Kim's request for a Norman oil pressure indicator reminded me that I had the remains of a T600 lurking in 'low access storage' at the end of the garden. The shed concerned has been mainly noted lately as a happy hunting ground for the cat, so much so that I had sealed it up and been putting down rat destroyer (rather bafflingly labelled "free from poisonous chemicals!) for the last month or so. Anyway, I decided to risk life limb and wiels disease to exhume the engine and see if the non-toxic rat poison had done its work.
I think the shed must have started life as a wendy house as there is no room to stand up and infact the junk is piled to within a couple of feet of the roof. So in I crawled, watching for anything darting for cover. No signs of life but equally no sign of a Norman engine, had I got rid of it and forgotten? No it must be in there somewhere.
I couldn't remember when I had last seen the engine, so, In best Time Team tradition I started digging test pits through the sedimentary accumulation of junk. Among the 'useful' bits of wood, tins with half an inch of solidified paint in the bottom etc, I found quite a few bits of Morris Marina left over from Marlin building days (complete front suspension assy's, starter motor, gearbox, anyone?) and a tracking gauge hand crafted from the finest Dexion.
After a while Norman parts started emerging, first a single pepper pot silencer, then an inlet manifold, but where was the mother load? I saw something with fins and dug towards it, looks like ally, perhaps it's the bottom of the crank case? No, It turned out to be the bones of a small Fichtel and Sachs wankel engine which I'd forgotten I had - these were, perhaps still are, used to power a field artillery radar (As a measure of progress, it's 1950's predecessor required an Enfield '85' diesel).
Eventually I struck pay dirt and TL3570 was dragged into the daylight for the first time in probably ten years. A real 'hanger annie' it had obviously been robbed for spares by several successive owners. Tinware heads flywheel carb mag and timing chest cover are all missing, as is one piston and rod, plus the flywheel taper on the crankshaft looks pretty well knackered. However it did still have its oil pressure indicator and also yielded a breather pipe which I need for the T300 - result!
And the rodent's? I saw nothing dead or alive, but plenty of evidence of past occupation - quelle pong!