Well...... probably the most pressing but non-winter-type project is to
build some more engine storage space. The biggest aspect of this project is
getting planning permission from 'her indoors' as we seem to clash on the
optimum location. She wants it in an inaccessible part of the garden, out of
the way like, and I want it where I can get to it with that huge Blackstone
or Tangye that I will one day acquire but don't want to tell her about yet
In the background I am restoring my water-cooled Norman (?), writing an
article on it for SEM, finishing my T600, finishing the half scale 'Economy'
I'm building, fabricating a humongous trolley for my tank-cooled Petter M
5hp so that I can add a big genny to it to provide the load it so badly
needs, building a trolley for a Lister A tank-cooled so that I can flog it
and another trolley for a 1.5hp Petter M/compressor set up.
Luckily there are few other projects in the pipeline to keep me going after
the end of this month :)
You can never have too much storage space....My main project is to
finish the new engine shed - currently consists of a lifting beam and a
10m by 5m roof - trouble is it's already full, with more stuff in the
pipeline. Other jobs are to build trolleys for several of the larger
engines, install the Crossley FOE on a foundation, and a hundred and
one other minor tasks - as I always say 'more projects than NASA, but
sadly without their funding!'
Bloody hell Dan! 50 sq metres!!
I'm struggling to get an additional 15 sq metres approved!
Trying to sell the idea of a small farm to madam, obviously on the basis
that we really need space for the daughters horse, but secretly plan on a
few tractors to go with the engines and cars. Bit of an uphill struggle at
Here I am back from unsuccessfully trying to send the Normans back whence
they came - great fun to have a sword in my hand again after ten years doing
I'm in the middle of a low-key restoration of a Villiers Mk 15 OHV, now
mounted on oak & driving a curious three commutator dynamo. Eye catching,
but no output yet.
I really ought to finish the L'Aster that is cluttering up the bench & as it
only needs a few things doing now, I might even get round to it next.
After that - God knows, there's enough choice!
J. Kim Siddorn,
We spent Rita's birthday in San Francisco, absolutely gorgeous Autumnal
day with warm sunshine and no great crowds. Went to the cable car
museum, well worth the visit and free admission.
It's 05.29 here as I type, still dark outside but I can't adjust easily
to the hours changes!
Hope to get some work done on the multitude of engine projects this
winter, but the pile of scaffolding outside the house suggests
Back in the UK on Friday.