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Member postings for Colin Heseltine

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Thread: An old Shaper found in Phuket Town
22/05/2019 21:14:32

My father, John Heseltine, worked at Cincinatti in Birmingham from around 1936 till he retired. I know he also did work at Biggleswade occasionally. He worked all round the world for Cincinatti: including Russia, Iran, Israel.

He is still alive and I have the majority of his tools. I have both his and my mothers copies of Machinery's handbook


Thread: Machine moving recommendations.
17/05/2019 17:38:14

I recently used a company called K. M. Jackson Machinery Removals and Installation. They are based in Lichfield Staffs. I have just spoken to Paul who moved my machines. They would do a move like that but it would depend on where in London as he can be hit with an additional charge of £200. He estimated somewhere between £850 and £950. His number is 07894 541002 if interested.

My move was quite short pickup new Bridgeport clone from Burntwood and deliver to near LIchfield and then drop two machines back in Burntwood. He was on-site with me at 06:15 in morning and left inside an hour later.

Cost would depend on whether he had to uninstall and reinstall. I had my machines which were being removed both on pallet trucks ready for him to pick up with HIAB as soon as they were pushed outside. His HIAB is a 4 ton.


Thread: The Chocolate Fireguard as designed by Mercedes Benz
14/05/2019 10:48:38

There as a thought, an electric Caterham. Thing is, if we go touring round Los Picos in Spain or even the north of Scotland I can carry a spare 5ltrs of fuel in a can without too much of a weight penalty. Might be a bit difficult to find space to carry a spare battery. When we go out, say 10 cars on a trip, just as in Los Picos last year we all topped off our tanks every time someone needed a fill-up. At some of the smaller garages (one diesel and one petrol pump) this could take some time. Finding electric charge stations out in the wilds might be a bit difficult.

I guess we would have to find some nice flexible solar panels to cover the cars so we could charge up as we went along.


13/05/2019 22:07:43

Sorry Martin, I was not getting at you. I'm 69 and hoping to retire partially (possibly completely) in a few months. I worked all round the country for the last 30 years as well. One of my hobbies is touring in Caterham 7 and using nice fast bendy roads. I'll be honest I find its much easier to concentrate driving fast than stuck in traffic or stupid average speed camera areas.


13/05/2019 20:34:07

I think i'd shoot myself rather than drive 460 miles to Scotland with the cruise control set to 60.

Trouble is when working away you would ideally need charging points at hotels. Most guests would expect o be able to charge their vehicle on arrival. If there was such a thing as an electric version of the LWB Transit or Renault Trafic how far would you really expect to get fully loaded inside and with ladders and steel work on roof rack before you had to stop and recharge. If I travel long distance (250-300 miles) I expect to be on-site around 10:30 in order to work a 8hr - 10hr day. Having to stop and recharge would be a real pain.


Thread: NME&MEX Doncaster
10/05/2019 21:09:32

Very good day. As Neil says no big machine suppliers, well Chester were there but could have fitted their stand in back of a car. Lots of second hand tool sellers (I think more than were there last year). Spent first 2.5hrs just going round these stands. Picked up some R8 tooling for new Gates mill, some tips for various cutters, odd castings and gears required for a Sanderson Beam engine and few other odd bits.

The models were fantastic to look at but as far as I am concerned the standout models are Mike Sayers two Bentley engines, one of which has now started to grow woodwork to a similar standard as the metal work.

Had a chat to John Clarke on the SMEE stand about his Framework Knitting machine which featured in Model Engineer (No.4606 & 8). Very clever how it all worked and considering it was a copy of 1760 machine all the more amazing.

Neil had some nice astronomy photos next to his telescope.

Finished of the day carrying a board with around 60 off 5C collets all the way back to the car park for my mate Tom.


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
10/05/2019 19:16:09

Had a good day at the Doncaster show. Lots of nice models but I still think Mike Sayers two Bentley engines are absolutely fabulous.

Lots of people selling 'used' kit so was able to increase my R8 tooling for new Gates mill, some tips for various cutters, a few bits of other tooling and a few castings and gears for Sanderson Beam engine kit which is ageing away till I have the skill to attack it.


Thread: The Chocolate Fireguard as designed by Mercedes Benz
08/05/2019 21:56:06

I can get from Lichfield (Staffs) to Glasgow and back on less than one tank of diesel in my 2 ltr Mondeo and thats not hanging about at slow speeds. I can easily do the same in my diesel Renault Trafic with fuel to spare.

When you stop at any Motorway services and see the significant number of cars in the car parks how are they all going to be able to get charged. Even if you said only 20% required a top up charge that's still an awful lot of charging stations required. I have a feeling it would be like going back to the days of fuel rationing when you had to queue for ages for fuel and push your car till it reached the pump. I for one do not fancy sitting in the car gradually moving along in a queue to fill up with electric.

When I do a long journey I do not want to have to stop on the way. I fill up fully before I leave home and do not intend to fill up till return home. If I have to stop then a 5 minute pee stop is all I need.


Thread: Bridgeport
02/05/2019 18:27:04

Very Nice. I have just installed a Gate PBM-2000 which is a Bridgeport copy. Perhaps I had better make some covers for the table.

Neat idea for the drill chucks etc on the side of the knee. My main power panel is located in that spot.


Thread: Sump Plug
01/05/2019 11:28:56

I would suggest one of the specific sump plug wrenches that has a square hole in the end of the casting. There is usually two different sizes moulded in (one each side). The wrenches are heavy enough to be able to apply an amount of judicious hammer force to free the sump plug. Is it a steel or aluminium sump. If steel be careful the threaded part in the sump does not tear out.


Thread: DIY magnetic DRO
01/05/2019 11:24:12


I had not appreciated you required two sets of readouts.


01/05/2019 10:56:35


Having Looked at the link you supplied where do you get the £1000-£1200 from. The three axis M-DRO set is only £520 complete.

I have used the Yuriystoys Touch-DRO software with M-DRO magnetic read heads on my Cowells mill and lathe.


Thread: "Screwing" a car round a corner!
27/04/2019 22:20:43

With a LSD once you have got into that oversteer it is great fun to "steer" the car using the throttle. More throttle and the tighter the car turns in, lift off a bit and and the car rduces the tightness of the turn.


27/04/2019 22:14:35

Got to say, your never to old to enjoy doing doughnuts, or having the back of the car hanging well out. Oversteer is great fun, throw in a LSD (limited slip diff) in as well and even more fun. I'm now 69 and still enjoy running my Caterham 7 on the track and touring with the lads round Scotland, France/Belgium/Germany and Los Picos in Spain. Used to love my rear wheel drive Fords: , Anglia, Cortina, Xr4i, RS2000, FF1600 race car. Nowadays main vehicle is either 2ltr Mondeo and a my work Renault Trafic van, both front wheel drive but still prefer Rear wheel drive for sheer fun.


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
19/04/2019 19:46:55

Yesterday I trammed up my nice almost new Gates PBM-2000 (Bridgeport clone), which was delivered last week. My Excel surface grinder and Chester Super Lux have gone to make space. Now need 'T' nuts to fix the vice. Need to find a way to empty the small amount of gunge in the sump (1/2" deep) (looks like oil) before refilling with new suds. It is April 2011 machine but table and spindle looks as though hardly ever been used.

Today was spent in the fresh air watching the V.S.C.C sprint at Curborough Sprint Course near Lichfield. Lovely warm dry day and over 100 vintage cars from Edwardian era onwards. Fraser Nash, Bugatti T35's, Bentleys, Rileys, you name it and it was there being raced.


Thread: Weight of Excel Die Filer
14/04/2019 16:37:22

Does anyone have photographs of the file clamp mechanism in a dismantled state. I would like to see how it works before dismantling it.



Thread: Learning CAD with Alibre Atom3D
09/04/2019 16:01:16

Do Alibre contact us when the 6 month free trial is over to see if wish to purchase or is it up to us to contact them by the end of the six months.


Thread: Using a propane cylinder for partable compressed air.
06/04/2019 14:06:53

Dive cylinders are rated at either 232 bar or 300 bar and have to be tested on a 2.5 year basis. This test includes a visual test after having removed the valve, test of the valve and hydrostatic test of cylinder assuming it has passed the visual and valve tests.. There are plenty of cylinders, 3 ltr, 10 ltr, 12 ltr and 15 ltr available on Ebay. You could purchase one of these and for your own peace of mind have it tested at local dive shop. If it fails the test it legally has to be destroyed. If it passes it is stamped with the date it passed. Most vendors will list the tank as being in-date or out of date. In date will cost more.


Thread: Cincinnati 207MK restoration
28/03/2019 21:11:23

My dad worked at Cincinnati from 15 years old (1936) till he retired at 62 ish I can ask him but as he is now 98 not sure how much he will remember. He worked all round the world as a service engineer and was Senior Foreman or higher in assembly. I know he did a lot of work on the Hydrotel millers.


Thread: DRO on Rong Fu RD45
24/03/2019 16:16:04

John H,

Which model machine is yours. Is it one of the turret mills.


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