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Everything posted by Alan

  1. WHAT IS IT. ?

    Found on Facebook and sent to me by a family member. Posted by Haslemere Motorcycles. The hood and fenders look a bit D-series Wheelhorse. Any ideas.
  2. Nice little Drill Project

    A good start Richard.
  3. New boots for the Sears/Roper.

    Looks good Norm. Something I intended to do, one day. Did you find out why the old valves were jammed hard against the rims. ? My guess was the tubes stuck themselves to the rims due to being flat for so many years. Couldn't move them without taking the old tires off. Held air OK though.
  4. The Showmans new Toy

    Hope you asked Dylan's permission. You don't want him falling out with you.
  5. Sisis discs from the Showman

    Be interesting to find out. Now where has he been lately.
  6. Not a Lot.

    No snow to speak of on the Hampshire / Surrey border. So far anyway, although a few flakes are on the way down right now..
  7. Busy day with our 1972 Bolens 1054

    All that wood looks too good to burn Joseph. Can't you build another shed with it. ? Storage space for more Bolens Wheelhorse tractors. Forgot to mention the black trailer Iain. Last seen being thrown into your van with lots of other goodie's.
  8. Busy day with our 1972 Bolens 1054

    Good video Joseph. I'm sure I've seen that Bolens before somewhere, Need to have a think. A little bird tells me that the Showman and Norm are planning a raid sometime soon. They are always on the look out for fire wood.
  9. HALF a HORSE.

    As some will already know, the Showman and I have been clearing a friend's land of his large collection of various garden tractors, horticultural machinery, workshop equipment and whatever else you can think of. Nearly 2 :1/2 years later the end is in sight. As friend John is having to sell up and move soon due to ill health, my Roper tractor which was stored on his land has now moved on to a new home. As I have very little room at home to work and store in, mainly a single car size garage which is already half full of stuff, thoughts turned to something small to build which could be transported in the back of my Meriva car. Small enough to fit in the car, but hopefully big enough to ride on, but if not towing a trailer which I can sit on and operate the tractor by remote steering etc. Various options were looked at, thought about and discarded due to too many compound curves etc. Then, after studying photo's of the D-series Wheel Horse which has very few awkward curves a plot was hatched. During the clear out lots of "might be handy one day" bits and pieces were kept. One of the few tractors which remained, unloved and unwanted, was this Bolens ride on mower. It was eventually stripped of useful parts, gearbox, axle / diff assembly, wheels and various other bits before the remains were left to be dumped much later. Also found among the junk in John's barn was the bottom end of a small engine which was later found to be a 65cc BSA 4 stroke. After further hunting by the Showman other parts were found in various locations in the barn loft. Enough parts to build a complete engine with spares left over. Engine just roughly assembled in this photo. John never stored related parts together and in one place. We think this was his anti theft device. Find a few parts, no good without the others, so leave alone. Appears to have worked as we have found on various occasions. Tri rib tires Chris. To be continued.
  10. HALF a HORSE.

    Thanks Richard. Wife thinks I'm mad being out there in the cold. Probably right. I try to do a few hours most days although a lot of the time is spent looking and thinking. SLOWLY getting there though.
  11. HALF a HORSE.

    A few more small parts. The 4 Tach-a-Matic brackets were cut from alloy sheet. At the time I had idea's of making them working units but wasn't sure of the shape of the pivoting section. A slot was cut, to be shortened later, but in the end it was decided to make them NON working. A simple drilled hole would have done instead. Both sections were rivited together at the front. A 4BA bolt and alloy tube formed the operating lever ? for want of a better description, and secured the rear. I have since seen photos of these units in pieces, but still unsure how the lever ? works. Photo's I have looked at also appear to show other holes in various places, so again a bit of guess work was used. The mule drive, again NON working, was bent up from alloy and bolted to the underside of the chassis. The pins which would have attached it to the brackets were bolts with the heads cut down and alloy spacer tubes. Knobs for the front of the removable grill were machined from small plastic balls. Drilled and tapped 4BA first with a bolt used to hold in the lathe chuck. Still need smoothing off. All these items still need painting. Too cold in my garage for spraying. I can put up with the cold but the paint objects and refuses to play nicely.
  12. Downsizing in Metalwork

    14BA. I've drilled and tapped 12BA, they were bad enough.
  13. Bring and Buy sale

    Yes, 4 should do Norm. I'm not that heavy. Making the trailer with 2 or 4 wheel conversion. Quick change by pulling out a few R clips. Just something different.
  14. Bring and Buy sale

    Just bought some for Half a Horse's trailer. Advert blurb states Maximum load per tyre 300 lb / 136 kg at 30 psi. 16mm ID bearings, Lots on ebay at various prices,
  15. Kubota 7100 1978 project

    100% better looking now Nigel. Did the welding cure the leaking cylinder head. ?
  16. Woodstore Surprise

    Don't remember seeing that at John's. Saw everything else that went into the big RED wheely bin though.
  17. Wheel Horse RJ-58 Restoration

    Looks brilliant Ewan.
  18. Downsizing in Metalwork

    More awesome work Richard.
  19. HALF a HORSE.

    Already thinking about this Iajn. Thanks. Have some parts roughed out. Measurements guesstimated from photo's like the other pedal but correct sizes etc would be better. No rush though as working on other parts just now. Would a roll of wallpaper be long enough. ? Thought ! If I used a roll of lining paper I could write on both sides.
  20. HALF a HORSE.

    Thanks Chris, but every time I cross something off the list more gets added at the other end.
  21. HALF a HORSE.

    Two little bits this time. The carburetor attachment tube was cut down to about 1/2 length. Left long, the throttle cable was rubbing on the outside of the hood and didn't look good anyway. Cut down, the cable and it's outer spring fitted neatly inside the hood. I expected difficulty cutting the tube down due to the limited room for the hacksaw, but it was a quick and easy job. The tube was softer than thought and a junior hacksaw soon went through it taking care not to mark the paint on the surrounding body panels. The cable is just tucked in out of the way at this stage. The brake pedal, non working, was made up from alloy, steel washers and plastic. The lettering is 1 mm approx round plastic rod with the curves of the B and R from solder wire. The solder wire was super glued in place with the remainder of the lettering and other parts fused together with liquid plastic cement. The washers, either side of the pivot point, were drilled and tapped then held together with 8BA c/sunk bolts passing through the assembly. The center of the washers, and the plastic/alloy in between, were tapped 5/16 UNF for a mounting bolt which was fixed in place with lock tight. This item was just eyeballed up from various photo's so just a near enough copy. The last photo shows it loosely fixed in place and still waiting final filling and painting.
  22. The Showmans new Toy

    Well Norm, if he buys the new and unassembled one too, he needn't make the decision. One for show and one for play. If Pam didn't mind the first, shouldn't be a problem with another.
  23. The Showmans new Toy

    Restore, or leave as Chris. ?
  24. Flat pack Wheelhorse

    The other Iain, the Bolens one, would have been disappointed with a little load like that.
  25. Westwood T 1200

    Like that brake lever / throttle idea even if it does sound like it wants to go and stop at the same time. Could possibly use that arrangement on my Half a Horse / trailer build.
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