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Title: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: ShaunMac on 07.05. 2014 18:26
After attempting to put on some new tank knee rubbers (unsuccessfully, as one ripped) it got me thinking what the worst job on the assembly line was?
After doing a full rebuild I have to say that whoever did that job needs a medal!
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: tombeau on 07.05. 2014 19:10
Was probably tyres.
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Post by: Greybeard on 07.05. 2014 19:34
The worst job was done by the new apprentice who got sent to the stores for a 'long weight'
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Post by: bsa-bill on 07.05. 2014 19:43
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long weight

up here it's was "a long stand" or for the dimmer ones a tin of tartan paint
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: Beezageezauk on 07.05. 2014 20:02
I was running a small garage in the early 1980's and sent the young apprentice to the local motor factors for a set of valve clearances.  He came back with a message from the store man asking if I wanted "Metric" or "Imperial"!!

But I reckon that the worst job on the A7/A10 production line has got to be fitting the push-rods and getting the rocker box gasket to seal.

Beezageezauk.
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: Greybeard on 07.05. 2014 20:40
I was running a small garage in the early 1980's and sent the young apprentice to the local motor factors for a set of valve clearances.  He came back with a message from the store man asking if I wanted "Metric" or "Imperial"!!
 *smile*

But I reckon that the worst job on the A7/A10 production line has got to be fitting the push-rods and getting the rocker box gasket to seal.

I'm sure that if I was doing that job all day every day it would become a piece of cake!
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: orabanda on 07.05. 2014 23:09
I worked for a heavy engineering firm with a significant number of apprentices.

We had a very effective (and grumpy) storeman.

Most of the apprentices were sent off on false errands at some stage.

One of the favourites was to send them to the store, looking for a 10" populating tool; the storeman never saw the humour in this!

One sheep shearing season, when I was about 12, the head roustabout had me running from one member of the team, to a another, asking for a wool saw; kept me busy (distracted) all day! never found the saw!

Richard
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: gavinoz on 08.05. 2014 05:01
Similar to Beezageeza, I was told off for bringing a metric adjustable spanner for the foreman to work on the Ford Super Major, and sent off to find an Imperial.
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: ShaunMac on 08.05. 2014 08:21
If I ever found any apprentices using adjustables I used to weld them up. They soon learned the art of realising what spanners they needed.
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: ShaunMac on 08.05. 2014 09:39
Seeing I brought the topic up regarding the knee pads, does anyone have any tips on putting them on?
I've ordered another set and I'm thinking that immersing them in hot water may help with fitment?
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: cyclobutch on 08.05. 2014 10:08
Don't remember a problem doing mine - and they were the originals I put back on. Warming them through can only help though surely.

I found getting the tank badges on harder. Screw to the clip and then slide on, or put the clip on first then try and screw to it. Managed it somehow but I do have a crack running part way through one of them now. Doh.
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: ShaunMac on 08.05. 2014 10:33
Unfortunately the old ones were well gone. The ones I got to replace seemed very hard and I think that's why it tore.
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Post by: Topdad on 08.05. 2014 10:51
Think I used washing up liguid to lubricate ,oh and brute force but has Musky picked up on an early picture I'D PUT THE BLOODY THINGS ON UPSIDE DOWN !! turned 'em the right way ( about 3 mths later ) and went on easily. ps when were" skyhooks" phased out by builders ??? that was one that a mate of ours was sent for , regards Bob
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: cyclobutch on 08.05. 2014 12:05
As a complete aside - but following the rubber theme. I have no nacelle or 'trousers' on my Bitza so fit gaiters to the forks. I get them from Draganfly but they only last about 18 months before perishing through. I imagine I'm just working through a box of their old stock.
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: bsa-bill on 08.05. 2014 13:34
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adjustable spanner

those were the days gavinoz one of those and a hammer below every tractor seat.
And in those days the worst job on the farm was picking stones, we had an Irishman thought he'd found a patch of blue stones that changed colour every time he picked them up
was a while before we pointed him in the direction of the tinted window on the cap that the sun was shining through
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: Greybeard on 08.05. 2014 21:12
Unfortunately the old ones were well gone. The ones I got to replace seemed very hard and I think that's why it tore.

I also had trouble fitting my new tank rubbers. I think the modern 'rubber' is not as good as it should be; doesn't seem to stretch. I don't know if your rubbers fit the same as my Plunger ones; I had to insert a shaped metal plate inside the rubber and screws pass through to retain the assembly to the tank. I tried using very hot water to soften the rubber but it was still a struggle. The first rubber did split during the process but luckily the split is around the hidden inner edge so not visible. I seriously considered grinding a bit off the outer edge of the inner retaing plate to make life easier but eventually I won the battle.
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: ShaunMac on 08.05. 2014 21:24
It had torn on the inside so popped a bit of superglue on. Sat them in boiling water and managed to get them on. They don't sit perfectly flush at the top which is quite disappointing but that's modern replica quality for you.
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: cyclobutch on 08.05. 2014 21:58
Were they really so great back in the day, or have we just become used to the accuracy of Japanese shut lines?
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: BSA_54A10 on 23.05. 2014 11:02
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adjustable spanner

those were the days gavinoz one of those and a hammer below every tractor seat.
And in those days the worst job on the farm was picking stones, we had an Irishman thought he'd found a patch of blue stones that changed colour every time he picked them up
was a while before we pointed him in the direction of the tinted window on the cap that the sun was shining through

cab, CAB, what sort of wooses were you.
A sprung seat if you were lucky
A broken plow blade if you wern't.
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: bsa-bill on 23.05. 2014 13:40
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cab, CAB, what sort of wooses were you.

cabs came in some time in the sixties for safety reasons, in the UK then 50 odd tractor drivers  a year died as a result of overturns or stepping off or onto a moving tractor (yes I've done that a thousand times myself), then sound levels brought in Qcabs, of course if you worked for yourself you could die or become deaf as often as you liked and still be legal but for employed drivers an accident whilst not adhering to HSE laws meant you were on your own afterwards.
My neighbour has just had two hearing aids fitted (ex tractor driver) and I have difficulty hearing my wife at times *smile*.
Sadly the death rate in agriculture remains too high ( 30 deaths a year) in that respect it is the most dangerous occupation in the UK.

Previous to all these changes we bounced up and down on a metal seat bolted to a leaf spring ;)
Title: Re: Worst job on the assembly line?
Post by: muskrat on 23.05. 2014 21:38
I hope she went to the right bench after lunch. The bench further down the line had the powder in  *eek*.
Cheers