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Scrunt & Farthing

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  1. 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.
  2. That looks magnificent, Tomo. You must be very pleased.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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"].
  6. Does a worm drive prevent you from "bump starting", due to the irreversibility (or inability to back drive) of a worm drive?
  7. 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
  8. They look good... and a nice old-fashioned repair, too. Dave
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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)
  12. 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.
  13. No worries, Rick. I don't think digression does spoil a thread, it adds to it. Keep posting. Dave
  14. A good point, Andy. And since we have to make new top and bottom tanks it can be incorporated into it. Some good points here. Thanks.
  15. Now that is a neat trick. I had noodled on how to protect the cap, not only from the light fingered but also it winding itself off. An old family friend, Colin Durham, who some may know as the owner of the ex-Jersey MT Guy Arab, always removed the radiator cap and he had sat on his fireplace for years. I spent many evenings as a lad in his front room admiring that. Thanks for the idea.
  16. I do Doug. The vendor sent me a lovely email via ebay, after my purchase, telling me it was a from a Leyland in Ashbourne in Derbyshire. His late grandfather-in-law drove the lorry and kept this as a memento. It has been in the family ever since. I am enormously pleased to buy it, know the history and eventually fit it to my lorry. I did not think i would ever find one. I know I shall have to make a lot of the lorry, copying parts etc. But this is so rare I had pretty much concluded that I would make a simple screw cap.
  17. Regular readers of this thread will recall my grandmother’s indifference to her relative being knocked over and fatally injured by an omnibus. My Grandmother had a great many indifferences, notably my grandfather, foreigners, her neighbours, and anyone who sought to help her. And most particularly cocky children. I was categorised such. On our infrequent visits to my grandmother, we would listen patiently to a list of new enemies, new injustices and petty prejudices. I would while away my time studying her collection of ornaments and wondering how a woman filled with so much bile
  18. If I recall correctly Chatham Dockyard had a travelling crane jump and skew itself across its rails (in yaw) when a sling gave way. The recoil on the sudden loss of load caused the traveller to jump! Foden7536 on here, may recall the circumstances better than I have relayed. Chatham Dockyard crane drivers were not known for their speed, but it is said you could see the drivers trousers glowing with the speed with which he came down the ladder!
  19. It is interesting, Tomo, that your J Type has a throttle pedal as diminutive as my SQ. On mine, the Clutch and Brake pedals are huge. And yet the throttle (or accelerating pedal in Leyland vernacular) is no larger than 2 1/2 by 1 1/4. I don't know, but I guess at the time, the hand throttle was used more. Perhaps more ofay pre WW2 lorry chaps can enlighten us.
  20. I don't believe there was, Mammoth (having just checked Graces Guide). I have had other TT catalogues over the years and I don't recall the imagery on the covers. My later catalogues are plain type (albeit with the same stock!).
  21. A distant family member, whose precise relationship to me I don't recall, was fatally injured in the 1930s by being struck by a Motor Omnibus. It was of no great consequence, as he was, as my Grandmother ruefully described him, "a reader of cheap fiction". Such affectations were of great consequence in those days. There is one thing I am certain about though. I would like to think that the fatal Omnibus carried fittings made or sold by Thomas Tingley, Coach and Motor Body Builders, of Walworth, London. This Thomas Tingley catalogue popped up on ebay last week for four quid. I
  22. Looks very smart. David must be very pleased with it. Dave
  23. Hi Tomo, I have read your post a couple of times. What I think I read is that you need pre-war Whit nuts. If that is right HSS stock them, here: https://www.heritagesteamsupplies.co.uk/pipe-fittings-studs-nuts-bolts/pre-post-war-whitworth-nuts.html If I got it wrong, apologies and I wish you a merry Christmas. S&F (Dave)
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