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    Poll: Re: Pajero Gen 2 restoration

    A quick update. I am waiting on transfer case bearings and parts from Japan. No estimate as to when these cage needle bearings will be at my door.

    This is really really frustrating ...

    I also...
  2. Poll: Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    @ViperR is hard at work ... me thinks he deserves a round of applause in matching the plaque size with the existing mounting holes in the lathe bed!

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    Received another donation today in the UK mail.

    This is the plastic version whereas I think my lathe came with the brass version which @ViperR is sweating to make ...
  4. Poll: Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    @ViperR has been hard at work turning the restoration plaque into reality!

    Some photos of his much appreciated hard work!

    The artwork with the positive coating applied onto the brass.
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  5. Poll: Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    I must say each time I watch this, I enjoy it. Thanks for sharing @John Lindsay!
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    Yep, quite a few tanks of petrol!
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    Yeah, you guys have been left out of the design discussion a bit ... sorry!

    Basically I have two main reasons for using a three phase input to the VFD:

    The 380V motor in the lathe is an only...
  8. Poll: Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    I have completed the design of the electrical switchgear and the wiring. Basically I will use my generator to give me 3-phase and feed this to the VFD for running motor. One thing outstanding is a...
  9. Poll: Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Some good news ...

    I received a message this morning from André of BMG. He would like to deliver the sponsored belting. https://www.avforums.co.za/Smileys/default/rubbinghands.gif

    Drum roll...
  10. Poll: Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    I have been really quiet in posting as most of my time was spent on work, the Pajero restoration (finding bearings) and the water purification system.

    In between I have been working on the...
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    Re: White metal casting for restoration

    On this one I am a bit pedantic ... I change all the oils every 5000 km. Cheap maintenance!

    I am onto cutting the slots. I think I have come up with a way and solution. Test run over the weekend...
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    Re: White metal casting for restoration

    We did investigate this and the correct clearance for oiled white metal is 0,05 mm (2/1000") on diameter. This was what was done then by Loftie and his crew.

    The sleeve is a nice and smooth...
  13. Poll: Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Dankie Speseryman. Mens moet doen wat jy moet doen! Boer maak 'n plan soos ekke geleer is!
  14. Poll: Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    This is a really interesting article I read today!
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    Re: White metal casting for restoration

    Uncle Brian helped me out again today by cutting the newly cast bushes to tad undersize and drill the hole.

    Looking good even if I say so myself! ...
  16. Poll: Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Uncle Brian contacted me and said I better get the gears from him ...

    The big one had a bit of an issue as it had no place to grab onto in the lathe so I will have to make a plan. Here are the...
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    Re: White metal casting for restoration

    Too many times! :rolleyes:
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    Re: White metal casting for restoration

    I cleaned everything and made some refinements to the clamping plate to accommodate the smaller diameter casing. Taking my time to seal everything well, resulted in this ...
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  19. Poll: Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Yes, correct. There is a basic bypass design with a manual switch energising either of two contactors downstream of the VFD.
    My issue actually is with the location of the two existing isolators in...
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    Re: White metal casting for restoration

    And the effort was in vain ... we have a leaking vessel!

    https://www.avforums.co.za/Smileys/default/Oooh.gif https://www.avforums.co.za/Smileys/default/4fvgdaq_th.gif
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    Re: Lathe + Drill/Mill Combo Restoration

    Have fun doing it and install a little remembrance plaque for your family member. That is the way I like to be reminded of family and friends who passed the last few months. I look at their names and...
  22. Poll: Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    So .... not much on the physical side of doing lathe work, but I have been working on the electrical design and wiring. Is there anyone here who can give me some guidance on doing a dual source...
  23. Poll: Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    I managed to make an arrangement with Loftie and we checked and found that he has the correct gear cutters. So now just waiting for the gears to be smoothed by Uncle Brian.
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    Re: Fixing up an old Walker Turner table saw

    First of all, let us start with the blades of each machine. A radial arm saw and a miter saw needs to be ONLY used with a blade that has full kerf with a negative hook.

    For a table saw you need a...
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    Re: Fixing up an old Walker Turner table saw

    You are making a serious mistake. The motor needs to hang under self weight to tension the belt. This is your safety clutch when the blade gets stuck in the wood. In this situation the motor will...
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    Re: White metal casting for restoration

    A bit of an update ...


    Yesterday I made some time to tin the two casings @ghouwens so kindly made for me. I must say it has become a lot easier getting a good tin coverage although it still is a...
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    Re: White metal casting for restoration

    Thanks so much Guy! Will look at my phone 8-)
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    Re: White metal casting for restoration

    Disgust as I had most all assembled ...
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    Re: White metal casting for restoration

    Just to add some cream to the cup of coffee, as I was assembling the transfer case the weekend I discovered the same bush for the front outlet, well hidden away in the casing.

    So, off to making...
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    Re: White metal casting for restoration

    This is one option I am seriously considering. Brain is furiously working on other schemes and plans ...
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    Re: White metal casting for restoration

    The issue is the groove needs to exit at a very specific position on the edge of the bush so it will have to be a very specific thread and VERY course. Thanks for the advice!
  32. Poll: Re: 1953 Colchester Student Mk1 6" gap bed - A restoration project

    Yep, I am thinking of going your way with the plans and stuff you kindly sent to me. Just putting some feelers out there, maybe someone has a set laying around.
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    @Mark, I had the belts donated by BMG for which I am super grateful.
  34. Re: Poly bushes supplier - Alfa Giulia Super 1.3 rolling (amateur) restoration

    The secret to make any grumpy Italian a happy Italian is excellent coffee ...
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    Re: White metal casting for restoration

    Wha hahahah. Yeah, however I have never understood any single one of the "skoner geslag" ....
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