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  1. Made up some brackets tonight to get a buzz for finishing the back end, this fits in perfectly.

     

    Now to work out correct half shaft lengths and modify said items and half shaft tubes need bringing back to correct width to suit my chain centres.

     

    There is only four more holes in the rear of the chassis left, these are for the silencer.

     

    Dan

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  2. 4 hours ago, Ex-boy said:

    Great work as always Dan. It would be marvellous if you can finish this year, but we all know things don’t always go as we wish. The main thing is, you are doing it to the best standard and keeping your audience amazed.

    Happy new year and best of luck.

    Steve.

    Thankyou, I am sure hoping to push on with it, been too long and I now have all the key parts to press on.

     

     


  3. Happy new year, progress so far.

     

    Rear has been stripped down, rubbed back and repainted, also had to do an amount of woodwork to get things to my standard.

     

    Once the rear is finished, will move to the front of the truck including making a new cab and parts for engine.

     

    Let's see if I can finish this project this year all going well and funds permitting.

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  4. Made up the second side lamp bracket and lengthened the other one as it didn't look right.

     

    Will need to figure out front lamp brackets next, but need to find out the mounting bracket centres on the large king of the road self generating lamps , i think a 10"lense

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  5. Hello all, things are stirring within the doors of my workshop???

     

    Gearbox crossmember had to be moved forwards about 6" due to being in wrong place for the gearbox to sit at the needed height and position.

    Regards Dan

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  6. Hello all.

     

    After many things going wrong and moving our workshop to new premises twice I am pleased to say we have now found a decent workshop.

     

    Nearlly twice the size of any other we have rented before, this means the Halley is now in the machine shop and will make working on her so much easier.

     

    I have also purchased an Albion A10 gearbox to fit into my chassis, it does need modifications to suit as my chassis and wheels are narrower than that of the A10.

     

    I am hoping to start pushing on this project again as danger is, if I leave her for much longer I can't see me having the want to complete it with having new work commitments and overseas work that I have started getting into.

     

    The past three years have been a bit bumpy, but really hoping things are now on the up.

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  7. Success, we have just towed the Halley about four miles about the place trying different road conditions, curves speed ect.

     

    The steering is perfect, everything works first class, had the Halley up to 26mph and felt very stable and could be steered with one hand easily, even done some full lock manovers with no dragging of outside wheel.

     

    This is a large step in this truck as it proves all my hard work so far and sets the foundation firm for building the rest on,  maybe Brexit should take some notes from WW1 truck builders!

     

    Next job is to finish working out and machine adaptors for the gearbox to pair to the chassis, then try and sort out the cab and finish rear body including hoopsticks.

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  8. It is also with very deep sadness to find out that Jim passed away recently.

    Jim is the guy who supplied so much info towards my truck, including documents and information that without this info the project and progress so far would not have been possible to achieve the level of correct details that it is at.

     

    My deepest condolences to Jim's family, such a shame Jim never got to see the Halley in the flesh, also I never got chance to meet him in person.

     

    RIP Jim, your help and advise on this project are immeasurable.


  9. Hello All, well after along wait, I have finally finished the keyways on the steering box and drop arm, I am hoping to trial run the steering for the first time tomorrow if the weather keeps off.

     

    Going to pull it about for a few miles on a strap to see how the steering feels and responds to the road ect, and then if any issues, then make notes of them and once im resettled with stuff, I will have machinery to start moving forward with this project.


  10. Hi all, thankyou for the responses to my previous question, I still have not been able to progress with the con rods, things been a lil crazy here plus the fact the truck is 15 miles from any machinery or workshop, I am hoping this will change in the near future with yet another move of our works.

     

    I have been playing with pain colours and so on, but, am needing to do some modifications to the cab as a things need changing and altering to achieve the correct look and appearances that I am wanting from it to get best results from the basic shell. 

     

    Regards Dan

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  11. On 15/12/2017 at 5:21 PM, smiffy said:

    My early Jowett car is fitted with a similar oil level gauge . The wire from the float exits the crankcase via a piece of 3/8 bore steel tube which has a cap at the end . When the cap is removed and if the oil level is correct  the float pushes the wire about 1.5 inches out of the end of the tube . I will have a look to see what details I have of the float.  Mike

    Thankyou, if you do have details that would help me on this, even ideas on the float.

     

     


  12. Hi all, just some bits I been doing, mostly replacing studs and cleaning up cam followers, I have also dry fitted the camshaft, but this still needs some machining done to it to repair some damage.

    The valve faces in the cylinders have just been remachined and valves ground to match them.

    So will start to look into con rods next and patterns for water fittings.

    Will also start needing to look into the flywheel assembly.

     

    Also, can anyone help with info on the bottom picture, this is the remains of the oil gauge, but as you can see, it is missing the float and pointer.

    If anyone has any info on this, would appreciate details.

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  13. Finally got the bulkhead top sorted out and dry fitted, starting to really look good now.

     

    Also decided to use Tommo's colour of khaki, it looks about right on this, now to get the rest  stripped and painted, including stripping body off to finish and make steel brackets for reinforcevent. 

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  14. On 19/11/2017 at 6:30 PM, BenHawkins said:

    Hi Dan,

    The Dennis two ton flywheel is 16" od, so it would probably work for your purpose. I don't know how similar the Halley flywheel/clutch is to the Dennis but I am sure we can arrange another casting if required. The flywheel & clutch has worked out to be one of the most expensive parts of this build; including lining and all materials it has probably worked out around 800 pounds. It looks like you may be able to machine the flywheel yourself so that might save you 200 pounds.

     

    Hi Ben, sorry for not replying sooner, I think that would do perfect as the 18"od was the largest od I could get into the gap, so this is probablyabout right.

    I am definitely interested in  a set, i just have to raise up money for it.


  15. Hi all, sorry I haven't replyed to each post singularly, and thankyou all who have replyed.

     

    I have done some more to the truck but progress is slow, the steering box is now only needing the key ways machining and setting up drag arm, then that is another part finished.

     

    I have also been doing some more bits on the engine, and have been kindly allowed to borrow an engine frame to be able to rotate it to work on the con rod development.

     

    I have also managed to sort out the final part for the bulk head, so now it really is looking more or less what it  should.

     

    I will soon be looking into the hoop sticks as they hold the head board in position, I am thinking on just rolling the rad on them rather than welding rad sections into the sides.

     

    Also, I will be looking into trying to make or get made a bonnet for it as that completes the look of the truck, everything else is hidden underneath.

      

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  16. Hello all, so been starting to look more into engine and started to make parts to replace original parts and missing bits, plus also so other details for engine.

     

    Have also started to strip down , inspect and clean gearbox.

     

    One of my next jobs is to make a frame to hold the engine to allow me fit parts above and below.

     

    I am hoping to fit the crank and cylinders so I can make a wood con rod, to check tolerances and final details before I make the pattern.

     

    I have also machined the replacement water jacket covers for the cylinder tops and made up the bolts to hold it, so next pattern then is the water pipe to the header tank and side fittings to water pump.

     

    Also, over the weekend I managed to borrow a masdive milling machine to skim the sump casting as it was twisted from having a crack welded up, so that is nearlly finished.

     

     

    Also after a long time, the steering box is finished and fitted, everything works when the wheel is turned, so now a few small jobs to finish on that system.

     

    I am hoping to have engine somewhere near running for end of January latest, whilst working on other parts to keep progress going else where.

     

    Updates coming soon, peace and love (\,,/)

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