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  1. Evening everybody, I am so impressed with every aspect of your post Andrew, what you are doing with these 2 vehicles is amazing ! I spend my time rebuilding 100 year old plus engines that you have to sleeve, re-cut, re-bore and weld up and a million other thing's just to keep them alive and you need a chain saw just to take them home ! stunning ! Thank you for posting now and over the next few years ! Andy
  2. Hi Simon, Thanks for sharing your project with us, it is without doubt the most interesting engine restoration on the web. Andy
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    Hi Errol, I recently bought a 1913 Chalmers overhead inlet engine that had sat for 60 years and became stuck, luckily this engine and probably yours had cast iron pistons which is better in stuck terms than alloy, I poured in kerosene in all the bores and was able to apply a constant load on top of the piston with visible water ingress and rust, after a few days I was able to add further load as the piston had stated to move. Due to the overhead inlet it was fairly easy for me but if you can bolt a lever arm to the flywheel and add a load by maybe a jack or ram an
  4. Evenin Steve, The only place I have seen that anti slip strip is on the outer diameter of ERF wheel trims from the 1960's, it is where the driver put his foot when getting into the cab, if you know any classic truck enthusiast's they may have a wheel trim with centre damage that they will let go to a worthy cause. The truck is looking good, nearly there. Andy
  5. Evenin Dan and everybody, I have been in this position on a couple of early engine rebuilds, as long as you don't have any pits in line with a rusted-in ring set for instance, a few pit's cause very few performance and reliability problems and as has already been mentioned these engines run very low compression's and a little more oil around won't hurt, if you have one particularly poor cylinder think about boring that further and getting a piston to the next size but weighing the same, are you able to get a cylinder wall thickness test done for piece of mind ? Keep up the good wo
  6. Hi 8-10 and all, The photo of the engines at Norton in Hales is wonderful, amazing really, I live 4 miles away from the Hinds Head ! Thanks 11th for your interest, you can find a bit more on the Chalmers in it's recent history here, http://forums.aaca.org/topic/213843-1913-36-model-17-in-the-uk/ Andy
  7. Hi Rick and all, Well done for the 100th celebrations, it is a great feeling to have a vehicle that has got to such an amazing milestone, I have also been lucky enough to have a vehicle with this milestone, my 1913 Chalmers car is now regularly sprinted and hillclimbed and is a lot of fun. nothing like the job you have had with the Albion, at the start line of the famous Shelsley Walsh hill at 101, I have a 9 year wait for the 100th birthday of my 1925 Napier Lion engine, More 100th's please. Andy
  8. Hi Ben, Great work as usual, I hope you don't me throwing an idea into mix, because of the extensive corrosion on the casing, drilling and then bolting the new carrier to it may just break the weak alloy, how about making an "upper" carrier and then bolt the 2 new parts together around the casing's with maybe a cushioning material in between ? you are then just gripping the box with very little point loadings. Keep up the excellent workmanship, a very enjoyable read, thank you. Andy
  9. Hi Ben, I have had to replace gears in my 1913 Chalmers car, google these guys, Sovereign Gears Ltd, they looked after me and the gearbox is now like new. Andy
  10. Hi Duncan, You have found a nice engine to work on, I rebuilt a 1914 car type Daimler Knight engine a couple of years ago, very similar to what you have, when you get into it, if you have any questions please get in touch. Andy
  11. Hi Steve, is this youtube clip any use ? Andy
  12. Hi Keith, this is only a guess but the fact the engine has a fan that would be close to a radiator seems to point to a truck engine rather than a tank, also it looks to be to small, any more idea's anyone ? Andy
  13. Hi everybody, I do apologise if this has been mentioned before, today on a visit to the Anson engine museum I found a Daimler sleeve valve engine from a mark IV WW1 tank. It was in an amazing condition, most probably new and unused, it was rumoured to have been taken to the USA during WW1 to be evaluated for manufacture there and it later went to the Ford museum. It came back a couple of years ago and will be restored to running condition to be part of a WW1 display. Andy
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    Hi Cel, you have done some great work there, keep at it, just a small bit of advice from experience restoring old engine's, keep the old spark plugs with the engine but use new plugs in the engine, the old plugs cause more trouble than they are worth. Looking forward to more photo's. Andy Napier Lion 5a 1925 Chalmers speedster 1913 Daimler sleeve valve 1914
  15. Hi John, Very impressed with the Fiat progress, look forward to meeting you on the fly-in weekend, I am bringing my Lion engine down. Andy
  16. Are these relevant to this forum ? maybe useful to somebody. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/traction-engine-wheels-x-2-/151212931010?pt=UK_Trains_Railway_Models&hash=item2334fe37c2 Andy
  17. Evening gentlemen, Excellent progress, really looking good, a quick question for you on the latest build photo's, is there a base gasket ? Andy Napier Lion ground runner
  18. Are these any use to anybody, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cast-Iron-Wheels-Shepherds-Hut-Showmans-Wagon-/290991680762?pt=UK_BOI_FarmingEquipment_RL&hash=item43c074acfa Andy
  19. I am not sure if this is relevant but is this of any use to anybody doing a restoration ?http://www.cheffins.co.uk/lot/-887306-vintage-0
  20. Good evening gentlemen, I would consider fitting a steel plate ring under the bolts and then rivet together or add intermittent "stitch" welds around its OD, just to strengthen the original material and dissipate the load. I would also like to thank you for such an interesting restoration thread. Andy 1925 Napier Lion 1913 Chalmers racer
  21. Evenin gents, what a great piece of engineering to work on, can you tell me how the "roller" looking piece is fitted into the alloy/zinc yoke, I can't see any split or loose shaft, also will you have to get the weight of the new fab the same along with spring tension for the correct governer effect ? Andy 1925 Napier Lion x2 1913 Chalmers
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