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  1. For many restoration projects it's the small details that make a big difference; the Leyland workshop certainly falls into this category. David is very fortunate to have an original Austinlite switchboard but this is missing five out of seven fuses. Back in early March I sourced some Tufnol tube to make replacements however this didn't arrive in Bristol until long after I had scarpered. Now things are back to a version of normality that if not normal is becoming scarily familiar, I've found a few spare moments to start fuse making. "A picture speaks a thousand words" they say
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    Karrier WDS

    Work - life balance is still all out of kilter but I'm managing to get a few odd jobs done once again. I ordered some mild steel blanks to make new exhaust flanges. When these arrived Jon volunteered to do the machining. Well, what could I say, other than "thanks". The thin flanges bolt onto the silencer end plates (with the bolt heads on the inside). The shouldered flanges are brazed onto the exhaust pipe. The flange pairs are retained with nuts and spring washers. Somewhere down the line a communication mix-up resulted in the shouldered flanges getting 3/8"bsf threaded holes and
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    Karrier WDS

    I'll be prepared to wager Ben's Grover washers didn't arrive packaged like this:
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    Karrier WDS

    If one day was much the same as another during lock-down in rural East Anglia, it's fair to say not much has changed upon my return to the big city save for my being unable to nip into the workshop to tinker with the Karrier. Basically, if it's a dry day I'm attending to the previous 4 months of neglect in the garden, if it's a wet day my efforts are expended indoors where I wasn't exactly houseproud before I left. Here's the first of an occasional series of posts filling in some of the gaps that didn't make it at the time, in this case May 2020. The Tylor engine fitted to the Karrie
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    Karrier WDS

    Rightly or wrongly, after twenty weeks away, I took the decision to return to Bristol. I will have plenty to do taming the wilderness that was once my back garden, but lorry work will be on hold for a while. So I'll share the last few jobs undertaken immediately prior to my departure with occasional posts of things that didn't quite make it to the blog at the time. First up, big thanks to Jon for sending me a box of goodies, including a ferrule to repair the exhaust pipe. Using a Jubilee clip as a guide, I first cut the rotten end off then drove in the ferrule until the shoulder came up
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    Karrier WDS

    Thread is 1/2" Whit. 1"AF. Thanks, Andy
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    Karrier WDS

    Seems I might have to take a trip to Huddersfield and do some exploring when things are back to normal. Thanks for sharing the photograph and map locations. Shed roof repairs have taken up a lot of time this week, however I've still managed to get a few jobs done. As I sit down with a cuppa, I'll share some of these. Earlier in the week I spoke to an ever-so-helpful lady at Hayley Bearings about vee belts. She informed me that B51 was a 17 mm wide belt, 51 inches long. Yes they had some in stock, but only endless belts, not link belt. I had read that the Karrier was originally fitted
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    Karrier WDS

    It seems that the government are encouraging us to spend our way out of the covid - induced financial crisis; I am doing my bit... sheltered safe from harm behind my computer screen! Mask free. These beauties arrived in the post today: (All of these images are in the same orientation on my computer. Any suggestions how / why this blog editor rotates them gratefully received) And alongside the motley selection they are to replace: Don't they look nice!
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    Karrier WDS

    Another week behind us; time for a quick update. We enjoyed the company of visitors this weekend. Most welcome as we emerge from these strange times. Actually shook hands prior to their departure which was my first physical contact with a fellow human being since before lock-down. That said, I did wash my hands with soap and water afterwards, at my earliest convenience. So there have been a few tidying up jobs done this week. Advance and retard linkage and throttle linkage, prepped and painted, ready to go back on. The short link with the brass ends is not original, but did yield two
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    Karrier WDS

    That's worth knowing. Thank you. It's not on the critical path; I can wait on this occasion. Andy
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    Karrier WDS

    Dave, That's very kind of you. I'll have a measure up later and PM you the dimensions. Thanks, Andy.
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    Karrier WDS

    Last night, when I came to write the latest update, I realised I didn't have all the photographs I needed. So I just popped out into the workshop to remedy the situation. (I may be working from home, but I'm still entitled to a tea-break.) This week has seen the various nuts and bolts work their way up to gloss. Also I have freshened up the cylinder blocks. Finally, have re-fitted some of the shiny bits... Fuel filter. As received, the stop-tap had rusted off to a point projecting just beyond the gland nut. I took this to work and drilled out the remains, re-cut the inte
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    Karrier WDS

    OK, if you felt a little cheated by the last post, this one has more substance to it. General topic: getting stuff off the floor and back on the lorry. I needed a small quantity of 5/16" BSF single chamfer nuts. There's a bag of them on the kitchen table in Bristol, but they're not much use to me there. Strangely, in my haste to get back before the lock-down all those weeks ago, they were not top of my list. I don't currently have access to a lathe either. I remembered that I had a quantity of BS 190 1/4" Whitworth nuts, so set about drilling and re-tapping them 5/16" BSF. Nut
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    Karrier WDS

    The nice man from UPS just delivered a parcel: 3/8"BSF bar-turned nuts and bolts, from Trojan Special Fasteners. Only ordered on Monday; can't fault that! So hope to be able to bolt a few more bits back on over the weekend.
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    Karrier WDS

    Just popped in the house to study Karrier front mudguard brackets and the heavens have opened. No choir of angels, rather, it is pouring with rain here. So while I'm sat down, I'll give an update on the week's progress. I have the original foot-board brackets, though one is a little tender. So I cut out the offending material with the angle grinder and a slitting disk. Next I fashioned a piece of scrap copper busbar to fit inside before cutting a patch of replacement metal. Thanks to my brother Gerald for the welding. A bit of fettling with the grinder and it was ready f
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    Karrier WDS

    Made from an offcut of steel salvaged from under the guillotine. You may well joke about pre-rusting, but... The bulkhead is braced by two vertical strips of 3/8" x 2 1/2" steel. The originals had been discarded in favour of new metal in the late 1970's. When I dismantled this some weeks ago I discovered unpainted and nicely rusted metal on the mating faces. I have turned these round so the pitting shows on the exterior faces; looks a whole lot better!
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    Karrier WDS

    Have taken the first two days of my annual leave entitlement. To be fair they were not unlike my recent work days save for not actually having to do any paid work. A couple of small jobs now ticked off the list: 1) Front bonnet support. This was lined with felt. I have a sample of the original material in a bag, somewhere. I had some off-cuts of 3 mm felt from a work job, which was ideal. This was cut into strips, or to the arch profile, holes punched and riveted into position with nickel-plated bifurcated copper rivets. 2) Valve ch
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    Karrier WDS

    Sunday evening at the end of week 13 of lock-down (can you believe?!) and time for another update. It was time for the front wheels to come off the stand and be reunited with their respective stub axles. First the off-side wheel, which had to come up over the top, before being stood out of the way. Next the near-side wheel was lifted off the stand and manoeuvred to a convenient location. Off-side wheel was re-fitted first; I was offering the wheel up to the stub axle while David raised or lowered the front of the chassis with the chain blocks.
  19. Ben, Pleased to see you've bought the Coventry Simplex generating set. I was under bidder on it at the Crawford reduction sale last year. Part of me wishes I had persevered, but you can't have everything. Good to know it's gone to a good home. Andy
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    Karrier WDS

    Ed, Many thanks for taking the time to photograph the torque tube details and post them. Brass plate indeed references Spurrier's patent, as I suspected. Any chance you might do a bit of brass rubbing. It would be great to be able to get a replica made for mine. Regards Andy
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    Karrier WDS

    I'm now enjoying a well deserved sit down, so, not content to be completely idle, will take the time to post a short update. Front wheels have been painted up to top-coat green and now need to wait for the paint to harden before I can consider lifting them. There was a dawning realisation that if I wanted to refit the front axle then the hooks needed to come off and be cleaned up and painted. So these have been playing catch-up alongside the spring hanger links, king pin covers and hubcaps. Sorry, not the best picture.... Meanwhile, the spring hanging link
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    Karrier WDS

    It's that time again. This week's progress has largely been about cleaning and painting front axle parts. Don't be fooled by the bright sunshine in the first few pictures - these were taken last week but somehow didn't make it into the post. Near side hub-cap removed. End of near side stub axle exposed, also eccentric oil groove cut in the end of the hardened steel knave. Stub axle with flat for grease distribution, also thrust bearing. Note the absence of felt oil seals, compared to the Leyland for example. Near side front wheel ready for paraf
  23. Good to hear that daughters are getting involved in engineering. Reminded me of the EDF Energy "Pretty Curious" campaign a few years ago now. There's some short videos on YouTube encouraging girls to get interested in STEM subjects.
  24. Hi, Steve. Thunderbolt and lightning (very very frightening) here, so spending a few moments indoors. Might your mystery engine be a Georges Richard. I have some more photographs somewhere, but can't lay my hands on them just now. In the meantime, this will have to suffice. It's something I found online a while ago when I was looking for engines suitable for the 1906 Barford and Perkins C/C2 roller. Not identical, but the shape of the timing case caught my eye. So far as the spare tappet covers are concerned: might these hide cams for the trip gear of a low-tension ignition system? It is
  25. Hi, Dan, Have been following your project on and off for a while now. Anyhow, I stumbled across this photograph earlier today and thought you might appreciate it. Regards Andy
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