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what a great thread and we're only at the chassis stage.

fantastic detailed pictures which must encourage many others with their projects.

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Nice to see I am not the only one who likes to do two or three projects at the same time.

Kind regards,

Mark.

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think i have 4 projects in various stages,

 

 

 

  1. the 980 as you see it
  2. 969 which is a driving restoration
  3. 45 ton Fruhauf waiting to start
  4. 1899 fowler road locomotive from the Boer war 3/4 complete.

 

 

so got loads to get on with lol.

 

regards sam

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after noon every one 1531 is progressing very nicely and the project is stating on track so far.

 

front axle going through the stages, generally in very good condition only hub seals, break shoe springs and track rod ball joints needed replacement the brake chambers i am replacing for piece of mind more than any thing else.

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chassis going off to be blasted & painted should see it back in 2-3 weeks.

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picked an embossed radiator up last weekend sadly the truck it come of wont ever run down the road ever again but it is keeping multiple trucks on the road.

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the truck that has donated it's radiator to 1531, the truck pictured has donated it's hercules engine & gear box to another 981 truck which has a cummins fitted. the holmes 45 is going back onto a 969 local to me so lots of positives.

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very lucky to find NOS Bakelite steering wheel, NOS horn button kit and original DT embossed horn button for the truck as well which really made my day when i put all the parts together.

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best regards sam

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evening every one went out today on a bit of a shopping spree, NOS front springs, winch pto box, exhaust manifold, front break chambers, rear spring U bolts & 2 NOS 100% complete rear axles. which have never been out the box since they were packed in the 40's!!

 

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regards sam

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Sam, nice to see the progress is steady. Who's paint do you use ?

 

The Governor.

 

evening Mark the paint is "olive drab BS298 sheen finish" produced by dacrylate, it is a very high quality paint with very good resistance to wet/damp weather.

 

the 980 pictured is painted with the same mix as i am using and the truck is owned by Andy Blackford who supplies me with the paint. the paint job on andy's truck is over 10 years old know and still as good as they day he sprayed it, so i can highly recommend it.

 

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best regards sam

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lots of painting and finally a bit more assembly, Belgium army re built brake actuators fitted and end of next week should see the chassis returned and front axle re fitted.

 

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regards sam

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lots of painting and finally a bit more assembly, Belgium army re built brake actuators fitted and end of next week should see the chassis returned and front axle re fitted. <br>

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regards sam

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Congratulations on your work and this thread Sam. Were either of your old front spring top leaves OK as I could do with one for my 980. Alternatively where did you get your new springs? Also I read elsewhere that you have a replacement cab. Have you still got the old one as I need a pattern to make a new one for mine. Cheers Lee.

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thank you for your positive reply Lee i have PM'd you regarding springs and cab.

 

a good DT friend sourced me some second hand U bolts for the front axle, and got right on this evening making new nuts. being a steam man i use Whitworth but luckily UNC is identical bar thread angle and the u bolt threads cleaned up really nice so are know 3/4" Whitworth in stead of 3/4" UNC.

 

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regards sam

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Sam, pop over to TT, there is some news on your engines history you will be happy to know. Kind regards,

 

The Governor.

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1531 is know green and just waiting for new tubes to come for the front wheels and she will be back up and rolling, still on track to attend the South Cerney show this weekend.

 

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Hi Mike thanks for the pointer shall check it out, regards Sam.

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evening every one 1531 is progressing well and attended it's first show this weekend at the south cerney steam fair just out side Cirencester and naturally there was only one way it was going to travel!!

 

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regards sam

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morning pete

 

i don't know specifics but we used a fine glass for the good area's and were there was pitting we used a very course glass type grit. it cleaned up perfectly but i did spend a lot of time needle gunning the chassis as well.

 

regards sam

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morning pete

 

i don't know specifics but we used a fine glass for the good area's and were there was pitting we used a very course glass type grit. it cleaned up perfectly but i did spend a lot of time needle gunning the chassis as well.

 

regards sam

 

Thanks Sam for the useful information, we have a badly corroded frame in the pipe line that will require similar treatment and yours seemed to come up very clean indeed

 

Pete

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evening every one 1531 is progressing well and attended it's first show this weekend at the south cerney steam fair just out side Cirencester and naturally there was only one way it was going to travel!!<br>

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Looking good Sam well done! I've got my new springs, thanks mate, keep up the good work, cheers Lee.

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NOS rear springs removed from there cosmolin wrapping, cleaned and primed ready for top coat and fitment to the truck. also chassis has had it's final top coat so ounce it has had a week to harden i shall waxoil all the joints.

 

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chassis before and after

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glad you got the springs sorted Lee i tried the 2nd hand route and it didn't work out for me, also my old cab may be available but i shall check with to see if the guy still wants it.

 

regards sam

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Very nice and interesting thread to follow. Also I like the balance steam engine in the background!

 

Marcel

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spent a few evenings after work machining new pinch bolts for the rear spring carriers and getting ready to assemble/fit the rear spring assemblies.

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thank you Marcel the James Simpson rotary beam engine is a very long term project but hopefully will be returned to steam.

 

regards sam

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built up the rear spring units this evening, one more top coat of paint then they are ready to go on to the truck

 

oiled the mating faces on the spring carrier and spring to keep corrosion away in the future.

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both rear spring units are built up from 90% NOS items only the plate under neath the U bolts was usable from what i had.

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more progress today with the fitment of both rear spring units, next stage is sort out torque rods/pins & nuts then can lift the new axles out of their crates.

 

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lots of progress on 1531 the rear winch fare leads are in, a couple of small parts have been cleaned, painted & fitted and in the process of sorting the rear pintle hook out. next couple of jobs include painting the steering box and getting the NOS rear axles out of their crates and fitted to the truck.

 

new torque rod nuts

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front axle air fittings cleaned & fitted

 

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replacement lower torque rods

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some of the various parts being blasted and painted

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more pictures to follow

 

regards sam

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thank you draganm yes i am making my own castle nuts the originals were so heavily corroded you would never undo them.

 

also making any of the special nuts and bolts as you can't buy them of the shelf and trying to find NOS parts is very unlikely, my thinking being a man or women made it in the first place so no reason i can't.

 

regards sam

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