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Thread: Mystery DTI
03/07/2021 18:16:05

Didn't expect my post to spring back to life with all the info I needed👍👏


Thanks for posting that link & attached diagram.

A stat of interest 70°-90° of hand usage depends on the thumb!

Geoff - I agree wholeheartedly with that statistic with my left one out of action for some time as it heals

Thread: dirty clutch trick
01/07/2021 16:37:08

Hello Howard,

No progress on the Seven unfortunately due to health and a contra temp with front door.
Was just about to get back onto the Austin, when on the 14 June I amputated the tip of my left thumb, removing a bit of bone and tearing the nail off when I stuck it in the hinge side of the door jam and then tried to close it.
Plastic surgery took place on the 17th, resulting in me now having half the length of nail once it grows back.

Geoff - Stupidity knows no bounds!

30/06/2021 12:16:54

Ray MacMahon device in action on my BH600G:

Warco BH600G Clutch
The lever was my ‘design’.

Geoff - Play halted due to my stupidity.

Edited By OuBallie on 30/06/2021 12:18:10

Edited By OuBallie on 30/06/2021 12:19:06

Thread: Filing machine uses?
21/06/2021 16:48:14

Thanks Michael 👍

Forgot to add the finished items ready to be welded to handles.

Excel Filing Machine

Geoff - To say “Play has been abandoned” is an understatement.

21/06/2021 16:00:17

Used mine to make the handcranks for the Boxford shaper.

Excel Filing Machine

Excel Filing Machine

Been some time since my last post, all due to work on the Austin Seven and lately health.

Geoff - Last week amputated the tip of my left thumb, nail as well in hinge side of main door jam‼️🤬🤬🤬


Edited By OuBallie on 21/06/2021 16:02:30

Thread: Knurling tool operation
25/01/2021 13:34:22


Made mine to the drawing but then wasn’t at proper height, hence having to fit the tool post mount lower, or a woopsie, but I no longer remember🤗


Thread: Namibian Dust Storms
10/08/2020 17:53:56

Hello Joe,

Spent an afternoon in Swakopmund mid ‘60s when the frigates SAS Kruger, I was serving aboard, and SAS Steyn docked in Walvis Bay waiting for newly commissioned SAS Pretorius to arrive from UK, both frigates to meet up with her further up north

We weren’t expecting much after the drive there through the desert to your town, BUT what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be, cool with palm trees if memory serves, and realised why it was THE holiday resort that it was then.

No doubt built up somewhat since then.

The only other thing I remember was sand as far as the eye could see, apart from the sea.

Geoff - Couldn’t take the heat now, and uncomfortable with 30° now.

Thread: A unlucky accident
22/11/2019 18:47:11

My best wishes to friend and family.

I carry my phone with me wherever I go now, after my Blues & Twos to hospital end July for an emergency heart  artery balloon insertion, hence my absence since. 

Geoff - Fully recovered from the VF arrest during, something I will NEVER forget!

Edited By OuBallie on 22/11/2019 18:51:17

Thread: Knurling tool operation
22/11/2019 18:32:06


Experiment on a scrap piece first as you may need to adjust my method.

My technique using Hemingway kit I made is as follows, with lathe running:

1) Wind Cross-slide forward until knurls are centred over workpiece, then turn the screw until they make light contact and just start revolving,

2) Wind Cross-slide back,

3) Give the adjusting screw 1/8-1/4 turn

4) Slowly move Cross-slide forward forcing the knurls onto the work until centred, then another 1/4-1/2 turn

I find that this method ensured the knurls are in sync and produce perfect knurls as evident:

Hemingway Knurling Kit
Hemingway Knurling Kit

Geoff - Recovered from the Stent procedure, and complications, I had end July

Thread: John Stevenson
25/10/2019 22:53:08

I think of him every time I read back issues of ME I got from him and when turning the Y-axis handle on the Marlow.

Geoff - Walking 1.5 miles with ease with double soon.

Thread: Iím done with big pharma‼️
09/10/2019 17:44:24

Had a good chat with family doctor a few weeks ago and am now back on hospital tablets.
Started taking one at a time, waiting a week before the next to let body acclimatise, the last tablet tonight.
Feeling well enough to do a fairly brisk easy 2km walk nearly each day now, and feeling good afterwards, something I haven’t been able to do beforehand without taking it easy.

Was thinking of fitting a servo motor to the Singer 660A1 sewing machine, to have complete and easy speed control for leather work, having already slowed it down to the best of my ability from the speed merchant it was, but today had another look at either fitting a stop to the foot pedal or some other way to prevent the pedal travelling too far and sending the machine onto overdrive, and think I’ve nailed it.
Will experiment tomorrow.
I don’t use the machine often enough for muscle memory to help, hence a physical stop needed.

Geoff - back on the Ruby and into Workshop soon with luck

Thread: How many Hammers
28/09/2019 14:08:43

Thanks Howard,

That one on the right is reserved for a last warning before the biggie comes into play, and that one is the long handled lump hammer delivering the ultimate “You’re history” blow.

Don’t remember when I last used it though.

Geoff - Sends a message does it not 🤔

Thread: Iím done with big pharma‼️
27/09/2019 18:30:31


Not seeking advise, just stating what’s been happening to me.

Continuing with the dispersible aspirin I’ve been on for years, but now alternate with garlic.

Geoff - Managed a 1mile walk with ease this morning.

Thread: How many Hammers
27/09/2019 18:14:28

My selection within easy reach in the Workshop.

4th from left my favourite for moderate persuasion.

Hammers within easy reach

Panel beating ones in their own toolbox with long handled lump hammer at the rear door.

Geoff - Starting to feel normal now and walking just over a mile once again.

Thread: Iím done with big pharma‼️
26/09/2019 10:23:11

Was able to start walking within 12 days of leaving hospital culminating in doing 2km split morning and evening by end August.

Things have come to a grinding halt as hospital prescribed tablets are making me feel like a zombie.
Stopped taking them to clear the system and soon back walking with ease.
Then started one tablet at a time and guess what.

Now looking for natural substitutes, with garlic/aspirin being one of the most important.
The hospital put me on aspirin for a week then big pharma tablets and zombie time.

Geoff - I’m DONE with F****N big pharma‼️‼️

Thread: Bench block for small parts - ice hockey puck
16/09/2019 02:42:32

Been using them for years.

Geoff - Hadn't thought of using one for phone support 👍

Thread: How to upset the neighbours!
12/09/2019 05:50:01
Posted by Mike Poole on 10/09/2019 21:28:27:

No one would follow my Trident with its Norman Hyde 3-1 exhaust, strobing the Boyer ignition at 5000rpm when it was fully advanced tended to annoy some neighbours and bring a cherry glow to the exhaust header pipes. An hours riding like a hooligan made your ears ring. Also being a Motörhead and Ted Nugent fan I am amazed I can still hear at all.


A neighbour had a Trident, and the first time brother and I heard it we immediately said it sounded like a BRM F1.

Geoff - Twos & Blues to hospital end July & in recovery mode.

Thread: QCTP problems
26/08/2019 11:56:16
I would bin that QC
That bar material that looks of dubious quality.
Will be interesting reading responses.
Walking nearly a mile now and feeling good ✔️
Geoff - Soon back in the saddle.
Thread: 1935 Austin Seven Ruby ARQ
25/08/2019 11:29:17

I’m with you Howard.

Only taking pre-hospital tablets now until I see my GP.

Geoff - Starting to take regular walks now at last.

24/08/2019 12:26:58

Thanks Dave W.

Will give them a try, although I can tolerate live yoghurt.

Geoff - Numb bum again

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