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Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
15/05/2019 16:46:50

Had a very interesting time over the last few days there was a 3 day speed meeting at Elvington.

Saturday I did not go but told Andy and Helen who were camped out if any competitor broke down and if I could help I would.

Had a phone call from Mick his wife is the fastest women motorcyclist in this country 264 mph a friend was having problems with his new creation a drag racing machine.

A drive bearing had moved and looked like the chain had worn a groove in its OD 50mm bore x 80 od.

I made a spacer fortunately I had some steel of that size while doing that Will the rider and his girl friend who had just flown in from California for a few days removed the damaged bearing.

Sunday on this machines second outing did around 140mph then Monday upped it to 151 mph his fastest yet.

There were some handling problems mainly when reduced acceleration and the large drag racing tyre caused gyroscopic effects if machine is not vertical on setting off.

All the controls brakes, clutch and gear change are operated from the handlebars they are what is used on disabled riders motorcycles.

A simple repair meant his 3 days was not aborted.

Guy Martin was also testing his motorcycle on Sunday it looked like his Pikes Peak machine.

A litttle repair

All hand controls

my repair

Guy Martin

Thread: Aldi 3D printer
05/04/2019 15:25:41

Aldi have a Balco 3d printer they have reduced price on


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
20/03/2019 00:29:58

As I have a strong interest in mechanical speed machines I went to Elvington Top Speed meeting today.

Little did I know I was being set up by friend Roger, Andy Lincoln Smith and his wife Helen.

Andy brought his BSA C10 and let me sit on it then Helen said your riding it doing the measured Top Speed mile.

A group of speed nuts had brought the riding gear for me.

I had not ridden a motorbike for 40 years

What a nostalgia trip on that 2 mile runway a bit more sedate to 1974's 207.9mph run.

That model BSA was my first motorbike bought in 1969 for £10 they now fetch £2600.

You have to watch out 40mph can be achieved ha,ha.

Then back home and got back in the workshop to do some work on my pumps.

The competitors you meet some are involved in ME and full size projects connected to speed

Thread: VMC Mill alignment
16/03/2019 21:22:17
Posted by Vic on 16/03/2019 19:52:37:

Just to be clear do you mean lowering the quill and are you doing this with the lever or the hand Wheel?

As a point of interest I was taught never to use the quill when milling but always to raise the table. Are you putting on a cut by moving the quill and if so has this shown up any errors in your work?

Have lowered quill both ways and still an error there has been a slight error on some work.

In future will just raise the table thank you.

16/03/2019 19:44:06

I have a Warco VMC mill it's not had too much use from new but have noticed an alignment problem.

Have looked at previous posts on how to align this is what I have.

Winding the table up and down the dial indicator shows no deflection on the vertical face of the machine vice.

When I wind the head down even with it being tightened to allow for any slop in it the DTI shows o.oo2" over about 2" vertical vice jaw.

It seems the head has a sag towards me everything is bolted tight

Any easy way to sort this

Thread: A good seller
16/03/2019 11:57:41
In this day and age there seems to be a great many who pick faults and moan about anything.
It’s good to hear favourable comments even after hiccups with things.
An order from Bearing Shop UK did not arrive after over a week I contacted by Email at night following morning they wanted to confirm address.
Should have received in a few days with no quibble another Email from them said another order despatched if original order does come keep it.
Following day order came I would certainly recommend them Arc Euro have been good as well.
On Tuesday the 19th March the motorcycle speed nuts will be blasting down Elvington runway some trying to better 271mph record.
Now getting back into workshop to finish pumps for my larger flash steam engine.

Edited By Windy on 16/03/2019 12:02:32

Edited By Windy on 16/03/2019 12:07:21

Thread: Metal Cutting Power Saw
14/03/2019 01:28:44

I got the Aldi portable band saw yesterday and gave it a try today on some ally bar the vice looks rubbish but it gripped ok.

Waiting to try it on some big lumps of ally soon but seems to work fine have ordered some spare blades and hope there are no problems cutting en24 wonder if should arrange a positive coolant system for that.

07/03/2019 00:44:55

I have a lot of metal to cut so have ordered the Aldi portable band saw so will get a lot of use just hope is as good as the comments on the Aldi site

06/03/2019 12:19:08
As many of us have limited access to the recommended machines for certain jobs we have to do things the hard way or improvise.
I purchased years ago from an auto jumble a block 3” x 4.25” x 12” of 6082 Ally and decided could use it for my full size flash steam water and fuel pump bodies two are required.
Thinking it’s going to be a hand hacksaw job I remembered a cheap Aldi electric hand reciprocating saw bought from my local store.
With a metal blade have cut up a 1/4” angle trailer in the past so dug it out and put a coarse long wood blade in it (no carbide teeth on it) with a bit of lube done the Ally cutting.
Have found many of the budget tools from Aldi are OK for occasional use and a lot cheaper than professional ones.
I did this today in about 15 to 20 minutes.
Ally block cuttingAlly block cut.Ally block.

Edited By Windy on 06/03/2019 12:24:56

Thread: Larger ball check valve lift
04/03/2019 15:54:24
Sat on my arse designing the water and fuel pump body on Turbocad fortunately blown the model hydroplane pump drawing up apart from plunger diameters having to be changed.
Model pump is a very reliable design my ME forum members advised me on some very useful tables regarding the valve diameters and lifts regarding steam engines.
As usual at same time had Forces TV on as well a program just a few years old showing was Defenders of the Sky part I thought very interesting was modern Carbon Composites.
Brought back memories of a talk at my P.E.E.M.S. club about composites regarding aircraft and other uses.
At same time had some Presto taper shank metric reamers delivered they are used but nice and sharp another reasonable Ebay purchase certainly better quality than my last purchase.
For the mainly motorcycle top speed enthusiast there is a session at Elvington on Tuesday March 19th 2019.
2019 tuesday  top speed.jpg

Edited By Windy on 04/03/2019 16:00:28

03/03/2019 00:21:50

Been looking on the web to find the ideal lift for the larger ball valves on piston water and fuel pumps valves and at the moment hit a blank.

My model with 0.1875" balls has a lift of 0.014" restricted lift and is fine.

Is there a formula to determine the lift bearing in mind ball diameter piston diameter and stroke..

Any useful advice welcome thank you.

Thread: Welding helmet
25/02/2019 00:32:30

With most of my tig welding it was very low amp settings for the thin stainless tube I was fusing together.

I read somewhere be careful with some auto darkening helmets as on such low welding settings they might not darken.

Thread: Dunlop bearings
23/02/2019 22:56:55

Has any member had dealings with Bearings labelled Dunlop.

I have just received 6mm and 8mm bore plain spherical bearings for a linkage.

The outer is split like some other similar small spherical bearings by SKF I suppose so they can press the ball in the outer housing.

Have found a lot of side play in the Dunlop ones even when I nipped the outer in a collet.

A small imperial steel on steel spherical plain bearing I was given has less than 8mm bore with a solid outer and shows no play at all in any direction.

A year ago I bought some 45mm bearing locknuts some were made by Dunlop with very oversize threads compared to some other makers 45mm locknuts.

When I buy anymore bearing bits and pieces on Ebay will make sure they are not made by Dunlop.

These part were not expensive so put it down to poor quality control.

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
07/02/2019 13:21:20

Graham showed other steam rocket machines that others have drove a scooter was fascinating that pressurised the pressure vessel over a barbecue the machine was so hot the rider had to stand up still it did 146mph.

Evel Spirit was another similar to Evel Knievel unsuccessful steam rocket but this one was successful.


07/02/2019 08:58:00

It was PEEMS first club meeting of 2019 and what a treat for speed enthusiast members.

This small club was packed with members and guests many from the speed scene for my friend Graham Sykes Steam Rocket Bike talk.

Grahams Wife has a wealth of knowledge on this creation and was also involved in making the pressure vessel insulation blanket apart from other things.

Amongst the guest were previous talker Becci Ellis fastest women and others that have done fantastic speeds at Elvington, Pendine and other venues including the TT.

PEEMS has such a variation of interests that was the main reason why I joined years ago.


2019_Graham Sykes talk on force of nature rocket bike 

Edited By Windy on 07/02/2019 08:59:58

Edited By Windy on 07/02/2019 09:13:45

Thread: Who made this
08/12/2018 13:44:36

I bought these scale many years ago at a car boot and used them for weighing my flash steamers crankshaft balance factor weights.

I'm not sure if a commercial item or someone specially made it.

The pans are on knife edges and is well made.

Anyone know anything about it,

scales pendulum side.jpgscales.jpg

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
06/12/2018 13:01:55

Just been notified of my friends machine in Performance Bikes magazine.


performance bikes.jpg

Edited By Windy on 06/12/2018 13:02:26

Thread: Interests other than Model Engineering
03/12/2018 23:27:51

Model water speed records.

Full scale water speed events (spectator}.

Motorcycle speed attempts interests.

Steam rallies'

Classic cars.and motorbikes

Repairing mechanical bits.




Making speed related engine

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
02/12/2018 21:06:05
Posted by duncan webster on 02/12/2018 19:13:49:

So having found that it is out of true what do you do? Just hit it with a lead hammer, or do you scotch one side with a block to prevent it rotating?

This is probably becoming a lost art as Japanese bikes seem to last forever (I will now go and wash my mouth out)

Have seen video of one repairer having a stout upright fixed steel bar with probably a lead block on top just banging the offset flywheel on it a recommended way in some books.

01/12/2018 12:03:21
Posted by thaiguzzi

Very nice.

I presume alignment is on the top portion with the knife edges, and the balancing done below on the 2 pairs of brgs?

Many years ago, we did static balancing on our knife edges too.

Bob R - lovely work on the pre unit single.

The bearings are mainly for aligning the pressed up crankshaft similar to a Alpha-Tru aligner the straight edges for balancing.

alpha tru

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