMP TROLLEY,

THE BOYS ARE GONNA HAVE TO SCOUR AROUND FOR MATERIALS

TO MAKE THE FRAME, THE WHEELS, THE AXLE, AND THE ROCKER ARM.

I DON'T THINK THAT'S GONNA SUPPORT

THE KIND OF WEIGHT THAT WE NEED.

NAW, WE NEED SOMETHING REALLY, REALLY HEAVY.

YEAH, SEE? THAT'S ABOUT THE RIGHT SIZE, THERE.

THAT'S A LOT BETTER THAN THIS.

SOME GOOD PIPING IN THERE,

BUT I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S STRONG ENOUGH.

LET ME GET IN THERE AND FIND OUT.

I FOUND SOMETHING REAL NICE OVER HERE.

IT'S GOT A BIG FLANGE ON IT.

IF YOU FIND THREE MORE OF THOSE, WE'LL BE IN GOOD SHAPE.

JIMMY DON'S WAS THE PERFECT PLACE TO COME TO.

HE'S GOT A LOT OF STUFF LAYIN' AROUND THAT WE CAN USE.

THAT MIGHT WORK GREAT FOR THE SIDE FRAME.

A PUMP TROLLEY HAS TONS OF PARTS.

EUGENE BETTER KNOW WHAT THE HELL HE'S DOIN',

'CAUSE THERE'S A MILLION THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG.

WE AIN'T GOT ANY ROOM FOR ERROR.

THE MAIN THING IS THE FRAME.

I THINK WE COULD USE THOSE 9-FOOT BEAMS THAT WE FOUND.

Narrator: IN ORDER TO BUILD A PUMP TROLLEY,

THE FIRST THING THEY GOTTA DO IS BUILD A FRAME.

THEY'LL FORM IT BY WELDING STEEL BEAMS TOGETHER

AND WELDING ON AXLES AND WHEELS.

THIS WILL PROVIDE A STRONG SUPPORT SYSTEM

TO BUILD THE REST OF THE TROLLEY.

WE'RE GONNA NEED TO MAKE

SOME PRECISE MEASUREMENTS WITH THIS THING.

NOW, A STANDARD RAIL GAUGE IN THE U.S. IS 56.5 INCHES WIDE.

THAT WASN'T ALWAYS THE CASE, BUT, AFTER THE CIVIL WAR,

THE UNITED STATES DECIDED

THAT ALL TRACKS SHOULD BE THE SAME WIDTH.

Narrator: WITH ALL THEIR MEASUREMENTS IN PLACE,

EUGENE BEGINS WELDING THE FRAME TOGETHER.

WHILE GENE'S WELDING THE FRAME, I'M CUTTIN' UP A PIPE

THAT'S GONNA MAKE SLEEVES FOR US TO WELD ONTO THE AXLE.

THAT WAY, THE AXLE CAN SPIN FREELY AND NOT RUB ON THE FRAME.

SEE, WHEN WE PUT THAT HUB ON, WE'LL WELD THIS TO THE FRAME

SO THAT THE AXLE WILL SPIN FREE.

'CAUSE WHEN THESE ARE STATIONARY, THIS WILL SPIN.

Bolejack: WE WANT TO EMULATE A TRAIN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE,

SO WE'VE GOT SOME BRAKE ROTORS AND THE BRAKE ROTORS

HAVE A FLANGE ON THEM, WHICH WILL KEEP THIS TROLLEY

FROM WALKIN' OFF THE TRACKS TO ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER.

Narrator: THEY FINISH CRAFTIN' THEIR AXLES

AND ATTACH THEM TO THE FRAME.

THAT LOOKS GOOD, GENE.

YEAH, THAT'LL SPIN PRETTY GOOD.

NEXT, WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THAT FLYWHEEL.

Narrator: WITH THE FRAME COMPLETE,

THE NEXT STEP IS MAKING A FLYWHEEL.

SPENCER AND EUGENE WILL WELD TWO A-FRAMES

TO THE SIDES OF THE TROLLEY

AND MOUNT THE TIRE IN THE CENTER.

THEY'LL ATTACH A CHAIN FROM THE TIRE TO THE AXLE,

WHICH WILL TRANSFER THE MOMENTUM

FROM THE FLYWHEEL TO THE TROLLEY.

BEFORE WE CAN MOUNT THIS TIRE ON OUR A-FRAMES,

WE HAVE TO FILL IT WITH CONCRETE.

AND THE REASON WHY WE'RE FILLING IT WITH CONCRETE IS

BECAUSE A FLYWHEEL HAS TO BE REALLY HEAVY,

SO THAT, WHEN IT'S SPINNING, IT'LL MAINTAIN MOMENTUM.

Narrator: SPINNIN' FLYWHEELS STORE ROTATIONAL ENERGY.

THE HEAVIER SPENCER AND EUGENE CAN MAKE THEIR FLYWHEEL,

THE MORE ENERGY THEY GET.

BY USING A TIRE, CEMENT, AND GOOD-OLD HILLBILLY INGENUITY,

THE BOYS ARE MAKING THEIR OWN VERSION.

THE HOLE IN THE SPROCKET'S TOO BIG FOR THAT PIPE RIGHT THERE,

SO I JUST CUT ANOTHER PIECE OF PIPE

AND STUCK IT IN THERE AND WELDED IT.

IT LOOKS LIKE GENE KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING,

BUT THIS PROJECT HAS SO MANY PARTS.

IT'S HARD TO FIGURE OUT IF IT'S GONNA WORK,

'CAUSE ALL IT TAKES IS ONE MISTAKE

AND THE WHOLE THING'S A BUST.

Narrator: EUGENE CAREFULLY

ATTACHES THE FLYWHEEL TO THE AXLE

BY WELDING ON TWO SPROCKETS THAT HE WILL CONNECT BY CHAIN.

THE FLYWHEEL'S GONNA CREATE A HECK OF A LOT OF FORCE,

SO EVERYTHING'S GOT TO BE ON SOLID.

WHEN THIS TURNS AROUND IN CIRCLES, WHAT IT'LL DO IS

IT'LL SPIN THIS SPROCKET AND IT'LL TURN THE AXLE.

SO, NOW, WHAT WE GOTTA DO IS

WELD A BAR ACROSS HERE

TO MAKE A PIVOT POINT FOR THE ROCKER ARM.

Narrator: THE NEXT STEP N GETTING THIS TROLLEY

UP AND RUNNING IS WELDING BARS TOGETHER

TO ACT AS THE HANDLES AND ROCKER ARM.

THEY'LL CONNECT IT TO THE FLYWHEEL USING A STEEL BAR.

WHEN THE BOYS PUMP THE HANDLE, THEIR ENERGY WILL BE TRANSFERRED

TO THE FLYWHEEL, WHICH WILL TURN THE AXLE

AND SET THEIR CONTRAPTION IN MOTION.

SPENCER AND EUGENE PUT TOGETHER THE HANDLES AND ROCKER

THAT THEY'LL USE TO PUMP THE TROLLEY.

WE GOTTA DO THAT ONE MORE CONNECTING ROD DOWN THERE.

WE JUST GOTTA GET THE DECKING ON, AND WE'LL BE GOOD TO GO.

THIS THING IS WAY TOO HEAVY TO PICK UP AND PUT IN THE BACK

OF SPENCER'S TRUCK, SO WE'RE GONNA ADD SOME TIRES

ONTO THE BACK OF IT, SO THAT WE CAN LOAD IT

ON THE BACK OF HIS TRUCK AND PULL IT TO THE RAILROAD TRACKS.

LET'S GRAB THE TRUCK.

Narrator: WITH ONLY A FEW HOURS LEFT IN THE DAY,

THE BOYS GOTTA GET A MOVE ON.

Bolejack: WE'RE BACK AT THE TRACKS.

WE HAVE TO GET IT PERFECT AND DROP IT ON THE RAILS

BECAUSE WE'RE NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO PICK IT UP AND MOVE IT LATER.

THIS DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT'S GONNA FIT.

SURE YOU GOT THOSE MEASUREMENTS RIGHT?

IT SHOULD. WE BUILT IT TO THE STANDARD RAIL WIDTH.

ALL RIGHT. I CAN GET IT OUT OF THERE.

Narrator: IF EUGENE WAS OFF BY EVEN A HALF AN INCH,

THIS WHOLE PROJECT WAS A HUGE WASTE OF TIME.

YOU KNOW, SOMETHING DOESN'T LOOK RIGHT.

WELL, THIS BACKSIDE'S OFF.

MAYBE WE CAN --

WE MIGHT CAN ROLL IT ON.

WE'RE TRYING TO PUT THIS TROLLEY ON THE TRACKS.

RIGHT NOW, I JUST DON'T THINK IT'S GONNA FIT.

A LITTLE BIT MORE.

MAYBE JUST TRY RIGHT NEXT TO THAT WHEEL HUB.

ALMOST. ONE MORE TIME.

OH, [BLEEP].

Narrator: CAN THE BOYS GET THEIR PUMP TROLLEY A-MOVIN'

OR IS IT JUST A HUNK OF JUNK?

Narrator: THE BOYS HAVE BEEN BUSY,

BUILDING A PUMP TROLLEY TO HAUL OUT A WHOLE LOT OF MICA.

LET'S GRAB THE TRUCK.

BUT, NOW THAT THEY'RE TRYING TO GET IT ON THE TRACKS,

IT LOOKS LIKE THEY GOT A REAL PROBLEM.

ONE MORE TIME.

OH, [BLEEP]. TOO FAR.

SEE, WE DO GOT KIND OF A PROBLEM HERE BECAUSE

IT'S GOTTA GO UP AND OVER THIS RAIL RIGHT HERE,

SO IT'S KIND OF LIKE STUCK ON IT.

THE PUMP TROLLEY'S REALLY HEAVY.

WE'RE TALKIN' 600 OR 700 POUNDS,

SO THE HARD PART'S GETTING THE WHEELS ALIGNED WITH THE RAILS.

WE CAN'T EVEN TELL IF IT'S GONNA FIT

BECAUSE IT'S SO DAMN HARD TO GET ON.

ALL RIGHT, I GUESS WE'LL HAVE TO COME BACK WITH IT.

OH, THAT SEEMS -- THAT'S ABOUT RIGHT, MAN.

HOLD ON. THAT'S ABOUT GOOD.

YOU KNOW, MAYBE IF WE JUST NUDGE IT A LITTLE BIT,

IT SHOULD FALL RIGHT INTO PLACE.

LET'S GO THAT WAY WITH IT.

[ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ]

LET'S GIVE IT A LITTLE PUSH, JUST TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

Runkis: I THINK WE FINALLY GOT

ALL FOUR WHEELS ON THE TRACKS.

IF THIS DOESN'T WORK, I THINK WE'RE GONNA BE IN REAL TROUBLE.

THIS TROLLEY WAS A REAL PAIN TO GET ON THE TRACKS,

BUT IT FITS AND IT'S GOOD TO GO.

HOP ON THAT OTHER END, MAN.

LET'S SEE IF WE CAN GET THIS THING GOING.

WHOA.

[BLEEP]. HANG ON.

IT'S SNAGGIN' ON SOMETHING RIGHT NOW.

AW, CRAP.

MAN, THAT DAMN SPROCKET BROKE LOOSE.

Narrator: THAT SPROCKET WELD DIDN'T HOLD.

IF THEY CAN'T GET IT FIXED, THEY AIN'T GOIN' ANYWHERE.

IF WE CAN'T FIX IT, WE'RE DEAD IN THE WATER.

WE GOTTA FIGURE OUT A WAY TO FIX IT.

WELL, I GOT THE BATTERY WELDER IN THE BACK OF THE TRUCK.

DRAG IT OUT AND I'LL TRY TO WELD THAT ON THERE.

YOU THINK YOU CAN GET THAT TACK BACK?

I DON'T KNOW. I'M GONNA TRY.

THANKFULLY, I'VE GOT

OUR BATTERY WELDER IN THE BACK OF THE TRUCK,

SO WE'RE JUST GONNA SEE IF WE CAN REINFORCE THESE WELDS

AND GET IT GOIN' AGAIN.

AT LEAST IT HAPPENED RIGHT HERE BY THE TRUCK

AND NOT OUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT DAGGONE BRIDGE.

IT'S KIND OF A BLESSING, THAT IT HAPPENED HERE

AND NOT A COUPLE MILES DOWN THE TRACKS

BECAUSE WALKING TO GETTIN' THE BATTERY WELDER

A COUPLE MILES? THAT'S SOME SERIOUS WORK.

I THINK THAT'S GOT IT.

YOU RECKON THAT'S GONNA GET IT AND MAKE IT HOLD?

I DON'T KNOW. IT BROKE ONCE. IT MIGHT BREAK AGAIN.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S TRY IT.

YEAH, GO DOWN. I CAN PULL UP ON IT REAL HARD.

YEAH, RIGHT THERE.

Runkis: WHEN WE PUSH DOWN ON THE ROCKER,

IT CREATES TORQUE THAT SPINS THE FLYWHEEL

AND THE MORE TORQUE OR FORCE

THAT WE USE TO GET THIS THING STARTED,

THE EASIER IT'S GONNA BE TO KEEP THE TROLLEY ROLLING.

THIS THING WORKS GREAT!

YEAH, IT DOES.

Narrator: ONCE EUGENE AND SPENCER

PUT A LITTLE ELBOW GREASE INTO CREATING

THE INITIAL ACCELERATION,

MOMENTUM MAKES IT EASIER TO KEEP THE PUMP TROLLEY GOING.

SINCE MOMENTUM IS THE PRODUCT OF MASS AND VELOCITY,

A LARGE OBJECT IN MOTION, LIKE A MOVING PUMP TROLLEY,

IS INCLINED TO STAY IN MOTION.

LET'S JUST LOAD THAT MICA UP.

GO AHEAD AND GET THIS LOAD.

WE'RE GONNA HAUL THESE FIRST TWO BAGS OF MICA OUT OF HERE

AND JUST GET THOSE WINDOWS IN THE STOVES

AND GET THOSE STOVES TO CHEYENNE,

SEE IF HE LIKES THEM, BUT WE'RE MOVING ON TO THE MICA BUSINESS.

HOLD ON A SECOND, MAN.

[ FOREBODING MUSIC PLAYS ]

YOU HEAR ANYTHING?

THERE'S SOMETHING COMING.

THERE'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ANYTHING ON THESE TRACKS.

OH, CRAP. LOOK.

WHOA! DAMN!

IT'S GONNA HIT US. GET OFF THE TRACK.

Narrator: THE BOYS BUILT A PUMP TROLLEY

TO HAUL A HEAP OF MICA OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS.

THIS THING WORKS GREAT!

Narrator: THEY MANAGED TO RETRIEVE IT,

BUT THEY MAY HAVE A DISASTER ON THEIR HANDS.

OH, CRAP. LOOK.

[ FOREBODING MUSIC PLAYS ]

WHOA!

WHOA!

IT'S GONNA HIT US. GET OFF THE TRACK.

DAMN!

WE SPENT ALL THIS TIME BUILDIN' THIS TROLLEY.

NOW, THIS GUY'S GONNA SLAM INTO IT, IF WE DON'T STOP 'IM.

Bolejack: WHOA!

WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU BOYS DOIN' ON THE TRACK HERE?

WHAT'S GOIN' ON?

WE'RE JUST RIDIN' THE RAILS.

WHAT? SON, THIS IS A PRIVATE RAILROAD HERE.

THEY'RE GETTIN' READY TO START PUTTIN'

THE TRAIN BACK ON HERE, AND THAT'S WHAT I'M DOIN'

THE INSPECTION FOR. IT'S AN ACTIVE RAILROAD.

TURNS OUT, THERE'S A RAIL INSPECTOR DRIVIN' THAT VEHICLE.

HE'S NOT TOO HAPPY.

RAILROAD DOESN'T TOLERATE ANY TRESPASSING.

TAKE IT OFF.

YEAH, WE'RE SORRY.

DON'T COME BACK ON AGAIN AND EVERYTHING'S ALL RIGHT.

Narrator: LOOKS LIKE THE BOYS JUST GOT THROWN FOR A BIG LOOP.

THERE'S JUST TOO MUCH MICA UP THERE TO LET IT GO.

WE'RE GONNA COME BACK FOR IT, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

SINCE WE GOT ENOUGH MICA TO MAKE SOME QUALITY PIECES,

SPENCER AND I ARE GONNA HEAD BACK OVER TO HIS PLACE

AND START BUILDIN' THEM STOVES.

MICA FORMS IN PAPER-THIN SHEETS,

SO YOU CAN TAKE A KNIFE AND SEPARATE IT REAL EASY.

YOU JUST SLIDE YOUR KNIFE IN BETWEEN THE LAYERS

AND YOU PRY IT APART

AND YOU CAN MAKE PIECES THAT ARE AS THICK AS YOU WANT.

PRETTY BADASS.

MM-HMM.

LOOK AT THAT. LOOK WHAT A NICE QUALITY PIECE THAT IS.

Narrator: FOR THE STOVE WINDOW,

EUGENE AND SPENCER WILL NEED

THE CLEAREST SHEET OF MICA THEY CAN EXTRACT.

THIS IS A NICE PIECE HERE.

THAT'S PROBABLY AS BIG AS WE'RE GONNA GET,

RIGHT THERE. THAT'S PRETTY BIG.

Narrator: THE BOYS TRACE AND CUT OUT A HOLE FOR THEIR WINDOW.

I'M PLANNING ON MOUNTING THIS THE EASY WAY.

I'M JUST GONNA CUT PIECES OF METAL

AND WELD THEM ON THE BACKSIDE.

IT'LL TRAP IT AND IT CAN'T FALL OUT.

OH, THAT'S AWESOME.

YEAH.

NOW THAT SPENCER AND I HAVE THE FIRST NICELY DONE STOVE,

WE'RE GONNA TAKE IT DOWN TO CHEYENNE'S AND SEE

WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT IT.

HEY, MAN, I GOT A PLACE

CLEARED OUT JUST FOR IT RIGHT HERE IN FRONT.

I'VE BEEN TALKIN' IT UP ALREADY FOR EVERYBODY.

I ALREADY THINK WE GOT SOME SOLD.

WELL, GOOD. THAT'S GOOD NEWS.

YEAH, CHECK THAT OUT.

LOOK HOW CLEAR THAT MICA IS.

MAN, THAT IS AWESOME. THAT MICA'S SOMETHING ELSE.

CHEYENNE'S REALLY HAPPY ABOUT HOW THESE STOVES TURNED OUT,

BUT I'M EVEN HAPPIER, 'CAUSE WE FOUND A LOT OF MICA.

Narrator: SPENCER AND EUGENE STAND TO MAKE $70 PER STOVE

AND, WITH A WINDFALL OF MICA, LOOKS LIKE THE BOYS

ARE IN FOR QUITE A PAYDAY UP ON COLD MOUNTAIN.

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