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Title: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 06.03. 2019 18:58
I read  'What have you done with your bike/s today?' and I think, I need a 'What have you done instead of working on your bike/s today?'. Anyone else need this?
Title: Re: An idea for a new continuing topic
Post by: berger on 06.03. 2019 19:40
well my input would just be , I went to the pub! *beer* ;) only joking *bash* lots of other stuff needs doing . I have got to get the old car out the garage and have a play with that, and that reminds me roof needs sorting brothers workshop needs building.---- right that's enough before I have a list as long as the river nile *eek*   edited on 23 /7/ 2019 I wish I had left the car in the garage!!
Title: Re: An idea for a new continuing topic
Post by: ChasF on 06.03. 2019 21:12
I still work for a living (roofer) so that’s mainly what I do instead of working on the bike. I’m also busy converting an old van into a camper so we can go off withthe dog - it was either that or a sidecar, but the dog is too daft to sit in the sidecar.

Looking forward to having more time to work on the fleet *smile* but no doubt my kids will be making demands on my time as well so, no doubt, bikes will take a back seat as ever.
Title: Re: An idea for a new continuing topic
Post by: lawnmowerman on 06.03. 2019 21:41
Good idea GB.
All my time is being taken up rebuilding the kitchen from the foundations upwards. I also have a 1937 Wolseley 14/60 sitting in the garage waiting for the cooling and brakes to be sorted and to cap it all, a mate bought round a 76 Suzuki 125 RV which has packed up for me to have a look at.
Good job the weather is still crap so I can't ride the Super Rocket anyway but it is all ready to go when the sun starts shining!
I think the topic should read "What prevented you from working on your bikes today".

Jim
Title: Re: An idea for a new continuing topic
Post by: bsa-bill on 06.03. 2019 22:25
Got a shed build project, replacing an old shed with new. have about half of the framing, started getting levels, a big concrete block at the four corners and two of them in situ so far, the plan is to dig trenches between them, fill them with rubble and a 2 inch or so concrete top ( this to thwart the attention of under shed rats that we've had problems with last year, this year so far not so bad).
need to get the Flash sold so the RGF can transfer from the garage to my bike shed so I can build the framing in the garage.  won't be a quick job as I'm in the process of having a little down under op prior to getting radio therapy for Prostate cancer.
So nothing is quite straight forward with appointments, cancelled / rearranged and discovering the  side effects of the hormone treatment they give you (expect many here know what I mean, think I'm still an A cup)  *conf*, if I answer any mails by taking your heads off it's just one of those things RIGHT, RIGHT
Title: Re: An idea for a new continuing topic
Post by: Greybeard on 06.03. 2019 23:01
I think the topic should read "What prevented you from working on your bikes today".
Good idea Jim. I've changed it.
Title: Re: An idea for a new continuing topic
Post by: Greybeard on 06.03. 2019 23:04
I still work for a living (roofer) so that’s mainly what I do instead of working on the bike. I’m also busy converting an old van into a camper so we can go off withthe dog - it was either that or a sidecar, but the dog is too daft to sit in the sidecar.

Looking forward to having more time to work on the fleet *smile* but no doubt my kids will be making demands on my time as well so, no doubt, bikes will take a back seat as ever.

Don't go thinking that when you retire you'll have all the time in the world to do your own things. DAMHIK!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RoyC on 07.03. 2019 08:36
idleness   *sleepy*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Rex on 07.03. 2019 09:25
Nuffink!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: cyclobutch on 07.03. 2019 09:26
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: mikeb on 07.03. 2019 09:37
they currently work - no need! (for now)
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Black Sheep on 07.03. 2019 10:06
Dosing sheep and painting a big trough - but I did change the spark plugs on the Star Twin and it's only 10:05! Time for a cup of tea. 
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 07.03. 2019 13:08
Yesterday evening and today my wife and I have been shifting 40 concrete slabs across town. Some are for our garden, the rest are for the allotment* that my wife and our daughter-in-law share. My tinny trailer could not carry all the slabs in one go so two trips were required. The slabs were offered on the Freecycle website.

*an allotment is an area of land rented by the council to local people to grow veg. etc.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 07.03. 2019 13:23
Over the past few weeks I've been busy installing a cooker that was given to us. The cooker is quite old, more than ten years old, but it's a range style, dual fuel, 900mm wide cooker, something I've wanted for a long time but could not afford. The cooker is made by Brittania, so a well made thing. As the cooker has electric fan assisted ovens and a gas hob I needed to provide a heavy duty power supply to the cooker site; this meant taking up floorboards in the bedroom above the kitchen to install the cable. I also had to change the consumer unit, (fuse box) in the cupboard under the stairs to allow a dedicated breaker for the cooker supply.
I screwed a home-made dolly to the side of the cooker then tipped it over. This allowed the cooker to be rolled up a plank into the house and then the kitchen.
I've had to reduce the width of a cupboard and the worktop but the cooker is now installed and working OK.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 07.03. 2019 13:29
Next project will be to make a summer house in the garden....

Motorbike, what motorbike?
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 07.03. 2019 13:46
greybeard are you feeding the 5000 or running a restaurant ;)
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 07.03. 2019 13:52
greybeard are you feeding the 5000 or running a restaurant ;)
Our previous cooker never seemed to get the wok as hot as it should. I do most of the cooking, by the way. When the family are all here the two ovens will be very useful.
Title: Re: An idea for a new continuing topic
Post by: Stikkan on 07.03. 2019 13:56
I still work for a living (roofer) so that’s mainly what I do instead of working on the bike. I’m also busy converting an old van into a camper so we can go off withthe dog - it was either that or a sidecar, but the dog is too daft to sit in the sidecar.

Looking forward to having more time to work on the fleet *smile* but no doubt my kids will be making demands on my time as well so, no doubt, bikes will take a back seat as ever.

Don't go thinking that when you retire you'll have all the time in the world to do your own things. DAMHIK!

I wish you were right, been retired almost 6 years now and struggling to get times for my bikes.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: lawnmowerman on 07.03. 2019 14:30
Just been fixing the lights in my tractor shed.
I have four Thorn 5ft double fluorescents and I had to replace one after a year and another one went bang a few weeks back - absolute rubbish! They are the type without starters - HF I think. The replacement starter/ballast units cost almost as much as the whole fitting.
I thought I would try LED tubes and I am very impressed - there is no detectable difference between the two flourescents and the LEDs. The flourescents are 58w and the LEDs are 22w so quite a saving. Not cheap though - £53 for four delivered.
The LED tubes just need 250v AC in one end - the other end is not wired but has the pins to mount the tube. I just needed to disconnect the wiring to the ballast and wire one pair of end caps to the incoming mains connector.
Next job - pull down the kitchen ceiling.

Jim
Title: Re: An idea for a new continuing topic
Post by: Greybeard on 07.03. 2019 14:57
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Don't go thinking that when you retire you'll have all the time in the world to do your own things. DAMHIK!
I wish you were right, been retired almost 6 years now and struggling to get times for my bikes.
That is exactly what I meant.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bikerbob on 07.03. 2019 14:57
Just arrived in the post today an old Craven top box and Craven carrier bought on ebay need a bit of work so  have now stopped working in the greenhouse and will now transfer to the garage to do more important work green house can wait till better weather.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 07.03. 2019 14:59
Just arrived in the post today an old Craven top box and Craven carrier bought on ebay need a bit of work so  have now stopped working in the greenhouse and will now transfer to the garage to do more important work green house can wait till better weather.
Off topic for this thread!!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: worntorn on 07.03. 2019 17:48
My wife.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bsa-bill on 07.03. 2019 17:54
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Don't go thinking that when you retire you'll have all the time in the world to do your own things. DAMHIK!

Oh so true,

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My wife.
 
open to a few interpretation that one  *whistle*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: worntorn on 07.03. 2019 18:53
She's been busy this morning signing me up for a Saturday morning seminar on " Mole control" and a Sunday morning seminar at the same Garden Nursery on " Proper Pruning of Fruit trees"

Both of these are areas I'm weak on but I had to delist from the seminars for now.
Saturday is a regular Old motorcyclists with old motorcycles breakfast get together and Sunday - I might want to polish the BSA.

I have disappointed again!

Glen
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bsa-bill on 07.03. 2019 20:52
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a Saturday morning seminar on " Mole control"

Had two of the little beggars in the garden last year, used two solar ultrasonic do dahs, they do work in as much as they shifted the moles to a different part of the garden, I had to reposition them to get rid of the last mole, caught the first in an original wire type trap, but by god if using them watch your fingers when setting them, hair trigger is the phrase to use
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: kiwipom on 07.03. 2019 23:00
Over the past few weeks I've been busy installing a cooker that was given to us. The cooker is quite old, more than ten years old, but it's a range style, dual fuel, 900mm wide cooker, something I've wanted for a long time but could not afford. The cooker is made by Brittania, so a well made thing. As the cooker has electric fan assisted ovens and a gas hob I needed to provide a heavy duty power supply to the cooker site; this meant taking up floorboards in the bedroom above the kitchen to install the cable. I also had to change the consumer unit, (fuse box) in the cupboard under the stairs to allow a dedicated breaker for the cooker supply.
I screwed a home-made dolly to the side of the cooker then tipped it over. This allowed the cooker to be rolled up a plank into the house and then the kitchen.
I've had to reduce the width of a cupboard and the worktop but the cooker is now installed and working OK.
GB did you get a licenced gas fitter to connect the gas and issue a `safe to use` certificate? 
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: cyclobutch on 08.03. 2019 08:36
... a Saturday morning seminar on " Mole control" ...

There's only one way to get rid of a mole ...
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 08.03. 2019 09:25
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GB did you get a licenced gas fitter to connect the gas and issue a `safe to use` certificate?
Of course  *smile*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: muskrat on 08.03. 2019 10:00
G'day Fellas.
Trying to get a Davy water pump with a Suzuki 160cc 4 stroke motor going. With the help of two mecanics and coil test and carb ultrasonic clean it still wouldn't start, even with "Start ya bastard". The pull start wouldn't spin it fast enough. Mechanic #1 had his Kelpie dog with him so used a longer rope around the spindle about 20 times and tied the other end to the dog's collar. Got a bone out of the fridge and threw it out the door. Motor fired straight up!!!
Cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 08.03. 2019 10:47
G'day Fellas.
Trying to get a Davy water pump with a Suzuki 160cc 4 stroke motor going. With the help of two mecanics and coil test and carb ultrasonic clean it still wouldn't start, even with "Start ya bastard". The pull start wouldn't spin it fast enough. Mechanic #1 had his Kelpie dog with him so used a longer rope around the spindle about 20 times and tied the other end to the dog's collar. Got a bone out of the fridge and threw it out the door. Motor fired straight up!!!
Cheers
Yes, and there was a Drop Bear in the tree above!  ;)
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 08.03. 2019 11:33
 *eek* *eek* *eek* *eek* *eek* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *whistle*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bsa-bill on 08.03. 2019 12:35
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Mechanic #1 had his Kelpie dog with him

Lucky you , he might have owned a Dachshund *roll*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: kiwipom on 08.03. 2019 21:41
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GB did you get a licenced gas fitter to connect the gas and issue a `safe to use` certificate?
Of course  *smile*
well if you did he missed that the height of whole unit needs to go up, cheers 
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 08.03. 2019 22:33
...the height of whole unit needs to go up, cheers
Having trouble reading those pics KWP. Could you change them for larger images, please?
I don't think the cooker legs will extend much further than they are. I might have to pad them. The previous cooker had the same height as the worktops.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Kickaha on 09.03. 2019 01:02
general apathy
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: kiwipom on 09.03. 2019 03:23
...the height of whole unit needs to go up, cheers
Having trouble reading those pics KWP. Could you change them for larger images, please?
I don't think the cooker legs will extend much further than they are. I might have to pad them. The previous cooker had the same height as the worktops.
GB, I think you may need to go to Specsavers , cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Brian on 09.03. 2019 05:57
Havent got any time to work on my bike, too busy riding it.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bikerbob on 09.03. 2019 09:10
Just been able to get back to this site today in reply to my previous cooment, Greybeard I maybe did not explain properly at that time. I had to leave doing anything on the bikes that day because if you are a keen gardener you will know that now is a busy time for greenhouse work so had some urgent work to do in the greenhouse but when those bits arrived I suddenly got bored with the greenhouse and went back to the garage. But now everything has stopped greenhouse and garage because my wife has had to go into hospital for tests so not sure when I will get back to normal.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: lawnmowerman on 09.03. 2019 10:45
...the height of whole unit needs to go up, cheers
Having trouble reading those pics KWP. Could you change them for larger images, please?
I don't think the cooker legs will extend much further than they are. I might have to pad them. The previous cooker had the same height as the worktops.
Hi GB

It may be that the kitchen cabinet legs have been extended to the max, making the worktop too high. It would be a bugger lowering the worktop if you have tiles or splashbacks behind it so the answer may be to turn up some ali cups for the cooker feet to sit in and raise it by an inch. It would look better than blocks under the legs.

Jim
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: cyclobutch on 11.03. 2019 11:46
Mrs B took me for a lovely weekend away. Friday night on Rutland Water and Saturday night in Baslow. All a bit breezy, and in Derbyshire we had snow on the high ground on the Saturday night.

Next weekend I will be accompanying her to a funeral in Norfolk and we will probably stay up there on the Saturday night. So although I should have the T3 g/box and clutch parts back by then it is going to have to wait a little longer before reassembly.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Topdad on 12.03. 2019 16:27
Obviously another rule of physics dictates that the more free time of you have decreases the amount time available to work on our bikes or things we'd like to ! I've taken Mondays and friday afternoon's off from work solely to get more free time for what I want to do ,no bloody chance , so far this yr I've spent 2 hrs in the garage on the bikes, then had to fix the downstairs  toilet , then the Daughters house  flooded,caused by her central heating system 5 weeks in total of help required ( don't really mind that ) and then the  awful shitty weather . jeeez I'm ***** off! *problem* *problem* *problem* be glad to be able to go and get my hands dirty again.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: WozzA on 20.03. 2019 01:27
I have to admit I've been a bit slack working on the bikes of late  *red*
My excuse for the last couple of months has been saving for my daughters wedding last weekend...
Now thats over ... Look out bikes..   *clap*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: cyclobutch on 20.03. 2019 09:51
Still waiting on the clutch pack and LM flywheel arriving for the T3. Meanwhile I'm off for a couple of days with some virally thing. Hoping everything will be back on track and coincide for Saturday, I could really do with at least getting this one back up on its wheels.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: muskrat on 20.03. 2019 10:50
Test riding the rHonda 1100 after rebuild prevented me from looking at the A10 cafe's gearbox. Kick and gear levers seem a little sticky. The dowels in the outer cover look a bit 60 year oldish.
The Rhonda is sweet. 240kph on a short straight. 160 in third, 200 in forth  *smile*. Local cops were on their dinner brake  *razz*
Cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RichardL on 20.03. 2019 10:59
I'm at the end of a long audiovisual design project that resists getting done. After semi-promising delivery of the design package by the end of today, and expecting a work-from-home all-nighter to get it done, my home computer goes into hard failure. Right now I'm just practicing and procastinating how to tell the architect.

Richard L.

Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 20.03. 2019 20:02
I'm at the end of a long audiovisual design project that resists getting done. After semi-promising delivery of the design package by the end of today, and expecting a work-from-home all-nighter to get it done, my home computer goes into hard failure. Right now I'm just practicing and procastinating how to tell the architect.

Richard L.

OMG!  *sad2*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Swarfcut on 20.03. 2019 20:14
Richard.. In the UK it is known as "Throwing a Sickie"....usually reserved for the sort of day when you are unable to face some event at work, or just can't be bothered to show up...S**T Happens, said the bumper sticker., looks to be true.

 My son is an Architect... he says anything that extends the job is welcome......so look on the bright side, just blame your internet provider.

 Regards,

 Swarfy.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: lawnmowerman on 23.03. 2019 18:25
Well I nearly took the Super Rocket out for its first run of the year until I noticed a couple of 40ft birch trees on my driveway leaning over at 45 degrees towards my neighbour's roof due to the recent gales.
Fortunately I have a mate who is a tree surgeon so he climbed an adjacent tree and swung across and stood on the crown of the birches and chainsawed the tops off and reduced the trunks until he could fell them without hitting the house.
At least I will have a decent amount of logs for the fire when I clear up the felled trees tomorrow  *smile*

Jim
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 23.03. 2019 19:29
Today I am staying at my daughters house. My task, while the family were out was to renew the thin polythene sheet that acts as a piston to initiate the syphoning that flushes the toilet. I had to remove the close-coupled cistern from the toilet pan. This meant I had to change the thick sealing washer between cistern and pan. No leaks, so far!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: kiwipom on 23.03. 2019 22:06
Today I am staying at my daughters house. My task, while the family were out was to renew the thin polythene sheet that acts as a piston to initiate the siphoning that flushes the toilet. I had to remove the close-coupled cistern from the toilet pan. This meant I had to change the thick sealing washer between cistern and pan. No leaks, so far!
well you have done the `gas fitting`now the `plumbing` you are definitely multi talented, well done.  The siphon flush is a good one that is why the toilets over there are known as `w.w.p.`(waste water preventors) if the washer fails it dose not continually run, we dont have that in N.Z. if the washer fails we continually waste water until fixed. I know this is totally off topic but as a plumber/gasfitter/heating engineer for 50,years i just had to say something, cheers     
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 23.03. 2019 23:07
Jack of all trades...  *smile*

I have done quite a lot of D. I. Y. over the years and I was employed as a plumber for a short time.

I also do quite a lot of computer programming, (usually in Visual Basic) these days to make simple games for my grand kids.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: ellis on 24.03. 2019 21:36
Thought i would give the car a wax and polish today before i start on the bike to get it ready for its mot on Thursday. I have been on holiday for two months so a bit of catching up to do.   *wink2*

ELLIS
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: muskrat on 25.03. 2019 01:59
Prepped and painted a wall in the l/room. Rearranged the furniture. Still had time between coats to get three of the bikes warmed up. May have a blast around the block later if SWMBO can't find anything else.
Cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 25.03. 2019 09:03
... if SWMBO can't find anything else.
Ah yes, that's the problem isn't it.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: WozzA on 25.03. 2019 22:50
A crook back from gardening..    *angry*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RoyC on 26.03. 2019 13:45
still feeling bone idle. *sleepy*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: cyclobutch on 26.03. 2019 15:39
At bl00dy work.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: dave55 on 26.03. 2019 16:31
Shingles !
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bsa-bill on 26.03. 2019 16:35
well can't think of better reason, they're a very painful thing, all the best with it/them mate
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 30.06. 2019 19:51
I was going to have a blast about on betsy beezer today , but got very involved in getting the brake lights working on the morris eight so when sorted I went out in ernie the car, even though it has been quiet on the roads I still had lots of people trying to push me along.  *rant*. on the plus side I got some interest in a possible sale of ernie so I can use some MORE ££££££s  towards the norbsa build. having said that if I was only a little well off ernie would be a keeper. just like Cadbury's roses these things grow on you ;)
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Triton Thrasher on 30.06. 2019 21:07
Doing 111 miles on a Triton has got me too tired to work on anything.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: ellis on 30.06. 2019 21:35
HI,
Since i got a divorce twenty years ago i do what i want when i want. All this time to play with my bikes,
 and enjoy myself without having a wife to keep nagging me. ( Should have done it 20 years earlier)    *beer*

Happy
ELLIS

Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 01.07. 2019 00:26
ellis sorry to hear your ex spoilt the fun but there are some good ones out there. my girlfriend of now nearly 15 years has the opinion that misters should be in the pub *beer* and never dragged round shops while they visit the same shop 5 times in 3 hours because they can't make a decision. mine also insists betsy beezer comes in the house in winter. she also knows that if i'm not out of the house by 4. 40 pm i'm not going out, and doesn't say a word when I fall through the door at 4.40am.what a woman *respect*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Black Sheep on 01.07. 2019 07:41
Managed to get the hay cut and baled before the weather broke - unlike the baler which expired with a bang on the last row. Wife was driving her Series 1 Land Rover and trailer to pick up the bales to go to the shed.
I suspect fixing the baler will take precedence over fixing bikes. 
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bsa-bill on 01.07. 2019 10:15
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unlike the baler which expired with a bang on the last row

Round or square, if square needles in the wrong bit at the wrong time used to make a fair bang, my bailing days over now and rowing up which I used to enjoy.
Anyway what stopped me riding today - the shed, it's coming along, gonna need the services of my good neighbour for the roof
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: cyclobutch on 02.07. 2019 13:03
I've done my back in ... rising from the throne at the back end of last week.

And I am flying out to Delhi today for work.

And as soon as I get back from that I am flying to the States.

So no motorcycle fiddling or riding for me now until August.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bsa-bill on 02.07. 2019 15:30
must have been some log, never mind Delhi might cure that
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 02.07. 2019 17:59
Today:
I went with Wifey to the eldest granddaughters sports day; the last before she goes up to Middle school. My son came second in the Dads race and got a badge. I tried to make my oggling of the yummie mummies subtle.

When we got home I made us both bacon sandwiches. I am almost addicted to Sweet Chili sauce. Have you tried it?

After lunchion I mended a fence panel. It's not ours but there is no way the owner of the next house is going to do anything about it.

I pressure washed the blocks under the carport that had been christened by Emily the Beeza.

Next, I repaired our soup maker machine. Of course the darned thing is out of guarantee. I made up a new little widget from copper that was previously made of plastic. I felt like a real engineer!!

I get a great deal of pleasure from cheating the throw-away culture by fixing things that most people would chuck out.

I have also put my tools away; this is unusual for me.

I gave Emily a kiss as I passed her in the shed.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: ellis on 02.07. 2019 20:18
Had planed to go for a ride today but that got shelved to buy a new carpet for the sun porch. Anyway fitted the new carpet ( why do they never fit) spent the afternoon doing that so did'nt get the bike out. Dont suppose i should complain too much because thats where the bike lives in the winter. Central heating keeps the bike nice and warm and dry.    *smile*

ELLIS
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: scotty on 02.07. 2019 21:52
I escaped today and took my 6 buddies on a neighbourhood tour
We made it down to the beach
You should have seen our human trying to wrangle us back in
Took him over an hour dressed in his riding gear
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 21.07. 2019 15:49
I have not been to the pub but I shall be bl--dy well going. DISASTER!!!!!! *pull hair out* *problem* I got within half a mile of the show in the morris HATE and going down hill lost the brakes *help*- peddle to the floor . I had to change down from 3rd to 2nd while using the hand brake and that resulted in stripping the diff *bash* I came to a halt just before going through a give way into traffic or through a dry stone wall and down a field *eek* luckily I had fore warned a mate with a land rover  just in case anything went wrong and he towed me back home. neither of us can work out the brake problem yet because there is no visible signs of fluid , if you push your foot hard on the peddle eventually it hits the floor  *eek* this isn't good - looks like another delay on the building a berger project *rant*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bikerbob on 21.07. 2019 17:22
Well berger had that happen more than once when I used to drive old bangers years ago If you can not see any fluid loss I would suspect the seals are gone in the master cylinder, years ago you could buy a set of seals for a few bob but probably now you may have buy a new or second hand master cylinder. Hope you get it fixed wthout too much cost or hassle.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: muskrat on 21.07. 2019 21:32
G'day fellas.
The wife's home after being away at mothers/kids/grankids for FIVE weeks.
Do not disturb sign on door *grins*
Cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: coater87 on 22.07. 2019 02:12
 We had really severe wind storms.

 Trees down all over and most of the roads blocked by them.

 I had to "borrow" gas out of the bike to keep the generator running.

 The house and everything is just fine, but I almost slipped up grumbling about the bike gas- wife could have found out how much I pay for fuel over 89 octane! *eek*

 Lee
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Black Sheep on 22.07. 2019 06:48
Spent hours attempting to interpret the sacred texts (1). Donned my ceremonial robes (2). Made a pilgrimage to the Sept of Baler (3). After many incantations (4) and arcane rituals with the holy objects (5) I finally summoned the almighty power (6) and behold, a miracle! (7).
1. Amazingly confusing New Holland 276 Hayliner manual
2. Oily boiler suit
3. Tractor shed
4. Language!
5. Spanners, hammer, large blunt objects
6. David Brown 995
7. The baler is back in working order.
Apologies to Game of Thrones fans.     
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 22.07. 2019 12:40
biker bob I have thought that about master cylinder but it is a brand new stainless [very expensive!] unit. I am going to get a helper to press on the peddle when ime underneath and see if a flexy pipe is ballooning up - but not today *smile*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 22.07. 2019 13:18
biker bob I have thought that about master cylinder but it is a brand new stainless [very expensive!] unit. I am going to get a helper to press on the peddle when ime underneath and see if a flexy pipe is ballooning up - but not today *smile*
I had a '49 Series 'E' Morris. I also had a couple of early '50's, Split Screen, Minors. One still had the side-valve engine. The master cylinder on those was located in a frame channel under the floor and a right bugger to change as they tend to rust in place. Is the Series E master cylinder in the same place?
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 22.07. 2019 14:04
greybeard the master cylinder is in the same place , I helped the previous owner to fit it. my dad had split screen moggy's  and later moggy's so he could fix his hand clutch mechanism to the steering tube , he couldn't press with his left leg after a bad smash on a rudge in the early fifties in fog
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RDfella on 22.07. 2019 18:20
As I recall, on the minors another hassle was the torsion bar getting in the way of removing the master cyl bolts. Used to have a minor van, but one day the brakes failed as I was turning into a side road. Yanked on the handbrake and broke the cable...... I steered into a field, phoned my recovery man and told him to take it to the dump.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 22.07. 2019 22:53
As I recall, on the minors another hassle was the torsion bar getting in the way of removing the master cyl bolts. Used to have a minor van, but one day the brakes failed as I was turning into a side road. Yanked on the handbrake and broke the cable...... I steered into a field, phoned my recovery man and told him to take it to the dump.
Yes, I'd forgotten about the torsion bar getting in the way. Super idea for front suspension though. So simple!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Topdad on 23.07. 2019 10:47
Back in the early 70's I worked selling "bargain" cars in Liverpool ,one such car that didn't sell was a moggy and I had to take it to the auctions out in the south of the city ,going through the dingle on park lane,  on a steep hill the brakes went ,jeez  it got very interesting , the handbrake lever was almost up to the roof and just got to the auction site  ,parked it up and 10 mins later there was a brake pedal resistance again again.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 23.07. 2019 12:06
Remind me to tell you about the brakes failing on our Series 2 Landy when my wife, who'd recently passed her test was driving.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Black Sheep on 23.07. 2019 14:35
Go on, tell us.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 23.07. 2019 19:09
Are you sitting comfortably?

Then I'll begin.

My wife learnt to drive while we had a veritable Long Wheelbase Series 2 diesel Land Rover. I had been warned by the friend who sold me the vehicle, that, as the handbrake drum is fixed to the back of the gearbox you must not apply the handbrake while the vehicle is moving as it might rip out of the gearbox! I strongly impressed this advice to Janet, my wife.
One day, Janet was driving, alone, down a street on a hill in our town, (Great Malvern)  when the brake pedal hit the floor.  Luckily, the vehicle was not going very fast. She first steered into the kerb to try to stop, but those huge wheels just rolled over it and onto the footpath. Luckily there were no people on the path. As there were vehicles parked a bit further down the street she considered running the Landy into a garden wall. She didn't want to destroy someone's wall so she  gingerly pulled on the handbrake lever which is long with plenty of leverage. The Land rover shuddered to a stop, half in the road and half on the footpath. The handbrake remained attached to the gearbox! The vehicle was left there until I got home from work. I pumped the brake pedal and got it firm enough to drive the 100 yards to home.
A slave cylinder rubber had blown.

As you may imagine, this incident is often quoted by my Wifey!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Black Sheep on 23.07. 2019 20:57
However, riding home from work one day I came across a splash in the road which turned out to be brake fluid, some gouges in the road from a broken prop shaft and a long line of somewhat damaged parked cars and then a Series 3 lwb Land Rover. It all depends on just how fast you are going when you yank on the hand brake.
Fortunately, the only time the foot went to the floor on my old Land Rover was when I was in 2nd gear so managed to stop ok. Oh, the joy of running old vehicles!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RDfella on 23.07. 2019 21:56
And whilst on brake failure, don’t forget to change your brake fluid regularly. Around 1980 was driving my Mk4 Cortina to the club one evening. Was hammering it a bit (I’d fitted a lovely cam & carb) when, on braking to turn up a side road, discovered I had no brakes at all. Applied handbrake and gingerly used the next left turn to get to the club. Around two hours later when I left, brakes were perfect. What had happened was some water was obviously in the brake fluid (isn’t it slightly hygroscopic?) and it had boiled. Steam makes a pretty poor braking fluid. Bled the brakes the following day and they’ve been fine ever since (still have that car).
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Swarfcut on 24.07. 2019 08:56
RD  With you on this, brake fluid change was rarely done, but these days with modern systems it is a must.
  Brake fluid certainly is hygroscopic, very much so. Traditionally it was Glycol (a higher alcohol) based, and we know how alcohol seeks out moisture. I put some used fluid into a pile of sawdust, ready to burn on our woodstove. Overnight it absorbed atmospheric moisture and in the morning was literally a mushy mess from which water could be squeezed. Silicone fluids are endorsed by some, as a better alternative, but condemned by purveyors of traditional brake fluids.

     I thought brake fluid changed colour, darkening to an nice orange brown with natural ageing. How naive? It is moisture in the fluid, the resulting rust causing the colour change as the cast master cylinder, slave cylinders and steel brake pipes degrade. Years ago I never routinely changed the fluid. and just waited for the supposedly inevitable failures.. The pipes rusted,  slave cylinders seized and master cylinders got pitted bores. Replacement of the parts was relatively cheap and easy, and that was when the fluid got changed. Not so today. ABS units  are expensive, so having a professional fluid change on a regular basis is cheap insurance against major expense.  How many of us have struggled with a broken bleed nipple, making a simple job into a major inconvenience. In cost cutting development they seem smaller and weaker than they used to be.  Even changing brake pipes is no longer the straightforward job of a previous age, looks as if in modern manufacture the brake pipes go onto the bodyshell first so a simple pipe change requires major dismantling of other components.

 GB  We used to run a Landrover 90. The parking brake on the transmission made the whole thing creak and groan so from experience was only applied when stationary. The construction  and use rules used to  say the handbrake should be capable of stopping the vehicle in an emergency. In Landrover parlance, it does that, generally by exploding major parts of the transmission and chassis. I heard the folklore and was a bit scared to pull on that handbrake lever at any speed!

 Swarfy.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RDfella on 24.07. 2019 11:25
Those gearbox mounted brakes were indeed only a parking brake. And not much use at that as, by locking the propshaft, they only worked on one wheel - the one with the least grip of course. They were also used on Bedford lorries, including coaches. One day our local testing station did an emergency stop with one and duly wrecked the transmission. Must have cost then a few quid. In my view, using those brakes at speed would be OK, provided they were applied gently and not just snatched on. It's the shock load that'll rip things apart.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 24.07. 2019 12:47
its the shock load that'll rip things apart, don't I know it- always have from being a child on the old trolley's - carts etc, I knew the old car wouldn't like 2nd gear but panic set in and needs must. this afternoon I will be having a butchers at things to try and find out the brake failure. its only two summers ago me and the then owner spent two days bleeding and adjusting the brakes, I hope to find an answer . I will be reporting back . in the meantime I have jumped in and bought another axle off evil bay. again needs must , I bet these things are rocking horse poo *dunno*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Topdad on 24.07. 2019 16:04
yet another Landie handbrake story !  1969 we're going to paignton sth devon in my recently acquired ex army swb  Landie set off late  and were going up telegraph hill by about 6am next day, when half way up a Police bike pulled me over ,on with the h/brake and no problem ,mr plod begins by saying he doesn't think the Landie is roadworthy ( cos plod in those days knew about cars ??? ) He crawls under it over it ,checks tyres,looks at the engine  and then wanders back to the drivers door leans in without a by your leave and drops the handbrake ,steep hill so said Landie sets off at a hell of a rate, Mr Plod panics and wrench's the handbrake on ,with a bang the Landie stops instantly and  just as instantly my future Father and mother in law who had been asleep in the back shot out the back door that gave way . Bert yelled at the Plod who looked suitably chastened and spluttered an apology added the Hand brake was "spot on "  and wished us a pleasant stay in Devon.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RDfella on 24.07. 2019 16:13
Berger - best of luck with he car. IMO it's either water in the fluid (unlikely if it had a good bleed 2 yrs ago) or a faulty seal in the master cylinder. Just because it's new or nearly new, doesnt mean much these days I'm afraid. New clutch master cylinder on my Jag around three years ago. Couple of months ago went to the range with it - fine. Went to leave and the clutch would only disengage for  1 - 2 seconds before taking up drive. Fluid was bypassing master cylinder seal. Made for an interesting drive home.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 24.07. 2019 20:22
RD fella you may be correct , I got a mate to press the peddle while I was underneath , no hose problems and no spillage. it took about 30 seconds before he felt the peddle start to give- then it bottomed. I have made a bit of progress today even though it took a while to separate the exhaust tail pipe, this was only fitted 2 years ago but as we know corrosion makes quick work of welding things together. I cut a decent piece of T I MB e RR and spread it across the car and used two pieces of plate to stop the stands digging in DIGGIT *bright idea* common sense really ---- but as my girlfriend says---" how do you get common sense?
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RDfella on 24.07. 2019 21:04
Rule of thumb - if it's not losing fluid from the reservoir, then it's bypassing the master cylinder seal.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: duTch on 24.07. 2019 22:48
 Maybe yours doesn't have a vacuum booster....? .....Last year I accidentally bought a '02 Twin cab Hilux Fourby from my mechanic buddy- he said if I get the brakes working he can do a RWC and I could have it for $1500...They failed on the way to the tip, so he replaced the rotors/calipers, drums/shoes Master cylinder and the proportioning valve, but no glory (He hadn't done the wheel cylinders, but I pulled them out and checked them to be fine, so back in)...
  After a lot of re-bleeding I decided to look at the booster servo and found a split rubber so went for 2nd hand from wrecker- (first one had a split rubber so gave me another)......stuck it in and *Hey Presto*- pedal stayed up and stoppies allround    *beer*   *bright idea*
 
 edit;  *woo*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 24.07. 2019 23:06
duTch, I guess you mean a vacuum operated brake servo. Bergers car does not  have servo brakes.

This the same model that Berger has. https://images.app.goo.gl/svFt3hMtBZqajEATA
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 25.07. 2019 00:25
haha greybeard it nearly had the plywood floor pulled up and girlfriends feet on the ground , just like way back with the old cart episodes *eek*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: duTch on 25.07. 2019 06:16

 
 
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duTch, I guess you mean a vacuum operated brake servo. Bergers car does not  have servo brakes.........

yes I addressed that to start with, but having a fancy U-beaut Stainless steel Master cylinder, it may have also have a retro booster boost to boot...

 bergs- is girlfriend name Betty?
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 26.07. 2019 13:38
I am going to the pub *beer* in the picture is where the inner arch has been cut in the past probably to try and get the axle out without dropping the springs etc and the nasty taper damper rod thingymajig . I need more room to swing the cat *whistle*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: muskrat on 29.07. 2019 10:01
G'day fellas.
The "do not disturb" sign is out again. The DVD of this years Isle of Man and another DVD of on bike laps arrived. That's about 13 hours of viewing. Bugga, only 12 hours till I have to go to work. Might be late.
Cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 02.08. 2019 21:16
I have not been to the pub and its friday *eek* today I found out the differential on the morris hate had been run without much oil according to the colour of the internal castings and much oil and muck debri under the car. the good news is the axle that came from Liverpool has a good diff but not much else any good. [ axle is so rusty I took one look and nearly cried thinking I would never get any nuts off but much patience and the odd swear word helped] when I tried to undo the nuts on my diff of course one of them just kept turning so I gave it some *work* when diff was out I noticed all the fixings on these diffs are 3/8  bsf set screws relying on spring washers holding them in the axle and the threads were bad so maybe a touch of weld on the rebuild. I need new hub bearings and oil seals and it will be a slow job before the wheels are back on. I have never had to do this job before in all my life and I don't want to do one again.  *whistle* EDEEET  whoopsadaisy telling porkies 5/16ths BSF set screws
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 02.08. 2019 21:19
I must sort my new gift of an upgrade phone out this old one doesn't show a good enough picture  this is the drive pinion I rested on the ring gear for the photo. the pinion is shot and the ring gear tells its own story
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RDfella on 03.08. 2019 09:53
What a mess - that crownwheel is certainly mangled. Never seen one that bad. Must have been churning a few lumps of metal to do that.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 03.08. 2019 10:51
RD fella it was moaning a bit before the brakes failed and changing down broke its back. [ read previous posts] the photos don't really show up how hot it had been in its history. I had drained the old oil and put new in but the underneath of the car shows it must have thrown its oil out years ago and the damage had started , maybe someone stopped it throwing it out again but too late. all I can say is its a good job these old cars have hand breaks that WILL stop you in an emergency not like todays cars where it is called a PARKING break
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 03.08. 2019 17:08
its a good job these old cars have hand breaks that WILL stop you in an emergency
Does not apply to Land Rovers  ;)
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bsa-bill on 03.08. 2019 21:37
Couple of distractions  this week first completion of the shed exterior
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bsa-bill on 03.08. 2019 21:43
Then a trip to Powburn show, been promising to go to this for four or more years, finally made it and it was a great day, unfortunately, I did not have the bike due to recovering from I'm not sure what but whatever coincided with a bite on my arm, no bikes there but some interesting cars
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Post by: bsa-bill on 03.08. 2019 21:45
some more
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Post by: bsa-bill on 04.08. 2019 13:48
oops looks like I may have exceeded something, so I've split the last page.
We had our Terrier there so popped him in the show, there was no prize for scruffiest or best Pheasant tail plucker so he came in somewhere in the last four of seven
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 06.08. 2019 00:52
there was no Monday club sesh *beer* for me today i've been getting stuck in to the replacement diff , the crown wheel and pinion on this one had a mix of water and oil. the bearings are no good so new ones going in, also new hub bearings and seals. a full shift stood at the bench and at 4pm I thought right *beer* but overcame the temptation and stayed at the job until 8pm *eek* I have also found out the previous owner had put the wrong brake cylinder seals in. they were what you would call WAY too big and he had forced them to fit, I don't know yet if this contributed to the brake failure because I havn't got to the master cylinder yet. maybe with the seals being WAY oversize the resistance was too much and it was going back into the master cylinder. I am having the front brakes out as well to see what horrors he's done there *problem* *work*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 06.08. 2019 10:59
I think I have described the very eventful Scottish trip in our Ford Consul in 1971. To get home I had to put engine oil in the clutch hydraulics. By the time we got half way home the clutch rubbers had swelled so that the clutch was very slow to re-engage. Coasting over a roundabout waiting for the clutch to bite was great fun.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RoyC on 06.08. 2019 11:45
Putting a new washer on hot bath tap and repairing an annoying leak under the bungalow.
Should last for another twenty years now.  *smile*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 06.08. 2019 22:31
greybeard , after reading your post about the rubbers swelling I had another look at the ones I took out and they haven't swelled they are BIG! they should be 7/8ths . 3 are 15/16ths moulded into them and easy to read and one is not marked but I make it 1 inch *bash* . I showed the guy with the landy who towed me home and he said " how the hell has he got them in there? well with great difficulty I bet, but the 1inch rubber must have given him loads of grief. I will get to the front ones this week *eek*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: muskrat on 07.08. 2019 09:59
G'day fellas.
The Ford backie (tray back 1 tonner) got me to work (in the bush) but it wouldn't get me home. Refused to start and I figured after investigation the fuel pump packed it in. Lift to mates place, borrowed car trailer and a ute to drag it home.
So now checking over the plunger to get to work tomorrow.
cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 07.08. 2019 10:09
G'day fellas.
The Ford backie (tray back 1 tonner) got me to work (in the bush) but it wouldn't get me home. Refused to start and I figured after investigation the fuel pump packed it in. Lift to mates place, borrowed car trailer and a ute to drag it home.
So now checking over the plunger to get to work tomorrow.
cheers
A friends car just refused to start. To cut the story short, it was the fuel injection, (or pump) plug-in relay. Bought a new one, plugged it in, off she went.

https://uk.rs-online.com/mobile/amp/p/products/7826969/?grossPrice=Y&cm_mmc=UK-PLA-DS3A-_-google-_-CSS_UK_EN_Relays_MOB-_-General_Purpose_Relays%7CNon-Latching_Relays-_-PRODUCT_GROUP&matchtype=&pla-445410761225&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=CjwKCAjw7anqBRALEiwAgvGgmwswvP-T7ziLlb-FWfB0nmejVRemasRWUDDzChTtWWtKKv5uQbfzCxoCn2YQAvD_BwE
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: muskrat on 07.08. 2019 10:22
G'day GB.
First thing I checked (after spark) was the pump relay. Swapped it for the a/c to no avail.
I've got a spare parts ute(rus) to rob one on the weekend.
Cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: chaterlea25 on 07.08. 2019 22:29
Hi All,
Finally got the Vincent out to do some miles today instead of more hours  *work* in the shed
A support group was needed  *smile* to head off for a fish and chip lunch and a further 50 odd miles afterwards  *smile*

John
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: metalflake11 on 08.08. 2019 01:27
Did you call in on Muskie?

Looks like it! *smile*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: duTch on 08.08. 2019 06:44
 
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Did you call in on Muskie?

Looks like it! *smile*

 Nuthin' like a loop-de-loop on a Vinnie  *smile*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: chaterlea25 on 08.08. 2019 11:17
Hi All,
The vagaries of technologies?????
If you open the image it goes right way up
It was right way up on the laptop too *conf2*
John
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Topdad on 08.08. 2019 15:01
what the hell you all look to be having a great time , good luck to you  *good3* *good3*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: chaterlea25 on 08.08. 2019 23:22
Hi All,

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what the hell you all look to be having a great time

The man in the shades is now into his eighties and wears the biggest smile of all
Paddy regularly rides out on his Brough 680ohv or his black Ariel (with home grown electric start)  *smile*
Martin second from left, is back on his bikes after nearly pegging it earlier this year from an infection picked up in Hospital

Remember we are only here for a good time not for a long time  *good3*

John
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Topdad on 09.08. 2019 12:40
well said
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RDfella on 09.08. 2019 14:10
Looking at Chaterlea's pic reminds me of another thread on this forum - I don't see any of those bikes on their centre stand .......
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: chaterlea25 on 09.08. 2019 22:27
HI RD and All,
The Vincent takes a huge effort to get it on the rear stand, Makes an A10 look easy
It is going to have an aftermarket centrestand  fitted as soon as it arrives
The propstand is another aftermarket item that uses a T120 leg, original Vincent propstands are not good
The Brough is also a lump to get on the rear stand!
I dont think the modern Triumphs have centre stands ?
OK the B33 out of shot is on its centre stand  *smile*

John
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Swarfcut on 12.08. 2019 09:18
Just back from a 4 day Music Festival, near Banbury, Oxfordshire. Being a bit of a wuss, hired a camper van which turned out to be more of a motor home. Now having driven smaller trucks and big vans over the years this was no problem.....it's the other buggers on the road who pull out in front of you, or elbow in on slip roads, that make you think hard about whether you will get your damage deposit back. When well loaded, these vehicles take some stopping, don't change direction or accelerate too well so I always try to anticipate ahead and be prepared to yield rather than prove a point. As on recent posts about blind spots  I keep well away from trucks, give them plenty of space...they have a tough job these days. Thought I was going to be a witness a couple of times when folks with money and no sense passed me at any cost, despite me giving it the beans to keep up with the traffic.

 Anyway, great Festival Entertainment, managing to dodge most of the rain and survive the high winds. Off to another one on Friday, this time as a day visitor as its local to home.

 Swarfy.

 Additional. For anyone with a passing interest in UK motor homes, it was a Swift Gazelle on a FIAT Chassis, 3 metres high, 7 metres long. Sleeps 4. 2.8 Litre Turbo Diesel 5 speed box. Aerodynamics of a brick. Wound up it easily cruised at the legal limit and gave 26MPG. And it was trucking expensive to hire and refuel.....but worth it to sleep snug. Probably tiny by US. standards!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: muskrat on 12.08. 2019 09:53
"These vehicles take some stopping, don't change direction or accelerate too well so I always try to anticipate ahead and be prepared to yield rather than prove a point. As on recent posts about blind spots  I keep well away from trucks, give them plenty of space...they have a tough job these days."
So it was just like being on the beeza!
Cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 13.08. 2019 00:22
I have not been anywhere near a pub *eek* the morris hate has started to take over my life, after many hours of dismantling BIG bits and small bits and scrubbing and cleaning [  paraffin and petrol and compressed air in abundance  ] i collect the last bearing tomorrow for the input shaft. the morris hate workshop manual has been in my hands for 5 days *yeah*, I now sort of know how to set up the diff --- [ providing the crown wheel doesn't run out by more than 3 thou and I can get the backlash not less than 8thou and no more than 10thou.. at this stage I will be wishing I was just taking the backlash out of the beezer timing gears *shh*  Has anybody got any powdered red lead *doubt* I suppose marking blue will do---- we will see *work* While scraping away at crud under the car today it seems to me that this car has seen more garage parked up years  [NOT BARN ] than it has road travel years. I am now getting really carried away with things and decided while the axle was out to drop the petrol tank and have a look at the sender unit. this lead to taking the dampers off and all sorts of cleaning and painting taking place. I now hope I know why the petrol gauge wasn't working.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Swarfcut on 13.08. 2019 04:58
 bergs Ed China set up a Mk I Ford Escort Diff on a recent Wheeler Dealers Never Ending RepeatRepeatRepeat which you may be able to find on the Quest catch up service. Made it look easy, even blueing up the teeth.

 I rebuilt one years ago, the basic principle is to set up the pinion bearings with the published torque requirement for the pinion to turn, then adjust the crownwheel sideways to give the backlash specified. Marking the teeth is all fine and dandy with new gears, but a bit academic on worn teeth.  Despite taking care, the big pinion nut still needed a bit of a tweak to stop an annoying clunk on the over run,  because the pinion bearings' pre load was a bit too light. The Ford diff uses a tubular spacer between the taper roller pinion bearings which collapses as the nut is tightened, so it's a bit of a one way trip. Good luck getting it right first time.

Swarfy.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 13.08. 2019 10:14
I rebuilt the back axle on an Austin Seven for my brother-in-law.
First thing I had to do was straighten the diff carrier. I made up a V-block to sit the assembly in. I straightened the run out by using a club hammer with the carrier resting on an axle stand. Amazingly I eventually got the thing to run true.
The early Sevens used shims to set end float. Marking Blue was needed.
I needed to fabricate new top hat shaped felt seal holders. That was fun, using a fly cutter to make the parts from shim steel and soft soldering them together. It's lucky that I still have all my fingers!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 13.08. 2019 11:41
cheers chaps, greybeard the v blocks are mentioned in the bible and I have different sizes so should be ok with that. it made me chuckle a bit when I read about the lead powder because my dad had loads at the time it was deemed not healthy and my brother used to shake his head when dad was using it. I have many of the input shaft metal shims from the two diffs. - swarfy I even got a lesson from an engineer about as to why the input shaft double row bearing housing has a relief for the latter outer race on the bearing-- a bit of clearance required so it will all work properly. you never stop learning its a pity I spent so much time in the pub *beer* *whistle* the two stubs for the crown wheel don't have shims , the whole thing is pulled one way or the other on the inner races of the angular contact bearings then locked up. the petrol gauge float is another story but I have a plan - I think  *idea* maybe
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 13.08. 2019 16:32
The later Austin Seven, (mine was 1929) had threaded adjustment rings for the crown-wheel adjustment that could be tweaked with the axle in the car. My B-in-laws car was 1925 so not long after the introduction of the model.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 13.08. 2019 19:54
berlinkin ek greybeard I thought mine was old, shame you can't tweek these in situe
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Sav on 14.08. 2019 09:33
Collected a bigger better trailer with brakes  to keep it legal for our jaunts to Manxland etc.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/293185696167?

Shame he would not chuck in the rotary Norton as a sweetener, I did ask!