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About Old Bill

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  • Birthday 01/18/1965

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    Leicestershire
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    Military Vehicles, miniature steam locomotives, ships, aeroplanes, anything mechanical.
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    Refuse Collection Vehicle Designer

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  1. Old Bill

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Dad is still keeping going, trying to wrap the job up. He has picked up the last casting, the hot air duct elbow and dressed it up. No idea why the original was in gunmetal! A trial fit didn't look good but I pointed out that I had been unable to bend the tube tightly enough and the bend was sitting on top of the exhaust shield. The pipe is wrong, not the casting! He therefore bore the casting true and has left me to fix the pipe! The HT lead pipe is secured with a simple brass strap. Looks OK! Well, that is the last casting. Dad has also been painting the tool box bits ready for assembly the next time we can get to Devon. Steve
  2. Old Bill

    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    We are in a funny odds-and-ends phase at the moment. We really need to get together again to take the engine out and pull it down. In the mean time, apart from catching up with other things, I have made up a puller toget the propshaft joint apart which is the last thing holding the engine in place. A rummage in the drawer found a ring that I made up for something else which I have been able to bore out. Goodness knows what I made it for but I suspect that it will become obvious when I need to do that job again! Now ready to clamp to the prop and pull the cover off. Hitting it didn't work! We have rescued the greaser, drain tap and priming cocks from the engine so I thought I would sort them out. Some paraffin and a gentle wire brushing soon brought these up. The priming cocks are unusual in that the cup on top is filled with fuel and then unscrewed to open the needle valve at the bottom and allow the fuel to run in. As you can see, we only have two and a half of them. First job, after cleaning up was to identify the threads. After a lot of head scratching, I reached the conclusion that they were NPT (National Pipe Straight) which is a form I don't have so I ordered up some taps and a die. I suspect that stock turnover may be slow in this size. The printing on the box looks like it is from the 1960's and the taps were beautifully wrapped in greaseproof paper and placed in a tinplate tray. The die is dated 1950. That is 68 years on the shelf! Anyway, they did the job alright. You can't see it but there is a hole right through the centre and a cross hole just above the point. Full set ready to go! Dad is working on the rest of the pump so we will have something to show there shortly. Steve :)
  3. Old Bill

    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    The engine is nearly ready to come out now and only needs the driveshaft disconnecting. I had a go at it yesterday but it would not let go and then we lost the light so it has been left for another day. Once that is disconnected, we will have to get the gang out to manhandle the chassis from its current position to a point underneath the chain block. Then we will be away. In the mean time, both Father and I have some homework to be getting on with. Happy New Year everone! Steve
  4. Old Bill

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    As you can see above, Dad now has a kit of parts for the toolbox to paint, along with the rear lamp bracket. I fitted some hooks under the body this morning before leaving so now it is only a paint and assemble job and we can call it 'finished'. Then it is onto the next one in earnest. We haven't taken it out this break. The weather is OK but the lack of light is offputting and this time of year also results in a constant stream of visitors which is very nice but distracting. Back to reality shortly but at least it will be a short week! Happy New Year everyone! Steve
  5. Old Bill

    1914 Dennis Lorry

    Now that's a proper Christmas present! Steve
  6. Old Bill

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Thanks Ed! It is a real pain living 200 miles from the project as I can't nip out and do some little job. They all have to be planned in for the occasional visits. Oh well. I have now completed the last pattern, number 32. The is for the hot air duct elbow which mounts on top of the exhaust maniflod and directs hot air into the carburettor. It is not needed with volatile modern fuels but we will fit it for completion sake. Firstly , the elbow. I have tried Terry Harper's recommended procedure of turning up a doughnut shape and then cutting it into chunks before gluing the bits together into an elbow. Glued up and on the flange, previously cut from MDF. Then a quick rummage for a chunk of hardwood for the main part of it. MDF again for the flange on which the HT lead tube is mounted. Glue up and some filler for the corners. Twenty minutes with the Dremel and some sanding drums to dress. Drill through the core prints for some location pegs. And saw it in half. I don't like this bit! I attached some thin ply to both surfaces to allow for the material lost to the saw cut. Dress off with the Dremel again. More MDF glued up to make the core box. Marked out. Drill the straight bits in the lathe. The green tape is my depth stop. One hole began to tear a bit as it went over the joint line. It is not as serious as it looks. Work the curve out with a small gouge and a cardboard template. A bit of glass paper to finish. Two coats of Bondaprime and that is the last pattern, thank goodness. I am a metal worker really.... Well, my Thornycroft 'To-Do' list here in Leicester is now empty. We plan to put the fuel tank back over Christmas and make up the toolbox ready for the painting department. Father can also take this pattern to the foundry in the new year so we are all but there. The Peerless beckons! Steve
  7. Old Bill

    Crossley IGL 3

    Looking good. It is out of the way now as well! Steve
  8. Old Bill

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Another finishing-off job, currently in hand is the rear lamp bracket. Detailed information on this is scarce and we had only this photo and the remains of the original article. It is attached to the chassis rail but not to the underside of the channel but to the inside face of the bottom flange instead. We know this as that was where the original came from. It is a pain though as it meant an extra bend in the bracket. I guess we shall never know the reason why. First two bends were done hot in the vice. Then the big one, also hot, using my bending block and some pegs. The ends were welded on by our welding instructor at work. You can tell the difference from mine! It is now primed and ready for the paint shop at Christmas. Just the last pattern to go now. Steve
  9. Old Bill

    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    I have just found this one on the 'Cornish Memories' website. Are you in it? It is a nice pic and something to aim for! Steve
  10. Old Bill

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    We are getting towards the end of the job now and only the last few odds and ends remain. However, if we don't do them now, they will never get done! I have been given a copy of the Ministry of Munitions drawing for the standard chock or 'Scotch' as they call it so I decided to make up a couple to hang on the back. The drawing specifies Elm but I think we will settle for softwood. Fortunately, I had a spare plank in the shed. First job, though, was to sort out some bolts and fortunately for us, we had some in stock. I made up the square washers to the drawing. Ten minutes with the band saw. Interestingly, rather than screw the chain to the rear of the scotch, there is a hole in the centre so that it can go around the tie bolt. Then we needed the rings for the end so I bent some rod, cold, around a bit of bar in the vice. And then joined them using silver solder again. There is a long narrow link between the scotch and the first ring. These were bent hot. A bit of chain rescued from an old chain block and that is another job off the list! The timber for the tool boxes is on order so we plan to make them up over Christmas along with re-fitting the fuel tank. Then we should be ready for a proper run! Steve
  11. Old Bill

    Another Thornycroft

    I wish I had seen that ten years ago! Thanks for sharing. Steve
  12. Old Bill

    WW1 finds and discoveries

    Thanks Marcel. Great find! Did you notice at the end of the film where the Autocar was reversing into the building, the rear end of an FWD lorry on the left hand side? Another survivor! Steve
  13. Old Bill

    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    Thanks for all of your suggestions chaps. Dad has been trying 'Fertan' so I am looking forward to seeing the results. We haven't tried electrolysis yet but it is one to keep up our sleeves. In the mean time, one of the chains has been in the molasses and has come out quite well. Some of the links are still seized so it needs some more work but it is a good start. We have been fortunate to have been given another P&H lamp. This is the same as the original pair that we have but has a much better casing so between them, we can make up a good pair. It is missing the badge but Dad has managed to salvaeg the one on the rotten lamp. Into the molasses! The new casing still had some paint on it so the molasses didn't have any effect in those areas and it had to be finished off with a wire brush. Dad has had some new glasses cut for them. Meanwhile, we cannot resist having a bit of a go at the job. We have decided that our Christmas project will be to pull the engine out and tear it down as we think that we have just enough space to do that. It is getting tight though! Tim has taken the bonnet and top hose off and is looking to remove the radiator. One bonnet catch remained on the chassis. We are going to need eight of these for the two lorries so I foresee some serious filing in my future! We are going to need an engine stand as well. The Peerless engine sits on the chassis rails rather than a sub-frame so the engine stand needs to be wider. A little modification was therefore undertaken. Must go and finish the Thornycroft! Steve
  14. Old Bill

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Something else I have been up to is making up some rear view mirror brackets. I have tried driving without mirrors and it is foolhardy in the extreme so these brackets hang on the hood frames with wing nuts. Safety concious as ever, I have made a carrier to go under the seat to stow a fire blanket. Whilst on that theme, I have fitted a fire extinguisher under the seat. All of this lot is in Devon now for painting. I also took down the fuel tank so Dad can paint that. We were caught out last time by the paint bubbling up but on taking some advice, this was put down to poor flux removal on my part. It has been recommended that we use washing soda this time so we asked Mother if she had any. Of course she had! Mind you, I think it is nearly as old as the lorry! Looking at the tank, Dad spotted two areas of damage on the back. These turned out to be caused by bolt ends just fouling it. It is a good job that we took the tank off as they would have worked their way right through in the end. Dad has now trimmed them off. The seat cushion is now fixed with a batten along the top edge rather than screws. They were beginning to show signs of pulling through so best to catch them early. The cushion has a flat strip along the top edge so the batten is just screwed through it and the cushion folds down over it. We fitted the shovel and pick brackets so they are out of the way. Dad has finished painting the head board so that is safely stowed in the back now. These finishing off jobs take a surprisingly long time but are nearly all done. I will be making the rear lamp bracket next. The Peerless is looming! Steve
  15. Old Bill

    WW1 Dennis truck find

    We are not fitting sprags to either lorry as the current highways authorities are unsympathetic to holes appearing in thr tarmac! The Dennis ones were operated by a cable with a large ring on the end. This ring sits on a hook on the side of the steering column until needed when it is released and the sprags are lowered.. Our column does have the hook fitted. To be honest, I suspect that sprags dropped out of fashion very early in the war as you don't see them on vehicles very often at all. Steve
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