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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.

Thread: Aldi Charger - Confidence Dented
03/10/2018 16:40:15

Many years ago when working at a Renault garage about 1990 the same year as my present Renault car there was some printed circuit dash boards on new cars that had dry joints.

A local car electronics repairer used to use a miniature gas heated soldering iron as I think he was concerned an electric iron might have an effect on some electronics parts on the boards.

Thread: Vertex BS-0 dividing head ?
26/09/2018 00:14:39
Posted by not done it yet on 25/09/2018 21:33:52:

Was this on the generator side? I’ve never had a magneto with brushes (apart from in the distributor side). All mine simply induce a current (at firing time) with a moving magnet, and coil arrangement to raise the voltage. Never looked at a bonneville, etc magneto.

Here is a link to a few magneto's of many old motorcycles

The brushes are in the holders for the HT leads


25/09/2018 20:20:35
Posted by ronan walsh on 25/09/2018 19:41:40:
Posted by Windy on 25/09/2018 19:04:30:

Have had an Indian tool and will not buy another tool from India it was replaced .

The replacement was no better have a few Vertex tools and they are OK for the price.

Whatever about China, anything from India is truely junk. I have made the mistake of buying some spares for my old triumph and bsa, that turned out to be from India. They were worse than the original worn out parts.

I helped a friend time a Triumph 650cc rebuilt engine and could not get it running smoothly the culprit Indian magneto carbon brushes they were as soft as ### arcing round the slip ring.

25/09/2018 19:04:30

Have had an Indian tool and will not buy another tool from India it was replaced .

The replacement was no better have a few Vertex tools and they are OK for the price.

Thread: Guess make
25/09/2018 18:30:58

How many times has someone created something unique in the past for it to be ignored or condemned then years later appreciated.

How boring are modern vehicles they all are so similar.

25/09/2018 16:18:30
Posted by MichaelR on 25/09/2018 15:32:44:

Scarlotti with Rover V8 Engine ?

Correct think it's a discovery chassis and body has many recycled bits on it the curved bits on the windscreen are from a hairdressing salon.

Many other things like Rolls Royce headlights the side tanks are dummy. a hell of a lot of recycled parts in the build found we had mutual friends from the motorcycle speed scene.

It is on the web as well


25/09/2018 14:37:20

Had an interesting time at York Classic car show I was in my friends TR6 then met the owner of a very unusual vehicle.

Think last time we met was in about 1970 at Elvington?

The owners of Japanese classic bikes were on show as well.

A very good local old vehicle show meeting many fellow enthusiasts.

2018_York car show

2018  York car show

Thread: What did you do Today 2018
15/09/2018 01:23:30

Machined radius on test piece cam follower with a carbide cutter will try the Alexander grinder on it tomorrow with a light skim.

I put a test bar in the chuck first and found the jaws need truing as slightly tapered another grinding job.

So used an ER collet chuck I had modified to fit the Myford thread to hold the follower radius aid.

As a first attempt to Tig stellite apart from an inclusion probably a bit of tungsten electrode when I touched with electrode it 's better than I thought it would be.

So this weekend 3 blanks to build up with stellite after have been to see record attempts at Elvington.

A French World record attempt contender will be there with a custom 500cc bike.

test follower.jpg

14/09/2018 19:41:53

Got the cam follower radius aid finished and had used a recently bought Vertex 6" rotary table with a Myford 3 jaw chuck on it to machine a non critical dimension.

I knew the chuck was a couple of thou out but would not be too important for what I was doing

Found the 2 Morse taper chuck holder was out as well this was bought with the new table.

Chuck register 0.0015" small and when turned in Myford headstock 0.004" on DTI checked a genuine old 2 MT chuck holder and DTI hardly moved.

When I first saw this holder I was suspicious as it was shiny (all that glitters is not gold)

Good job when using the table to machine my cams it was on a home made 2 MT holder.

Some of these tool accessories today are not always accurately made an ER collet chuck bought some years ago had to be replaced as thread was very undersize.

I know industrial tooling is very expensive compared to hobby stuff but still should not to out of accuracy by as much as the chuck holder.

A lesson learnt if possible check if running true with DTI etc. new accessories.


Cam follower radius mahining aid

Edited By Windy on 14/09/2018 20:40:39

Thread: The Workshop Progress thread 2018
12/09/2018 20:21:17

Filled the garden refuse bin to the top thought better clean up the garden.
I did dig up some spuds that's grown from the odd ones left in the ground from last year.
Managed to get into workshop this morning and did my first attempt at Tig coating stellite on a full size test piece cam follower.
Seems a lot easier than using oxy- acet have rough machined the test follower then a jig to make so can radius the foot.
Will play with the Alexander grinder and hope to do the follower foot radius with it otherwise could do it on the lathe or mill but don’t like grinding on them
The problem I have Tig welding have to do it without my specs even magnifier helmet lenses are not any good.
Very close up without specs things look large with no distortion bloody age related eye problem.

For speed nuts it's Elvington FIM and ACU record attempts this weekend.


Model and full size blank followerstellite0001.jpg

Tigged stellite tip blank follower

Alexander tool grinderRoughing machining stellite

Thread: Flash Steam Hydroplanes
11/09/2018 12:12:49

Spoke to my fellow model steam hydro enthusiast Bob after his day at Kingsbury Water Park he has the steamer going fast did a lap at 126mph and still accelerating.
But an aerodynamic problem arose and his hydro became airborne have been there myself at 130mph plus.
Another problem then happened on his last attempt a pipe fractured.
A problem if nobody takes the reins to run the meetings next year as the main organiser is talking of packing in that could be the end of Kingsbury.
If the venue is still available next year will have to get my hydro modifications finished now competition is hotting up again.
A bit of a long video showing three flash steam record holders of past and present at one meeting a few years ago.




Edited By Windy on 11/09/2018 12:14:18

Edited By Windy on 11/09/2018 12:18:21

Thread: One way to defeat Mr.Sod
06/09/2018 16:00:28

How often a small part your making goes missing and takes longer trying to find it than making a replacement.

I think heard it drop there but if you find it it's not near that place.

Thread: Flash Steam Hydroplanes
28/08/2018 13:02:52
Posted by Pete Rimmer on 28/08/2018 07:34:31:

Yeah that's my bike. It was only the second bike in the UK to crack 200mph on a totally standard engine. I owned it 12 years, started out bog standard, built two whole turbo systems for it and ended up making over 400hp

When I decided to sell it I waited a whole year for the right person to come along. Couldn't be happier for Andy he's a great guy.

Suppose we should be on Motorcycle General Discussion

Andy been in contact after his favourable comment I would be interested in your bike tuning days at speed attempts,

A change from the old Triumphs with Shorrocks blowers on big doses of Nitro.

28/08/2018 01:12:47

Pete Rimmer

I might know him a friend Andy did his first 205 mph at the last Elvington 2 day top speed.

He said the previous owner of his first generation Busa had fitted the turbo and it had a fast history.

It's record attempts next month and I there.

27/08/2018 15:28:01
Posted by Hopper on 24/08/2018 04:30:11:

Its good that you help each other out. Let us know how he goes.

Have spoken to Bob today but he had to stay at home as family health problems had to come first.

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