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  1. andypugh

    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    Maybe an experiment with a cheap old bicycle lamp or similar is in order?
  2. andypugh

    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    Ben's Glamorous assistant said, some time ago "chelation by the oligosaccharides" So that's your answer. Now you just need to understand it 🙂
  3. andypugh

    WW1 Peerless lorry restoration

    Not just the Antipodeans, I used this on my Ner-a-Car chassis and other parts with great success. Though I did feel a bit strange buying all the molasses in Tesco.
  4. Does anyone want it? I don't.
  5. andypugh

    RAF Leyland workshop lorry

    Note, also, that the Drummond double-height-bed 5" lathe in this photo is being used with a powered overhead to grind a crank journal. https://s3.amazonaws.com/gwfattachments/monthly_05_2015/post-63666-0-71611300-1430571758_thumb.jpg And the far end of the crank is being supported by a Con-rod held in the drilling vice on the drill press 🙂 That's a Gosling level of machine capacity stretching.
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    RAF Leyland workshop lorry

    Also shows that the motor drives a ring gear on the flywheel of the lathe. So I am rather sure that it is a Drummond lathe. http://www.lathes.co.uk/drummond-geared-flywheel/ Shows what looks like _exactly_ the same lathe, with the leadscrew handwheel and clasp nut on the side of the apron.
  7. andypugh

    RAF Leyland workshop lorry

    Interesting photo here. https://goo.gl/images/eanLNe It looks like the drill press can be swung out to the outside of the body. So perhaps that whole wooden beam rotates?
  8. andypugh

    RAF Leyland workshop lorry

    Interesting photo here. https://goo.gl/images/eanLNe It looks like the drill press can be swung out to the outside of the body. So perhaps that whole wooden beam rotates?
  9. I think I found an example of the same engine in my dad's barn. It's not in great shape (the intake manifold is broken, and rain water has got in). But it does have a magneto. https://photos.app.goo.gl/UcZs82fYBV38M9MRA
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    RAF Leyland workshop lorry

    It does look like a Drummond (full circle tailstock handle) except that the clasp-nut lever is mounted on the side rather than front of the apron. Having a handle on the end of the leadscrew is also slightly unusual for a lathe which also has a carriage traverse handle on the apron.
  11. andypugh

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    It might be worth trying Captain Tolley's Creeping Crack Cure I haven't found anything that says it is petrol resistant, but if it isn't all that will happen is that it washes out again.
  12. andypugh

    RAF Leyland workshop lorry

    I wonder what the lathe is? It is very similar to the Drummond that I had a link to, but is clearly not exactly the same. Both have the large pulley in the base that is characteristic of a lathe with a treadle-power option, and in context that would probably have been worth retaining.
  13. andypugh

    RAF Leyland workshop lorry

    That would fit with my theory of lathe with overhead for driving milling and grinding attachments. Back in the 40s and earlier lathes were used for many things that would now be the role of specialised milling and grinding machines. Just take a look at all these attachments for the Rivett 608 (one of which resides in my living room). http://www.lathes.co.uk/rivettearly608/index.html (scroll past the photos)
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    RAF Leyland workshop lorry

    If you look on lathes.co.uk enough you will find that many electrically powered lathes had overhead lineshafting. The example I gave a link to was an example of that. Here is another photo of the same lathe showing the electric motor. http://www.lathes.co.uk/drummondlargerlathes/img26.jpg
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Maybe a cross between a Leopard Seal and a Tiger Shark?
  16. andypugh

    RAF Leyland workshop lorry

    Any sign that they might have supported overhead lineshafting for a lathe? http://www.lathes.co.uk/drummondlargerlathes/img23.jpg
  17. andypugh

    Magneto servicing

    Yes, there appears to be such a box. It was given to my dad as being from a fire pump. Free to a Good Home, as they say.
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    Magneto servicing

    Hmm... Does it look anything like this: https://photos.app.goo.gl/GpMFXVvH2ZV5B5cX7 (I think that is a barn-find, I found it in my dad's barn)
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    Magneto servicing

    You could try an in-distributor condensor replacement before committing to a rebuild. http://www.brightsparkmagnetos.com/easycap/index.htm Personally I don't like to see magnetos converted to coil ignition. A magneto in good condition provides an excellent spark and they are very reliable.
  20. andypugh

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Something oil-based would work. Maybe a mixture of linseed oil and Whiting. Very age-appropriate. (We call it putty now)
  21. andypugh

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Devcon would be appropriate in Devon.
  22. andypugh

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Interesting coincidence that the modern chase vehicles were Ford, Mercedes, Renault and Dennis.
  23. andypugh

    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    I think that the idea is that a tank full of water is verifiably not full of petrol vapour. You can then arrange the tank to allow you to work in a bubble.
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    Also:
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    WW1 Thornycroft restoration

    I think it is worth pointing out that this isn't just Steve's widely publicised lack of welding skills. A number of professional welders have had a go with WW1-era Dennis crank-cases and sumps and have never been successful.
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