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Thread: Myyford gearbox strip down
16/01/2021 19:16:15

For the avoidance of doubt - strip the gearbox completely - not a difficult task with it on the bench.

Robert Butler

15/01/2021 23:02:54

Many years ago I retrofitted a QCG to my ML7, now sold. I stripped the gearbox completely down to the last nut and bolt and cannot recall any difficulty in dismantling and rebuilding. The main shaft may have to come out first which will give access to the shaft where the selector is located and the shaft should then slide out unless I am missing something?

I think the problem is trying to partially dismantle the gearbox. I don't recall the job taking very long either, it took longer to clean the parts and dry them than the strip and rebuild.

Robert Butler.

Thread: MEW 300 IS HERE !
08/01/2021 15:16:03

MEW 300 delivered by the trusty Newsagent today

Robert Butler

Thread: Look out, here comes a woodturner
06/01/2021 21:31:47

Jason B. Well said, I make and repair items in wood, metal and man made materials by machining, hand work and fabrication. I am unlikely to produce any models as I do not have the patience. Given the varied interests of subscribers which includes car and motorcycle restoration I see no harm including anything that can be made in a Workshop.

Robert Butler

Thread: Clarke CL500M longitudinal feed screw
03/01/2021 17:30:54

I have absolutely no experience of these machines but understand the principle of the backlash adjustment. I would have thought any adjustment screw would be fitted from the exposed end shown in the image as the extra thickness provides more support to the adjusting screw. The narrower (thinner section) is also more likely to be deflected to achieve the adjustment required. Is the screw missing, or if of allen screw configuration is it just that the hex is smaller/larger than anticipated - or even a slot head screw?

Robert Butler

Edited By Robert Butler on 03/01/2021 17:32:56

Thread: Velocette MAC
28/12/2020 22:02:39

A liberal school for the time, skirt and high heels!!

Robert Butler

Thread: BSA drop down centre stand
28/12/2020 20:48:37

Mike, we have rather hijacked the original posting, was the garage opposite the bus park (station would be too elaborate) if so there was a glass fronted "shop" which i can recall displaying cars? Around this time although still living at Baxterley I was working full time in Tamworth and under the spell of a number of girlfriends and my attention was elsewhere. Is it perhaps better to PM rather than completely sidetrack this thread. Robert Butler

28/12/2020 19:03:46

Mike I've sent you a PM Robert Butler

28/12/2020 11:11:10

Mike, remind me where were Bennetts located?

Robert Butler

28/12/2020 10:18:13

OR, Born, brought up and lived on a small farm at Baxterley for 35 years. Now live at Edingale just outside Tamworth. I know Peter & Stan Savage, Peter particularly noted for his Velocette's regrettably not enjoying the best of health.

Mainly a customer of Zak's and D F King Motorcycles who were also clients of mine for many years - Gerald Rowley is still around and I saw Dave King just before Christmas. He always needs a box of Black Powder cartridges which I load. Still interested in Motorcycles but haven't had one for 30 years now and at 68 perhaps a bit late.


28/12/2020 09:27:53

Harris? Coleshill Road, Atherstone - now Huggy's prior to all of this  Co-op groceries

Robert Butler

Edited By Robert Butler on 28/12/2020 09:29:44

Thread: Next issue late?
12/12/2020 14:26:29

Slightly off topic but relevant nonetheless. Forum members may recall I posted in October "Issue 298 Gremlins" where I had received a Mongrel Copy with missing and duplicated pages. Neil & Beth responded positively and on Wednesday I received a replacement although I had already purchased one. It is clear the system works and a little patience is required. Thank you Neil & Beth.

Robert Butler

10/12/2020 18:14:13

Gavin, thank you for keeping "this civil"!!?? With respect I am unsure how to interpret "Don't be a complete Plum" if this intended to be a civil response.

In an earlier and subsequent post you eluded to your tireless efforts in keeping the rail network running throughout the Pandemic, the inference being the network was a shining example of how to cope in adversity and MTM's performance by comparison was very poor. With customer surveys ratings of 83% or 84% quoted as "bad" I think the comparison needed to be made in the interests of fairness. You clearly expect MTM to provide standards of service the rail network is totally unable to deliver, whether it is the matter in hand or otherwise.

I would suggest the issues you have raised lie with the distribution network whether Courier or Post Office, the public have turned to online purchases in a big way and distribution services are stretched to the limit and beyond. Staff illness, Covid19 isolation looking after relatives and children unable to attend school all adds to the problem and it is ridiculous to expect everything to run like clockwork.

I understand this topic "has got to you" but you have aired your views and now is the time to regain your sense of proportion, it is only a late magazine delivery and ultimately will not affect your life one way or another. time to move on.

Robert Butler

09/12/2020 22:37:23

Gavin, I have Googled (as you do) Rail Customer Service reviews - Trustpilot - National Rail where 83% of customers describe the service as bad and Scotrail 84% of customers describe the service as bad. It occurs to me that those inhabiting fragile structures should not play with solid projectiles.

Robert Butler

06/12/2020 13:19:19

I've just sussed where the missing copies are, they are stuck in a broken down goods wagon parked in a siding somewhere waiting to be fixed. Pressure of work or the pandemic has delayed repair. Best get the team fired up to fix it Nick can have his copy then. There's a lot riding on this.

Much ado about nothing! the missing copy can be sourced and if an extra issue is tagged on I fail to see what the problem is. Surely we are faced with somewhat more significant issues. No one is in danger of losing their jobs on rail infrastructure or rolling stock repair whereas many many ordinary workers will be out of work, during and after the the pandemic passes.

Be careful paying for private copies of previous articles - breach of copyright!

Robert Butler




Edited By Robert Butler on 06/12/2020 13:23:25

Edited By Robert Butler on 06/12/2020 13:24:06

05/12/2020 21:58:17

Gavin, I'm sure all the Forum Members would like to extend grateful thanks to you and your colleagues for keeping the rail network operating throughout the Pandemic. Without your combined efforts I'm certain we would have experienced infrastructure failures, breakdowns, cancellations and delays. I'm sure that Forum Members using the rail network hope the momentum is maintained post Pandemic.

As a matter of interest (or not) I am 68 years of age and still work the better part of 6 days every week (and have done so for 49 years) have taken only a week off since January. I run my own business and have managed to operate successfully and remotely throughout and not found it necessary to furlough any staff.

Robert Butler

03/12/2020 19:08:45

I have just had a quick look at the website and can't see any inducements to subscribe in the form of "never miss an issue" and would be pleased if someone could direct me to this.

Having just gone through the "Subscribe" process and selected the MEW option the terms and conditions appears at the bottom of the screen and again at the "check out securely" page, accessed by a quick click. I would respectfully suggest the terms and conditions are there to be read and again respectfully suggest there is no guarantee to replace the missing issue. The prominence or otherwise of the terms and conditions option is no more obscure than any other site.

Further some of the statements made relating to MTM are borderline calumnious.

Robert Butler

03/12/2020 13:12:59

Dave exactly! my copy of 298 was a mongrel with missing and duplicated pages, and yes I raised it on the Forum but having raised the issue was prepared to leave it at that. Neil kindly tried to help but I purchased a copy from W H Smith as I have an unbroken set and there the matter rests.

There are two topics running on this issue (pun intended) and I think the subject has been done to death, MTM are not in breach of contract, the extra magazine(s) in lieu satisfies the contractual obligations and it will be possible to obtain the missing copy. Time to pull up stumps, everyone has had their say!

Robert Butler

Edited By Robert Butler on 03/12/2020 13:14:56

02/12/2020 19:35:16

My copy arrived today (299) delivered by the trusty newsagent. Quite happy to receive it and not sure whether late or not. A little patience goes an awful long way. Thank you.

Robert Butler

Thread: Delay to Issue 299
30/11/2020 13:52:15

I understand the contractual issues regarding subscriptions and the frustration with delays but one must accept we are experiencing difficult times - and it is my belief we have seen nothing yet with the economic fallout. If however we wish to continue to receive our digital/hardcopy magazines, cancelling subscriptions or refusing to buy will cause the failure of publishers and I would suggest we will all be the poorer for that.

We only have to look at exhibitions where traders are counting the cost of attending only find they are a shop window for the internet, resulting in purchasers examining, kicking and testing before buying elsewhere.

I suggest, with respect a little patience and understanding is required otherwise there may be no magazines or forums for us to enjoy.

Robert Butler

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