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Slim

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  3. Another option is to 'invest' between £80 and £150 in an ultrasonic tester and try a bit of DIY testing. It might give a clue as to whether it's a collinder or not. You could always sell it on later. Who knows I may even make a bid.
  4. Surprised no one's mentioned the most obvious means of identifying that a boats unattended. The way it's tied up. More mooring warps, springs and goat chains than the QE II would need with everything doubled up and neatly made off. Spotting them is one of my favourite games whilst cruising along.
  5. I fitted an apparently identical tube into my steel fuel tank years ago. I fixed the rubber washer externally.. The crossbar was inserted one wing at a time and pulled up against the tank interior using the body of the assembly. As I recall the crossbar relied upon friction to grip the tank whilst the nut was tightened. Most certainly everything was done from the outside.
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  13. Any number of years ago I put my boat astern only for the shaft to pull out of the half coupling. It was 'secured' by a grub screw into a dimple. Short term I drilled and tapped the threaded part of the half coupling one size up and used a bolt. When I looked at it some time later there were signs of the bolt 'worrying ' in the dimple. I simply drilled right the way through the half coupling and the shaft and put a nut and bolt through the lot. Held for years before I fitted a Sigma Drive using the same shaft.
  14. Also they would sag and rest on the curved roof over most of their area.
  15. Poppin, have you actually spoken to Colecraft about installing an engine of your choice? A list of "recommended" engines is just that..
  16. I'd be inclined to send it to Richard Parry and ask if he could justify it.
  17. On the other hand old working boats didn't encounter plastic coal sacks, poly rope, tyres and clothes made of synthetic materials on a daily basis. The odd dead sheep, cow, dog or even person was nothing in comparison 🙄
  18. But that's where my leak was and no clues with the pump kicking in for obvious reasons.
  19. Going back to the water in your bilge. 1) When did you last suck water out..? 2)How much water.? 3). Same questions for the time before? 4) What kind of ballast do you have and do you know what if anything it's laying on? Going back to my 4th May posts you will see that I had water in my bilges at the same time. I know I've cured the leak (I've checked) . Having left the bilge dry acouple of days later I went home for a few days returning last week. Over the next 2 days I sucked more water out guess 2-3 litres. I've just this moment sucked another litre or so out . Its leaching out of my paving slab ballast. The slabs sit on 6mm wood laths. If your situation is the same is similar it's a pain not a problem. It's quite possible that in your search you disturbed the leak and it's stopped. That's what happened to mine, fortunately I saw the leak before I disturbed it. By the by, you said you were going to route the calorifier pressure valve outlet to a container. Have you checked it.
  20. My 4 x 130 ah AGMs did exactly the same a couple of weeks ago. Look on the bright side, I got £50 back on the empties.
  21. As I understand it and open to correction ordinary high melting point grease is basically oil mixed with some kind of soap. Over time they seperate like most mixtures hence leakage. Look in any old tin of grease and you will find pools of thick oil.
  22. A brand new Wanner 315 is only £33. complete with flexible hose. I was amazed. When I bought mine it was on a par with Snap-on tools of today and priced accordingly
  23. I strongly suspect that your proper grease gun is something like a Wanner 315, a king amongst grease guns. Mine must be over 50 years old and still going strong. The lever return spring is broken but that's a minor point.
  24. My sister had an Imp, never tried sand in the boot. Before she bought the Imp she had a Fiat 600. Not the 600D. It had a 633cc engine and suicide doors. That one drove far more positively with a 5 gallon container of water in the boot
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