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  1. This RJ turned up at the workshop today

    So are we expecting a random pallet to turn up one day with a few engines on it?
  2. Old race license

    Now your making me feel old Chris, I wasn't born when your racing licence was issued
  3. Lathe fun

    Meet Toby the shop dog... He actually belongs to Rob, who is now retired and is spending a lot of time at the workshop giving me a hand with the heavy stuff.. Thanks mate Toby is about 6 months old and had spent much of his life in a cage, so he is a bit nervious and scared of everything... But each day his confidence is getting a little better, which is nice to see Speaking of Rob The splash back welded up and bolted on.. I wonder if Rob is thinking, "maybe I should move in case this lot falls over and lands on my foot".. The "check the pulleys are in line" test.. To get some better photo's and to make it easier to get to the front the bench was pulled out a bit which almost resulted in me being squashed.. The weight of the motor wanted to tip the bench over when it was moved! Me thinks an extra leg under the motor is needed As the lathe tray is a bit er.. bent I wanted to make sure any cooling fluid that hit's the splash back will flow towards the center of the tray. So a length of angle had been welded to the base of the splash back with a kink hammered down.. This should make sure any fluid goes through the drain hole and back to the coolant tank. And that's the bench build up to date again.
  4. Lathe fun

    Morning chaps, the lathe saga continues.... But first.. With some rather big box in the power hacksaw thingy.... I had some thoughts about making a quick release system for the top pulleys to make changing speeds a bit easier... I think I'm on the right lines here, it just needs to be stronger! Once the box was sliced up it was welded to the bench and to the er.. big &rse hinge... I don't think it will move now The start of the splash back... Use what you have I say To give the splash back something to bolt onto a couple of lengths of small box was welded to the bench frame.. Before the splash back could be bolted on I had to make and fit a closing panel for the pulley end.. Starting with a panel cut from an old green shelf (thanks Rex ) which was firmly clamped to the bench.. I needed to bend a lip on it, so out came the long handle pliers type thingy for some gentle tweaking of the metal.. A gentle bend up only part way, then move a long a little. Which gives you this... Tweak it right the way along of course.. Then go back and do a second and third gentle tweaking until the lip is bent up all the way along.. Hammer and dolly time.. Using the edge of the dolly first to tidy up the "tight" bend.. Then along like this to tidy up the flange.. A quick buzz with the sander tidied up most of the hammer marks..
  5. Happy Birthday Ian

    Thanks Guy's It was a quiet day really, gentle pottering in the workshop only disturbed by a Nigel bursting in singing happy birthday!
  6. A tale of two GT's

    As some of you will know Nigel bought a Wheel Horse GT-14 the other week, quite why he is not sure, I just think Nigel wanted to copy me A few photo's from Nigel's first drive.. A good place to park Nigel insisted that I had a drive to see what I thought, and of course Nigel blamed me for the "cough cough splutter" as the engine started to run badly and then cut out Lot's of swearing followed by a carb clean out, a coil and fuel pump swap and eventually fitting a one way valve to the fuel line to help the pump prime (the replacement fuel pump is a bit lazy too) and the GT was back into life.. Oh, Nigel did make a new exhaust for the GT, but as the only way to fit it was to drop the front axle off we shall gloss over it So... What do you do if you have two running and driving GT's??? You go for a drive of course
  7. Lathe fun

    The sharp eye'd will of noticed a bit of pully damage on the electric motor.. I did try to get the pully off with a puller, but this just caused more damage.. As luck would have it the middle pulley is the right size and it also has no damage, so that's what I will use.. Time to fire up the Mig... I think that should be strong enough Clamped onto the bench.. Yep, that looks good I wasn't sure the bit of box that holds the motor adjust up was strong enough, so it got strenthened Looking at the photo I need to tidy it up a bit and plate over the hole.. Other than cutting an extra leg ( yes that is 2 bit's of WH chassis weled together!) for the bench, that's as far as I've got... Next on the hitlist is to make a quick release tensioner thingy for the top belt..
  8. Lathe fun

    A bit more work has been done on the lathe, I needed to find a way of mounting this rather big motor mounting bracket.. A bit of big box with a slit later sort of thing.. The bit of big box slot's into the chassis like so.. It does need to go higher up.. But some plonker had dumped a big elecric motor in the way! Checking the pulleys line up. Not fully welded up yet, just a check to see if everything lined up as it should.... It does Now to find a way of adjusting the motor to pully belt... This will come in handy
  9. Lathe fun

    Chop the foot rest rods off, followed by the front of the chassis... Chop the axle pivot mounts off and weld them to a big bit of box. And with one of the sliced off foot rests through the hole it becomes a big arse hinge Checking where to drill hole holes in the trans mount of the top pulleys. Interesting to see the chassis rails did not come level from the factory.. But all the bolt holes did Checking for belt clearance as the motor fill fit behind the chassis belt tensioner thingy.. And that's as far as the new lathe bench has got.. Tune back for more heavy metal work when it happen
  10. This RJ turned up at the workshop today

    Hi Neil, sorry to of broke the news to you while you were still on holiday.. Had I of known I'd of waited a few days.. I think the best way forward is for you to send us all the engines you have and we will work out the best one to put in the RJ.. A bit of mix and matching may or may not be needed... Don't worry about the different exhaust fitments, that can be sorted easy enough
  11. Lathe fun

    Morning all, a bit more progress on the lathe bench even if it is slow progress... Well, every things so heavy you see In order to bolt the lathe down I needed a couple of big thick steel plates (or so I thought!), but as I didn't have any it was time to slice up some of this nice 1/4" thick angle and do some welding.. You can never have too many clamps Welded.. The almost finished plates.. As somehow the drip tray is a bit warped the lip was left on the plates so it could be carefully ground down to level the plate up.. Can you spot why I just wasted a lot of time? The lathe has small feet thingys where the bolts go through which means I only needed a couple of small plates rather than the full feet length one I had just made!! Oh yes, and there's the small matter of a foot long crack in the tray!! Not much I can do about this other than drilling small holes at each end of the crack to stop it spreading (done) and sealing the crack up with something to stop it leaking.. (Not done yet!) Yes the crack does go right through.. Big electric motors... For those time your legs are just not long enough Lot's and lot's of drilling later (thanks Nigel and Rob ) the lathe and tray was bolted down to the bench and I could think about how to mount the pulleys and motor.. This WH chassis looks like it could come in handy With the chassis flipped around an easy solution presented its self.. The chassis will be hinged where it makes contact with the lower bar on the bench to adjust the tension on the top belt and make it easier to change speeds.. I have the mounting plate for the motor which will be hinged off the chassis to make it easy to tension the main drive belt.. Were see how far I get today
  12. Lathe fun

    Time to bring this lathe thread back from the dead.... Yes it really has taken me this long to get on with it!! It's not turned into anything for a long time Norm! Thanks mate, you know me... If it's there, use it Hi Alan, I was thinking about using your kitchen chair belt tension-er idea, but where the lathe is positioned the chair would be sticking through the wall Soooo... Fast forward almost 16 months with this lathe project and this is where were at The poor Southbend lathe hasn't moved, it just got buried! The idea is I dig this steel framed bench out from it's hiding place and use this as the basis on the new lathe bench.. To use the new-ish bigger electric motor I need something strong to mount it on.... I just don't trust the workshop walls!! Speaking of electric motors, here's the old one on the left next to the new one.. You can see the sort of weight I need to safely position now! Interestingly the new motor is a 1/4 of a hp less than the old one, but it has a huge amount of torque Looks like a re-wire is needed too... Something has leaked onto the cable while it's been stored under a bench and has turned the plastic into a sticky stretchy mess! A big thank you to Rob at this point for your help in this huge rearrange of the workshop.. Thanks mate Lathe, be gone... As luck would have it the wooden bench and the steel framed bench were both near enough the same length, which made swapping them around easy This bench and I have a long history, I remember collecting it as a bare frame from a friend's yard on a trailer behind my old WH 312-8.. A pleasant 15mins drive across (well around) fields... The holes on the right are where I had a 9 inch cutter mounted, all the sparks, dust etc would shoot down the hole, through a funnel thingy made from old computer cases into a collection box.. The said funnel thingy.. Off comes the top, two MDF boards bolted through the frame skinned with stainless which was stuck down with "No more nails" back in the day when it first came out and was dirt cheap! The bare frame.. And the mess the rest of the workshop is now in Leg extensions as modeled by Rob..... The bench that is not Rob A test fit of the catch tray and a bit of a measure.. HHmmm... The results of the measuring.. You might say the bolt hole don't quite line up a lot! The easy way would be to grind the flat plate down so the lathe legs would sit level on the tray, but I'm a bit worried about removing strength from the tray at a stress (bolting down) point.. The other way is to make a couple of rather big shims/plates that would bring the tray base level with the flat bit and bolt the lathe down through that.. It's something to think over.. By that point yesterday I was quite tired so I did a little gentle cleaning instead.. It's nice to see what colour the paint is and some shiny bits
  13. Mini Bike

    No by me, must of been someone else
  14. A Right Ransome Day.

    That's a fair sized plough, it looks more than a fair weight too
  15. This RJ turned up at the workshop today

    A good workout isn't the word for it, kicking us in the teeth more like! The pull start is now the least of the worries! What a day it has been in RJ land, the first job was to swap the engine backing plate over. I didn't get any photo's of the new backing plate in place, but here's the old one against the donor engine. Along with the new backing plate came updated electrics as there didn't seem and point in swapping the parts between plates.... So, with the engine bolted back together again it was time to see if it would run... Third pull it started right up ticked over well, revved up well and sounded generally very good.. To celebrate having finally got the engine sorted on went the kettle.... It was while the kettle was boiling that I noticed bubbling oil coming out from the head gasket! No photo but it will be on the next video.. Anyway, as the head has a slightly chewed up spark plug thread... We thought we would swap heads over as well as sorting he gasket.. Off it comes. HHmm, interesting.. The piston looks quite clean, but the amount of oil on the piston is a worry! I'd say that's a new piston which explains why the little engine has such good/high compresson which is also why the head gasket went pop!! The new cylinder head has a slight recess about the inlet valve and slightly different fins but it bolted right on.. The engine now felt to have a lot less compression when pulling it over, it also ran very rough!! Back off with the head to find it was oil coated! Does the exhaust valve look like it has had a hardened insert er.. inserted? The exhaust valve is where all the oil is coming from which means the guides/seals are shot!! Oil was also bubbling out from around the exhaust itself, as you can see at some point it had been broken off and wound back in at a pished angle! Quite where to go from here I'm not sure, Nigel and I did have a natter about swapping the RJ's crankshaft into the donor engine as it ran quite well and doesn't blow oil but the end of the crank is tapered not straight!! So close but yet so far!! Sigh!!
  16. This RJ turned up at the workshop today

    Thanks mate, were still waiting to drive the RJ as you will see.. So what can I say about the RJ... I think AARRGGHHH sums it up quite well! I don't know what the RJ has against us but it's really fighting us at the very last stage!! You would think something as simple as putting the steering wheel on would be easy, but no! When the RJ arrived the steering wheel was held on with a bent nail.. Now most of the time it's because the original roll pin? has been lost at some point in time.. Not this time.. The holes in the wheel and column didn't actually line up very well so a nail was the only thing that would fit in! I guess the steering wheel isn't the original! Anyway, some very careful drilling and the wheel is now held on with a custom made quick release clip thingy "Deep breath"... Now onto the engine.. The very nice looking Schmacke or is it Schmacko? (It's hard to read on the photo's) has been driving us nuts! The recoil didn't want to which was eventually sorted, the the "gripping" bits that grip the hexagonal shaft on the engine decided it didn't want to to the gripping bit! Quite why we just can't work out, nothing is broken and it works 90% of the time when not fitted to the engine.. Fit it to the engine however and it will work for a couple of pulls then stop again! If I had to count the amount of time the recoil unit has been on and off the engine both Nigel and I would have to remove our boots and socks as we would run out of fingers to count on very quickly!!!! In the end for the sake of our sanity we decided to swap the recoil until over for one that works the more normal way, which in it's self is almost a straight forward swap... Woo-Hoo we can pull the engine over again.... But why is the engine cover moving around so much??? That would be because there should be a bolt where this hole is... The trouble is the backing plate is missing most of the threaded bolt hole as it had been broken off at some point in it's life! We do have another good backing plate to swap over, but that involves a lot of stripping two engine down to swap parts.. Forward one step, back two or is it four? It's not all bad news though, we have had the engine running.. For a short while anyway.. Once started it would run quite nice for a few mins, then start running rough, then eventually it would stop! Best have a look at the carb again, pulling the pin out that holds the float in place was nerve wracking as the casting one side which holds the pin in place isn't as strong as it should be.. Can you spot a problem? Yep the new O ring doesn't like petrol and has grown somewhat! No chance what so ever of getting this jet thingy out!!! It looks like someone has been at the float valve thingy already! Getting it out was er... Shall we say interesting! The carb has now been put back together and will be going back on the engine once the backing plate has been swapped over (tomorrow hopefully) and the "will it run ok?" sequence can start over again..
  17. Wheel Horse GT-14+2 SOLD

    Hi Guy's the time has come to let my GT-14+2 move on to a new home. It's a 1971 model fitted with a Kohler Magnum 16hp engine which is by far the best starting Kohler engine I have ever had. A battery/weight box on the front. Cat 1 Three point linkage on the back.. Oh, the roll bar is a bit hard to miss.. I will be sad to see the ol girl go, but I need the money to buy something else.. Collection from Hawkhurst if you hadn't guessed £1000 or offers
  18. Wheel Horse GT-14+2 SOLD

    I realized yesterday the the GT didn't actually have a tow hitch fitted, so I made this hitch thingy for the 3 point that's reversible so you can tow something with a ball hitch or the more normal type of garden trailer.
  19. Push cylinder mower

    I think it's a Ransome, I will have a good check later. Thank you Hillsider for pointing out it's a Qualcast Panther Dusty, dirty but everything turns as it should do.. It even comes with a grass box. £25 or offers.. Collection from Hawkhurst, Kent.
  20. Push cylinder mower

    Isn't it amazing what a squirt of WD40 and a wipe with a cloth can do
  21. Push cylinder mower

    Thanks for that Hillsider, I'm not up on cylinder mower
  22. Hi all, I have this galvanized steel pipe taking up space in my workshop, I'm never going to use it so it must go. 3mm wall thickness, 75mm diameter, over 50ft in total. Oh, and the galvanization is very thick so they should outlast most of the planet I was going to build a lathe bench with it so it has been cut into handy lengths. 2 X 8 ft 6 inches, one of which has a slight bend 2 X 8ft 4 X 6ft 2 X 4ft 6 inches. A couple of them as you can see have a few welding marks which will easily grind off. Use them to build a car port, heavy duty washing line pole, or even use them to build the ultimate spud gun Collection from Hawkhurst, Kent. I'm not quite sure what this is worth so let's start at £100 and you can barter me down a bit
  23. SIP MIgMate 100 SOLD

    As part of my spring clean (well it has been nice weather today ), my old Mig welder needs to go as I no longer use it. It's good on thin metal, not quite so good on the thicker stuff.. Ideal for bodywork welding. It comes with a custom made trolley that I made a few years ago. Needs an earth clamp. Collection from Hawkhurst, Kent. £50 anyone?
  24. Blasting Cabinet SOLD

    As handy a thing as this is to have I really can't use it any more due to arthritis in my shoulder, it just hurts to darn much It's had a bit of use as you can see, it comes with a couple of those clear sheets you stick on the inside of the clear lid and change once in a while, the mesh stand thingy fits inside, I have taken it out to get larger things in. I have put an extra vent in the right side of the casing for dust extraction. It also comes with what ever crushed glass media is inside.. I can empty it out if you want I will even throw in my "12 volt, twin pc fan extractor, part bike exhaust" thingy if you want it Collection from Hawkhurst, Kent. £40
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