Had a great morning/afternoon at the rally, weather was really nice, lots of things to see and drool over, had a close look at Mr Noble's 100hp Gardner while the walkway was quiet for a few minutes.
We also had a small bonus from the Lister compressor engine, we retrieved the instruction manual for the Buckeye engines from the guy who was selling the compressor, and there may be a chance that some new spares which also went to the scrappie might be available if we ask nicely.
The compressor has gone to its new home, it's a 6/1 1956 engine with a Broome & Wade 250psi compressor. Lots of crud in the cylinder so Terry will need a bit of time to get that cleared out and the rings unstuck, it is also half painted blue and the back is still green where they couldn't reach with their paintbrush! :-))
There was a large tool dealer display with secondhand machinery and tooling etc etc., but we both thought that the prices were aimed at impulse-buying punters, so we kept our hands in our pockets. Pair of large rusty V blocks, £50, Yale Pul-Lift £50, lots of cutters and milling bits but nothing really attractive enough to displodge money out of the wallet.
The horses attracted Rita like a moth to a flame, and there were some lovely draft horse in full gear and also working with implements, very nice indeed.
Hot fog machines in abundance and all doing something, some very nice examples and unusually I took some pictures..
Engines were very good indeed. There was a long line of them which started and stopped at gateways and then carried on again. We just about saw them all, but it was a bit spread out and you could miss a few if you were not careful.
Big Tangye horizontal, about 10hp or more, some nice small Crossleys and Hornsbys, a Homelite genny set for sale that Kim would have liked, and a very twee little Stuart set which almost started the wallet trembling at £600 but I resisted that one... The general standard of engines was small but good quality, no complaints from me for the selection.
Didn't see anyone from the NG, although we were there for nearly 5 hours. Only complaint was the entrance fee of £8 each and the programme was extra £1, that's starting to smack of a rip-off.
The Museum itself was packed out so we didn't go there, and the traders seemed to be out for any profit they could get, and we avoided quite a few 'tat' stalls. One engine guy had three 3-Jaw chucks for sale at £5 and £6 each, but I just couldn't face carrying them back to the van, which was getting on for 1/4 mile away in the car park.
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