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Member postings for Phil Whitley

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Thread: Workbench top
26/01/2022 15:16:57

I used chipboard firedoors topped with hardboard, the hardboard is treated as a replaceable surface, and cut so that it can be inverted when one side gets too trashed! It has been nearly 2 years now, and I am there 5 days a week, and still fine!


Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
22/01/2022 19:10:06

Fordson E1A major, Rebuild. In which I get all the small parts painted ready to reassemble the pedals and footboards, a short week but good progress, if you have lots of small and medium sized parts to paint, best hang the lot up and do them all at once with a spraygun, makes a better job, covers all the awkward shapes and then LEAVE THEM TO DRY! you know you'll make a mess if they are not hardened off!!

Phil, its bloody cold in East Yorkshire!

15/01/2022 18:39:47

Fordson E1A major, Rebuild PART 32 a NEW YEAR DAWNS AND i AM still ON THE TRACTOR! This week I am on with pedals, brake and clutch, and filler, filler and more filler Things go wrong, I make some saves, and the gopro fails to invert the image when some idiot holds the camera upside down. All probably because I hate winter

Phil, in Wintry cold but clear East Yorkshire.

Thread: reversing a single phase motor
15/01/2022 17:57:08

I will put this here for future reference for anyone searching on this topic. To reverse a single phase motor, you reverse the polarity of the start winding. In a properly marked motor, the run winding is A1 and A2 and the start winding is Z1 and Z2. You simply swap over Z1 and Z2 connections. The problem is identifying the leads if they or the terminals are not marked up properly. If the motor has a centrifugal switch, it switches the start winding out of circuit, so if you have one lead marked Z and another going to the centrifugal switch, they are the start winding. The start winding will have a higher resistance than the run winding when checked with a multimeter. Sometimes other letters are used (thanks to EU harmonisation) if in doubt check the windings resistance. If your motor is as full of swarf as the op's, best strip it and clean it out, as the centrifugal switch has bare live contacts on it, which will set oil filled swarf on fire in seconds, doing the lathe and the workshop a lot of no good!!


Edited By Phil Whitley on 15/01/2022 18:00:33

Thread: Testing Medieval Gunpowder
22/12/2021 15:43:06

there is a very good method of mixing and grinding black powder by rubbing between two sheets of glass, of course, this practice can also ignite the mixture, ask me how I know..................


Thread: Another workholding problem
19/12/2021 17:38:35

Drill the holes first and bolt it to a faceplate?

Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
18/12/2021 17:13:23

Fordson E1A major, Rebuild. Part 31, in which I finalise the bonnet fitting, fit all the bonnet hardware and catches, and make the bonnet stays, and discover that my tractor has three rear bonnet catch brackets, and only one front one! These little challenges are what life is all about!

Phil, frost has turned to mist in East Yorkshire

Have a good Christmas!!

Thread: Myford super7 saddle / tight toward tailstock
17/12/2021 11:05:26

I had this problem on my Colchester student, and eventually found it was the saddle lock that needed an extra half turn towards "loose" because of course there is less wear on the underside of the bed at the tailstock end!


Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
11/12/2021 17:34:20

Fordson E1A major, Rebuild. mudguards sealed and painted, bonnet fit vastly improved, bonnet brackets made, and final welding on the front cowl. I discover that the bonnet catches have been mixed up, and get ready to rebuild all the riveted parts back onto the bonnet, and all in three days!
Phil, on cold and frosty mornings in East Yorkshire

Thread: A nice find
05/12/2021 16:18:04

Ambrose Shardlow was the founder of the Company, in Attercliffe, Sheffield and during WW2 they made Merlin engine crankshafts, and many other mil spec engine cranks. At one time their works was supposed to be the largest engineering works under one roof in the world. I have one of their mics too.

Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
04/12/2021 19:55:56

Sorry Guys, no vid this week, I have had the twin after effects of the Covid booster, plus conjunctivitis, plus sinusitis all in one, loads of fun I can tell you, back next week with a fair wind and a bit of luck!!

Phil in freezing cold East Yorkshire!

27/11/2021 19:27:18

Fordson E1A major, Rebuild. we repair the box sections and patch the holes on the last mudguard, the end is in sight...just!! Another short week and another late posting because my computer went into rebellious mode at 3-30 and it took 2 hours to sort it out and get the video edited!

Phil Storm Arwen is blasting East Yorkshire!

Thread: I just don't beliieeve it..
21/11/2021 16:11:49

White pigment is usually titanium dioxide which is heavy, and so settles out, but if you have stirred it thoroughly right to the bottom my only suggestion is a new fashion trend for burgundy gloss ceilings!

I'll get me coat!


Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
20/11/2021 15:03:33

Fordson E1A major, Rebuild. We complete one mudguard, and get a lot done to the other, amazing how much stronger they are when you put the structure back to what Henry intended! Don't forget to like and subscribe! and thanks for watching!

Phil, in bright and sunny East Yorkshire

Thread: Can red oxide primer be painted on to Rust?
18/11/2021 19:02:55

I think you might be over thinking this a bit chaps! No rust takes place unless oxygen comes into contact with ferrous metal, so remove loose rust with a wire brush, smooth with coarse emory tape or flap wheel and coat it up, if the oxygen is sealed away from the metal, rusting will not reoccur till the seal is broken. If you paint over rust which is rough, you will not get a seal, and enough oxygen will be contained within the rust for it to continue enough to break the seal and let the oxygen in again, remember that rust removers and rust convertors are not the same.


Thread: My week this week! My workshop videos
13/11/2021 20:02:54

Fordson E1A major, Rebuild. I repair and reassemble the bonnet, and get the first mudguard repaired, thanks to a lot of Cardboard aided design. It is begining to look like a tractor again.

Phil, in wet and windy, but not cold East Yorkshire

06/11/2021 20:10:30

Fordson E1A major, RebuildI The front cowl A challenge of complex curves and missing metal! I go through the process of replacing the missing metal, and slowly but surely, what was a piece of rusty metal which in a good light (but the less light the better really) aproximates what Ford put there in 1955!

Phil, late Autumn and a little chilly in East Yorkshire

30/10/2021 16:05:43
Fordson E1A major, RebuildI The last batch of sandblasting comes back and gets painted, I nearly start the welding repairs, and make up some speaker brackets. Next week, welding rust to holes!
Phil, in warmly pleasant East Yorkshire
Thread: Microwave Oven
25/10/2021 20:43:35

Many small and very useful microswitches!

25/10/2021 20:43:22

Many small and very useful microswitches!

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