A very rare hub from 1933 has been sent to me for a strip down and clean.
This particular hub has been fitted with a free-wheel (also made by Sturmey Archer) which is worn out so will have to be removed.
The first job is to remove the freewheel. The safest and most time consuming way is to build a wheel onto the hub to allow leverage to remove the freewheel and then unbuild the wheel before stripping down the hub.
The riskier method is to crush the freewheel in the vice and to use a motor mechanics filter strap to turn the hub. This is much quicker but does risk marking the hub which on a rare hub like this is not a risk worth taking.