Here is a list of all the postings Windy has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion|
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.
|Thread: Adhesive Storage?|
I have some that is used for repairing fishing waders that is recommended to be stored in the freezer
|Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion|
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.
|Thread: Aldi 3D printer|
Aldi have a Balco 3d printer they have reduced price on
|Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019|
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|
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.
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|
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
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