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  1. Thornycroft pressure gauge on ebay at the moment, Tomo. Not sure if you need one, but here it is... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224423079990?ul_noapp=true
  2. A fine selection of beers on the shelf there, Toby. I assume that once a moderate thirst has been built up, the evening is given up (as it should in every shed) to noisy revelry. I conjecture the bottle of Yellow-Tail at the end is reserved for its corrosive properties, paint stripping and the like. Keep up the good work. It is an inspiration for the Kent Branch of the scrap bus and lorry works.
  3. That looks magnificent, Tomo. You must be very pleased.
  4. You are quite correct RadioMike on both points. The chain drive gearbox was designed to appease the Met Police (pre Traffic Commissioner) in respect of noise levels. I believe reverse was achieved as you describe. Thackeray describes it thus: The first and second gear chain wheels were free to rotate on the mainshaft, gear engagement being achieved by sliding dogs. A pair of spur gears provided the necessary change in rotation for reverse gear. He also quotes contemporary correspondence and a paper by A S Hill on "Chains for Power Transmission" Brian Thackeray's book is an excellen
  5. I would not normally post ebay finds on here, but this one struck me as interesting. It was brought to my attention by a friend. Mrs Scrunt&Farthing saw me looking at it on ebay and has gone to bed shaking her head and muttering something about a new kitchen... She clearly did not recognise it as a K-Type or she would have remarked on the type enjoying a chain-drive gear-box. Perhaps she noticed it was missing its gearbox and thus chose not to mention it. Such wisdom. I know there are a couple of committed bus-botherers on here (and some gents nearing the end of projects, with
  6. It does seem to me that all of these modern phenomenon's that so vex my driving life have one principle thing in common. In almost every case the offending vehicle has a knob behind the steering wheel that thinks their right to the road is more important than mine; that stopping distances do not apply to them; that the outside lane is exclusively for their enjoyment and that their stupid fairy-light indicators will in some way impress me to believe that they are richer, cleverer and more important than me. [and whilst I am at it, personal number plates that cleverly spell the word "BOSS"].
  7. Does a worm drive prevent you from "bump starting", due to the irreversibility (or inability to back drive) of a worm drive?
  8. I think the problem you describe is not one the driver of the vehicle (so fitted) experiences, rather it is traffic in the other direction. LED lighting in my humble opinion can be a menace on the narrow lanes around here. The intensity is just "blinding" to oncoming traffic. A chum of mine has a new car with LED lights and he tells me that at night he is either repeatedly flashed or other drivers switch to full-beam... I guess as some form of retaliation. I have to say I am not surprised. Dave
  9. They look good... and a nice old-fashioned repair, too. Dave
  10. Indeed, Rob. My good friend "Radiator Roy" once told me that when faced with the situation one Sunday afternoon of only Master Brew in the larder or a bottle of Fernox Central Heating de-scaler in the van, he felt it best to take his chances with the Fernox. It's advice I have heeded ever since and as a consequence I am free of Limescale and operating at full efficiency.
  11. This is a really good thread, the level of effort and workmanship are great. Whilst I am drinking my way through lockdown and winter you are cracking on and doing some really good work. I think many of us could learn a lesson here. Keep up the good work (particularly the tin-work). Dave
  12. Nice to see pictures of it, Toby. What a cracker, it looks like you are getting on with it. I think it looks great with that full cab on it. How long is it? I could not estimate it from the photos. Dave (Kent Branch of the Leyland Scrap Bus and Lorry Works)
  13. Yes, but Andy you have excelled yourself this week. Whilst the the absence of crane pictures is lamentable, we have had a double-whammy of DSG and portable-brazing-hearth. There can be few more stirring sights to men of our age.
  14. No worries, Rick. I don't think digression does spoil a thread, it adds to it. Keep posting. Dave
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