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Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
10/04/2021 16:53:49

A short week in which great things are achieved, and we break through from frustation to the sunlit uplands of progress! The wheelhorse bonnet scoop comes together, and the arrival of new shelves means more storage space in the near future, A bit of commando gardening Down the yard, and a portable forge which I really do not know what to do with as yet, but ideas will come to me!

Phil, in sunny,Bright, cold and snowy East Yorkshire

Thread: Antique gun springs
05/04/2021 14:24:54

Problem is Bob that the weld is mild steel wheras the spring is carbon steel. As has been said above, it is game over once it has failed at the bend, but fairly simple to make a new one, provided you have a heat source to get the metal cherry red, and a lump of tool steel. This can be anything that has been hardened (contains carbon), like an old spanner, or any old tool made from carbon steel, but not HSS! Cut a peice of suitable size, heat to cherry red and hold the heat there for 20 mins per inch of thickness, then allow to cool naturally, and it will be soft and workable. Get the steel to the shape required, and then reheat it to put the bend in, and from cherry red quench in oil. Clean the metal to bright polish, and reheat slowly and gently watching the colours, Heat slowly and evenly until the surface colour goes from pale straw, through dark straw, reddish brown, purple and finally deep blue, which is when you pop the spring off the heat and let it cool. You can do this tempering in a sand bath heated from underneath so you can see the colours more easily. It sounds easy, but in practice you may have to experiment with different tool steels to get the desired result. If you have any old car springs handy, the flat type is better than coil springs, this is a good start!

Good Luck


Thread: Noise from Crompton Parkinson 3 phase 1/2 HP motor
05/04/2021 13:59:28

Check the stator is not loose in the casing, check that the cent sw wires are out of the way and not touching anything moving. Make sure the rotor is not loose on the shaft, If the motor does not make a noise when rotated by hand in either direction we have to consider that the noise is caused by something to do with either the magnetic flux, or the increased internal airflow due to higher speeds. Is there a fan or vanes on the rotor? are there cooling holes in the rotor? are they clean? You describe the noise as a knocking, can you feel it in the motor casing? Place the handle of a long screwdriver to your ear and put the blade on different parts of the motor to see if you can locate the source or area the noise is coming from. Are the sleeve bearings lubed properly Are the cent switch (if fitted) bobweights held in properly, and are the springs in good condition and holding the bobweights tightly in place? If it makes a noise, something is wrong!


Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
03/04/2021 16:47:00
Volvo V70 clutch completed! My derusting solution gets the approval of an undersea corrosion specialist, and we buy a Big Bee pasture "topper", and then have a nailbiting ride home with it in the trailer, but it all ends well!
Phil, in sweltering, then cold East Yorkshire
27/03/2021 15:53:15

Stripping gas condensing boilers, or "Combis", Making new carbon brushes for an angle grinder, removing the clutch from a Volvo V70 estate, and trying to sort the intermittent problem with mothers central heating by changing the programmer. Intermittent faults are always the hardest to track down! Its all in my week this week! The volvo clutch kit that arrived was the wrong one, so that job stalled, and it appears that the heating fault is not the controller, so it may be the room thermostat! Saturday afternoon I go to look at a field "topper" for the back of the Fordson Major, so we can get the wild areas of the field under control, hopefully without disturbing the badgers, which may have a sett in the top corner of our field, but are more likely to be further afield! Thanks for watching, please subscribe, give me a like or a comment, and don't forget to ring that bell and set the notifications to "ALL" so you don't miss an episode of my thrilling multitasking!

Phil, on a suddenly cold Saturday in East Yorkshire

Edited By Phil Whitley on 27/03/2021 15:53:45

Thread: Help with lathe motor capacitor
21/03/2021 15:27:35

and make sure it is 400v working capacity! I agree with John 8uF will do it!


Thread: How do I get the bearings out of this?
21/03/2021 14:59:49

If this spindle is greasable, you should not use sealed bearings! There is no sign of any grease contamination, and I am assuming there is a grease nipple. If you fit sealed bearings you will not be able to grease them (you will note that these bearings are absolutely full, and have not failed! If you have already bought sealed bearings, take the seals out on the inside so that grease from the grease nipple (if fitted) goes into the bearings. You will be shocked as to how little grease the manufacturers put in.

Incidentally, the "seals" are not seals in the sense of a lip seal, they are merely dust covers, and do not keep fine dust out of the bearings anyway. There are a couple of videos on the tube showing garden tractor grass decks (Toro i think) which have been suffering premature bearing failure despite having grease nipples and being regularly greased. When stripped it was revealed that the manufacturers had fitted sealed bearings to a greasable spindle, and all the greasing was a waste of time!

Pedants, I am not interested in what the manufacturers say, they are in the business of selling bearings, or the "half full, or third full" arguments. I have been in hands on engineering all my working life,I have fitted many thousands of bearings, I have always filled bearings full both sides, and the only time bearings I have fitted have failed was when I started to fit "sealed for life" bearings. Any bearing supplied with a grease nipple will be full all the time, provided it is greased at the recomended intervals, and proper greasing replaces the grease by forcing the old grease out! It is noticable that modern bearings are not going anywhere near to outlasting the old tech bearings I was taught to fit in 1967!


Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
20/03/2021 14:37:44

The tail end of some "interesting" antique repairs, Strimmers, an angle grinder, a central heating pump, and a new rule gets applied to my piles of JUNK, which need to be filtered and GONE while the scrap price is high., I model my new leather apron, but screw up the video, and hear that Mums heating is still playing up, and the Volve that we did the cylinder head on has just suffered clutch failure! We are fixing it next Thursday! Life at the moment is "interesting" and busy busy busy!! Thanks for watching, please subscribe, and click the bell to get notification of new videos, and welcome to all my new subs!!

Thank you all! Phil, in officially spring (like) East Yorkshire

20/03/2021 14:36:19

Yes Howard, I have a box of the fibre Rawlplugs, and a couple of the chisel type drill holders. This Rawlplug tool fits a power drill and turns it into a hammer drill, I meant to demo it but forgot! I will put it in next weeks video! Thanks for the comments.


13/03/2021 20:15:27

I think you are right on all counts Mark, I found the Rawlplug tool after a bit of googling, certainly one of the less common ones, and it is deffo a woolies tackle box! I haven't had a good rake through yet, didn't get home till 6 as it was!


12/03/2021 22:03:37

The Volvo saga comes to a succesful conclusion, I spend a couple of days in the workshop with an old mate fixing some of his antique militaria, and Friday plunder! My good friends across the road appear to have left, and have brought across the last of their bits and peices, all usefull stuff, and happily recieved. I hope they get sorted with their new house, and the new job that he has gone to goes well!, Also the chap I am doing the antique repairs for is clearing his garage, and he brought me a load as well , all useful stuff he can't bear to throw out, so he has fetched it over so I can do it! Thank you all for watching, liking, and of course subscribing! I am getting more than one new subscriber every day now, 34 new people in the last 28 days, welcome aboard to all of you, and thankyou!
Phil, in wet but warmer East Yorkshire.

Thread: Help needed, can't release cast iron wheel
07/03/2021 14:25:27

Try cycles of heating and cooling, I had to remove a cast 5 belt flwheel from a 22 cu/f/m compressor which had been on there since the late fifties, and a very tight extractor, plus lots of heating and cooling, and ample hammering eventually got it free! They can be very stubborn. See if you can get a large plumbers type blowlamp with a seperate bottle, or a weed burner, or even a parrafin blowlamp, A mapp gas torch will heat it too slowly, as all above have said. I put the blowlamp in a clamp, and left it on the hub for about 30 minutes, then let it cool naturally, and reheat. Dont be tempted to cool it with water etc as this could crack the pulley boss!


Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
05/03/2021 19:37:22

A world of a difference this week, I am in somone elses workshop! Normally he would do this work for us, but he is so busy that he couldn't do it for two weeks, but he suggested that we work together on the car, and he can keep his other customers happy as well. He was away Friday, so I spent some time on the Tractor, and went home early to get a covid jab, I can feel my second head growing as I type!! Thanks for watching, and don't forget to subscribe and ring the bell to get all my new releases straight to your youtube!

Phil, Back to cold weather in East Yorkshire!

Thread: Baldwin Gas Mechanical more progress
28/02/2021 16:17:16

Stunning work, what is the sca;e?

Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
27/02/2021 17:33:02
A week of triumphs and tragedies, I get more done on the Toro bonnet, I get a computer for the workshop, my cousins Volvo fails its emmission tests, it's off a valve, the monitor quits on the new computer. The workshop gets very tidy, and after much faffing about, the bonnet fits properly! It,s all in a weeks work, winter is over, and we are waiting for spring proper to kick in! Thanks for watching and commenting, please subscribe, and click the bell and the likes button.
Phil, in Glorious February sunshine!
Thread: Should it be bent? Meddings Content
20/02/2021 20:39:10

If you google alignment of V belt pulleys you will see that it is important that the pulleys align as exactly as possible with each other in every plane!, We used long straight edges or even string, but even a small amount of misalignment causes noise, belt wear, overheating pulleys and pulley wear, and eventually bearing damage. That needs sorting!

Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
20/02/2021 17:35:54
The bed and legs were collected on Tuesday, in a misfiring Volvo estate and trailer, and then negiotoated up the yard, much fun and stress ensued, but we did it without wrecking the bed or straining any foofoo valves!.....or videoing it, it took to long and was too scary! I have decided that next week, with the improving weather, I shall get in earlier, and try to split my time between the Toro Tractor, and the Holbrook. It will be interesting to see if willpower overcomes tinker power!
Phil, In almost springlike East Yorkshire
Thread: You think you have trouble starting your car on a cold morning?
16/02/2021 18:52:10

Kigas? Easystart?

Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
13/02/2021 19:39:09
Well folks, the week started badly, with bitter cold and snow, and ended better, with bitter cold, snow, and a new to me Holbrook Model B Number 9!! It must be said that a lathe is about the only thing that would get me out in this weather, and I nearly froze, but it was worth it! The lathe is now stripped, and all the bits are at the workshop, except the bed, chip pan and legs, which we will collect next week, with the big trailer. Thank you all for watching, please comment, like and subscribe, and don't forget to ring the bell, or you wont get notified when a new video comes out!
Phil. Perishing cold East Yorkshire
13/02/2021 19:37:33

No Steviegtr it is a Solex 26/18 which was the original carb, the single choke carbs were an earlier fitment. There is no adapter onto the manifold, just an insulating block that stops the carb getting too hot. Thanks for watching and commenting!


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