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Thread: new computer
04/11/2019 12:13:11
Posted by MichaelR on 03/11/2019 17:47:03:

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I have a All in One built by the above.


Mike's position is the same as mine. Exactly. I've had 'commercial' PCs in the past (Dell, HP etc.) but their options aren't as flexible as PCSpecialist in my opinion.

The only problem that I encountered was the build time. Otherwise very happy with my AIO.

04/08/2019 12:30:24
had a Singer chamois (luxury version of the imp!!!) then soild it to buy a Ginetta G15, got 100mph on the motorway but had to hold on to the dash to stop it vibrating so I could read the speedo.

That shouldn't have happened! I helped a chum build one in '72. Triumph based front suspension like an Elan and the trailing link Imp suspension. I admit that the steering was very light but quite stable when flat out. G15s were good on the track too.

We used both Imp and the G15 on car trails. They were ideal with the weight on the rear wheels.

Indeed, them were the days!

g15 and imp in devon 73.jpg

02/08/2019 15:32:52

I had a few Imps. In my view they were a much better car than the Mini but the launch was rushed for some reason, so yes, they were a little under developed. The pneumatic throttle and automatic choke were soon replaced by cable operation.

They were very successful on the track. Three consecutive saloon car championships with Bill McGovern in '70,'71 and '72. Quite a good rally car too.

They were produced in Lynwood, not far from Glasgow. Lovely engine based on the Coventry Climax fire pump engine. Put together properly they were reliable. Unfortunately the majority of the work force were recruited from the Clyde ship yards.....

I commuted to London in mine and never had a major problem apart from the petrol crisis in '74! Before that I could fill my 6 gallon tank for £2!

To get back on topic, my only experience of a Dauphine was a cast model of one from CIJ, the French equivalent of Dinky. I still have it and it hasn't rusted away.......

Thread: Finally sort of know which lathe to buy, but?
19/07/2019 17:56:43

2495 + VAT and it doesn't even have a tool post!

They're 'avin a larf!

Oops, read the blurb a bit closer, it does get a Dixon.

Still over the top in my view.

Edited By Old Elan on 19/07/2019 18:05:17

Thread: Kingscale 5" models
11/05/2019 14:27:01

Some comments here...

Thread: The Chocolate Fireguard as designed by Mercedes Benz
11/05/2019 11:43:33

'I value the technology currently available to those who want them.'

Would that you had the choice.

I had a hire car recently that took me ages to fathom.

It seemed that if I wanted cruise control, I could only have it as adaptive. First time in use it that feature so surprised me that I nearly had an accident! It chucked the brakes on.....

Hate DLR lamps. Auto lights which make you think the guy in front is braking. I could go on!

I'm with Geoff. I need to get the Elan back on the road.....

Thread: Dishwasher detergents
31/03/2019 11:55:53
Posted by martin perman on 30/03/2019 15:04:57:
Posted by SillyOldDuffer on 30/03/2019 10:44:02:

Today, the link between brand-names and quality is mostly broken for almost all manufactured items. Most small cars are similar, however they are badged.

I think it was the Jaguar X type which was a complete Modeo with a different body fitted.

Martin P

Ah, that old chestnut!

Have a look at this.

I admit to being biased as I have had two as well as a Mondeo. Front brakes and cylinder block seem to be about the only things interchangeable.

Thanks for the link to the EWG site. Interesting. We now use Powerball as we have found it very difficult to find our preferred powder, which has been pointed out, can be used in different doses to suite conditions.

Thread: Testing for isolation
01/02/2019 16:51:39

Sadly quite a few of 'that' series are no longer fit for purpose and should be removed from sale in my opinion.

On the subject of the cutters, my builder employed a 'qualified' sparks who left live tails in my garage from the utility room next door. Silly me, I thought they were from the CU that he had installed for ALL the garage/workshop power which was isolated.

Melted cutters as above.

Qualified? Hmmmm

Edited By Old Elan on 01/02/2019 16:52:42

Thread: Boxford Model A stopping on slow speeds...?
28/10/2018 12:01:58

Boxford Lube Chart.


Thread: Homeworkshop login problem
11/09/2018 18:52:37

Works OK for me....

Edited By Old Elan on 11/09/2018 18:55:15

Thread: Kennedy Power Hacksaw Gaiter
10/09/2018 15:43:20

My dash pot cover is is the same as Robbo's.

There is no long tube on mine like Jamie's so without the cover I would imagine the oil would go everywhere.

Photos in my album including one of the switch trip and a similar socket head screw arrangement to Bill's.

'E' clips on both ends of the saw frame pin.


Thread: Belt Driven Hacksaws -
10/09/2018 15:27:31

Update largely prompted by the other Kennedy thread.

Managed some workshop time and got the pulleys running parallel and the belt is now centralized and runs fine.

I had to machine the end of the crank though as it was just tapping the motor casing.

It might have been better if I had bought a 540 belt. The 530 is very tight!

kennesdy crank.jpg

23/08/2018 13:41:39

All useful information, thanks all.

I will check for parallelism this afternoon.

I don't really want to change to V belts if I can avoid it.

I will just have to be very patient setting it up but as Bill says, there's not a lot in the way of adjustment.

Thanks for the link too.


22/08/2018 20:37:28

Thanks, Murray. That is sort of the conclusion I came to, too.

Thanks, Clive. I hope mine is not that much of a 'mare! I must say that the motor pulley is a strange shape but is in steel whilst the driven is aluminium. I don't think the motor would have been worn by the belt.

It will be difficult to work out which if any bit has moved. The motor to base or the saw unit to base. Or maybe both!

I would still appreciate any input from fellow Kennedy owners.....


Edited By Old Elan on 22/08/2018 20:43:10

22/08/2018 19:14:54

I have a Kennedy 60 powered by the original; Hoover 1/6 HP motor. It used to work fine (I think!) until the belt began to slip. I purchased a new belt but no matter what I do the belt slips to the outside.

I say I think because I'd never taken the guard off before getting the fitting the new belt.

kennedy drive 1.jpg

I have tried all permutations of pulley positioning on the spindles to no avail. According to the manual, the pulleys outer edges should be in line. I can get close but the belt still rides off to the same extent.

I have not loosened either the motor, a no-no according to the manual, or the saw body itself although I suppose the new belt may have pulled the shafts out of parallel.

Calling Kennedy owners, is your motor pulley like mine?

Any ideas as I'm getting cross now!

kennedy drive.jpg

Thread: Looking for drawings
22/08/2018 18:46:58

The original design for Midge was by C R H Simpson and described in ME from January 1935 Volume 72 until 1937 Volume 77 by George Gentry. The Horley drawings I believe are the Dick Stockings improved version of around 1984 although I have no idea what the improvements were. Most likely in the boiler department.

This advert shows the general arrangement which might be of use to you.


By the way, we like to refer to a locomotive or an engine. A train is what is pulled or pushed by one.

Best of luck in your endeavours.

Edited By Old Elan on 22/08/2018 18:48:24

Edited By Old Elan on 22/08/2018 18:52:15

Thread: Are Model Engineering Exhibitions The Same
15/08/2018 12:37:19

Yes, they are all the same. Well, actually they are getting worse. Quite often see the same models with absolutely no progress since the last time they were exhibited. Fewer trade stands. Can't possibly agree with a golfing dress code. Since the demise of Sandown they are all too far away or awkward for me to get to. Did try Brooklands but that was all over the place. Might, just might, try that one again so......

I have the ultimate solution. I don't go anymore!

Thread: Clock making for the penniless?
11/08/2018 15:45:52

You could always make a wooden clock. Just so happens I have some plans that are in need of a new home.....wink

Thread: My Traction Engine Model
06/08/2018 12:30:12

I've signed up and voted too.

My daughter always buys me a Star Wars Lego something-or-other for Christmas to keep me quiet while she plays Scrabble with mum.

I will make sure she knows about the traction engine! smiley

Thread: Should every machine tool be bolted to a concrete floor?
20/07/2018 17:15:31

None of my machines are bolted down.

Instead they are mounted on antivibration machine mounts.

Boxford in their instructions for installation give effectively three ways to go.

The Centec 2A is on one of their monster cabinets and is very stable despite or because of its weight.

My Startrite pillar drill I admit is a little unstable and probably should at least have some outriggers added to the base to extend it. I haven't fixed it down as I haven't actually fixed its position in the workshop. Not danced with it, though!

As AW2, it's easier to rearrange ones workshop if needed if they are free standing but mine are lightish machines. You wouldn't want to do it with yer Colchesters and Bridgies...

boxford installation 16.jpg

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