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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

30/11/2018 20:19:17
Posted by ronan walsh on 30/11/2018 16:48:41:

Lovely work Windy, please show and tell us more about it.

The crankshaft aligner or the crank on it.

30/11/2018 20:15:36

Amazing what can be done Bob in a home workshop

29/11/2018 13:49:39

Yesterday was talking to two fellow motorcycle speed record nuts hopefully next year a Gem gas turbine streamliner will be tested.

Friend Graham should be giving a talk at PEEMS club early next year about his steam rocket bike a work of engineering excellence.

Myself finished last night my crankshaft aligning with detachable straight edges for balancing jig.

The base feet and straight edges can be adjusted for levelling.

Apart for £2 for shims everything else was from my spares box the 20mm ally was donated by another speed enthusiast.

Crankshaft aligner and  balancing

Crank aligner


Edited By Windy on 29/11/2018 13:56:46

Thread: High tensile steel
22/11/2018 20:52:22

What about using a full size vale and machining to the size you require.

My flash steamer valve is a Rover K series exhaust valve and can machine with sharp HSS tools.

Make sure its valve with a non welded head also check material some pattern valves are not that good.

En 21-4N is good genuine old 650 Triumph exhaust valves were made of that cheaper types would tulip or worse.

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
02/11/2018 16:23:04

Not so much about motorcycles but saw an impressive 125cc single cylinder GRM two-stroke powered hydroplane at Coniston speed week.

It broke National and World records for its class 84mph one way then 85mph return.

GRM make single cylinder, two cylinder and four cylinder two stroke outboard engines.

Am reminded of the Konig that was converted to racing sidecar use.

I said to my friend Roger it looks like you could make one in a home workshop.

Some links to GRM


Thread: Warco VMC worklight
25/10/2018 20:11:16

I bought two packets of these from Ebay it says UK but they come from China for £5.84.

5Pcs 24V G5.3 35W/50W Base Halogen Bulbs Light Lamp Bulb UK

The pins are a bit thicker but can be modified to fit the VMC lamp holder also slightly longer on the bulb glass.

At that price was worth a risk I had a similar one before and it lasted nearly 2 years.

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
20/10/2018 15:01:21

A bit of my whittling today a lot more to do



20/10/2018 11:00:28
Posted by Chris Evans 6 on 20/10/2018 10:09:29:

Keep it coming, my racing days are over but I love the speed scene.

It keeps me feeling young seeing old and new friends at these speed attempts.

As many of us know the clocks ticking but the more I see the age of some riders the more I want to get my project finished.

Helen and Andy have a complete Honda minus engine for my steam machine that would save a lot of time as just buying the cycle bits separate would be expensive.

The V8 Skoda was driven to Prague in the company of Grahams Hillman Imp and an old Mini they had a few minor breakdowns on the way but like many old cars you don't need a computer to do a roadside repair.

I'm back in the workshop whittling the full scale crankcases outside dimensions that is mainly cosmetic so ally is flying.

20/10/2018 00:26:28

I had an enjoyable day on Tuesday at Elvington final top speed meeting of 2018.

As I'm interested in high speed steam vehicles it was good to see Graham Sykes doing stability tests towed then released at 90 plus mph runs on a steam rocket bike.

When he has finished the on off valves for the De-Laval nozzles it will be fired in anger commercial valves are not up to the job.

Once the removable heat source has heated the water the motorcycle has no electrics it's all hydraulic and pneumatic controls.

Helen and Andy two speed friends Andy did his first 200+mph a few months ago Helen the sand queen of Pendine at 137mph she went faster today 143.502mph on a £500 Honda 600cc.

Steve Bland did 259mph on a Busa .

A Skoda that had just driven back from a Prague motor show has a Tatra V8 air cooled engine powering it.

Another car the Hulk did 242mph there were plenty of conventional bikes as well as some unusual ones.

graham sykes force of nature steam machine.jpg

Steve bland 259.579 mph machine.


.V8 Tatra powere Skoda

V8 Tatra

The sand Queen

Thread: Warco VMC worklight
13/10/2018 21:42:58
Posted by Vic on 13/10/2018 19:56:11:

Is it this type?


It's longer and fatter than mine the pins are 6mm apart diameter 10mm total length 36mm

13/10/2018 19:32:59

I have a Warco VMC milling machine bought in 2011 the halogen work light bulb has gone again.

If correct it's 24 volts but don't know the watts as have not any information of size.

All labels have gone can someone tell me size please.

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