Q. Might any of your readers have parts for an old elevator made by the now-defunct Illinois Elevator Company? The sheave of our 13-story 1929 elevator is worn out and we cannot find a replacement. S.H. Kraines, Chicago
A. For the benefit of our unelevated readers, including myself, a sheave is the metal groove at the top of an elevator over which the cable runs.
One of our faithful readers might well have a 1929 Illinois elevator just aching to be cannibalized for its sheave. Do write this column if you can accommodate him.
If no one responds with the needed sheave, could not one be hand-forged by a veteran blacksmith or ironworker?