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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: S-O Skott 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.
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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.
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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!
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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
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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.
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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
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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!
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Post by: berger on 23.08. 2019 13:48
I am going to the pub *beer* for a well deserved slurp, the morris hate is turning into the morris mmmmmmmm . ernie as the previous owner named him is going back together, well the back end is anyway. ernie now has a zinc based coat and a black coat on the petrol tank, a new sender unit float, new filler pipe to tank connecting hose and the proper size seals in the brake cylinders. all new bearings etc and the beer vouchers have taken a hit *bash*. my hands and finger nails will never recover *eek* I now have to strip the front brakes and master cylinder and try and sort the clutch judder but now the morris manual is here it shouldn't be the nightmare that I didn't want to have.
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Post by: berger on 23.08. 2019 13:50
must get into my new phone for piccy taking
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Post by: Greybeard on 27.08. 2019 12:30
I was just about to take this old child buggy to the tip when I thought, how about a bicycle trailer?
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Post by: RoyC on 27.08. 2019 13:40
Trailer one, workmate 0.   *eek*
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Post by: Greybeard on 27.08. 2019 17:15
Trailer one, workmate 0.   *eek*
Yes, I must make a new plywood top for that one. The cheapies come with chipboard tops.
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Post by: Greybeard on 27.08. 2019 19:23
must get into my new phone for piccy taking
Spring is here!  *smile*
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Post by: berger on 27.08. 2019 19:44
greybeard I should have taken a pic before spring clean started , the whole shebang was covered in oil and muck eighth of an inch thick. one of the reasons its taken so long to get to where I am now, front end to sort next now brother is happy nearly all of his toys are home.
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Post by: muskrat on 27.08. 2019 21:04
G'day fellas.
Tuning in a new smart (not me) TV. https://tinyurl.com/yxcmh7pz
Only took 2 hours to get all the TV channels and link up the Wi Fi. So there was enough time to finish the rear tyre change on the cafe. Then got stuck on YouTube for the rest of the night.  *bash*
Cheers
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Post by: Joolstacho on 28.08. 2019 01:09
Oooh Musky watch out... Smart TV? Big brother is watching you!
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Post by: Black Sheep on 29.08. 2019 14:12
Loads of work going on in the house but ran out of plumbing supplies and the workies van was blocking the drive so couldn't get the car out. It's amazing what you can carry on an A10!
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Post by: orabanda on 29.08. 2019 15:39
Cataract surgery; wife has banned me from the shed for the week.
We'll see......... (pardon pun)
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Post by: RDfella on 31.08. 2019 20:11
Been trying for the last few weeks to get my latest project fired up to make sure it runs before spending any more time / money on it, but things keep getting in the way. Took the boat out Thurs. Only gone six miles when a waterpump shaft broke, so back on one engine and spent an afternoon rebuilding the pump. Lucky I keep spares but, having now used my last good shaft, I enquired about a replacement for stock. Was quoted £147 so I spent Friday morning making one.  Then there’s a cottage window I’ve been onto builders for ages to replace the lintel. Ended up finishing it myself yesterday and today as the scaffolding needs to go. Today I was going to finish off the project bike’s seat etc ready for a (hopeful) start on the rollers but instead I’ve had to put the bike away as it currently occupies my hoist area and I need to get my partner’s car in pdq as there’s a bearing noise which I suspect is the timing belt tensioner. So instead of slowly finishing the bike off over the winter (assuming it’s a runner) it looks like it’ll now be parked up ‘till next year. Don’t like these delays, age is catching up fast.   *eek*
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Post by: Greybeard on 31.08. 2019 20:16
Been trying for the last few weeks to get my latest project fired up to make sure it runs before spending any more time / money on it...
Can you show us any new photos?
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Post by: RDfella on 01.09. 2019 13:27
Neil - I posted an update pic a couple of weeks ago. Don't ask where it is - I can't seem to find anything with this site's search facility. Probably in the new section about 'other bikes'.
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Post by: cyclobutch on 02.09. 2019 16:19
Rode my tandem from Calais to Boulogne and then back again over the weekend. Braze on for the rear rack failed and pitched a pannier through the rear wheel. Not the first time this has happened. Another bike in dry dock awaiting attention  now.

Late Wednesday night this week I’m on the overnight ferry to the Hook for four days of off road riding in Netherlands, Belgium and France with a couple of pals on a lightweight trailie bike trip. I’ll be on my long range SP.   
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Post by: muskrat on 04.09. 2019 13:49
G'day fellas.
After work I put up 3 new remote control fan/lights in the lounge room, bed room (gets hot & sweaty in there) and office. Neck & back is sore and now I've got a bl@@dy tooth ache. Rum then bed.
Cheers
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Post by: terryg on 06.09. 2019 22:16
No bike work again. Today I had to make and fit a rear stub axle to grandson's 246 Dino (Ferrari) in order to refit the rear wheel, that had come adrift.

The model car is just 200mm nose to tail and is not designed to be maintainable. Nonetheless it had to be repaired, of course.
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Post by: Joolstacho on 07.09. 2019 00:27
Get him a Schumacher Terry.
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Post by: berger on 08.09. 2019 23:02
give me strength, no give me beer *beer* I rebuilt the brakes on the morris hate/ morris mmmm and used the fluid the previous owner had left with the car because one lot wasn't opened. things didn't go well and I discovered he hadn't forced  bigger rubbers into the slave cylinders but they had expanded with the mineral oil just like the brand new ones have *cry*  . I don't think they sell Lockheed orange brake fluid anymore so i was under the illusion he had bought the correct fluid for the car *doh*. fed up isn't in it *pull hair out* *bash*, so everything had to be taken to bits again and everything cleaned out , new rubbers and flexi hoses fitted. onwards I march with DOT com 4 fluid and plenty of ruined rubber, not to mention the big hole in the beer vouchers fund *sad2*. this car was supposed to finance the building a berger , never mind so long as it gets the diff in and the wheels on before it gets cold and miserable the clutch judder can wait,  after the hours I have put in up to now I plan on having some time driving it-- maybe *shh*, thankyou for listening.
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Post by: Greybeard on 09.09. 2019 09:35
I recently mentioned the effect of using mineral oil in the clutch of my Ford Consul.
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Post by: RDfella on 09.09. 2019 09:55
Berger, always found girling brakes (reddish fluid) better than lockheed (clear fluid), despite the latter being used on aircraft. The girling rubbers had a bevel on the lip which seemed to seal better and last longer. As for fluid, I think it was Citroen (plus a few moderns) who used an oil incompatible with those two systems. You should be OK with any modern Dot 3 or 4 fluid.
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Post by: Bsareg on 09.09. 2019 10:00
I've been using dot 5 silicone brake fluid in my mini and frogeye for over ten years. Very pleased with it, doesn't absorb water so no rust and no stuck brakes. Although, because of the lower boiling point, not suitable with hard use disc brakes.
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Post by: RoyC on 09.09. 2019 10:23
Had to fit a new headlight into the Audi A6.
The LED DRL had gone belly up.
This involved taking the front end off to get at the fixing bolts.

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Post by: Greybeard on 09.09. 2019 15:46
Had to fit a new headlight into the Audi A6.
The LED DRL had gone belly up.
This involved taking the front end off to get at the fixing bolts.
I bet that was an expensive fix!
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Post by: RoyC on 09.09. 2019 16:03
Had to fit a new headlight into the Audi A6.
The LED DRL had gone belly up.
This involved taking the front end off to get at the fixing bolts.
I bet that was an expensive fix!


Just over £200.
I got one of these none genuine shells from Germany and fitted the packs and bulbs from my old light.
It is indistinguishable from the genuine thing.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Scheinwerfer-links-f%C3%BCr-AUDI-A6-4F-10-08-3-11-XENON-D3S-LED-LWR-Stellmotor/392026130539?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
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Post by: Greybeard on 09.09. 2019 16:48
About 20 years ago I had a Volvo 740 estate. One day some idiot knocked the drivers door mirror off. It cost me £120 just for the parts!
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Post by: RoyC on 09.09. 2019 17:04
About 20 years ago I had a Volvo 740 estate. One day some idiot knocked the drivers door mirror off. It cost me £120 just for the parts!

Couldn't you find a used one ?
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Post by: RDfella on 09.09. 2019 20:48
Servicing my partner’s car. Engine was making a bearing noise, which I suspected was the timing belt tensioner. As it was time for its pre-winter service, I decided to give it the full monty, so new belt and tensioner, new plugs, oil and filter, new drive shaft gaiters. Disc pads were almost gone so new ones. One rear wheel cylinder was about to leak so replaced that. One of the front to rear steel brake pipes was starting to rust, so replaced that section. Now normally that would be a simple job, but as replacing the whole length meant removing the fuel tank, I decided to cut out the rough part and join in. That’s where the fun started. I’ve got all necessary garage equipment including brake flaring tools, but this pipe really played me up. No way would it flare, it was just too hard. And to make matters more interesting, the OD is neither metric nor imperial. Presumably they went by bore size, which is highly unusual. In the end the only way I could join in a new section was by using 3/16 hydraulic compression fittings. In over 50yrs of fixing cars never had to do that before. And so went Sunday afternoon and most of today. Keep looking at the project and hoping I can get that fired up before winter, but there’s so much other stuff waiting for my attention …. *roll*
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Post by: muskrat on 09.09. 2019 20:59
G'day fellas.
Whilst at work (I work all over the place sanding and polishing timber floors) yesterday the neighbor to where I was working reversed her tray back ute out her driveway. Straight into my drivers door. Made a nice mess, couldn't wind the window up and looked like rain. So spent the rest of the afternoon and evening getting quotes, submitting a claim to my insurance co and a little slide hammer work  to close the window. Booked in for repairs next week and get a rent a wreck till done. BUGGA
Cheers
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Post by: Greybeard on 09.09. 2019 22:17
About 20 years ago I had a Volvo 740 estate. One day some idiot knocked the drivers door mirror off. It cost me £120 just for the parts!

Couldn't you find a used one ?
I cannot remember if I tried to find one.
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Post by: Bsareg on 10.09. 2019 09:11
My brother's C4 Picasso lost a nearside mirror. Just the replacement mirror cost £1000 without the fitting charge. It was full of lights, sensors, motors and other gubbins. The connecting loom wouldn't of looked out of place in a telephone exchange.
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Post by: RDfella on 10.09. 2019 13:55
Had the same thing with a customer's VW Golf a few years back. Parts to construct a new one were almost £400. Outrageous. As these items are regularly bashed / knocked off they should be a readily replaceable, reasonably priced (say £20) item.
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Post by: Greybeard on 10.09. 2019 15:18
Any part for a VW, £20? Yeh, right! In yer dreams!  *smile*
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 18.09. 2019 15:14
Lovely sunny autumnal afternoon here in Kent so I fired up the grey Fergie and cut a few more logs before winter arrives.

Jim
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Post by: bsa-bill on 18.09. 2019 20:51
That I think is a Fergie T20, used one when I started on the pig farrowing unit 60/61 ish, up here we generally refer to the later grey 35 as the grey Fergie.
Thanks for the memory
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Post by: berger on 23.09. 2019 19:51
last Thursday night I took back the morris hate/ mmmm diff from the " o yes we do diffs garage" ;D after weeks of waiting the geezer who took it on had b*gg**d off on holiday for a few weeks with stress *eek* :o. I went to another garage a well known one who DO diffs, not mine tho!!! because its not a simple taper roller diff or a throw it in the bin diff and fit a new one. I would love to hear the conversations in the pub when they talk about their jobs and say they are transmission technicians  *bash* so I took it to a transmission and diffs place Saturday morning for another try. the conversation went something like this. as i arrived two geezers were having a break outside so I asked " DO YOU SET DIFFS UP ? he says" yes we do gearboxes and diffs" so I say" I have rebuilt it with all new bearings but haven't got box spanners or sockets to fit the bearing retaining nuts", I only have a MAHOOSIVE  bahco adjustable nutter shifting spanner and can't gauge the pressure on the angular contact ball races. one of the geezers looked at the older geezer and left pretty sharpish. older geezer says what is it? I said a 1948 morris 8. he says can you bring it Monday and I said its in the van mate have a look. so he looked at the diff and the pages in the workshop bible ummmd and aaarrrrddd and finally after talking him through the  procedure he picked it up put it on a bench and asked for my name and phone number. I await the outcome. *whistle* today I got the old original horn working which is 6volt by putting a 30watt 1 ohm resistor in the 12volt UPGRADE!!!  *sarcastic* wiring *woo* . the morris now has a working petrol gauge  a working windscreen wiper,- yes only one! and a VALVE radio. not really a radio cassette I found hanging about, the major problem is its getting cold now and it doesn't have a heater *sick*. o well thankyou for listening it is certainly keeping me away from the pub *beer* *thanks*
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Post by: RDfella on 23.09. 2019 20:14
Way of the world I’m afraid. My son wanted to follow in my engineering footsteps but I pointed out there wasn’t the work there was. In the 60’s a car would need a new clutch & waterpump by 30,000 and a rebore and pistons soon after. A few more miles and the diff would need rebuilding. In fact one of the examples I use these days is - who can rebuild a diff any more? These days the breakdown & failures are electronic. Apart from cam belts etc the mechanicals are good for well over 100,000 miles but the old skills are dying out I’m afraid. If you’re talking about preload, Berger, you’ll often get away on the older stuff setting by feel as opposed to the usual spring balance on the flange.
And best of luck with the Morris. My oldest is a Pathfinder.
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Post by: berger on 23.09. 2019 22:11
RD fella the input shaft and the pinion are set up by MOWOG [ morris Wolseley garages] it has shims put in at the factory for the double ball race setting and all four nuts on the flange tightened up , the crown wheel and pinion are acid etched? with corresponding numbers. my problem is the backlash setting because you put the bearings thrust side to crownwheel and tighten both bearing caps fully. then you pull the crownwheel shafts left or right on the inner races to set the drive and backlash ---- no less than 8thou no more than 10 thou. because the bearings have a lot of movement in themselves and I haven't got anything remotely the size of the nuts that pull the shaft in the inner races I am lost with it and don't know how tight these angular contact bearings have to be. so to save me buying things I will never use again and having to make a tool to turn the crownwheel --- [unless I become a differential technician *lol*  *bash*] I thought the easiest thing to do was to take it to a transmission specialist all built and just need setting up, it hasn't turned out as planned YET! *pull hair out* >:D
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Post by: cyclobutch on 24.09. 2019 09:25
Lounging in Corfu.
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Post by: morris on 24.09. 2019 13:33
Lounging in Corfu.
Hope not with Thomas Cook... *whistle*
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Post by: Gerry on 25.09. 2019 06:11
My bloody hip. Fell over a kerb when going to the pictures about 9 weeks ago and the day after could hardly hobble and no better today. Getting a cortisone injection next monday and hoping it will solve or improve the problem. Got 7 small jobs to do on the A10, 2 on the C15 and about 4 on the B40WD......I'm climbing up the wall.
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Post by: Black Sheep on 25.09. 2019 10:15
Not with that hip you're not  *whistle*
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Post by: RDfella on 25.09. 2019 14:14
Same here. With the colder / damp weather my right hip has been giving me grief over the last week. As a result can't find the enthusiasm to do anything. It's taken me a week just to touch up paint around the shower where I fitted a new base nearly a month ago. The original had cracked and was leaking. Of course the new one is different and needed a different plinth to sit on. Always find this time of year depressing, knowing it'll be six months before the days are long enough and the weather pleasant enough to get excited about going outside.
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Post by: Gerry on 26.09. 2019 07:20
 Always find this time of year depressing, knowing it'll be six months before the days are long enough and the weather pleasant enough to get excited about going outside.
Spend your winter months here in Auzzie its just beautiful at the moment in Adelaide but will get so hot later that its not wise to go anywhere other than the pub.
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Post by: muskrat on 26.09. 2019 11:45
Wot's winter?
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Post by: cyclobutch on 27.09. 2019 12:57
Lounging in Corfu.
Hope not with Thomas Cook... *whistle*

Sadly not - being trapped here would be a real bummer.

Sleeping on the beach. Flying out tomorrow with Sleazyjet.
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Post by: berger on 27.09. 2019 15:21
at last the morris hate/morris mmmmm has got its differential back in and prop shaft connected  *woo* , just before it hammered down with rain. I am now rained off . I wanted to get drive shafts in, wheels on , drop it down,  set handbrake and tighten shackles up and job DONE!! oh not forgetting the diff oil of course *bash* . so what can I do now? *bright idea* I know I will go to the pub *beer*
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Post by: madsens on 27.09. 2019 17:24
redoing/updating insulation, would rather be checking out the bike, but guess what, thats next on the agenda 😉
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Post by: RDfella on 27.09. 2019 17:35
berger - glad to hear you're on the home run. Those sorts of jobs can wear you down.
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Post by: Greybeard on 27.09. 2019 19:01
redoing/updating insulation, would rather be checking out the bike, but guess what, thats next on the agenda 😉
Who you gonna call!?
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Post by: Sav on 20.10. 2019 10:18
Saw the whisiowackerist over the new hip and told him I was targeting New Years Day club run for being back on a bike.

Was informed of the error of my ways and am now targeting Easter :( :(
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 20.10. 2019 13:54
Saw the whisiowackerist over the new hip and told him I was targeting New Years Day club run for being back on a bike.

Was informed of the error of my ways and am now targeting Easter :( :(
Hope you are back on your bike soon Sav. I am a Men of Kent VMCC member but have not been able to get to any runs this year due to a total rebuild of my kitchen  *work*
Perhaps I will see you at the Wagon and Horses.

Jim
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Post by: Sav on 22.10. 2019 08:44
Cheers Jim, several weeks before I can drive and my lot from the Eastern extremities are not fussed about the W & H as it's 30 miles away.

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Post by: Swarfcut on 22.10. 2019 09:05
   Laid the base for a new shed last week, finished it with a raised edge.  Covered it with a tarp to keep off the weather. Heavy rain for the last few days....just went out, it looks more like a paddling pool. Like bergs and his axle, the rain lately has been real cause of frustration. It's a cheapo metal storage shed, so should go up pretty quick before the next rains. Famous last words......

Swarfy.
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Post by: muskrat on 22.10. 2019 10:39
PLEASE send that rain down here! I'll point it in the right direction. 35C forecast here on Friday and it's only mid spring!
Working on other peoples bikes  *work*
Cheers
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 22.10. 2019 12:08
Plumbing the kitchen sink and water softener - and you thought that the oil circuit on an A10 was complicated  *pull hair out*

Jim
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Post by: berger on 22.10. 2019 12:57
water softener??? your water must be well ard or you have a boiler house and power plant *bright idea* up here in Derbyshire we have lovely soft water -ish. depending on the additives they put in.
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Post by: lawnmowerman on 22.10. 2019 13:43
I am not too far from the white cliffs of Dover and the South Downs so loads of limescale. The good thing about the softener is that over time it actually descales the hot water tank and the pipework in the house.  It also seems to eliminate the smell of chlorine in the water.
Very clever piece of kit. It runs on water pressure alone - no mains connection, and has two filters, one in use and one on standby which has been automatically backflushed ready for use when the water flow meter decides to switch filters. It just needs to be topped up with two large salt blocks periodically. I think it uses osmosis to clean itself and flushes the waste products down the drain.
Damned expensive though  :o

Jim
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Post by: Black Sheep on 22.10. 2019 15:04
My water comes from a well. Soft water, no chlorine but I do wonder a bit when the farmer next door spreads slurry close to the well head...
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Post by: RoyC on 22.10. 2019 16:03
up here in Derbyshire we have lovely soft water -ish. depending on the additives they put in.


It's well ard here in Stafford, god knows where it comes from.  *conf2*
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Post by: RoyC on 29.10. 2019 17:01
Been putting a new neck on a Stratocaster.

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Post by: RDfella on 29.10. 2019 17:21
Is that a Lou wide neck, Roy? Been thinking of putting one on mine - got big fingers.
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Post by: RoyC on 29.10. 2019 17:32
Is that a Lou wide neck, Roy? Been thinking of putting one on mine - got big fingers.


No, it's a Fender USA replacement neck.

ebay description.
This is a brand new Fender Stratocaster 70's style replacement neck RRP £549.
It has a gorgeous rosewood fingerboard. Bought for a project that I will not now complete.
This is the same neck as used on the American Special Stratocaster. Please study the pictures, they are part of the description.

Fingerboard: Rosewood
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Jumbo
Neck Shape: Modern "C"
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Nut Material: Synthetic Bone (Melamine)
Nut Width: 1.6875" (43 mm)
Position Inlays: White Dot
Truss Rod: 1/8" Truss Rod Adjustment Nut
Standard 4-Bolt Neck Mount
6 Pre-Drilled Tuning Machine Holes with 2-Guide Pin Holes for Each Tuning Machine
Each neck is serialized and stamped during quality inspection
Walnut "skunk" stripe on back of neck
Dual string tree design
Fender® Logo Decal includes "Made in USA" and "Original Contour Body"



Was like this before 


Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: mikeb on 30.11. 2019 21:00
track day on the modern - see pic.
actually most of that ripped up rubber was coz some drifters (cars) had been on the track previously so we were picked up their debris like lumps of snot. but i'm not telling anyone else that
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: ChasF on 02.12. 2019 18:58
Winter is meant to be the season for fettling the bike but, unfortunately, in my world there is alway something else to do. The priority at the moment is to get the camper van sorted for a trip further south over Christmas but even getting to this is proving testing. Last weekend was spent chopping firewood - which should have been done months ago, and clearing a few other repair jobs from the workbench to make space for the camper chinese diesel heating project. With a bit of luck progress should be made this coming weekend!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Joolstacho on 02.12. 2019 23:45
Roy and RDfella...
http://www.whittakerdesign.com.au/guitars

 DIY!  ;)
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 17.12. 2019 15:18
Santa says have 'A' happy Christmas!
 *beer* *beer* *beer* *beer*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 11.03. 2020 17:28
today I had a biggish clear out of stuff that was no good to man or beast, like old oiled and greased carpet pieces I used to lay on under the morris hate/ morris mmm. At the tip a chap gave 5lts of unopened millers classic 20/50 mineral oil to the tip attendant because he didn't know what to do with it, guess what? the berg zoomed in and brought it away with him , nice little £30 odd saved  *dribble*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: wortluck on 06.04. 2020 20:18
Feeling crap stopped me working on my bike today *cry* *red* *problem* :( *angry* *sleepy* *sad* *pull hair out* *sick* *sick* *sick* *spider*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: muskrat on 07.04. 2020 09:41
Get checked please mate.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 07.04. 2020 10:11
Feeling crap stopped me working on my bike today *cry* *red* *problem* :( *angry* *sleepy* *sad* *pull hair out* *sick* *sick* *sick* *spider*

I really hope you don't have the lurghy!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: wortluck on 07.04. 2020 10:13
Cheers Musky.  I've been having some dodgy symptoms for 7 days now but feel a bit on the up today.  Tight chest, headaches (big ones), aches and pains, bad belly and absolutely washed out knackered.  I've not had much of a fever or cough though, so could be C-19 or not.  I do consider myself to have mild to moderate symptoms of C-19 and it's very uncomfortable, unpleasant and a bit worrying, but I'm a battler and won't take things further unless I really have to (my wife works for the NHS and probably brought it home with her) - the kids seem fine though.

ADMIN - I know this is C-19 related, but if you could bear with me.  The things I found helpful are:

Keep eating even though you may not feel like it - you need your strength.
Keep drinking (water Berger *eek*) - you need to be hydrated and alcohol will diminish your immune system.
Rest as much as you need at any time for as long as you need.  Lie down at a 45 degree, propped-up angle.
Take deep, controlled breaths whilst resting to keep your airways open.
Take a little exercise when you can manage it.  Even if it's going downstairs then straight back to bed for hours.  Helps to maintain a normality about life.  Don't overdo it as I did on Sunday, completely wiped me for Monday - couldn't get out of bed!
Keep all medication to hand.  Ask your doctor for extra supplies and emergency meds if appropriate.
With my chest (lifelong asthmatic), I found Vicks Vaporub to be very comfortable when a bit tight chested.
Use a nasal spray decongestant if your nose is blocked (see your doctor if on other meds).
I found sucking a menthol sweet in bed helps with sore and claggy throat, and can be quite comforting.
Don't have any tight clothing around your waist and chest.
Have a window open from time to time, but don't get cold.
Use Paracetamol, it reduces the pain (and therefore worry) about pains around your chest/ribcage if you have them and makes things a bit more comfortable.
Get the missus to massage or gently thump your mid back if you feel tight chested.
DON'T READ THE BLOODY NEWS - they run stories that'll scare the bejeebers out of you.
Expect to be knackered for quite a while.  If you get into the mindset of 'however long it takes' it reduces stress and therefore does not hinder your immune system.
Don't be afraid or ashamed to shout 'help' if you need it.  Only you will know when you need extra support.

There may be some others to add, but feel free to share these tips with others if you think it'll help them.

Take care of yourselves - 'A' owners are the Salt of the Earth.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Sav on 08.04. 2020 08:58
Moving the axle forward on our Phoenix trailer in the optimistic thought that it might be heading to 'The Island' later this summer!

Bought a nice Phoenix two bike trailer with brakes to enable us to carry loads that threatened the 750kg gross mass limit for unbraked trailers in GB. It was horribly nose heavy at 110kg empty so decided to move the axle forwards. The axle looked too far back.

Axle was easy, now six and a half inches forward, bit of a bugger of a job around the constricted places surrounding the brake rod, but tare nose-weight now 25kgs. I'll get a couple of BSA's on it today and see if the ramps need moving to maintain the balance.

Let's hope I get to use it this summer!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Angus on 11.04. 2020 12:12
I have a triumph and a Norton  *smile*. The poor old BSA's just keep on going and dont need any fixing
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: wortluck on 11.04. 2020 12:22
Still getting over C-19, can breathe a bit better today but still need plenty of rest. *sad2*  As soon as I can, I'll grease up the dynamo bearing, check the tyres, put some more oil on the chain, clean the shades and wait for the energy to return (and the lockdown to end).  I'm on furlough at present (good thing), so hopefully extra riding time coming up!! *smile*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 11.04. 2020 14:13
I have been making a summer-house in the garden for some weeks. The house is made of re-used doors. The floor is old scaffold boards.
I decided the summer-house needed a wood burner so on a cold evening we can go and read books or listen to a radio play. The stove is made from an old fire extinguisher, (ironic?) welded to a chimney made from a road sign post that had been knocked over. I had to cut several feet off below a sharp bend. The extinguisher and the pipe were plastic coated so that had to be burned off. The stove needed a door. I remembered a nice way to make a laterally stable hinge from years ago: The Triumph Vitesse and Spitfire cars had a throttle linkage that had threaded rod in nuts acting as bushes welded to a bracket. I used the same idea to hinge my stove door.

Picture 1: A fire extinguisher on fire, burning off the plastic coating.
Picture 2: The fire door.
Picture 3: Curing the heatproof stove paint.
Picture 4: Ditto
Picture 5: Installed. A large porcelain floor tile as heat shield.
Picture 6: Work in progress. I made the Chinamans hat for the chimbly.


PS. If you have an electric welder and you do not have one of the modern welding helmets that automatically dim, I can thoroughly recommend them. I bought mine in Aldi.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: scotty on 11.04. 2020 16:04
Get well soon Wortluck !

Greybeard I dig your summer house !

I’m building a set of stairs down to the beach which is a great social distancing project !
67 steps installed so far
52 steps to go 😳
No time for riding 😬
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: wortluck on 11.04. 2020 16:50
Jeez, Scotty, would it have been easier to build a slide.  You get to the beach quicker and more fun, and you don't have to worry about getting back after the six pack on the beach ......  *sleepy* *sleepy* *yeah* *beer* *beer* *whistle*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 11.04. 2020 17:00
Get well soon Wortluck !
Yes, I second that motion!
Quote
Greybeard I dig your summer house !
Thank you.
Quote
I’m building a set of stairs down to the beach which is a great social distancing project !
67 steps installed so far
52 steps to go 😳
No time for riding 😬

Wow, that looks gnarly! Wear gloves please.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Swarfcut on 11.04. 2020 19:46
   Crazy fool that I am, I've just signed up to home assemble protective visors to assist our hard pressed Health Service Workers. These visors consist of a 3D Printed headband, plus a simple acrylic sheet.  Too old to help in other ways,  I am happy to assemble this item, which is a local initiative. As for their effectiveness, who knows? Just trying to make a small difference...... and at the end of the day, I ain't exactly going anywhere for now.   The components will arrive.....and finished visors will be collected.    Simples.  Yeah, right.

 Swarfy
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 11.04. 2020 19:49
Crazy fool that I am, I've just signed up to home assemble protective visors to assist our hard pressed Health Service Workers....
Flippin excellent!  *smile*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: wortluck on 11.04. 2020 20:24
Heh, as you know, my wife works for the NHS and hasn't had proper PPE since the hospitals started filling up with C-19 patients.  She asked me a couple of days ago whether I had any protective gear in the garage.  I said I had some ear-loop face masks (for when I'm cleaning brake drums, etc), and a pair of emergency, clear safety glasses for riding at night if I had to.  She's taking both to the hospital when she's back on Tuesday! 

Swarfy, some of the staff who are working directly with C-19 patients are wearing what you're making.  They were told that if they ran out of visors, they could improvise by using X-ray acetates if necessary - makes you think eh. *eek*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Swarfcut on 11.04. 2020 21:38
 GB Thanks, just doing my bit.

  Wortluck, You're on the front line here, no one could have anticipated the demand for these items. 

 So, maybe not the right place for this,  Admin delete or move as you think fit.

  Lets consider masks and visors. A visor will protect a health worker (to a limited  degree, not 100%) from any "splash" aerosol from  an infected patient. Only a well fitting ( hermetically sealed ) face mask capable of trapping viral particles can offer better protection. The guys working in this environment stand a real chance of running out of readily available proven protective gear, and under the circumstances this type of backyard visor will go a long way to protect workers from the way this virus spreads, namely in exhaled droplets.

   Out and about wearing an ill fitting mask won't give 100% protection from others, but wearing any mask will decrease the number of viral particles you can pass on, if you are unlucky enough to be be infectious. This is why masks give a false sense of security. They can't protect 100%, and removing them after use carries the risk of hand to mouth transmission, rarely mentioned. Thorough Hand Washing remains the easiest effective barrier to transmission.

   As to the visor,  I did think if it was so simple, why not assemble at the point of use?  The answer must be quality assurance. It must be ready to go, on the button. No if's, buts, bits missing, incorrect mouldings, fixings missing. So, I'm not just assembling, I'm doing a quality check, and each one will be the best I can do. 100% from the pack.

 As a message, " Go out, Catch it, Die," doesn't have the cachet of our elected representatives' slogan, but that's whats keeping me in social isolation for the time being. The way it's looking, I've no illusions. The health logistics are stretched and the healthcare manpower barely enough. So with medics and support staff becoming grim statistics on a daily basis, the only reliable thing is that you can't rely on the healthcare system, and it's up to you to look after yourself and take sensible behavioural precautions.

 All the best to you folks out there contributing in any way to helping in this present situation.



 Swarfy.


 
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RichardL on 11.04. 2020 23:53
I made masks for my wife amd myself based on this Youtube video. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zm_NmpdgWWA&feature=youtu.be

I hired a professional model to pose with it in the picture.

Richard L.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: BigJim on 12.04. 2020 00:08
That model looks familiar in some way?
 *bright idea* *yeah* *beer* *wave*



Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: morris on 12.04. 2020 07:39
That model looks familiar in some way?
 *bright idea* *yeah* *beer* *wave*
Of course... it’s Richard Gere! *whistle*  *smile*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RDfella on 12.04. 2020 13:33
Enthusiasm (lack of). Pottering about hoeing weeds, repairing garden door/gate. Had to make a couple of new rails and scaph in part of a stile (requiring dragging out the morticer to cut new mortices). Cut tenons by hand as don't have a spindle for that. Can't progress with the project as a couple of weeks ago I finished the exhaust but only tack-welded it as my TIG welding on thin stainless tube is rubbish. So I gave it to a mate who used to own a stainless fabrication shop to finish off, but now it's locked down with him. This lockdown is a real pain, destroying the economy as well but if you abandon it, more will die. Don't envy the government making decisions.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: wortluck on 12.04. 2020 15:57
Started dismantling my 'spare' ATD.  Got the collar off a few days ago by heating the collar and knocking the spindle through - worked well and obviated the need for a puller.  Today, I managed to drill out the rivets and separate the rest of the unit.  Looks like the pillars on the bobweights are a bit worn, and the toggle levers a bit knackered - anyone got any of the former lying about that they want to get rid of (in half decent condition)?

I've already had a chat with Andrew at Priory Mags, who says the toggle levers are one of the first things to wear, but I can't find a supplier (possibly not cost effective to make).  I have an engineer mate who says he could make them, but it may cost a lot and may be better obtaining a decent, complete unit - like the ones at Priory.  Just sharing ideas as I recover at home, sorry if all this seems like blather.

Anyway, once I'd got the unit separated, I went to feel really crap again so went to bed. *sad2* *sad2* *sad2* *sad2*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 12.04. 2020 17:16
Anyway, once I'd got the unit separated, I went to feel really crap again so went to bed. *sad2* *sad2* *sad2* *sad2*
Take it easy man!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bsa-bill on 12.04. 2020 17:46
Quote
Anyway, once I'd got the unit separated, I went to feel really crap again so went to bed
yep take it easy, it's not as if you're going anywhere any time soon, I'm finishing the new shed, a very little at a time, getting correct size timber is a problem, can't just pop out and get a bit and my 50% Scots blood doesn't like sawing up big bits to get small bits, however needs must
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: wortluck on 12.04. 2020 18:55
Thanks fellas, looks like it's going to take longer than I thought - good days and bad days - don't worry, I'm fighting it all the way! :!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 12.04. 2020 23:03
Quote
Anyway, once I'd got the unit separated, I went to feel really crap again so went to bed
yep take it easy, it's not as if you're going anywhere any time soon, I'm finishing the new shed, a very little at a time, getting correct size timber is a problem, can't just pop out and get a bit and my 50% Scots blood doesn't like sawing up big bits to get small bits, however needs must
We had some solid doors waiting to go to the tip. I needed some 1" square lengths of wood. I clamped one of the doors to a couple of Workmates and ripped off plenty of pieces. Recycling.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Swarfcut on 13.04. 2020 09:00
GB, When I moved to our new house, the renovation resulted in a big pile of structural timbers that the builders were simply going to dump.
 Thanks to the Chinese Economy and eBay, the trinity of table saw, mitre saw and planer came on the cheap, and the first thing I built was a woodstore.  Haven't bought wood for years.

 The small bench top planer is a miracle machine, converting rough skanky wood into lumber yard fresh looking custom sized pieces. The compound mitre saw saves hours of hassle, transforming my limited skills into almost professional ones.

 Now taking more than a passing interest in pallet wood as a source. This is usually very good quality straight grained material, too good to burn, and more often folks are happy just to get it taken away. EuroPallets have some value and are more substantial, less easy to come by for free, but other types are considered a disposable logistic aid and readily discarded. Ideal for homespun construction.

 Nice stove for your summerhouse,  I'm a bit jealous.


 Bill.. You could justify similar purchases in that you would be saving money,* and have the scope for yet more sheds. Works for me!

 Swarfy.


* Defies all logic.  Mr Spock
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Black Sheep on 13.04. 2020 14:22
Wife needed something rodent proof for all her gardening stuff so had to be a metal shed with a concrete base. Just got to insulate and line it next.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 13.04. 2020 16:08
Wife needed something rodent proof for all her gardening stuff so had to be a metal shed with a concrete base. Just got to insulate and line it next.
I bought a small metal shed for our garden. WEAR GLOVES!!!!  *sick* *sick* *sick*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Swarfcut on 13.04. 2020 16:41
  Black Sheep I've got one of those metal sheds.

 As GB says.....Gloves are a must. Other things learnt the hard way.......

 My doors slide open inside the front panels, so when it rains water runs down the doors, which are on the inside of the threshold, into the open ended door bottom guide channel. There is nowhere for this water to go except into the concrete floor. Masterpiece of crap design!

 In winter, it suffered from shower style condensation on the underside of the roof. Research showed this was moisture coming through the floor. Mine's just on slabs. Cured with a membrane, topped with a strandboard floor. Hope you put a membrane in your floor structure. Otherwise its a membrane and another concrete skim onto the existing floor.

  Overlap the roof panels so the overlaps face away from the prevailing wind, regardless of the instructions, and put a bead of flexible mastic on the roof panel joins as you go. Rectification is awkward as the roof won't hold you without additional elaborate support. Even after light rain I ended up with drips from the joins on some of the roof panels. It was quicker to strip the roof than struggle. A fillet of mastic cured it, but I never saw anywhere that water could get in, so a mystery.

 I also sealed the roof panel ridge joins, using a horrid greasy mastic waterproofing tape of yesteryear called Sylglas that worked a treat but I left a vent hole on each of the raised ribs. These are  covered by the ridge capping.

 Otherwise, like me, you'll wonder how you managed without it. Crude and simple, great for storage, but not as homely as a wooden shed.

 Swarfy.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: beezermacc on 16.04. 2020 18:48
An imposter has arrived in the workshop! I bought this pretty little thing off a local guy who had crashed it  *sad2*! Bent forks, dented front mudguard, twisted seat needed attention. I found some stanchions off a very helpful Enfield enthusiast down south, I adapted a new Tiger Cub seat and gently eased the dent out of the mudguard. A couple of interesting problems were encountered along the way. The bottom yoke didn't match the top yoke - centres were about 5mm further apart and the fron number plate had been mounted on the wrong end of the mudguard! No wonder it all sprang apart when I was dismantling it! I removed tyhe number plate and filled the holes with shallow stainless bolts with the heads almost completely turned off and I daren't say how I fixed the bottom yoke but a hacksaw and arc welder were involved.
My RGS rebuild is probably going to take 18 months so I need a little bit of a distraction every now and then!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: olev on 17.04. 2020 00:44
You have done a nice job on that Beezermacc.
I love the smell of 2 stroke in the morning.
Two strokes always seem to be primeval.
They are noisy and they stink - bit like me.
cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Black Sheep on 17.04. 2020 07:23
The Turbo Twin is in my view the best 250 Enfield. I was very proud of my Crusader Sports as a youth but a decent ride on a Turbo Twin made me realise that there was a lot to be said for 2 strokes after all. It was a better bike that my Crusader.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: beezermacc on 17.04. 2020 08:26
I had a Crusader Sports as well, my first bike on the road which I kept until I passed my test then I had an A50. Actually I loved my Crusader Sports as it blew away all the other British 250 singles of the day! It was incredibly reliable. A mate of mine had a Turbo Twin but I never got to ride it so I couldn't make a comparison. I think the Villiers 2T and 4T were very underrated in terms of performance but I'm not sure how well they stood the test of time. You only needed to get the oil mix wrong once to wreck the engine, obviously not the fault of the bike, but vulnerable in the wrong hands, and us kids knew how to wreck a bike! My Crusader Sports was incredibly reliable, looking back it took some serious abuse and never punished me for it!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Ted_Flash on 17.04. 2020 09:38
I had a Turbo Twin in the early 80's.  It had been made into a cafe racer with a long fibreglass tank.  Very smooth - I remember once looking down at the engine when it was doing 50mph wondering if it was still running.  The only problem was starting it with the energy transfer ignition.  I lived on the outskirts of Sheffield so it was downhill all the way into work.  I must have bumped started it as many times as I used the kickstart.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 17.04. 2020 09:54
I had a Greeves Fleetwing with a 4T engine for a while. It was a lovely bike.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: muskrat on 17.04. 2020 11:05
G'day Fellas.
Get well soon Wortluck, keep that positive attitude.
Just spent a week up at the "new" house. Getting things done on the inside to the wife's specifications before I even think about the shed! I lied, I re-used the carpet out of the house and lay'd it wall to wall in the shed (that took a day). Can't have the bike tyres getting cold!
Think I'll go shopping on the A7 tomorrow.
Cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: morris on 17.04. 2020 13:44
Yep, the  MOT exemption for cars over 25 year old officially ended in Belgium.  *sad*
Cars over 50 years old  need to have an MOT every 5 years now so preparing the Morris Isis for it's first MOT in 30 years... last time I needed to go to MOT was when I bought it. At that time it was just a simple "a see if it stops within reasonable distance" check.
Did the front suspension a couple of years ago and attacked the rear suspension now.
After cleaning it came out surprisingly well, except for the obvious worn dampers and perished rubber bushes.
I had ordered new bushes and dampers a couple of years ago together with a new handbrake cable.
Problem is that I just found out the handbrake cable is for a right hand driven car ... I bought the cable in the UK, and neither I or the vendor thought of the fact that my Morris is left hand driven which needs a different cable.  *problem*
It's a sort of two in one cable, but the two cable ends are of different length and it's not a simple matter of turning it around.
The cable connects to a bracket on the right side of the rear axle where it splits out to the wheels. It's a simple bracket though so I'll make a new one and weld it to the left side of the axle then... should work. *dunno2*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Swarfcut on 17.04. 2020 14:10
  Morris,   Is that a single piston cylinder? If it is the cylinder body needs to slide in the backplate, otherwise you are only braking on one shoe. It relies on Newton's Third Law of Motion, and disregards the effect of seizure in the real world.
    Learnt that the hard way on an early Ford Escort Van. One shoe worn out, other almost untouched. Took some shifting, but transformed the braking performance.

 Apologies if you are familiar with this, but the design is so old, younger viewers won't believe such a (penny pinching) device was in common use.

 Swarfy.

 Additional... The Morris Oxford/Isis is still in use in India, as the Hindustan Ambassador.  Fancy a handbrake cable off the shelf from over there?
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: morris on 17.04. 2020 14:17
Yes it's a one piston sliding cylinder on the rear.
The handbrake cable pulls a lever that moves the complete cylinder upwards. Pulling the dustcap back and a little squirt of penetrating oil from time to time keeps them moving.
The front brakes however have double pistons.
For it's simplicity, and the fact that it's a heavy car,  the brakes work surprisingly well. Pushing the pedal hard enough locks the wheels!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RichardL on 20.04. 2020 13:46
It's taken a while to come to this realization. During the "Stay Home" order the line between time off work and time on work is blurred such that going to the garage for fun becomes a question of "shouldn't I be working?"

Richard L.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Topdad on 21.04. 2020 11:38
Hi Richard , I've a stack of things to do but it's taking ages for me to do them. This work will interfer ! Mostly with the bike it's my inability to get to it properly . Sue as been "dumping" all kinds of stuff in there ,on Sunday I found a light unit and display stand from our daughters ,I know that cos last time I saw it it was on her ceiling , what the feck is it doing by the side of my bike ,oh it was in the main loft in the way so I put it there for you to put in the garage loft and that's the least of it .In said garage loft I find 3 suitcases full of clothes a whole pile of star wars ,lthat will be the g/kids but no its my Son keeping cos they will be worth a fortune in a few yrs time and he hasn't the room , ARRRRh ,going to  bite the bullet and sort it this weekend then I can start on the Laylande at the top of the garden....deep joy!!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bsa-bill on 21.04. 2020 13:08
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pile of star wars

Yes one of those stopped me getting anything a couple of nights ago, I saw it one the telly programme list and could not remember seeing it ( was one of four with Chris Pine)  and indeed it seemed new to me, must have missed those ones (or memory's dumped it) quite enjoy it
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: wortluck on 21.04. 2020 15:53
What stopped me working on the bike - the bloody computer crashed and locked me out of my Microsoft account. *pull hair out*  Had to find and initiate a system restore which took about four hours. :o  Knackered again now so having to chill in the sunshine - no beer yet, unfortunately. *beer* *sad*

N/B - sorted the computer though. *smile*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Kickaha on 21.04. 2020 21:09
No parts, ordered some valves from SRM, took one day to be picked up and delivered to the International mail centre, it has then taken 20 days for them to get to NZ, now I just have to wait and see how long to get from Auckland to the South Island
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 04.06. 2020 20:05
now who else hoovers out their garage *bright idea* I have been very busy hoovering out two garages with a super dooper jcb mega beast thing I acquired from a mates house clearance.  The garages were over run with super spiders webs *spider* and years of crud, the reason being so I could treat all the timber with woodworm killer. the joists in one garage were that saggy i had to put two supporting  beams in because the little blighters were so close they were shaking hands. They were riddled with exit holes and entry holes *eek* so now the job is done I can get back to putting betsy beezers clutch back on *clap* . another job on the list of many is van front suspension and central heating coil in the hot water tank to de scale because I have no hot water unless I turn all radiators off, if must be crudded up with salts because it would rather heat the radiators than  transfer heat to the tank water. mind you it is about 50 years old *whistle*. I have a plan *bright idea* drain it take out the plug that could be used for electric element and see if I can brush some industrial strength costic soda on to it I also acquired off a mate. one things for sure I am not having a plumber trying to sell me a whole new system, especially after flushing all the rads and boiler and they work perfectly, so mr hot water tank costic it is for you mate *bash* *bash* *fight*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RDfella on 04.06. 2020 20:50
Way to go, berger. Some tradesmen are good value and do good work, but some really take the mickey. I had a new shed built to replace my old one around six years ago. It’s 180sqm. As I was renovating the house at the time, I asked an electrical firm to quote me on electrical installation. Incoming switchfuse boxes, four tube lights, three double 13A sockets and two 3 phase sockets. Quote was over £10,000. Did the job myself in a day and a half. Materials were around £400. If you have to call in tradesmen for everything that needs attention these days, you’d better have a few quid.
As for woodworm, it’s when they stop holding hands that the structure falls down.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: olev on 05.06. 2020 00:08
Another DIY electrician hey.
I hope you have the place protected by ELCB's.
It won't stop your shed from burning down but should prevent someone from being electrocuted.
That's providing your earthing is up to scratch of course.
cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Black Sheep on 05.06. 2020 06:50
There are tradesmen and tradesmen... I bought a new house and the main earth was to the metal supports for the GRP bath, not the water pipes (which in itself ain't such a good idea). Dearie me.
I too do almost all of my electrical work. My house and shed both have smoke alarms and extinguishers just in case. *whistle*   
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Swarfcut on 05.06. 2020 07:52
bergs. Hope you've checked the motorised valve that diverts hot boiler water from the primary heating circuit to the indirect cylinder is working, not a motor failure, not jammed or clogged, and that hot water is actually passing into the tank. These valves usually have a manual over ride lever. Lots of info on YouTube, etc.  Some valve motors can be changed without disturbing the pipework.

    To clean the heat exchanger, I reckon it's acid you need to remove limescale. Try some lavvy limescale cleaner. If that works, brick cleaner (hydrochloric acid) should do the job on the large scale. There's probably a horror show in that tank. Dilute it down, it will eat limescale, the tank, and you! Be careful, don't want your drinking career to be shortened...... Next thing is pinhole leak from the bottom of the tank and bigger expense.

 Swarfy.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 05.06. 2020 11:02
swarfy it is like a good old fashioned solid fuel fire my system, rise and fall hot water system and  the central heating has a circulating pump which of course  when on transfers heat from the coil in the tank to the cylinder water. over the years when just the rise and fall hot water system is on because of the horror I might find in the tank it doesn't transfer enough heat to the cylinder water and the nearest radiator gets hotter than the water. it has been getting more of a problem over the years. it used to heat the water and when the water was hot the excess heat would also heat the nearest radiator. now I have got to the point where to get proper hot water in the tank I have to turn off the rads. if I don't the nearest rad gets hotter than the water. if I don't find a horror story in the tank I will be thinking there is a problem in the rise and fall side of the system, over the years I have cleaned out and pressurised the system with lengths of hose all over the shop and spent 3 days on it. everything on the central heating side was then 1oo% better and stopped the kettleling affect, I have even had occasions before I did this that when bleeding a radiator I have set fire to the gas coming out, must be the old cast iron boiler cracking off hydrogen,[ a chemist will know] but I have always had this slight heat transfer to nearest rad or the next nearest when that is turned off. it is now at the point of red hot rad and luke warm water. investigation pending and I appreciate your input cheers *beer* *beer*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RDfella on 05.06. 2020 11:18
Olev - yep, had a few lekky 'pokes' from my machinery over the years (wiring done by professionals). Like using earth to get one phase from three.  To me the scariest part of wiring is the EU change of colour codes. Colours used to be bright - now they're pastel, making mistakes in low-light conditions more likely. Worse is changing black to blue, red to brown, blue to grey and yellow to black. Note black used to be neutral but is now live. Just because someone is 'professional' doesn't mean they're competent. Like the guy who rewired a friend's (prefessional) garage recently and wrecked the two-pillar lift because he'd mixed the phases up. And as for plumbers - I've seen enough rubbish work over the years that I wouldn't let a plumber on my property.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: chaterlea25 on 05.06. 2020 12:33
Hi All,
Berger,
it would seem more likely that it's the inside of the heating coil pipe is clogged up?
Black sheep,
The earths to the bath leg was a requirement since the days of cast iron baths, those and the earths to pipework are called bonding wires, they are all connected to a central point on the dist. board  , then a wire to the earth rod, and if in a "neutralised" network also connected to the incoming network  neutral

John
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 05.06. 2020 13:21
hi john I doubt it is central heating piping or coil blockage because I sorted all that over a 3 day extensive work program and it works fine.  its pushing all the heat to a radiator without the central heating pump turned on and not exchanging heat to the water so I think because its got worse over the years it is build up on the outside of the tank copper coil that also feeds the rads. I will hopefully be finding out when we get more sunshine
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Black Sheep on 05.06. 2020 14:34
The earth to the bath support was indeed the main earth. Beautifully ineffective as grp bath was on chipboard floor. No earthing rod in the system. Distribution board caught fire. I did call in a qualified sparky to lend a hand. All rather horrifying. Window frames rotted in 2 years. Harling fell off the wall. Kitchen floor collapsed the week before I put the house on the market.
Was pleased to escape, especially as the present place has much more room for bikes.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 05.06. 2020 18:47
"kitchen floor collapsed a week before I put it on the market"  WOODWORM!? *lol* *pull hair out* *bash*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: chaterlea25 on 05.06. 2020 20:10
Hi All
Well here is today's excuse *sad2*
The other evening I was outside assembling some garden chairs
My knee crunched and cracked as I went to stand from a crouched position, Holy F**k the pain *pull hair out*

John
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bsa-bill on 06.06. 2020 10:16
Quote
Holy F**k the pain

Been there done ...
Possibly Gout but more likely the beginnings of Arthritis, the lubricating bit between your knee and knee cap is wearing away, bits break off and get caught in places they shouldn't be (that's the crunch), you can get the knee cleaned out via keyhole surgery (I did) they remove any floating bits and the knee is as they say "load-bearing within a few hours", it is but it's bloody painful at first, however that did cure the problem for many years until all the lubricating surface get degraded and your kneecap is constantly grinding on you knee,(worse than the pain you just experienced) I managed that for about three years with injections then Morphine.
Two years ago I had a TKR (total knee replacement), went in Monday morning was home Tuesday afternoon, pain managed with pills for about a week or so, Exercise regime must be followed rigorously to get as much knee movement as possible, the new knee will not bend as far as you natural one but that is a small price to pay for life without that pain.
You may be a long way of surgery John but if it eventually is  suggested go for it

Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: chaterlea25 on 06.06. 2020 20:55
Hi Bill,
The Doc said that they no longer do the keyhole job, I had the other knee poked at 30 odd years ago and it took forever to come right
Yes Arthritis is in there already *sad2* and in several other joints  *ex*
The next job I'm thinking of is an electric start for the Super Rocket,  *work*

John
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: muskrat on 08.06. 2020 21:57
G'day fellas.
Been away up at the new house in Lithgow for a week (plus every weekend for a month or two). Finished laying a floating floor (65 sq/mt) and some odd jobs. Inside almost done to keep SWMBO happy. Soon to start on the shed. That'll be fun! The wife has moved in already but I'll be another 4-5 weeks.Haven't thrown a leg over a bike in over a month. Still getting used to getting up in the morning to see 1/4" of frost over everything, minus 1 to 4C.
Cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 08.06. 2020 22:57
hello musky, minus 1 - wow does that mean your floating floor could freeze up *bash* *whistle*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: cyclobutch on 09.06. 2020 10:05
Haven't fired up an engine or turned a wheel here in the UK since the lockdown was first called. I'm fortunate enough to still be gainfully employed - not laid off or furloughed, just working from home which is dull dull dull. I guess I should be counting my blessings.


Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: wortluck on 09.06. 2020 10:39
I've managed a couple of 100+ trips out, but it's difficult because of all the weirdness about, not to mention my 8 weeks of illness.  Really getting there now health wise, just very tired days - like today, but nothing like what I was.  I work in a school-related role so on paid 'leave' until needed.  Have got one eye on retiring to the country, doing odd jobs, and escaping the rat-race as much as possible.  Visions of endless summer days riding through Wales and the South West, then settling down in the winter to roaring fires and beer/sherry. 

Being at home just does my head in - the walls definitely close in on you.  Going out in a bit to pick up 4L of meths (not meth!) - for cleaning purposes not for passing the time.  Toolstation do a good deal on 2L bottles at the moment (£7.55), I'm stocking up for the next 10 years!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: muskrat on 18.06. 2020 19:48
G'day Fellas.
Started both BSA's for the first time in over a month. Just to put them on the trailer for the journey to their new home. Might have to show them around the town when I get them off. Only another 3-4 weeks I'll join them.
Cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: wortluck on 18.06. 2020 19:54
May the Force be with you Musky *ex* *smile* *smile*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RDfella on 18.06. 2020 20:28
Posted the following a few minutes ago, but it seems to have disappeared. Apologies in advance if it now appears twice.
Today (and last several days) lots of things have prevented me.
My ex wants her heating changed from solid fuel to oil, so I’ve been drilling through 18” of 17th c granite wall for the pipe. And my boats needed more of my time that I’d planned. One’s due for insurance survey, so it was lift out (£400 a time) or ‘beach’ it at top of harbour. Chose the latter whilst I powerwashed, antifouled, touched up the P brackets and generally cleaned up (had done all other maintenance in March / April). Did a major engine service on the launch I use for fishing (there aren’t any) a couple of weeks ago and got the dinghy home last weekend for a major sort-out. Been meaning to do the latter for two years. Loads of mud in the bilge, float switch failed (they only last 6 months) hole in hull at stern where a chain had rubbed etc etc. Really must keep on top of these jobs, but with advancing years I find I have less energy and inclination.
I’ll be putting the boat back on its mooring early Sat am and re-launching the dinghy and fishing boat next week. Then it’s back to bikes  *smile* (after I’ve done the brakes on a classic car ready for insurance survey next month). Finished the distributor modification for the project bike several days ago, but for the last week it’s been pushed to back of shed to get the dinghy in etc. I’m supposed to be retired, how come I’m working 6hrs a day nearly every day?
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RogerSB on 24.06. 2020 16:35
Ha! the weather!

Went for ride on Dartmoor with my wife in the sidecar earlier today. We had a picnic lunch - mainly to try out my recently made BSA rear carrier picnic table.  Worked a treat to keep things off the ground - and no bending down to pick up your mug from the ground. Secure enough to stay in place permanently but, as it just clips on with 15 mm plastic pipe clips, it can be pulled up and removed in seconds.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Angus on 25.06. 2020 13:47
rode the Norton  *smile*. New skill required riding more then one bike at the same time.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 25.06. 2020 14:22
rode the Norton  *smile*. New skill required riding more then one bike at the same time.
Please explain  *conf*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Angus on 25.06. 2020 19:00
Left leg BSA right leg Norton
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 25.06. 2020 20:23
So you've joined a circus Angus?
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: berger on 25.06. 2020 22:40
greybeard I think we are all in a circus. and that reminds me, as a young teenager I was told a pub goer had found a chap and his dog - scamp at the bottom of a steep banking where he and scamp had landed after the man had consumed quite a few barley wines. when asked if he was ok the man replied , " we're watching the circus aren't we scampo"  the circus being the lights and flames from the coking plant I later worked at. This man was stan, the retired assistant registrar at a college. the man who taught me how to play chess and gave me an ostrich egg when I was 9 and still have despite dropping it on concrete. I still have the chess board he made in his younger days which is a veneered beauty . the shed I have now is what he gave me when I was 17. poor stan took to the barley wines when he lost his wife at a young 47years. i can see stan now playing the piano, in the 50's and 60's he had a dance band, good old stan  i hope your still smoking that pipe and making clouds in the sky *beer* *beer*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 27.06. 2020 13:44
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9lphsmiub1n80kk/VID_20200627_121652.mp4?dl=0
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: BigJim on 27.06. 2020 16:25
Brilliant GB! Bet you well chuffed with how well it runs. Nice to see health and safety forms have been filled out and a glove was present, even if only for a short while. Attaching the fuselage and wings soon?
 *good3* *beer* *yeah*
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 27.06. 2020 18:56
Brilliant GB! Bet you well chuffed with how well it runs. Nice to see health and safety forms have been filled out and a glove was present, even if only for a short while. Attaching the fuselage and wings soon?
 *good3* *beer* *yeah*
The airplane needs finishing.

Sorry, my tablet camera was not covering the whole engine.


I was glad to have gloves on when I got a few kickbacks with the sharp edge of a propeller!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: beezermacc on 28.06. 2020 08:51
40th wedding anniversary. I will be doing a reduced amount of tinkering in the garage so I am not entirely prevented from working on my bikes today. I am married to the most tolerant person on the planet!
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 28.06. 2020 09:28
It's our 50th wedding anniversary on August 1st. We had planned to hire a large house in Cornwall for us and our family for a week: £💷's!
COVID-19 had other ideas so we cancelled the booking and rebooked it for August 2021.

I have not done much on my bike this year. I started it up and put it back in the shed. I need to change the back brakes and do a few other jobs before I ride it again.

We've recently bought a nearly new BMW 1 Series. My wife is taking some time to get used to driving the car. We've been driving a Fiat Panda for 9 years, so as you can imagine, the Beemer is rather different. We go out and drive around the streets that she knows. We've owned larger vehicles in the past; a Series 2 Land Rover, a Volvo estate, a Rover P6. My wifes problem is age-related, I think. I find, as we get older, we tend to lose self-confidence.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: wortluck on 28.06. 2020 11:08
GB, it's ours on August 1st too, but we can't compete with 50 years *eek* *eek*  After a good few days in the hot sun, I haven't felt particularly well yesterday or today.  Don't know what to put it down to except trying to do too much for my age - maybe the post-viral fatigue reminding me that I'm not indestructable.  Still, treasure the good days and tolerate the bad ones, and try to convince myself that I'm not 25 any more.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 28.06. 2020 11:46
We just watched the BBC docudrama about the Salisbury Novichok poisonings two years ago. At the end a couple of updates were shown. The people that survived are still recovering.

Locals getting angry about restrictions of movement and access were very topical for this year.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: bsa-bill on 28.06. 2020 11:52
Don't know what to put it down to except trying to do too much for my age ..... maybe the post-viral fatigue  (http://Don't know what to put it down to except trying to do too much for my age ..... maybe the post-viral fatigue)

So does that mean you've had and beaten Covid 19 or another virus, either way well done, my brother had viral pneumonia in early January but it had all the marks of covid 19 but then it had not been heard of to the same extent as now but many think nowthat it was here in the last months of 2019?

Know how you feel re the fatigue, I think the recent heat didn't help but it's cooler now so hopefully, we'll get back to getting something done.
Strange this lockdown means lots of free time (I had plenty to start with) but equates to getting less done not more, I kind of kid myself it's to do with hormone pills I take but yesterday after a morning shower I decided to weigh myself, the first time in a long time - shock horror - yes the heaviest I've ever been at 14 stand a bit, the result of home deliveries (vulnerable - self isolating) so easy to click on those big chocolate bars, so today is the start of getting back down to something nearer 11st 7lb, might not get all the way but it a goal.
Take i easy though, diving in all guns firing could be a bad move, a little extra every day is the way to go
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RogerSB on 28.06. 2020 12:09
Hey! Coincidences GB. Only A10 & BMW owned now - sadly.

Still have 6 planes though, but I don't fly them anymore, they are all about 50 years old but still in good condition as can be seen by photo which was taken today.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Greybeard on 28.06. 2020 12:47
Our Rover P6:
I bought this after we got fed up with the agricultural lack of comfort with the Series II Landy.
I just just loved blipping the throttle of the P6 to hear the V8 growl. After a month a twat managed to skid on an icy road and write the Rover, and his own Renault Laguna off. Loosing the Rover was rather good because it had cost a fortune in petrol.

I've worked on a few of the earlier Rovers, like yours. I considered them to be extremely good quality. Almost a bargain priced Rolls Royce.

Our Land Rover was a long wheelbase with leaf springs. It had superb road-holding but the non turbo diesel engine was pretty gutless. When we occasionally managed to overtake another vehicle, we would cheer! A friend had totally restored it. We owned the LR for 12 years. It was an ideal vehicle while the kids were young. It didn't matter if they climbed onto it. I installed a cooker and a sink in the back and a removable table.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: wortluck on 28.06. 2020 13:15
All I can say is that I had immense sinus pain and headaches, followed by really bad breathing problems (like luggage straps pulled tight around my chest), aching, abdominal issues, profound weakness and acute fatigue - rarely felt so ill.  I liken the whole experience to having severe flu with an asthma and panic attack all rolled into one.  My doc put C-19 on my sick note because she was convinced, but it could have been pneumonia.  In fact, I was worried it was Covid that could develop into pneumonia??

Ultimately, I was sick as a dog for around 8 weeks, and am in the rehab phase at present.  I'm not due back at work until September - I hope I'll have beaten the fatigue by then!! 
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: RogerSB on 28.06. 2020 15:04
My S1 was 1958. When I bought it it was sagging badly with the weight of the Fairy winch and very tired leaf springs. I maintained it myself and replaced the springs with new ones laying on my back outside the back of our house - no way I could do that now!

The first owner was a wealthy lady who only used it to attend horse races and it had a lovely bronze prancing horse mounted on the front of the bonnet.

The photo was taken at the Yeovil Festival of Transport about mid to late 80s.
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: Topdad on 07.07. 2020 16:06
We must be a pretty good stayers on this forum ,we've celebrated our 50th back on 11 of april ,full lockdown and very quiet ,we'll have a hell of a party when we are through this crappy period . we have a lot to be grateful for ,we had a cruise to celebrate it semi cancelled out in the carribean  ,only saw 3 islands and swung at anchor for 9 days off Barbados ,we were the last cruise ship allowed to dock and there were still 6 out in the bay and back in the uk I day before lockdown !  I to owned a short wheel based landie cost me next to nothing and after 2 yrs sold her for an amazing amount of money . Real passion other than the family and A10's was mk 2 jags ,owned 14 plus 2 s types and made a good additional income  fitting clutches fixing brakes etc on em   right through the 70s to 82  .
Bill I agree more time less done and shudder to think what I now weigh !
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: muskrat on 07.07. 2020 20:42
G'day Fellas.
Doing the final pack before the move to Lithgow on Friday. Can't wait to be reunited with the bikes.
Cheers
Title: Re: What prevented you from working on your bikes today
Post by: wortluck on 07.07. 2020 21:54
Good luck Musky, you deserve a bit!! *beer* *beer* *beer*