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Thread: Springbok completed
01/01/2022 14:08:31

Absolutely superb, we can all appreciate the work that's gone into it.


Thread: Lidl Mini machine vice
31/12/2021 10:08:45

Got to be worth it for the drills!


Thread: ML7 Bed and Saddle wear
30/12/2021 16:22:46

Read some posts about wear on the bed/saddle on the myfords and a mod involving adding a sliver of gauge plate to the rear shear of the saddle giving it a better wearing surface area and helping with the wear caused on the front shear.

So before Christmas I ordered a half inch wide strip of 1/32 gauge plate with a view to tackling it over the holiday break.

My model, an early example has not shown any appreciable tight spots along the bed and after a stripdown and a measure of bed shears it showed under .001 of material worn from the 'most used' area on front shear and rear measured unworn. Looking at the saddle the original machining marks could be seen on rear shearing surface but with wear marks on the front (short) shear.

Degreased the saddle and bonded my gauge plate in with slow curing araldite. Saddle was placed on the bed and gib screws tightened to ensure it was pulled down evenly and allowed to cure for a couple of days.

Just finished assembling this afternoon with a mod that should improve working. Saddle runs end to end very smoothly.

I was pleased with the lack of wear I found and the mod was probably not strictly necessary but covering the exposed bed with a rubber cover attached to the saddle I believe has helped preserve it.


(can't seem to add photos from phone but there's a couple in my lathe mods folder)

Thread: Centaur big end lubrication
23/07/2021 23:05:00

I built my engine a couple of years ago (photos in my album) and it never got totally finished. So with renewed enthusiasm I'm on a mission!

One point I was never happy with was the banjo arrangement for lubrication of the big end bearing. This is designed to recycle the oil lost from a main bearing and carry it to the big end.

I have therefore dismantled the big end bearing and am in the process of fitting a lubricator screw top pot to hold oil. This will have a feed hole directly to the bearing and rather than start off with a hole that's too big I have drilled it 0.45mm on the non load side.

Obviously it's very small but is it the sort of size I should be aiming for? I tend to use a 5-30 synthetic oil on all engine parts.


Thread: Centaur Carburettor
02/07/2021 12:38:38

Clive, I constructed one of these 2/3 years ago (photos in my album) and I wondered about the groove. As you say a bit tricky down the bore of the carb! I did put the groove in the seat but unless someone could come up with a good reason it would be relatively easy to have a valve with and one without the groove, and try it? On the face of it it sounds a good idea.

The only downside would be if you decided it was needed in the seat, setting it up again to run true for machining could be a pain.


Thread: dirty clutch trick
25/06/2021 15:35:04

I've used that method for the last 35 years! All fine!


Thread: Irwin Record vice swivel base
23/06/2021 21:18:10

img_20210623_195355189_hdr.jpgFinished last pair of wheels so got to drilling bench top for new vice. It's held down with 3 M12 bolts with a plate underneath to spread the load.

Drilled an extra pair of holes so the vice can be swung around it's left foot and bolts dropped in the extra holes. Not sure of the angle but it's such that anything 'long' can stick out through workshop door!

Love the jaw opening, a full 7 inches. Have used graphite grease on the leadscrew and nut but so far haven't applied any lubrication to the slideways (not like me, I lubricate everything!) for fear of attracting dirt - what's the general opinion on vice lubrication?


22/06/2021 19:50:32

Yes the idea was that the left bolt stayed where it was and additional fixings added to my bench to fix the vice at 30 degrees (ish) Nuts welded to a plate underneath the bench top so I would only have to move 2 bolts and loosen/tighten the third. M12 fixings purchased today, bench top all marked out but, I seem to have got involved in re finishing the car wheels!

Will post photo's when back on the vice project.


21/06/2021 21:27:34

My Dad used to work at STC in Woolwich back in the day and would relate that story of the guy going out past the gatehouse when his plan failed!

Not the sort of thing you would want hanging round your neck!


21/06/2021 20:54:10

Well the beastie arrived today, what a lump!

First job was to dismantle it it for de greasing - everything was covered in grease and where it was required it didn't look particularly clean, as in not cleaned before application.

All cleaned up and de burred where required, graphite grease applied to leadscrew and nut and it now works to my satisfaction.

As suggested it stands a good inch taller than my old one so will not be increasing it further by adding a swivel base I shall just make it able to rotate by about 30 degree although that has to be confirmed before I start drilling fixing holes.


20/06/2021 15:20:40

Clive, I think extra holes is the way, also without incurring extra height. One thing I will do is make a 'plain' set of jaws. Had my existing vice jaws modified by grinding the grip surface off and never regretted it.


20/06/2021 10:19:26

Thanks for your inputs. Only yesterday did I use the swivel facility of my vice on a long piece of 1 inch by 1/4 bar!

As you say it's what you get used to, but I think I would miss it, even if only occasionally. I like the idea of additional holes so the vice can be mounted 'on the angle' when required but rather than add height with a base I would go for extra fixing positions.

Existing bench is 1/8 in steel on top of 1.5 inch ply mounted on a square section steel frame on a concrete floor and bolted to the wall with the vice bolted in the usual corner position, so it's pretty solid.

New vice due tomorrow!


17/06/2021 09:56:05

Or find my old Cuban heels!


17/06/2021 07:46:29

Thanks, definitely retrofittable to an existing vice, they are available for various models. Agree it looks like about an inch but I wonder if that could raise it a bit high especially for the likes of filing.

Think I will hang on till I get it as it could well be higher than my existing 4 inch job anyway.


17/06/2021 07:46:29

Thanks, definitely retrofittable to an existing vice, they are available for various models. Agree it looks like about an inch but I wonder if that could raise it a bit high especially for the likes of filing.

Think I will hang on till I get it as it could well be higher than my existing 4 inch job anyway.


16/06/2021 21:56:33

My workshop vice has done me proud over the years but it could do with a bigger jaw opening.

So as father's Day is upon us I have a Irwin Record number 5 vice one the way!

I understand a swivel base is available for this and as my existing vice swivels I think I might miss that feature but wonder how much height it adds to the vice?

Anyone got this combination or similar for ad(vice)?


Thread: Small oscillating engine
25/05/2021 12:37:34

That looks great, you should be proud of it!


Thread: Tinplate locomotive identification
14/05/2021 23:27:08

Once again thanks. There appears to be quite a following of this type of engine and I didn't realise they started life so long ago.

I have another loco which I believe is definitely a Bing after reading the above, there is no manufacturers mark on it I can see but it is of the same sort of design as in Michael's link showing the same driving gear arrangement. This one definitely has a brass boiler and I can remember it being steamed - probably 60 years ago!


AlanBing Loco

Bing Loco underside

Edited By AJW on 14/05/2021 23:28:21

13/05/2021 22:57:37

Birmingham Dribblers! What a name, although quite appropriate I would think. Imagine filling the burner with meths, lighting it and sending it across your carpet, not sure it would comply with health and safety!

Thanks for the information, this pair are definitely tinplate and peering into the fill plug holes reveals a 'certain' amount of rust. I know my Dad painted these many years ago in good faith but in hindsight it obviously wasn't the thing to do.

At least I now know a bit about them - I used to call them Bing Tinplate Engines.


13/05/2021 11:47:22

Thanks, let's have a go!

AlanTinplate 2-2-2 Loco

Tinplate 2-2-0 Loco

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