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    Mally got a reaction from tooSavvy in Mercury - Chugga Chugga   
    She may change her mind when all those cars start coming right at her.
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    Mally got a reaction from Steve79 in Mercury - Chugga Chugga   
    She may change her mind when all those cars start coming right at her.
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    Mally reacted to yes oui si in The new news 24 thread   
    Please don't point out the fire safety issues of candles... 
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    Mally reacted to Stuew in Paging Nigel Bickle...   
    A year ago, I knew nothing about cars. I drove a bland, newish car, and treated it as white goods.
    Boy, have I been on a learning curve!      Initially, Nige’s old cars were bit of a nuisance, couldn’t see the point.
    I’ve now handed the modern in, & am currently driving one of Nigel’s BMW,s (a 635csi )  & a  Fiat Strada 130tc  Hell off a pair of Machines, despite age & intergalactic mileage.      I’m a bit like a kid in a sweet shop, realising that Smarties aren’t the only option. 
     
    I am with guidance)  clearing  the oldest  barn - as ( with care) it’s not needed & the farmer made a ‘very’ useful offer.     Next cars out are Italian (some quite valuable) but right now it’s early Suzuki 2 strokes. Another learning curve!   
     
    I just wanted to say THANKS.    I’m on here sporadically, but don’t really understand much more than 50%.
     
    However,  this  place really helps, as I begin to reconcile this particular “madness”.   Or is it?  
    Might you all be onto something, the sane ones, retaining assets to economic, exhaustion, as opposed to age? .  
    It’s the route manufacturing   tends to take, and  consumers too  with unfashionable goods   
    But mostly, people here (& on other motoring forums) , have been really helpful, offering  assistance  & advice to a total novice.    It’s truly appreciated- although often the suggestions go over my head. But I’m learning.
     
    Nige will see it off, this time, but has  grudgingly accepted he’s simply too many.  It’s unlikely he’ll be able to restore more than a few  hereon- although that’s not been rationalised out,  but we are using this opportunity to shrink  some of  the fleet.   It’s a start..
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    Mally got a reaction from privatewire in Vanshite - sleeping in Trafic. Almost compleat.   
    I don't swear much, but it's all a 'kin masterpiece.
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    Mally reacted to reb in REB's Wonderful World Of DERV - MavisNotMavis Lives   
    Mavisnotmavis has been parked up in my unit since about July as I've not been allowed to drive due to health reasons, now I'm allowed to drive again it's time to get her back on the road!
    The first problem was the completely dead battery, it wouldn't even charge on the charger so a new one was sourced from Dingbro after being fucked around by CarParts4Less for 2 weeks. This was fitted and she fired up immediately, excellent news!
    The bad news is the ABS and TRACS lights are on and didn't clear after driving from the unit up to the house. I've checked the fuses and tried disconnecting the battery again to no avail. Next port of call is plugging in Vol-FCR and seeing what that has to say. It's really quite irritating as the MOT has expired so I can't use the damn thing until I fix this!
    Mum's bringing dad's laptop with Vol-FCR and the requisite cable tomorrow so hopefully I should be one step closer to being on the road then!
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    Mally reacted to gm in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - measure twice, cut once, you pie ! centre console 'upholstered' and fitted   
    earlier on, I'd bled up the clutch and brakes


    so once the wheels were on, I cable tied my inspection light to the top of the radiator

    why the fuck have you done that, you mad geordie bastard ? I hear you ask

    well, mostly because of this !
    (apologies for the poor sound quality, and for starting the video with a close up of my arse !)
    (but it's worth it)
     
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    Mally got a reaction from juular in Vanshite - sleeping in Trafic. Almost compleat.   
    I don't swear much, but it's all a 'kin masterpiece.
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    Mally got a reaction from chodweaver in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever drove a VW  camper with the engine cover off, using a piece of string over your shoulder attached to the carb, and pulled by hand, when your accelerator cable broke.
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    Mally got a reaction from Three Speed in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever drove a VW  camper with the engine cover off, using a piece of string over your shoulder attached to the carb, and pulled by hand, when your accelerator cable broke.
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    Mally got a reaction from rainagain in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever drove a VW  camper with the engine cover off, using a piece of string over your shoulder attached to the carb, and pulled by hand, when your accelerator cable broke.
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    Mally got a reaction from Three Speed in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever had the front trunion collapse on a minor, chained it back together with the chain you always have under your seat, and carried on the 400 mile round trip on holidays to Great Yarmouth, with severely restricted lock on one side.
    Have you ever put grease on your brake pipes before an MOT.
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    Mally got a reaction from chodweaver in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever had the front trunion collapse on a minor, chained it back together with the chain you always have under your seat, and carried on the 400 mile round trip on holidays to Great Yarmouth, with severely restricted lock on one side.
    Have you ever put grease on your brake pipes before an MOT.
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    Mally reacted to barefoot in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    No, I just wedged the carb slightly open with a box of matches and drove it home like that.
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    Mally got a reaction from busmansholiday in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever drove a VW  camper with the engine cover off, using a piece of string over your shoulder attached to the carb, and pulled by hand, when your accelerator cable broke.
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    Mally got a reaction from busmansholiday in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever had the front trunion collapse on a minor, chained it back together with the chain you always have under your seat, and carried on the 400 mile round trip on holidays to Great Yarmouth, with severely restricted lock on one side.
    Have you ever put grease on your brake pipes before an MOT.
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    Mally got a reaction from strangeangel in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever drove a VW  camper with the engine cover off, using a piece of string over your shoulder attached to the carb, and pulled by hand, when your accelerator cable broke.
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    Mally got a reaction from Dick Longbridge in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever drove a VW  camper with the engine cover off, using a piece of string over your shoulder attached to the carb, and pulled by hand, when your accelerator cable broke.
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    Mally reacted to bunglebus in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever driven a 2.0S Capri that wasn't yours home from the middle of nowhere, with no clutch, using the starter motor to get you going at traffic lights? 
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    Mally got a reaction from juular in Vanshite - sleeping in Trafic. Almost compleat.   
    You, as me, seem to be over engineering things. Your bed is magic!  
    This will never fall apart in a million years, which is good. You are dragging the weight around forever though.
    Not in any way a criticism,  I'm exactly the same, but beware fuel consumption may suffer.
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    Mally reacted to juular in Vanshite - sleeping in Trafic. Almost compleat.   
    New page, phew.
    Built a bed frame. 
    The sacrificial wood welding square was still in one piece, if a bit charred.

     

     

     

     
    These are the base frames which will attach to the floor.

     
    Along one end is a row of bearings.

     
    It just so happens that the bearings fit perfectly into a length of slotted channel.

     

     
    The bases go here.

     
    With a bit of support.

     
    The base attaches to the back of the gas box for extra support. You can also see here where the fresh water tank is going to fit. 

     

     
    The seat base then attaches to the slotted channel and rolls smoothly.

     
    Made up some brackets the correct size to connect the base and slide, as I couldn't be bothered going and buying some.

     
    There is one other component to make the bed fit together. It started with some CAD.

     
    Some cutting and bending.

     
    Some drilling, and welding.

     

     

     

     
    Then some paint and fake leather.

     

     
    They're rock and roll bed offset hinges. You can see here from this scrap wood that they are intended to grip and reinforce the corners of a frame.

     
    I'll show more on how they work once the bed goes together, but the idea is that they allow the seperate sections of the bed to pivot up and away from each other. That way the mattress sections don't crush together.  As you can imagine something as camper specific as this costs a fortune.. I think I last saw a set online for £80 and they were too short for my thick foam mattress anyway.  I honestly think these ones have cost me nothing other than spare change and an hour of my time.
    Oh, I plugged in the last bit of gas pipe betwen the gas box and the hob.

     
    I tested this with soapy water to check for bubbles, and indeed the compression fittings needed nipped up a little.
    Since the water tank was in place, this was also a good time to connect up the pump and tap and test it out. The hob and sink unit came in a kit with a whale submersible pump (you just dunk it in the tank) and a microswitch tap.

     
    Yes I did also connect up the drain pipe..
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    Mally reacted to juular in Vanshite - sleeping in Trafic. Almost compleat.   
    How about now? 
    I did have to fix the side door roller as it stopped being rolly. Some absolute plonker (me) got it covered in oil and it started sliding instead, then wore a flat in the wheel.

    Check it out!

    The replacement needs the old pivot drilled out and a new one peened in.

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    Mally got a reaction from Lord Sterling in Keyrings - what stories do you have?   
    I have a few* of these.

     
    I like Lord Sterling's plug, but they soon make a hole in your pocket.
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    Mally got a reaction from Bfg in Garage Diary : Sunbeam Motorcycle resto's..   
    Looking at it, I feel the baffle may be too restrictive.
    It's only a gut feeling, I  used to jam old tin cans in mine, which usually blew out again.
    You will soon tell with loss of performance and/or overheating.
    May well be fine. Your engineering expertise easily surpasses mine.
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    Mally reacted to Bfg in Garage Diary : Sunbeam Motorcycle resto's..   
    . . just a quick update . . .
    I didn't do this on Friday, as it had been a heavy frost and it also happened that I was in a grumpy mood from being woken each morning around 5:15am (to the sound of someone having a pee, directly into the water of the toilet bowl located immediately above the bed-alcove of this studio apartment) ..and thereafter cannot get back to sleep.
    As someone who considers "mornings are wonderful ..but they start too early" - my loosing three hours of sleep every day is a trial.  Anyhows that's not what we are here to discuss, so let's get on with the findings in the sump... 
    Not at all good, but then it could have been far worse. . .
     
    ^ After 443 running-in miles this is what I found.  The dirty colour of the oil reflects the amount of carbon deposit (soot) from the combustion chambers before the piston rings have bedded in (..there's more blow-by than there will be ..once that running-in is complete).  You can see here lumps of metal withing the folds of the paper element filter and also two pieces laying in the bottom (just under the filter). There's also a couple of flakes, one may be seen at the end of the central rib) which look like a flake of varnish or shellak.  
    NB. replacing the original wire-mesh gauze filter with the paper-element is a modification I do to my engines.  All have been done but for Katie which had a new finer gauze fitted. I did however give the bike's new owner the special parts to convert it should he so choose.

    ^ nothing amiss can be seen up inside there.

    ^ in close up this is what I found (..after being rinsed in petrol / laid out on a piece of kitchen paper-towel). 
    The shellak-like flakes I've never seen before ; they're brittle/hard and transparently thin.  First thought was - it must surely be a smear of gasket sealant that's flaked off somewhere.  But where it could have come from is a mystery, particularly as there are no signs of gasket-card fibres nor of cork. They are too large to have gone through any of the oil-ways,  and in any case - I'm really careful not to apply too much gasket sealant ..in avoidance of creating squeezed out beads.  I was using Wellseal  gasket sealant but have recently been trying a similar product in tube form, it's of thicker consistency and from Loctite.  Wellseal doesn't go hard and the tubed stuff is only supposed to go tacky.  Whatever they are must have flaked off a relatively flat almost-shiny surface.  But what and where.?  
    After sleeping on the question, I think I might have an answer : Loctite yes, but not the gasket sealant.   No, I'm thinking it must be the wicking Loctite I used to seal around the leaky cylinder sleeve (as fitted by aforementioned said professional) < here >.  And in the process some of it has run through the crack, and all the way down the outside of the sleeve.  It has then hardened, not in the crack but around the bottom rim of the cylinder liner where it projects just a little into the crankcase.  The engine-running splash of oil from the crankshaft has in effect jet-washed it loose, and it's then been washed into the sump with the returning oil. 
     
    I'm happy with that explanation so let's now look at the metal bits ; they are non-ferrous and judging by their hardness and sheen are more likely to be aluminium than white-metal (from the rear-main bearing).  The almost 4mm long piece is a turn-and-a-half scroll, or thought of another way - like a shaving.  Other pieces of the metal found are also very thin shaving with torn edges.  Again in context of a running engine, it seizing and otherwise vibrating far more that it should, I was bewildered - where on earth have they come from ? 
    If they are indeed white-metal from the rear-main bearing - well., there's nothing there to scrape or shave the metal.   If it were the aluminium of the piston seizing, then.., I've never seen one which has been 'shaved into a scroll '  nor can I envisage how a 4mm length of metal shaving can get passed the piston's skirt and its bottom ring..?  
    There are actually very few moving parts within these engines that are aluminium.  The pistons & con-rods are, but with a chain-driven overhead-camshaft design .. that's about it.  Still, I had two scenarios to consider.,  1. is that moving aluminium parts have scrapes along an edge of steel, or 2. moving steel parts have scraped along the insides of the aluminium cases or a cover.  In time, I considered the fact that I hadn't replaced the cylinder liner myself, and perhaps that the skirt of it is shaped to clear the con-rod as it swings around to 90 degrees ??  The scraping then would be off the side of the aluminium con-rod.  
    Surely not., no I think., the sleeves are flat bottomed and although there may be an inside chamfer, that is ..I'm sure is all the way around, so there's no 'right orientation' to fit the sleeves ..but for the cutouts in their top rim which to clear opened valves.  I would have seen and noted such clearances when I had the engine inverted on the bench. 
    Hang on.. The sleeve fitted to the rear cylinder of this engine was replaced (..by aforementioned said professional) and its dowel hole didn't align  and had to be re-drilled.  Judging by its original dowel location - the sleeve was probably from a front cylinder and so is rotated.  Well perhaps then., those dowels also locate the rotation of the sleeve ..whereby cutout / scallops in its skirt are there to clear the con-rod's throw.?  
    I couldn't think of anything else that might scrape, so I left the matter to be further investigated.  I could do that by visually inspecting up the sump more closely, or perhaps from previous rebuild and assembly photos.  After sleeping on it, or rather waking early and thinking about it - I might now have realised the source of those metal bits.. 
    Aluminium ? yes.  Engine case ?  possibly yes.  From < here > doing this ..after the engine was rebuilt and during installation . . 

    Moments before this photo was taken ; the hole was drilled. Being non-ferrous I couldn't use a magnet to catch any bits, so instead I had layers of sticky gaffer and masking tape with plastic packed-in behind the hole.  Still, at the time, I suspected some bits might find their way into the sump but knowing that I was using a fine oil-filter, which is situated before the pump and/or bearings - I accepted the risk (..rather than dismantling everything) ..baring in mind that this was my own bike's engine and not a customers.
    Drilling and tapping the aluminium case might well have created the scroll like shaving and other particles.  And even if they had been caught in the stickiness of the layers of tape, they might have easily been dropped again just as I pulled that tape out of the timing chain's chimney. 
    Shoddy workmanship on my part, but I think that is the mystery solved. 
    I don't know about the black round ball seen in the photo, either what it is nor where it came from, perhaps it's a bit of shot used to blast this engine's cases that had hidden away in some dark corner until washed out by the engine oil ?  ( NB.. I did extensively jet wash these cases inside and out, and also washed out the cases with petrol, but one cannot be 101% be sure that a piece might have been tucked away withing a rough sand casting).        
    In conclusion, the bits found in the sump and filter are a sad reflection on my skills &/or carelessness in rebuilding this engine.  But my choosing to modify / replace the original gauze oil-filter with a very much finer paper element type has proven its worth. 
    Regarding this engine repeatedly seizing - I'm still assuming it is the end-float against the rear-main bearing being too tight.  In the future I'll use the recommended 0.004" as the very minimum. David Holyoaks - Engineer and experience re-builder of these bikes ..and who once own Stewart Engineering, had advised me that it wasn't critical if a little too tight, but perhaps this engine demonstrates the old adage "if it possibly can go wrong - it will".
     
    Moving on., the sump and magnets was cleaned out, and is back now on again, with a new filter of course.  The oil was a little dirty but I didn't think too bad for the next five hundred miles - when it and the filter will be changed again.. subject of course to no great disaster happening in the meantime.  At least with dirty oil I can see, and therefore address, any oil leaks !

     
    Yesterday, I also changed the engine's leaky front crankshaft oil-seal.   I don't know what happened there, because the dynamo's journal (that the seal works against is fine, and there's no way without being totally ham-fisted I could have damaged it, but still it didn't seal 100%.  It's easy to change, simply by removing the dynamo, prising the old seal out with a couple of screwdrivers and then gently and squarely tapping the new one into place.

    ^ the new NAK replacement seal.  The one previously fitted was a different brand and is much harder ..Perhaps it was old stock and the rubber had gone hard.  Anyway it was consigned to the bin.

    ^ weepy oil dribbling down and being blown back along the engine fins is just a mess which possibly conceals any other places that may also have an oil weep.  Wiped clean so that I can monitor anywhere that doesn't remain dry.  As before, I added a smear of silicon grease to the seal's lips before fitting it. 
    Fortunately the drain hole in the bottom of dynamo's casing had been cleared before I fitted it, and so any oil drained well enough away and no damage was done to the windings or contacts.  However., with mud on the road and the bike being 'garaged' in a farmer's yard that hole was all but blocked again. Good job I checked it now and cleaned it out again. as a flood of oil in the dynamo will cause it to short out.   I used to have a rubber mud flap on the mudguard of this bike.  I can't remember taking it off but there's no sign of it so I guess I must have.  Time again to fit one &/or else a local cover over the dynamo's hole, so it might still drain, but the mud from the front tyre cannot splatter over and block it. 
    Well that's it for yet another day. I have a couple more jobs to do before I ride very far including a recently failed headlamp-dip bulb.  Hey ho., the riding is good. 
    Bidding you a pleasant Sunday.
    Pete.    
     
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