If - like I did - you were surprised not to see your SEM on Saturday, fear not. I rang them & learned that they have changed their publication date from the first of the month to the first FRIDAY in the month. Should be with you soon, the lady said.
Arrived this morning. I was just about to 'phone Kim as there was apparently two engines which I know he is after in the For Sale section when I noticed that the ads were infact from him, so should presumably have appeared under Wanted! What is for sale though is that Holy Grail of stirling engines, the Philips 'Bungalow Set' - Sadly beyond my toys budget at £1200 though. And that's about as far as I got before reluctantly putting down the mag and heading off for work.
Time for a second flick through and apart from the Philips, the engines which appeal to me most in the classifieds are the Crossley TSH and Amanco 'V' (Deville?). At the risk giving the impression that this group is a mutual admiration society, I must say I enjoyed P. T-E's article - a reminder that not all our charges are rugged, wonderfully built products of an age when 'they did things right'. How come you seem to attract the, shall we say, dodgy ones Phillip - Fowler, Ransomes, self destructing S-T diesels etc?
It's nice to know that one's literary efforts are appreciated :-) Of course if I bought pristinely gleaming examples of the restorers art then I wouldn't have much to write about!
There are some more rusty hulks in my shed which will be dealt with in due course.The Petter-Light set is proving to be a rather more major project than at first anticipated....at some stage it may well be featured in a magazine coming to a stationers near you!!
We might as well start a Choir, he can even swear with an eloquent tone, for instance when he leaves it is with these passing words " I had better be a good shepherd and get the flock out of here" :-)). I am beggining to think that when we were all toddlers and chewing our toys Philips dad had him chewing a Thesaurus and Dictionaries :-)) Its just a shame that he is also good at turning scrap iron into things of beauty. Keep it up my good friend.
Mart> Not to sing with the chorus, but I was particularly struck by PT-E's