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Thread: Yipee the F1 is back on
01/07/2020 08:08:58

I think the opportunity for the independent tuners was much greater in days past, for bike racing frame builders and suspension mods were common and gearbox specialists like Rod Quaife and Michael Shafleitner were around, engine tuners could usually improve on stock factory engines, some could better works teams efforts. I would think there are still proprietary parts on an F1 car but probably built to customer spec.


Edited By Mike Poole on 01/07/2020 08:09:52

01/07/2020 07:29:28

Most roller cabinet’s seem to be made in China, even the basic SnapOn I believe. I have a couple of base and top chests from Clas Ohlson, they occasionally discount them quite heavily and is a good time to buy. I have no complaints about them but neither am I under the illusion that they are SnapOn. If I kept the tools of my trade in them and earned my living with them I would aspire to something better. Although ball slides are a common fitmant they are not universal so it’s probably worth viewing some cabinets in the flesh to see how they feel and how they are finished. It’s scary how heavy they get when you load engineering tooling into them. Stuff like angle plates and vee blocks are very heavy and will soon reach the limits of a cabinet of any flavour, probably best not to home stuff like that in a roller cabinet. Items like vices, chucks, rotary tables and angle plates need a special place that can take heavy objects.


Thread: Yipee the F1 is back on
30/06/2020 00:13:46

I have not kept up to date with Tesla, some years ago I had an interesting conversation with a Tesla salesman on the practicality of driving to Italy, we were looking at a range of 300 miles which made the journey very practical with the route calculated with the fast charging points included, travelling with my wife is leisurely as we take breaks for coffee lunch and nature and a very useful top up could be achieved in 30-40mins. A 600 mile range would be more than enough for a days drive, 630miles is the most I have driven in a day but less than 400 Is a comfortable distance these days.


29/06/2020 11:45:03
Posted by pgk pgk on 29/06/2020 06:53:39:

I used to be a fan but cost control and regs limiting innovation and necessary improved safety mean I agree it's more a procession now.

With physical traction limitations there are road legal cars that can make the 0-60 as fast (albeit less manoeuvrable). A tesla roadster with concept SpaceX package of rear and side thrusters should be capable of beating them all.


I think you might need a bigger battery to go 200miles at F1 pacesad

As school successfully killed any small interest I may have had in sport I do not have Sky, I like all forms of motor racing but motorcycle road racing is my favourite. I think the combination of engineering and competition is what appeals to me but struggle a bit with it being a sport, I can’t imagine motor racing being at the olympics although they have embraced some oddball events.

Monaco must be one of the biggest procession races but is strangely compelling to watch, having visited Monaco it makes the race seem even more unlikely but it’s still one of the most watched races.


28/06/2020 21:42:51

The bench grinder is excellent at removing bits of finger, although it is remarkably painless initially, it soon bleeds and is very sore, unfortunately no skin is left to make a repair.

The cup wire brush in a pistol drill likes to wrap itself in your pullover which it winds as tightly as possible before stopping, you will probably have a reminder of the event for a few days, anyone who witnessed the event may ask how you are when they stop laughing.


Edited By Mike Poole on 28/06/2020 21:48:16

Thread: West Yorkshire Police
27/06/2020 15:03:35

It must be a near certainty that if you stop suddenly and hard in lane 3 you will be rear ended. Even driving in the small hours you are unlikely to be alone on any motorway. Trying to maintain a safe stopping distance is tiresome as if you manage to create the gap then someone will dive into it leaving it to you to do it again. It won’t be a problem for much longer as autonomous vehicles will look after the frustration for you.laugh


26/06/2020 22:06:42

A gearbox failure can bring you to a rapid halt and no matter how quick you are on the clutch it will not help you. I had an entertaining day stripping the Trident gearbox on the side of the road, I nearly got back home with a bent main shaft and some damaged gear teeth, it finally gave up just yards from a mates house so left the bike with him and he gave me and wife a lift home. Finally got bike home the next day under its own steam but had to buy complete gearbox cluster and shafts to rebuild.


Thread: Bedford Files
24/06/2020 23:47:21

I have always fitted wooden file handles by heating the tang to red heat and enlarging the pilot hole by burning, this should result in a tang shaped hole which after everything is cool will hold very well with a moderate tap.


Thread: Change to the Code of Conduct
23/06/2020 16:12:59

Having some experience of engineering products I feel that I can determine the dodgy from the ok. Many people who join this forum are novices and in search of genuine advice. Some YouTube reviews I have seen have me muttering “you must be joking”. Some eBay sellers are selling stuff that is far from acceptable and does not meet UK standards and regulations. An example is a couple of lamp holders I recently purchased, having decided to make a pair of the ubiquitous copper tube table light I was looking for some suitable lamp holders, suspecting I would probably finish up putting them in the bin I purchased a couple. To call them shocking could literally be true, no earth terminal on a metal lamp holder the cap of the ES holder was still visible and touchable so the shroud is inadequate, the insulation was cardboard and no effective strain relief for the cable. A Canadian YouTube instructor was unconcerned when someone raised this in the comments. I doubt Canada would give these holders an ok just as the UK doesn’t.

I must support this forum no platforming inadequate and probably illegal supply paths, the quest for a bargain can be taken too far, if you want to be bombarded with dodgy adverts then Facebook will be more than happy to oblige.


Thread: Grade of soft solder required to achieve a nice rounded fillet
23/06/2020 10:33:52

I think lead was eliminated from car production many years ago, the last car we used lead on was the Rolls Royce and that was an old design from the 70s but still in production in the 90s. I expect classic repair workshops still use lead but the H&S precautions were onerous in the factory, air fed suits and shower facilities and negative pressure discing booths were installed, a far cry from the open air discing and hot lead application on general production lines. It makes you wonder how dangerous it was as I can’t think of any one who suffered from any associated illness, perhaps they just used to die and no one knew why.


Thread: The cost of cheap (Free) materials
22/06/2020 19:11:23

Nothing wrong with scrap and off cuts, but if you know what they are it helps, some are best left in the bin.


Thread: Constantly Having To Log In To The Website
22/06/2020 09:51:42

I think it has been mentioned that this site is experiencing very heavy traffic since lockdown, it is probably shedding inactive connections more quickly than usual.


Thread: Can summer car tyres be used in winter?
17/06/2020 19:22:02

The Scandinavians and the Germans are set up for winter tyres, they have storage facilities for your complete winter wheels and changing over is like a pit stop. It was a standing joke at the factory that everyone with a BMW on our car scheme would be a no show when it snowed, in more recent years winter tyres were offered on the car scheme as a BMW saloon is unlikely to get off your drive on summer tyres in the snow. A friend had to leave his M5 at home and come to work in his stepsons 1 litre Corsa which had no problems on its skinny tyres.


Thread: Hermes Parcels
16/06/2020 19:03:10

The chap who delivers in our village is a local bloke and he is great, unfortunately he is only the last pair of hands in a long chain.


Thread: R8 or morse taper 3?
14/06/2020 22:55:16

Running without a key in the R8 spindle could make removing a finger collet tricky if the drawbar doesn’t unscrew cleanly, I think I would use a tube and the quill or table to force the collet into the taper and hope it holds tight enough to undo the drawbar. Probably unlikely but **** happens.


Edited By JasonB on 15/06/2020 06:54:46

Thread: Wooden Gears
14/06/2020 16:56:48

I knew a chap who built a wooden engine, it wooden go.smiley


Thread: Make-shift surface grinding of a threading die face
14/06/2020 14:48:12

You could try machining a recess with a carbide tool, just facing off the back will compromise the dimple positions in the die holder. HSS will machine with a carbide tool and carbon steel should be ok as well. An alternative to threading up to a shoulder is to machine an undercut as would be required if screwcutting.


Thread: Drilling HSS
14/06/2020 08:46:57

It is unlikely that HSS will soften by just getting it to red heat and letting it cool, you may get lucky though.


Thread: A curious thermometer
13/06/2020 11:24:32

I’m impressed Michael, 45min to find the answer and post itlaugh


Thread: Does anyone view this forum by first selecting a 'topic'?
13/06/2020 10:49:24

I do exactly what Jason describes but it must help when you are looking for an old subject or post to be in a logical place. The google search limited to this site is useful but there is a skill in getting google to find what you are looking for. It is evident from some of the questions asked on here that some people struggle to get what they want from google. There are a load of logical operators that can be applied to a search to narrow the results to what is relevant to your enquiry’s


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