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Old Bill last won the day on November 5 2020

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  1. Hi Toby. Very pleased to see you here and making good progress. We seem to have a bit of a Thornycroft corner going! Steve
  2. Thanks for sharing all of this Andy. It is so nice to see the whole story. Not doing anything of our own is driving me mad! Steve 👍
  3. Thanks for your comments Chaps. Slow progress! Al, the man to follow for pattern making is Terry Harper (Tharper on here). His work is stunning and a joy to look at. Everything he does is just beautiful whereas the best that can be said for mine is 'functional'! Steve
  4. Well, it has been a while since I posted anything. This lock-down is a bit of a nuisance but we carry on. I have continued with the radiator bottom tank pattern. Next task was to partially drill a hole through the water outlet flanges. This will give a boss in the sand on which the main central core can sit and leave a hole in the tank. A bit of tidying up with some filler. Time to glue it up! More filler and wax fillets. On to the core boxes. The first was quite simple and produces a cylinder of sand to hollow out the bosses at the ends.
  5. Dad is struggling and he lives next to it. I haven't seen the thing for seven months! Oh well. This forum keeps the interest going. Many thanks to all of our friends! In the mean time, there is just a little more progress. On top of the front springs is a bump-stop spring. Unfortunately, we are one short and need a replacement. It is a cussing awkward thing with a spiral coil at the top and a square one at the bottom, all bent from 7/16" wire. Beyond my capabilities so I contected the Tested Spring Company and they have made up the replacement. I sent them a drawing and the orig
  6. So pleased to see the photos, Andy. It is this level of detail that nobody realises or understands at shows and recording it here is fantastic. I do love to see it! Steve 🙂
  7. Another piece of the jigsaw! Thanks for that Neil. Steve 👍
  8. Thanks Ruxy. Thanks Andy. Steve PS Happy New Year everyone!
  9. Thanks for the link Barry. It is all out there if you know where to look and they look very promising. We haven't decided what we are going to do with our radiator for the time being but this has been a great opportunity to pick everyones brains! Steve 😁
  10. What a brilliant video clip, Richard! If you have the kit, making tubes like that is far faster than threading loose gills onto tubes. I guess there must be a lead-screw on the far side of the machine to set the pitch. More food for thought there! Steve 😀
  11. Thanks for the pics Ruxy. Not quite sure what I am looking at though? Steve.
  12. Aha! You may get an order! I will have to go and source a press..... Steve 😉
  13. Whilst we are on the subject of radiators, I have another challenge for you Andy! Our Los Angeles Peerless radiator has another gill variant in that they are wrapped around the tube in a continuous spiral without being crinkled to bend them around. How was that done? The original core that we acquired has been 'repaired' by cutting out faulty tubes and then filling the gap with a bolt and washer. How do you repair individual tubes? I cannot see how to remove them without destroying the whole core. This core appears to have gills of the pattern you have made A
  14. Nice job Andy. Is that one action or two? Steve
  15. Go on Ben, you make them! That is a very common size so there is a potential market there. I would suggest doing them in a single action would be worth the tooling effort for so many of them. The ones we had done for the Thornycroft didn't have the points turned over though. Good luck with that. I know you like a challenge! Steve
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