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  1. Project Why Not... Yes really!

    Thanks Norm, yep once driven never forgotten, my back keeps reminding me Thanks Mark, I can't give away too much at the moment mostly because I don't know The next build will of course be WH based, but I do have a name for it.... "Project WTF"... Kinda has a nice ring to it eh
  2. This RJ turned up at the workshop today

    Morning all, time for a long over due RJ update, and unlike my last post this one has a happy ending Monday morning Nigel and I had a visit from Neil, it was good to catch up again mate, it's been a while.. Not only has Neil got a huge amount of Wheel Horse history stashed away in he's head, but he also came with gifts... 2 engines Here's the top half of Neil.. The bottom half of Neil was busy controling the rev's of a very nice looking engine that ran as good as it looks.. The blue engine has carb and spark issues as we found out, so that's a job for another day. So with a quick pulley swap the new engine went in the RJ. The shade of engine red is so close to the rest of the RJ we saw no point in repainting it match 100%.. It's looks good as it is. One slight problem with the new engine is the exhaust port had two studs rather than the port itself having internal threads so swapping the exaust over wouldn't be a bolt on swap. Not a problem, take a flat bit of thick-ish steel and drill three holes in the right places... A quick test fit. Trim a bit of the RJ's exhaust down to size them grind the thread of it so it fit's in the flange leaving plenty of space to weld it up from the inside. (No idea why this photo won't upload the right way up!) Welded up, cleaned up and trimmed to shape. And a coat of the black stuff to make it look good. Exhaust on. You can remove an RJ engine without taking the hood off, but you need to remove the spark plug. Then once the engine is back in the spark plug has to go back in using a very special tool that won't scratch the paint on the hood Knowing the engine is a good, the time had come to fire the little fella up and go for a drive.. Knowing the gear shift would need a bit of adjusting to get it to shift right and even though it should of been in netural but possibly wasn't the rear wheels where jacked up before starting.. A running issue was soon soted by putting some petrol in the tank, so I climbed aboard and Dennis lowered the jack, and off I trundled After so long it was nice to finally drive the RJ, but as you will hear in the video (coming soon to a YouTube page near you) the gear selector needs some adjustment so it get's all gears and the selctor bar does not rub against the reverse disc. Also the engine governor need a tweak to stop the engine from trying to over rev.. So not much to do and the RJ will soon done Told you this update would have a happy ending
  3. Err dad... do you think you can fix this?

    It's only metal
  4. Lathe fun

    Nope, not a "making something on a lathe" thread, but a "using the best bits from two lathes" sort of thing My 80+ year old Southbend lathe has served me well for many a year and all sorts of things have been made on it, but lately it has been suffering with belt slip problems and as you can see from the photo the bench it is on is starting to bend! My other lathe is/was a TW Monoturn which to put it politely is very worn! The base is good (apart from a crack in it) and the motor is very strong.. The rest is scrap really! Strip down of the Southbend to make it lighter to move about.. A chance to give it a good clean as well.. The TW Monoturn soon looked like this.. And eventually it was reduced to a pile of parts. Rather than use the lathe base/tray legs I will be using just the tray. The bench will be strengthened a huge amount to take the extra weight of the tray and bigger motor. This is only a mock-up so the big bits of box will go and the tray mounted level on the bench once I have cut a hole for the drain bit on the tray which is lower than the rest of the tray.. The lathe and tray look good together, a good time worn match
  5. Lathe fun

    We shall see what it does when I start using the lathe in anger again Now if something is bugging me I have to sort it out which is why after lot's of measuring this little used filing cabinet was dug out.. Top and tailed, just the strenthening bits and the draw runners to go. . Flattened out with the corners marked to be chopped out. Time to bend the edges up.. First bend, a little at a time. The last bend.. Until..... Mounting holes drilled and a "sump" welded in... Yes the tray has warped a bit, but that was to be expected and will pull down alright once the tray and lathe are bolted down. Some nicely spaced welding, yes I did weld up the hole I had missed Good penetration as well A test fit of the new (hopefully) leak and crack free tray.. I did bolt the lathe back on yesterday but forgot to take any photo's..
  6. Birthday Greetings.

    Happy boirthday Gents, wishing you both a good day
  7. Busy Overhead

    Looks like they were about to play a giant game of airborn noughts and crosses
  8. Tipping trailer

    Great building skills, can't wait to see the finished trailer in action
  9. Lathe fun

    Thanks Norm, it got even better Ta-Daaaa A close up of the tool rack/shelf thingy. Swarf and cooling oil can only be a sign of one thing.. Yep, I've been having a play Due to the tray being a bit bowed in the middle cooling fluid tend too pool both ends.. A steel plate put each end to raise the "floor" level will sort that, the interesting part will be stopping the cooling fluid from leaking through the bolt holes! A bit off added signage... The 80 sign was the lathe splashback for many years and the long-sh vehicle sign used to live on the back of my Saxon trailer and went on many a Wheel Horse adventure Things left to do... Stop the tray from leaking.. Fit a one way valve in the coolant pipe so the fluid doesn't drain back to the bottle every time the pump is turned off. Fit a "damper" to stop the pulley on top of the WH chassis from bouncing around so much.. But over all I'm very happy with how the lathe bench has turned out
  10. Another day in the brambles

    I can't wait for the next installment of... "Rusty treasure hunt" It's amazing what you keep finding buried in the bushes!
  11. Lathe fun

    A small update for you all.. A quick test fit of the new 3hp motor showed that it would fit in the right place and even one of the bolt holes lined up which makes making an adaptor plate easy. Thank you Nigel for the thick tread plate. seven holes drilled and two captive threads welded on later... The adaptor bolted bolted on the lathe bench. The new motor bolted on but not tightened up as it needed to come back off to be re-wired to spin in the oposite direction. A big thank you to Sandhurst Mark for doing that for me on Friday. No photo's but yesterday the lathe was fired up for the first time in oh... Too long... I'm a happy chap
  12. Lathe fun

    I had heard they were a good make, I think fitting it is the only sensible thing to do Thanks for that Richard, I do have more faith in the Brookes motor than the one I have currently fitted to the lathe.. My compressor has a 3hp motor and it hasn't melted the wiring in the building yet, so I think I'm going to install the Brookes motor and see what happens.. Just need to make an adaptor plate so I can bolt it on. It's been a slow few days n the workshop, but a bit more progress has been made. To power the coolant pump I'm using this model railway controller, handy for changing the flow speed.. I may of got a bit carried away with the shelf fabrication though much to Nigel's horror This was the old drip/catch tray made from an enamal coated pub sign years ago. Chopped about a bit it's a nice fit in the bench. Weled in and kitted out with all the switch gear though not wired in yet.. The white cable will go through a grommit lined hole in the back of the panel.. As part of this lathe bench malarky I have been having a tidy up/clutter reduction in the workshop, as part of that the old stereo system had to go... Pimp my Stiga with a bangin sound system Thank you Walt for carting it away for me Of course no workshop should be without sounds, so I'm now using this amp and a pair of Kef C series speakers, with my old phone acting as internet radio and mp3 player. I'm staggered at the quality and bass capability of the speakers for the size of them... Amazing!
  13. Lathe fun

    I've not made the hole in the cogs cover yet, but I did find a way to mount it that didn't involve having to undo any bolts/screws.. Three of these trim clip thingys were welded inside the cover and just clip over the lip.. Will it vibrate like a mad vibrating thing? We shall see Time to think about the flood coolant system, so I dug out the P100 washer bottle and pump which had been doing the cooling duties for many a year. Peeling off bit's of masking tape made it look like it had been sunbathing behind a railing fence It didn't scrub up to bad though.. Quite how the pump had remained working when the bottle was full of this gunk I'm not sure, but still working it was.. This is the rubber thingy the seals the pump into the hole.. And this is a small filter thingy I found in a jar of odd's n sod's I found a couple of weeks ago.. Hhhmmmm interesting, it fits the hole in the bottle quite well, not fully pushed in yet.. It also fit's the pump quite well, not fully pushed on yet.. No photo's but when the pump was fully fitted with the new rubber/anti carp thingy, it held it's water very well.. That will do for me So, how to get the coolant from the catch tray into the washer coolant bottle? You make a funnel of course from an old bench foot and a bit of pipe.. A bit of trimming to the coolant bottle to make it fit. Bottle fitted. The funnel fit's a treat and should catch anything that pours out the drain hole in the tray. While I had my head under the bench I gave the belt tensioning thingy a few tweaks to get the rod angles much better. I did another raid on the scrap pile yesterday, and after a lot of spannering I came away with this rather large electric motor that was on a compost mixing machine. Let's have a look at the specs tag shall we.. I'm not that "up" on electic motors but I'm told this is rather a good make... 2.2 kW which is 2.95hp.. Hhhmm... Powerful The rev/min speed is only 15rpm faster than the small original motor that came with the lathe. That's close enough for me. The only problem is the motor spins the wrong way for my needs... While thinking on that I took a cover off only to find wiring instruction wedged between the capacitors, including how to wire it to spin the other way So do I install this new motor on the lathe or not... 3hp is way more than I need for the size of lathe, but the spin speed is right, the triple pulley is the right size, and the capacitors will make starting it a lot less of a strain on the somewhat er.. shoddy wiring in the building.. Some thinking is needed me thinks
  14. Lathe fun

    I didn't get much done last Thursday as I wasn't feeling that good. I did manage to mark out of the cogs cover where to drill a large-ish hole so I can get longer things on the lathe through the chuck.. To mark the hole I had to extend the pen a little bit Hole marked through the chuck.. And the size hole I need to drill out. I do have a bit of pipe the very same size cut to length ready to be welded in. I also cleaned off all the paint/coating off the cogs guard, the idea being rather than paint it just let nature take it's course.. A bit of surface rust and some oils splashed from the lathe will soon age it A bit of a slow day Tuesday, these double bank holidays always throw my body clock off.. Is it Monday or Friday today? My body clock say's it's Wednesday!! Anyway, I needed to recover the shelf under the lathe, so the last of that big blue panel was sliced up, with the bendy bit being cut off and welded underneath to add some extra strength.. Shelf done I thought I would take a quick look inside the new on/off switch box to work out how to wire it in.. Compare the inside of the new one.. To the inside of the old one!!! I think changing switches was a good move! That's not to say the old switch doesn't have some charm And while were being silly
  15. Lathe fun

    You know those holes I liked? Yep these ones... Well I found a good use for them.. A bit of trimming and welding was needed along with this small plate to fill up a hole. And this is what I have made with the holes.. It fit's on the end of the bench to give it some strength and some style.. OK, I could of come up with a simpler design, but I just couldn't help myself Something was needed to cover the cogs that powers the er.. Auto feed is as good a name as any.. Anyway, a couple of strips of steel welded together and bent in a funky shape. Dig out a bit of computer case.. Chop and weld to shape.. I need to finish the welding and give the edge a little grind down, but I'm happy with the strange shape and look A finishing shot for the day
  16. Lathe fun

    Toby is used to Nigel's strange ways already.. I think Toby just looks up and says, "oh, it's him again". Take a couple of Wheel Horse lift handles, here's one of them.. Then totally forget to take and photo's of the next few stages until you get to this point and remember again! The idea of the lever is so I have a quick release way of changing the lathe speeds as it involves moving a belt across flat pulleys. The lever will have two positions, all the way back which will keep the belt nice and tight, and of course pull it towards the front to loosen the belt.. Now, what could I use to lock the lever in the "drive" postion?? Once it's fully welded up then I think it will be strong enough for the job It will be welded to the bench soomewhere about here with an adjustable rod to connect it to the er... tilting Wh chassis/motor/pulleys mount I did a raid on the scrap heap Tuesday looking for extra legs for the bench and come back with this display stand I'm going to have to find a use for these end panels with the holes as I like the look of them.. A big moment came yesterday as "Operation Rotate" commenced.. A big thank you to (from left to right) Rex, Nigel and Dennis for giving me a hand rotating the lathe bench..Thanks Guy's A pump up pallet truck and a few pallet's made the move a painless affair The lathe in it's new postion, the pillar drill was also moved out of it's corner to a spot easier to get to.. A bit of thinking was needed to make the adjustable linkage that er.. links the lift arm to the pivoting pulley bit.. It needs a little refining but it works very well.. It's a bit hard to show with photo's but with the lever locked back the "speeds" belt (the flat one) is tight. Pull the lever forward into the other lock postion and the belt is slack making for easy speed changes. While I was raiding the scrap heap Tuesday I also returned with this switch gear which is in much better contion than the switch the came with the bigger motor.. And this big thick steel sheet both of which used to live on a compost mixing machine.... Having a workshop on a nursery does have it's perks As you can see the sheet has been marked out for cutting and bending. Chopped almost in half.. The back bent up.. And a slot cut in it for the belt lever.. A Vauxhall Corsa (or what was left of one!) donated a small bit of a door rubber partly to cover and shap edges, but mostly so I don't knock things down the hole Yes the blue sheet has become a bench top.. and back.. Better photo's of it coming up shortly.
  17. 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?
  18. Old race license

    Now your making me feel old Chris, I wasn't born when your racing licence was issued
  19. 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.
  20. 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..
  21. 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!
  22. 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
  23. 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..
  24. 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
  25. 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
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