Fox Moth seen today at 1427hrs going WNW at 1500/2000ft over Hurstbourne Tarrant!
One day I'll get a ride, MikeN.
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If you like An-2s then see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgOPpf3Impw Lovely inertia starter! And it's a bit like a Morris; see the pipes for de-steaming the windscreen and the rain dripping in at about 6 minutes! Love the light on a stick over the instruments at the RHD side. (For map reading...
That Stearman is a regular around here in NW Hampshire and we're fairly sure its based at Thruxton. If you're interested in bi-planes look out for an occasional visitor, a bright yellow Stagger Wing, the only retractable undercarriage bi-plane I've ever seen. See here for a pair of landing Stearman ...
- Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:15 pm
- Forum: Off-Topic
- Topic: Measuring the size of the Earth!
- Replies: 2
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What ho, chums! Our local Primary School has set the above task for its 4 to 11 years olds and I've just had a crack and got within 0.0025% of the real value! It uses a an updated version of Eratosthenes' method back in about 200 B.C. which you will remember uses measurement of shadows at the summer...
Regarding paraffin, just as good and very much cheaper is central heating oil currently at about 26p a litre (for a 1000 litre delivery! Paraffin seems to be about £2 per litre.) Mind you, it needs a baked bean can on a stick to get it out of my tank but its worth it and works perfectly. Regards fro...
- Sat May 16, 2020 9:02 pm
- Forum: Mechanical
- Topic: Mystery Wheel cylinder adjuster part
- Replies: 8
- Views: 416
Only with trepidation do I dispute with m'learned friend Phil but I suspect those bits of bent metal went underneath the adjusters so they were raised slightly rather than between the cylinder and the adjuster. They've the folds at their ends to keep them in place. DON'T THROW THEM AWAY YET! Do as P...
I bought the engine that's in my Trav from Roy; an 800 mile round trip! I'm glad I met him. A man of great Minor experience and of strong opinions that I didn't always agree with but which I always, always listened to. No question on this site ever went without an answer from Roy! I still miss, MikeN.
Dear all, Had a real "Brian Wave" recently and magnetised the steel dipstick in my brand new Lidl lawnmower, and after only an hour's running time see below for the metal that I wiped off the tip of the dipstick. More than I expected! I magnetized the stick by stroking it several times one way with ...
Some years ago (4-7?) there was an article in "Minor Matters" which described and illustrated just such a device. Aa I remember it, it consisted of a domestic window roller blind secured at the back of the rear seats which could be drawn backward towards the rear doors and what would have been its l...
- Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:07 pm
- Forum: Mechanical
- Topic: Automatic choke/twin choke
- Replies: 17
- Views: 1074
In view of your problems, this afternoon I watched my cold start closely. My '63 Traveller had cold soaked to 3C in the garage; outside in the sun it was 5C. I pushed it out backwards out of the garage and started on full choke and after manoeuvring in the yard and after 30 seconds running time I'm ...
Kevin, If you're still concerned about your pump pressure a cheap way of testing it is to measure the height to which your pump can raise fuel when it stops ticking. A length of clear plastic hose from a pet store (mine came from "Pests at Home" in Andover for a few pence per metre) heated at one en...
- Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:54 am
- Forum: Electrical
- Topic: Different reading on battery condition gague
- Replies: 24
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Referring to Yellowpinky's request above on modern battery chargers, I see that my local Lidl has back for sale under it's label "Ultimate Speed" their own "floating" charger for £13.99. I've used one of these for 2-3 years without trouble.
I look forward to following your adventure in diffs, Alan! Just a thought; long ago and far away I was helped in adjusting a spiral bevel axle on a Morris 10 (of about 1935) by some old fitters. (One had started as an career in the RAF, that is the Royal Aircraft Factory and pre the Royal Air Force!...
- Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:05 pm
- Forum: Electrical
- Topic: Rear light wiring confusion!
- Replies: 14
- Views: 1211
The Ripault stuff seems expensive: I hope its good! Last night I soldered some bullets to wires and then attempted to put them into the connectors - and blow me they wouldn't go in! I had to file them down to fit, a long and tedious business. They came from either ESM or Bull Motif many years ago so...
Thanks for that Phil; I think these devices are unvalued and rather missed understood. They're called "oil intercoolers" but I believe they function is much more as oil heaters. The oil in our A series engines is in my opinion far too cool for most of our running time. For example, in the recent war...