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|Thread: Flash Steam|
Another part of my past life has gone.
After many enjoyable years of developing K9 it went down South today with a car load of spares.
Hope the new owner can make it go faster.
I have no distractions now and can get get back to my latest mission.
Have seen so many of my age group mainly due to ill health give up or sell the things they loved to do.
As was told by the buyer an ex model record holder, many years ago another top man and engineer now gone said watch Windross he will be fast at that time was doing about 112mph when others did 120+mph.
Determination is the name of the game but enjoy what you are doing as another competitors wife told me you are always so cheerful even if a disaster strikes.
That remark reminded me of a very enjoyable time in the heart and chemotherapy wards at York Hospital even if the thoughts of possible failure was not far away.
Cracking on in the workshop now just enjoy even if a bit daunting at times.
Edited By Windy on 18/09/2019 09:31:20
A sad time in a Model Engineers life when he has to say goodbye to his hobby.
After successful medical treatment it has left a side effect and I no longer feel safe in the lake due to leg problems.
Have passed the word about packing in with the Record holding tethered hydroplane and have a few interested parties.
As a unique model despite not being pretty but purely functional with battle scars to prove it I expect a fair price for it all.
£2000. is the minimum I will take for the model, spares and documented setting up of engine over many years.
If not will let my young Sister dispose of it in a specialist auction site when I’ve gone.
There are years of accumulated parts engine spares, special tools simple jigs three generators and parts that I can’t remember what they were for.
Despite feeling dodgy on my pins at times I find riding a motorcycle at Elvington after many years no worry and have been offered a ride on a 150mph machine.
This is to prepare me God willing for my full size flash steamer there is a great deal more work to do yet as time is moving at a fast pace.
Edited By Windy on 01/09/2019 04:42:40
Edited By Windy on 01/09/2019 05:09:59
I am only testing the waters to see if any one might be interested.
Due to certain health issues I have decided to sell my Flash Steam Tethered Hydroplane.
As far as I know it’s the Worlds Fastest at the present time.
It would be sold with any spare parts including generator coils, history, engine set up details.
Have an enthusiast who is interested and he would be given first choice if he can better any offers to buy.
Please note this is not a show machine purely functional with battle scars after 130mph plus take offs.
Have the video’s showing that and many other fast runs.
Keep this in mind it’s experimental if run after every meeting you have to strip and rebuild it also things might need repairing or making.
Flash steam hydroplanes are not for the faint hearted to compete with one means you need a machine workshop not just a few spanners and the will to continue developing it a full time job.
Might be used just as an exhibit in that cases no work required.
Being a Yorkshire man I do not have time for tyre kickers only genuine interested people will be shown it time waiters will get the boot.
Edited By Windy on 13/08/2019 11:02:17
|Thread: Another scam|
I have had very offensive scam and kept getting them even when blocked so called at the police station.
A young lass had had a similar email any suspected junk is automatically deleted now.
Unfortunately some genuine messages get deleted as well unless you are on my safe sender list.
|Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion|
They are not sintered bronze but are based on car brake pads.
An acquaintance who was a brake tester at Mintex and is still involved in the car rally scene said they look like a pad he has fitted to many cars.
Will check with him as I think there rear Escort pads that have been machined to fit
I was given the clutch to consider for my project I don't think mine will be a high HP machine like the machine the clutch was used on .
The springs do not push the pressure plate onto the linings but hold it clear. A combination of the centrifugal bob weights and the holding springs decide rpm the clutch engages.
As a test I run it on the lathe and it all seemed to work.
Will consider a few more friction discs etc.there are a few friction materials to choose one has an aggressive engagement others more gradual.
I was wanting a centrifugal clutch the one they use on smaller engines don't seem suitable.
A variable speed transmission I would have liked instead but too much transmission loss.
At the July Top-speed Elvington speed attempts was given a centrifugal clutch for my project by my steam rocket friend.
I may not use it but it has given me ideas for my own design this one has a wide toothed belt drive that I will not use.
Looks like brake pads have been used for the friction plate.
Have been on the web for friction materials to make my own friction plates but most seem to be just offering a lining service.
Anyone know where I can buy just the material I would prefer bonding but will probably rivet the linings.
Could just do cheque book engineering and have a custom one made but that is not my scene.
Something about a 137mph steam bike at Loring LSR.
2ft dia vertical boiler with 250 copper tubes swaged each end...rolled 4140 steel wall and Tig ed up....pressure tank drives kerosine spray with propane igniter...parallel 180 twin with slide valves...no tranny..direct drive....he has pressure vessel and steam tickets...
|Thread: Angle grinders - Dangerous or not|
When I started work many years ago in car body repairs we were using large electric disc sanders similar to large angle grinders.
Tom got the sanding disc on the wrong edge and promptly it jumped out of his hands and cut his wrist the artery was visible.
It was dangerous on thin metal if you didn't approach the job in the right direction. Thank God for all those air sanders a lot safer.
|Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion|
If you are feeling fit a simple way to align single cylinder cranks.
Between centres is ok providing they are perfect but a crank aligner chap mentions that the centres can be distorted sometimes after pullers etc. have been used on them.
I doubt he will ever sell one he restores numerous classic bikes not for resale but for his own personal use
The one I made was out of mainly scrap my classic bike friend has two sizes of the Alpha and used them a lot when he used to do a lot of work for a now gone local motorcycle dealer.
At least this old git is of use doing a few repairs and modifications for true friends and enthusiasts it does keep you active.
Love of speed machines is never far away and keep doing bits on my full size project.
My friends. steam rocket bike is on test hold at the moment due to work commotments.
He has a drag racing type slipper clutch he made with all the load data for me to use.
Anyway my monthly treat at Elvington Top Speed soon it's Tuesday July 16th.
Pete I was similar in my early days very little equipment but loads of enthusiasm had no qualification and learnt by trial and error.
Was told a few years ago would not call you an engineer more a tinkerer.
The following year did a one way average speed over he 1/4 mile of 207.9 mph.
A member of this forum sold his fast motorcycle to my friends Andy and Helen.
Today June 18.Andy did a personal best of 214.728 mph at Elvington he had a number of runs over 200mph as well.
Beccy the fastest Granny did 253mph
Edited By Windy on 18/06/2019 18:47:05
|Thread: High performance Torx bits|
A certain car door hinges were held by largish torx screws to remove with a conventional tool normally resulted in twisted or broken bits.
Using an air impact wrench and no problems getting them out sudden shock in this case was the answer.
|Thread: 1.1kw motor iffy|
Edited By Windy on 06/06/2019 21:31:14
Some years ago the motor would not run very well and replaced the run capacitor it worked ok at highest speed as well.
Lately replaced the same run capacitor but found later the high speeds needed caution to get up to speed as slackening belt helped.
Had also checked centrifugal switch so have ordered a start capacitor from China.
I know some are not keen on quality of some oriental products but I have also had some crap UK products that cost a lot more.
Am maybe answering my own question but would like it verifying or is it something else.
My Warco 600 lathe motor 1.1kw starts and runs in the low belt speeds.
In the high belt speeds it's slow getting up to speed and find to reduce the belt tension with the belt changing lever first helps starting.
As it has two capacitors am I correct to think the start capacitor is faulty or start windings on the way out.
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