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  1. Try Kecksey's farm Sawbridgeworth, they have a good welder there called Andy.
  2. Years ago a customer of ours drained out and filled his cooling system with neat Bluecol antifreeze. It was a Fraud Prefect 1172 s/v engine. He limped the half mile or so to us. Bluecol was oozing out from everywhere, running down the block from the head gasket and into the sump,core plugs weeping, hoses weeping an awful mess. We were almost sure he'd got the antifreeze for nothing, he was a lorry driver, Bluecol was the most expensive in thos days.
  3. Ordinary incandecent filament bulbs will work ok with reversed 12V DC wires, but not anything involving hight tech electronics or AC inverters like in 12V flouarecent lights or LED lights.
  4. Ok, Apart from brand new already fitted out boats I doubt if very many other boats, sailaways for example had their gas systems installed by a qualified boat gas safe bod.
  5. I don't think those taps are the tapered plug cock type but ball valve type. I always understood that it's ok to carry out gas work on ones own boat but not to perform gas work on other peoples.
  6. If any of the isolator taps are the old tapered plug cock type these can be restored if leaking by removing the nut and spring washer on the back, withdraw the tapered plug and handle and lap it in to the female taper with a spot of rubbing compound T-Cut, dilute with a drop of water for final lap, twisting back and forth similar to lapping in engine valves to their seats.
  7. I find using leak spray I have to dabble around the joint with a small paint brush to disperse bubbles that the spray caused and spend time at each joint watching very closely perhaps with a torch while dabbling with the brush, if you wear specs wear them.
  8. Cycling cape like the police used to wear spread all around and over the hatchway, arms free underneath to work the controls.
  9. Plonk a load of horrid enormous prestige cars and 4X4's on it and run for it quick.
  10. Crosland 489 or Fram C11941 PL.
  11. I'd get that packing out NOW!! and fit the correct diameter stuff before it's shoved down into the bearing and jambs the shaft up solid, if it hasn't already.
  12. Tim was quite bombastic in that series. Shouting orders at his crew. They broke down too, Auquadrive busted.
  13. Anyway, always switch the water pump off before leaving the boat unattended or you might return to find it flooded out.
  14. bizzard

    SR2 Leak Off

    If your engine has the cover 6 over the speeder linkage remove it and adjust the idle speed by turning the nut, also at 6. It turns in notches and does alter the idle speed. Count the notches as you turn it so you can always return it to where it was. I'm almost sure it's slacken to slow the idle speed.
  15. If it's a relay between the starter key-button and starter I'd use one of these, old stand alone starter solenoids as a relay. You can also press the rubber button to start the engine, about £25. Auto Electrical supplies.
  16. Lady Barnaby takes her ease Knitting overcoats for fleas By this kindness fleas are smitten That's why she's very rarely bitten. Spike Milligan.
  17. Generallly the more modern boats sacrifice engine and transmission space for cabin space, so more often than not there is no room for a proper marine engine and drive line set up.
  18. In 1972 a bunch of us went on a package deal holiday cruise on the Black Sea, on a Clarksons inclusive deal. We flew on a Danair Comet 4b ex BOAC. I remember going to the toilet in which was an emergency escape door, all uninsulated, I could see the sky all around it with thick ice, it was nippy in there. Peering from a window I could see pop rivets in the wing with bits of broken off matchsticks stuck in the holes. The cruise ship was an ex German converted freighter call MV Transylvania. Anyway talking of air fares in the 1970's, the complete package deal was £38 each and first class cabins
  19. During the 1980's I maintained a smal fleet of courier vans,which company was next door to my workshop. If during a quiet spell the controller would come and ask me if I wanted to do a van job for them. One of the jobs was to Polygram, Polydor records factory in Walthamstow. I had a walk around there and was shown the listening room where the Polygram big knobs went to listen to a new recording on test pressing records. I was surprised, the room was quite ordinary with an ordinary Garrard record player deck and amplifier and a pair of Cellestian speakers. I was told that this ordinary set up
  20. Was the water shortage summer 2019 by any chance. We had a terrible time at Stortford Boats at Lock 1 Southmill. The back water, original river course is 9ft deep and we had a job getting on and off boats here. The bottom lock gates at Twyford lock 2 are seriousely leaking, had to keep on going down there to close the top gates even after I stuck notices on the beams to ask folk to, not many did!!!. Those gates have been giving trouble for about 10 years plus, if top gates are left open we have to get up, always about 3am when boats start listing over and go and close them. Those gates were du
  21. Indeed I've worked on boats fitted out by cabinet makers- caravan fitters. Although the quality was very good in most cases they didn't have a clue of boat requirements. essential things like inverter chargers, electrics ect completely boxed in, needing destruction to get at them, no hatches in the floor to access the bilges. Too much heavy stuff installed all on one side of the boat causing a list impossible to correct without tearing up the fitted carpet and floor boards.
  22. They inject the Covid vaccine into your non dominant arm. If they made a mistake and injected the German Pfizer BioTech vaccine into your dominant arm, the world could be your oyster.
  23. Or drill a line of vertical close together holes starting at the top, to find the level of fullness.
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