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  1. Rejuvenating an old rusty Spade

    SORRY. We did save you one though.
  2. Calf dozer

    Something different.
  3. OK Norm. Message received and understood. I'll see what I can do.
  4. Happy birthday Harryt

    Happy Birthday Harry. Hope you had a good one.
  5. Only Chris and I in the horticultural section today. Will there be more tomorrow. ? A selection of photo's as we know you all like photo's, especially Norm. A cutaway Gardner engine. The remains of a Scammell open top Fire Engine. A good weekend project for someone. Mr Showman ? Fire Engine, RED paint. OK, maybe not. An unusual tracked Mobility Scooter. Something else which Norm likes. A kit of parts and the end result. And the last for today. The first tractor which friend John bought years ago. Now in the hands of a MoM member.
  6. Looks good Darren. Bet you are pleased with it. What next. .
  7. Belt-up

    I wonder what it can find to tow at Kingsfold.
  8. HALF a HORSE.

    The footrests were another item I had a few attempts at before finishing up with something that looked right in comparison with the rest of the build. One pair looked too long and narrow, another try ended up with the fold overs not being deep enough. Fairly quick to mark out and make so not too much hair pulled out. Again, made from the scrap 1mm alloy panels. The first attempts found a use elsewhere after being cut up. How to make the fenders. ? Simply bending up on the brake press wasn't thought viable due to the curves at each end, although I now think it could have been done with a bit of NON press work included. Also the corners would need alloy welding etc. Another possibility was making a plug and moulding in fiber glass. I decided to make these using built up layers of plasticard sheet reinforced with alloy. I already had a good stock of this plasticard. This resulted in very strong fenders. The plastic, welded together with liquid polystyrene cement, was thick enough to sand the curves on ends and sides. The alloy inserts were a very tight fit after making a few short trial sections to get the bends in the correct place. Also bolted at the corners although they wouldn't come out easily. The top of each footrest slides into the slot at the front of the fenders and will be bolted in place when finished.
  9. Happy birthday DougC

    Happy Birthday Doug. Hope all your 64 burning candles telegraph poles fit on your cake.
  10. 1978 Westwood

    There was a Lawnbug at John's place. Sold it on eBay for £100 long before the big clear out started. Not sure what model but remember it was green with a white engine. Non runner and scruffy condition.
  11. Happy birthday Joseph

    Happy Birthday Joseph. Have fun.
  12. Have a seat.

    A repaired bird bath which leaks.
  13. Trailer please Chris. As if you didn't know.
  14. My entry pass etc arrived yesterday.
  15. HALF a HORSE.

    I think the next part I attempted was the dash assembly. Two 3/16" thick alloy panels were cut for the front and rear with a bent up alloy spacer pop riveted on. When first looking at photo's I had thought that both front and rear had an apex on the top surface. It was only after I had build number one well on the way that my man with the camera, tape and notebook, Iain, pointed out my mistake. I made three or four alterations, gradually reducing the front apex and leveling off the rear before it looked about right. These photo's are before any alterations. The outer shell was originally bent so that it finished on the underside and left oversize back and front for trimming later. The first attempt also looked too long when viewed from the side. This photo shows the top rear looking more like it should be. There were a lot of alterations and head scratching before the final result which included brackets bent up to hold front, rear and outer shell together. Also a strong mount for the steering column bush and cross beams for mounting to the upper side panels. Lots of assorted BA nuts and bolts were used which resulted in a very strong assembly. The brackets set at an angle on the front face are for the spring loaded hood locking catches, more of these later. The Steering column bush is a 1/2" socket cap screw drilled 5/16". I drilled two of these, the second for the steering wheel. This will also be described later.
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