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Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
18/11/2019 22:45:34

Has been very interesting following Bloodhound testing some of the issues found was a vibration sensor set too fine when going over a track on the desert that shut the engine down,

Braking parachute , air brakes and normal brakes being checked and sometimes modified.

A hot wire sensor system shutting the turbine down when engine and chassis got too hot.

Part of the rear wheel outrigger streamlining coming adrift.

Also finding various stability things at speed.

Being tested in a very hot climate raised issues with control systems which they did not get in the cooler UK.

It seems they were very minor problems which the team overcome.

Just waiting for the official record attempts with the rocket assist engaged a fantastic bit of engineering.

Edited By Windy on 18/11/2019 22:47:03

Edited By Windy on 18/11/2019 22:47:34

Edited By Windy on 18/11/2019 22:48:47

18/11/2019 13:00:55

If any speed enthusiast is following Bloodhounds testing here is Andy Green comments on his 628mph terminal speed run.

Hopefully next year will be the record attempt with the additional rocket assist attached.

.**LINK**

Thread: Miitutoyo caliper error
06/11/2019 23:52:24

Years ago at a car boot I bought a faulty Mitutoyo caliper for a couple of quid and found the battery contact was not a very good contact with the battery.

Sorted that out and its still going after 25 years.

Thread: Cutting stainless steel rod. Bandsaw or chopsaw?
04/11/2019 09:12:28

I have one of Aldi bandsaw and pleased with it for the price the vice is the weak point but will eventually be modified.

Have cut various materials with it and bought a set of three milwaukee bandsaw blades.as spares cost £26.45 .

A coolant system would be handy for it.

Before had to cut some 2inch en24t and used a 4inch angle grinder with a metal cutting disc the bar was 6foot and was on axle stands.

Noise was the downside so neighbours might not be happy if used regularly. .

Thread: 1.1kw motor iffy
29/10/2019 22:04:11

I think my problem started when cutting a lot of 20 and 45mm metric threads single phase are not keen on lots of stops and starting

29/10/2019 21:22:59
Posted by Windy on 06/06/2019 21:25:34:
Posted by AdrianR on 06/06/2019 18:26:54:

Hi Windy,

I have a BH600 and it is exactly the same in high gears. I only recently got it so don't know what it used to be like, but I assumed it is normal for a capacitor start.

Please let me know if your new start capacitor helps.

Adrian

Will do but might be a few weeks before I get the start capacitor

Edited By Windy on 06/06/2019 21:31:14

Finally got the start capacitor replaced tonight.

It's instant fast starts in the highest speed now.

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
22/10/2019 12:39:09
Posted by Windy on 22/10/2019 11:54:03:

For all speed record enthusiasts Bloodhound is busy this video is a bit long so about 3/4 on the turbine is tested.

There are regular updates of what is happening there might be problems seeing this link for some so try to get Bloodhound Newsletter on the web.

**LINK**

Edited By Windy on 22/10/2019 11:59:19

Found link wont open on Windows 7 IE but works on Firefox

22/10/2019 11:54:03

For all speed record enthusiasts Bloodhound is busy this video is a bit long so about 3/4 on the turbine is tested.

There are regular updates of what is happening there might be problems seeing this link for some so try to get Bloodhound Newsletter on the web.

**LINK**

Edited By Windy on 22/10/2019 11:59:19

Thread: Flash Steam
18/09/2019 09:23:00
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

01/09/2019 04:40:00

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.

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Edited By Windy on 01/09/2019 04:42:40

Edited By Windy on 01/09/2019 05:09:59

13/08/2019 10:59:20

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.

 

 

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Edited By Windy on 13/08/2019 11:02:17

Thread: Another scam
05/08/2019 22:33:44

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
25/07/2019 22:52:46

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

25/07/2019 16:11:26
Posted by thaiguzzi on 25/07/2019 06:05:23:

Thats a weird looking friction plate.

Last time i looked inside a high hp centrifugal clutch i seem to remember multi plates and springs.

Yours has 5 or 6 springs but how many plates?

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.

24/07/2019 14:26:03

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.

18/07/2019 19:34:12

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...137mph.jpg

Thread: Angle grinders - Dangerous or not
18/07/2019 01:50:38

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
06/07/2019 16:24:39

If you are feeling fit a simple way to align single cylinder cranks.

**LINK**

06/07/2019 15:01:38
Posted by thaiguzzi on 06/07/2019 06:23:50:
Posted by Hopper on 05/07/2019 08:39:57:
Posted by thaiguzzi on 02/07/2019 04:53:08:

Another would be a genuine between centres crank aligner like HD used or a larger J&S bench centres.

I think you can still buy the Rowe crank truing stand with indicators which is in the HD style. Costs about $1,000 though.

I dunno what the genuine Rowe one costs, but the Taiwanese copy , which most people buy and use, is approaching that figure.

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.

04/07/2019 23:38:17
Posted by thaiguzzi on 04/07/2019 13:52:23:
Posted by Windy on 02/07/2019 08:46:17:

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.

Let me know if he ever wants to sell them, especially the bigger one.

Ta velly much.

I doubt he will ever sell one he restores numerous classic bikes not for resale but for his own personal use

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