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  • Birthday 01/18/1965

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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

    Karrier WDS

    That is a good satisfying job and I love the punch! It is so nice to have just the tool for the job! Steve
  2. Old Bill

    Karrier WDS

    Hi Doc. This is Dianes website: https://www.loco-nameplates.co.uk/ Her email is at the bottom and is the address that I use. She is delightful to deal with and her work is wonderful. She has done a good number of plates for our lorries over the years and runs a Sentinel steam waggon. Drop her a line! Steve
  3. I have had a nice day today. Started off by getting the front wheels out of the car. Along with the springs, they have been doing a good job of keeping the back end down. They just need a bit of attention from the painting department and then they will be ready to fit. We have been looking at the back springs and, whilst they are not too bad, there is some rust build-up between the leaves. We decided to dismantle them to clean out the gaps. Now, taking springs apart can be quite exciting, not to say hazardous due to the stored energy in the curved leaves. This needs to be released gently and under control so I started the day by making up some clamps using some box section and some studding. The screwed rod allows the tension in the springs to be released slowly and under control. Fitting the clamps to the spring. Next step was to release the centre bolt and then slowly back off the nuts on the studs. This went without a hitch although the leaves did need some encouragement to slide over the centre bolt. Then they just lifted off. There are a lot of bits in a spring! The inter-leaf rust. Soon removed with a wire brush although we both ended up black as the ace of spades! A bit of rod through the centre hole to keep the leaves in line and then it was just a case of tightening up the clamps. Fit the cleaned-up centre bolt back in the hole. Release the clamps and job done. It only remains to re-make the clips before the return to the paint shop. The second rear spring is also coming apart ready for a clean-up tomorrow. Steve 🙂
  4. Dad is pushing on with the paintwork which is proving tricky as we normally use the space under and around the chassis to store 'stuff'. It is currently all over the place and generally 'in the way'! In the meantime, I went to see Jones' Springs in Wednesbury yesterday to pick up the front springs which they have sorted out for us for us. They have done a really nice job replacing a number of leaves, a couple of new bushes and resetting them to be a matched pair. I got personal service, a genuine interest in what they are for and they took plastic on collection so really nice people to deal with. Here is the result: Just going outside to trim the centre bolts and get the first coat of primer on them. Steve 🙂
  5. Hi David. Sadly, I don't have one but just crew from time to time. You can just seen it in the picture next to our Thornycroft on the last page of our Thorny thread. Steve
  6. Hi Tomo. Yes, we had the same problem! However, I made a pattern for the pivot point and also for the brake lever. John has them both at the moment so they are available for you to use. The pivot point casting, I tapped in the back rather than putting the bolts right through as they wouldn't have left room for the nut. Quality of my pattern making I am afraid! All went together OK in the end but a real pain to assemble with the seat on! Have fun! Steve
  7. Hi David. Great to have you here! Speaking as a Sentinel man, I am sure we can find some relative merits to discuss! Regarding photo captions, once you have inserted the pics in your post, just click the cursor next to the photo and it will allow you to write the text at that point, just like 'Word'. Looking forward to following the progress. Steve
  8. Nice find! They will come back OK with a bit of persistence. Looking forward to following the story! Steve 🙂
  9. That is a good question. I would guess at not much more than 'nipped up'. These do have a little tension on them but are seized solid and, as the frame is straight and won't carry any significant load, then we shall leave them alone. Steve 🙂
  10. Old Bill

    Karrier WDS

    Now, that is a neat job! Makes my efforts with a Stanley knife look seriously rough! You are making some serious progress with this job. You'll be out on the road in no time. Steve
  11. There are some good lessons there. I had heard that the tyres were wired on but could never fathom how they closed the joint. Thanks Chaps! I haven't been leaving Dad to do everything although it does feel like it some times. Two of the things we need are some new pistons as the originals had been broken by a previous restorer so I have made up the pattern for them. It started off as usual with a pile of MDF blanks, glued into a block. Using the press as a convenient clamp. The main plug was just a simple turning job in Father's Colchester. I must treat him to a dust extractor! That was straightforward enough. On to the core box which I built up in the same way. However, this time the block is splitacross the diameter of the hole and then held together with long wood screws. before boring. The profile was machined inside using the dials to get the position and depth right. Very easy to make a mess of! Both blanks were then taken home and I set about making a strong point to allow the piston plug to be drawn from the sand. it is just a tapped boss silver soldered to a plate which is then screwed to the top of the plug. The core box split quite nicely and I fitted the screw holes with some alignment pegs before making the gudgeon pin bosses. These were fitted along with a rib across the crown and some bosses to take the gudgeon pin locking screws. Filler all round, dressed back with the dremel. A messy unsatisfying job as I can never get really nice smooth fillets. I must try to get hold of some pattern makers wax. I have never used it but understand that it can be smoothed with one's finger which must be an easier process. First coat of paint and a bit of remedial filler where I hadn't done it very well. A second coat of Bondaprime, polished back with wire wool and we are ready for a trip to the foundry! Hopefully, there won't be quite so many patterns with this lorry! Steve
  12. Old Bill

    Karrier WDS

    What a nice find. Filing them out would have been a bit of a chore! Steve
  13. Old Bill

    Karrier WDS

    This photo is on the wall in our production office at work so I had to scrounge a copy! 99% sure it is a Karrier. Steve
  14. Gorgeous! Too nice to paint! Steve :)
  15. Thank you gentlemen. There is always something to be learned! Once the Peerless wheels are cleaned up, they will probably simply be painted. The wood is too old and has soaked up too much 'other' for the linseed to do much good at this stage. An interesting topic! Steve
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