Helicoiled at last!

The bolts holding the windscreen supports were well past their best…and had been codged in with filler and ptfe tape. I used a kit to drill then tap the holes, insert helicoils, and the job seems to have worked!

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Re-legged bench

The bottoms of the legs were getting a tad rotten, so I gave them leg transplants! Cutting a few inches off, boring holes in the legs and new bits, dowel rod inserts, and Gorilla wood glue…SatNag painted them, and it all looks good.

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Another job finished….

Nearly, anyway! This is a linisher I have (hopefully) restored for the Railway engine workshop…it came to me with a replacement motor, which I have to admit, has been a bit of a pig to fit in…but hopefully, the tame Sparky at the workshop will wire it up, it’s 3 phase….and it should be ready to linish!

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New (sort of) Bench Vice

This has been in Jane’s Dad’s workshop for years and years…and even more years….and we were clearing the house before selling it….I bought it home, had it shotblasted, then I painted it, and it has now replaced the (what I thought was big!) one in the garage.

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Car Show at Statfold Barn Railway: June 2021

Loads and loads of cars there, but the weather wasn’t great: I stayed from 9am to about 1pm, and a few others left too…a great museum there, chocca with steam locos..and a steam train was running to give – sell! – rides. My Mog, plus only two others….

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Back to work on 1215

The loco I helped restore, built in 1917, and served the trenches in WW1, needed a bit of smartening up after its winter lay-up, so a team of 4 of us headed over to Apedale, its home, to do the work..This involved cleaning, scraping and painting various parts….and after a good day (with no biscuits!) went away happy with what we had done…Check out the Apedale website: https://avlr.org.uk/
Bonus Eyestrain

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Nearly 22 years ago!

Yes, back in 1999, I was planning on doing my first big fundraising walk…in India, to discover the source of the Mighty River Ganges. This website describes it:
https://indiahikes.com/gaumukh-tapovan/#gref
I also printed a book of it, I still have some copies, entitled “When I was in India….” Let me know if you would like one! Another page here on my website is my story of another walk: to the top of Kilimanjaro!
( I have also done other charity treks in Chilean Patagonia, and the Inca Trail in Peru!

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Pics from recent walks

We have been on walks just about every day…we are lucky here, having so many safe paths and tracks close by…even discovered some we have never before walked along! Here are some pics…

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a poem: but not written by me!

Twas the day after Christmas and out in the shed,
Sat a tired old Moggie, it’s battery dead.
It’s bumpers were rusted, the floor pans had holes, the seats and carpets had been eaten by moles.
The tyres had dry rot, the fuel tank was leaking, a turn of the steering wheel sent tie rods a-creaking.
So I put on my coat with a weight on my heart, and went out to the shed to get it to start.
The engine turned over-there arose such a clatter! I knew from the sound, “timing chain chatter”.
From under the dash there came a bright flash: the wiring harness had just turned to ash!
“I’ve had it with Morgans!” I finally swore.
“Enough is too much! I can’t take any more!”
When what to my red, teary eyes should appear, but a little Englishman (hey, I might need a beer!)
“Good day,” I heard, as he tapped on my shoulder, “I’m Joe Lucas” he said as the car continued to smoulder.
“This one can be saved; there’s no reason to grieve. All you need is some faith man, you’ve got to believe!”
“A hammer! Some duct tape! Get me some tools! When you work on these cars, just make up the rules!”
“We’ll get her cranked over – no way that she’ll stall ( but stand over there with your back to the wall).”
A cough and a splutter, the cacophony stunning, I couldn’t believe it! The old thing was running!
The ghost winked at me and said, kicking a tyre, “Whatever you do, DO NOT TOUCH THIS WIRE!”
The old man then vanished amid sneezes and farts, but when the smoke cleared he had left me some parts.
So I opened the shed door and let the windows down, put pedal to metal and went in to town.
And I thought to myself as I crunched second gear-
Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year.

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Just cannot shake off the printing bug….

and have produced some calendars! The NBC ones are for one of the Morgan interweb chat groups…and I have sent them world-wide! From the USA to Australia, these will be showng the dates until January 2022! 2021 NBC Calendar A4 portrait
I have also made some for the local Footpaths Association, these show pics I have taken on local wanderings!2021 DFBS Calendar
These are, of course, my copyright, but I would be happy to print one or two for you!

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