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Doc last won the day on April 27

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

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  1. 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.
  9. 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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    Karrier WDS

    I was in work today, the first time since October. Here's some pictures of the orbital welder used to repair the throttle control tube. The parts to be welded are mounted in this jig: The TIG head is clipped into place in the gap in the jig. Not the tungsten electrode. This needs to be at the correct height relative to the work. The rotational speed and weld parameters are controlled by this box of trickery: Here's an example of a test weld that's been sectioned: Thanks again to Stuart for his time and patience in setting everything up, experimenting to find the optimal weld parameters and executing the perfect repair.
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    Karrier WDS

    As I contemplated my return to the city, my mind turned from the practical to the aesthetic. Some might consider all these items practical but you have to admit brass does look good against the green. This is a Lucas horn; ok for now but will be replaced when a suitable Howes & Burley one turns up. I had to shorten the coach bolts and remove all reference to messrs Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds. Fortunately their branding was confined to the cardboard box for the 6 x 1/2" countersunk screws. In due course the gas generator will sit on the end of the step. Very last job of this extended stay in the East was a dab of primer on the screws and bolts. Doc
  12. Don't forget to re-time the distributor. It should be marked. This is a Simms SR4X
  13. What a find - a real stroke of luck. But if you hadn't looked you wouldn't have found. Maybe you make your own luck?
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    Karrier WDS

    I can confirm that the levers do stay in place and make a reassuring noise as they move over the quadrant. 1st coat green was hard (should be, was drying in my small machine shop which I heat to avoid condensation) so I have refitted these parts. With the ignition lever in the fully retarded position and the cam ring of the magneto similarly placed, I was able to complete the last piece of linkage. This has now been removed for painting. Next job? Well, there's top coat green to apply to these parts of course. I keep looking at the naked rim of the steering wheel and thinking that a covering of wood might afford it some dignity. Before that, perhaps I should wash the bird sh*t off the flywheel. Incidentally, by the sound of things we have robins nesting in the crane shed again this year. Don't get me wrong; I like robins but they are indiscriminate sh*tters!
  15. CPA Radiators at Grantham had square gills available when I took the core for my Fowler motor plough to be soldered up. This would have been somewhere around 2005 - can't believe it's that long. No idea if they still do this or at what price, but might be worth a try. Andy.
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