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Doc last won the day on April 27

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    Bristol and Suffolk
  • Interests
    Pre-1920 tractors, motor rollers, lorries.
  • Occupation
    Chemical Engineer

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  1. Looks like a Dean Smith and Grace lurking under the bright yellow guard ?
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    Karrier WDS

    Nipples. Now that got your attention. I turned my attention to the radiator overflow which had been blanked off with a rubber disk backed up by a steel washer. So a new 1/2" solder nipple was required. This and the petrol fittings are all the same size so I planned to make 5. Then David spotted that they are the same size on the Leyland (water heating on intake manifold) and on the Ransomes Wizard stationary engines that are being restored. So five became thirteen. And one more for luck. Now I need to find an off cut of brass to make two more nuts. 1/2" diameter steel arrived while I was in the city; I've been waiting for that to complete the radiator stay. Trial fitting After its turn in the paint shop. Sorry, not the best picture.
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    Karrier WDS

    I don't have photos to hand, but the Leyland tank is also very similar. Only significant difference: the Leyland tank is mounting on wooden saddles that form part of the seat box whereas the Karrier and Dennis have the tank mounted on cast brackets bolted directly to the chassis. Andy
  4. Hi there. Here's a picture of the 2 - cylinder Albion engine in my 1915 Barford and Perkins motor roller. (Taken in 2016) The copper - (non) asbestos gasket rings sealing the valve caps and the spark plug flanges (where low tension igniters were once fitted) were made by E Dobson & Co., Keighley. Valve springs were from Flexo Springs at Kingswood. Doc.
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    Karrier WDS

    My brief to Suffolk is now at an end but not before refitting the petrol tank. I'm still in two minds about the orientation. This is the position it was in when I received the lorry but period images show it mounted differently. It will just squeeze on this way round but the tank is only partly seated on the near side saddle with the strap hard up on the seam. Perhaps this reproduction tank is a little short or maybe in civilian use the tank was mounted differently. One of the last jobs was to sand off and topcoat the front mudguards. Mercifully it's not flying insect suicide season in our corner of Suffolk.
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    Karrier WDS

    Last summer, inspired by various posts on this forum, I thought that I would have a go at cleaning out the Karrier petrol tank. Molasses were bought from the local country store and diluted down. The wasps were fascinated by the whole affair. After several weeks in the tank, which was periodically rolled from side to side, the festering brew was drained into pails. It's true to say that I was less than impressed with the results. Another forum regular (Mr Pittock) had mentioned having tanks acid washed so I thought I would give that a go. The tank was delivered at the beginning of June (just before I returned to Bristol) and was ready for collection by the middle of July. I had said that I wasn't in any particular hurry for it. Well, what a transformation! So I'm back in Suffolk for a few days and have sealed the inside of the tank with "slosh". My godfathers, that's got expensive! But now the eco warriors are adulterating our petrol with ethanol, you can't be too careful. After it's little adventure the tank was not looking its best, so a bit of a sand and a repaint was required. Meanwhile, at the other end of the paint shop: Leyland bonnet. I didn't know David could move so quickly as when I pointed the camera in his direction. In other news I've refitted the front mudguards and started painting the top surfaces.
  7. Hi Pierre, I've had a chat with my brother. He used Gorilla glue. There were some screws were the timber was thick enough to take them. The joint was cut to give maximum glues surface while retaining as much of the original timber as possible. That and he's far more comfortable working in metal than wood. He commented that the two bolt-holes visible in the picture are for an angle-iron bracket which spans the joint, adding strength. Were this not the case he says he would have cut a notch across the joint. I hope this makes sense. Good luck with your project. Andy (Doc)
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    Karrier WDS

    Tomo, No worries. Does no harm to be cautious. Though in reality there was no "added value" as I bid less than £10 (though would have been prepared to pay more). Steve, Thanks for sharing the pictures of your H&B horn. Details such as the rib behind the rolled edge look identical. Doc
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    Karrier WDS

    Hi. Not posted anything for a while as I've been back in the big city, far away from the Karrier. Sat at my kitchen table, working from home, mask free, there was a knock at the door. Royal Mail delivering this shiny piece of loveliness (courtesy of our favourite online auction site): Hopefully I'll soon be able to return to Suffolk and see about fitting this in place of the Lucas horn. Need a replacement bulb of course but I pursed my lips and gave it a blow; a pleasingly resonant tone was produced. Doc.
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    Karrier WDS

    Glad you liked them. The Karrier was still languishing in the raspberry patch when Mungo Jerry were enjoying their chart success. Tis true, some of the lyrics don't stand up to the scrutiny of this modern age... But I hung the mudguard brackets outside in the sunshine to harden off between coats and the tune popped into my head.
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    Karrier WDS

    In the summertime, when the weather is hot You can stretch right up and touch the sky When the weather's right You got painting, you got painting on your mind... though mainly early morning / late evening when it's not too hot.
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    Karrier WDS

    My company were not so generous. "Use it or lose it" they said. I did not need telling twice!
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    Karrier WDS

    Woolpit Steam was sacrificed at the altar of the new world religion again this year. My apostasy aside, I have gained an extra week of holiday to spend on my own projects. This week's task: mudguard fitting. Having satisfied myself with the positioning, I first marked and drilled the front holes before bolting the mudguard in place. Then, with the aid of my wooden prop, I got the back clamped roughly in position before wiggling and tapping to get the thing to sit right. I marked the position of the rear bracket against the inside of the mudguard before removing them once more to mark out and drill the bolt holes. Nearside was the repeat of the above save for the lack of photographs. The bolts are only temporary; I found some 3/8" x 1" coach bolts in the stores, that have now had the squares filed off, which I plan to use.
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    Karrier WDS

    It's been a beautiful weekend here in Suffolk. Sunshine, blue skies, perfect weather for a steam rally but for the fact they're mostly cancelled. Been in the shed for some of the time, continuing from where I left off a few weeks ago. Here's the base for the gas generator, screwed down to the front of the step. The bottom part of the generator clips into place followed by the basket that contains the calcium carbide. The thimble in the centre appears to have been for water distribution but is quite corroded. all topped off with the water container and gas collector. There's the remains of a rubber gasket between these parts; I'll make a new one when I get a moment. rubber hose fitted to the delivery pipe-work and eyed up before cutting to length all connected and looking fine. I keep looking at the hideous yet authentic mudguard brackets and thinking they would be less of an eyesore if they were covered up. So today I've had a trial fitting of the mudguards. They actually don't look too bad. Once I'm happy with the position I'll be marking and drilling the bolt holes. No hurry; I want to walk past them a while and get used to them before I commit.
  15. Nice lathe. Longer in the bed than mine. I don't have the swarf tray (will have to make one in due course) but do have the floor mounted suds tray. But very fortunate here in that we're already connected to a three phase supply.
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