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Thread: Workshop Setup Help
29/11/2020 19:02:18

benchHi It’s very good idea to use your grinder outside,the wind and rain cleans the mess up.

Easiest way to mount it ,is get a small piece of kitchen worktop or similar and bolt grinder to it then screw length of 4 x 2 to bottom of worktop. This can then be clamped either in either a vice or a Black and Decker workmate.

I’ve had an outside vice for years for big and dirty jobs also an outside bench Hope this is useful.



Thread: Steering side tube
28/11/2020 13:11:15

Hi, Try to find a drag link from an old Land Rover or similar 4 x 4 and make one from that.


Thread: Quality small metric spanners
20/11/2020 18:21:11

Hi,Can’t see how 6 ends fit 12 sizes.


Thread: Clearing spark plug thread
20/11/2020 08:54:43

Hi ,What’s the point of trying all these things ,when the proper tool is £6 at Machine Mart.If you damage it ,a helicoil kit will cost a lot more also a lot more time than the 2minutes this tool will take. I have one of these .


Thread: Whitworth v UNC
18/11/2020 10:06:48
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 18/11/2020 09:41:33:

What a good question! I can't remember ever using the threaded holes in my blocks, which I bought expecting them to be metric. I just checked - they're; M8, which doesn't help MC at all.

My guess is MC's blocks are most likely 3/8"x16UNC because it's a current thread-form common in the US. BSW is unlikely because it's been fading away since the UK standardised on Unified Threads in 1948,. BSW survived in UK motor manufacturing until about 1980, but since then hasn't been used in new designs. Unified threads didn't replace BSW wholesale in the UK because metrication provided a better alternative.

BSW and UNC ⅜ x 16tpi threads fit together, but it's not recommended. The fit is weak because the thread angles are 5° different - low holding strength, and liable to come apart when vibrated. More likely to be done by accident than deliberately but the bodge may not matter in 1-2-3 blocks. If it does matter, the Internet is your friend. Although new BSW are hard to source, there are loads of people selling them second-hand on ebay. UNC are available new, but they too are gradually fading away.

Advice to anyone setting up a new workshop in 2020, go metric young man!


Hi ,What new vehicles were still using Whitworth in 1980 ?

There are plenty of new BSW nuts and bolts of all types on ebay ,probably hard to get in diy store.


Thread: Caterham tacho - possible use to show RPM
15/11/2020 23:37:14
Posted by Frances IoM on 15/11/2020 23:13:49:

I had discovered previously the same thread but was confused by mention of lights as mine appears to have no visible indicators - catch is I cannot extract it from the case - the front bezel once a rubber seal in moved can be twisted but doesn't want to come away from the 'can' protecting the mechanism

Hi ,Have you had a look at makers website and downloaded instructions ? Why do you need to get it out of case,connections and switches should be on back.


15/11/2020 21:32:18
Posted by Michael Gilligan on 15/11/2020 15:15:37:

I would start by looking here: **LINK**

and continue by wondering if it’s worth more to them than you could buy an alternative for.


Hi ,this link gives you the name of the maker .Put name in google ,to find website ,this has instructions for gauges .

I think you might be able to drive it direct from a Hall sensor


Edited By Maurice Taylor on 15/11/2020 21:51:20

15/11/2020 21:21:24

Hi, this might be useful. **LINK**


Thread: Another way to pass the lockdown time
12/11/2020 19:18:39

Hi,This website shows all old railways including narrow gauge industrial ones,superimposed on modern maps.



Thread: Plans for updating the archaic forum?
12/11/2020 08:23:25

Hi Lee Jones, Thank you for replying to my question yesterday.


11/11/2020 18:55:49

Can anybody explain in non technical terms what is wrong with the forum ? I’ve used it for a few years and can’t see anything wrong. I use an Ipad mini and have had no problems reading the forum on it,other than my photos being upside down when put on ,that’s sorted now.

How can people complain when it is free. Change and upgrade for the sake of it is pointless.


Edited By Maurice Taylor on 11/11/2020 18:58:00

Thread: How To Post Pictures/Photographs and Create Albums
08/11/2020 17:44:48
Posted by Speedy Builder5 on 08/11/2020 15:01:15:

What we need to know is how to get the correct rotation of a photo once its in the album. Its a stumbling block for me with an I-phone and Apple Mac. If I rotate it before I add to my album, the rotation is ignored.


Hi,The same problem happens with an ipad, I found that if you rotate the photo on the ipad ,save it upside down,then rotate it back to normal,save it again. Upload to your forum album ,it should be ok.


Just retested my suggestion ,and it works Ok.It must be an Apple thing ,worth trying on yours.


Edited By Maurice Taylor on 08/11/2020 17:54:49

Thread: First workbench, for an ML7 lathe
08/11/2020 12:16:37

Hi, I used coated 1.6mm steel for mine because I’d been given it .Otherwise I would have used 12mm plywood ,bolted on with 6mm set screws or coach bolts.Its easier to add shelves etc when using wood.I also made a pair of raising blocks from offcuts of the square tube . Hope this helps


08/11/2020 10:26:08

Hi, Very similar to mine,you won’t have any problems with twisting as it is. I can’t fault any aspect of that bench. Money well spent.


Edited By Maurice Taylor on 08/11/2020 10:27:06

Thread: C0 Lathe Blowing Fuses. Control board short?
07/11/2020 16:54:08

Hi, It might be worth fitting a fuse in one of the motor leads,then if the motor stalls ,it will hopefully blow the fuse before damaging the controller .


Thread: LCD to indicate RPM
04/11/2020 18:18:30

Hi, There are plenty on eBay ,search “tachometer”. Most are less than £20.


Thread: C0 Lathe Blowing Fuses. Control board short?
02/11/2020 22:22:24

Hi Hollowpoint The diodes are on Amazon **LINK** .I would also check if the power transistors are shorted before fitting new diodes.

Hope this helps


01/11/2020 19:47:09

I can see bad joints on both side of board ,one on the diode near orange capacitor and one on the other side near serial number.I would think the diodes are shorted and blowing the fuse.

I do not mean to be rude ,but if you’re not fully competent with working at mains voltage ,take it to somebody who is.

You have to consider the whole board to be at mains potential.


Thread: First workbench, for an ML7 lathe
29/10/2020 13:32:01

Hi William, Your design sounds very similar to mine.(Photo earlier in the thread). It is made from 50 x 50 x3mm square tube, It does not have diagonals and is very strong.The extended feet make it very stable.It is based on an MEW articlle from a few years ago.The base plate under the lathe is only 18guage steel ,the lathe is bolted to the 2 cross members. I think your price quoted is good.

Unfortunenately there some complications engineers on the forum that make a simple job look daunting and difficult without offering any useful help and often have a downer on things other people are doing.


27/10/2020 18:01:17

img_20150513_182725659.jpgThis was what I put my ML7 on to get going ,worked ok until I made a proper stand.Its on wheels as well.


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