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Fitter kieron

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  1. Fitter kieron

    Bloody Rats!!

    You must be having a laugh. All those anti diesel posts i've read of yours where you're stood on your banana box....
  2. Fitter kieron

    Coventry Victor HDW

    If you search ' coventry victor vixen ' on the internet and select ' images ' there is an old picture of a broads cruiser engine showing the original set up with dynamo attached. There are other pictures of alternators with brackets adapted to fit on this forum. Mine is a standard Lucas unit.
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    Coventry Victor HDW

    Ha, got it running. Well done. As well as the gearbox to check / service there is also a transfer box at the back end. The type of oil to be used in each is indicated on the brass filler caps in small lettering. From the clips that you've posted it looks to me like there is a mounting for a dynamo chain driven from the output shaft behind the flywheel. I have a similar spare engine / gearbox configuration in storage with this attached, mounted parallel to the starter chain driven on the other side . Maybe you can adapt this for an alternator.
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    Coventry Victor HDW

    Hi. Obviously check the engine oil condition / level ( I use 15/40w ) and the diesel ( standard ) is clean & not contaminated. Because the engine has been stood, before starting i would use an oil can & the primer pots to get some oil into the barrels and with the decompressor button locked down with the lever turn the engine over on the handle ( by hand ) and watch the oil pressure build up on the gauge. You should be able to hear the creaking of the injectors as you turn the engine over if the injection system is still primed and stop lever is in run position. I set the throttle about 1/3rd on my engine when starting. With a good battery spin the engine over still on the decompressor when it gets up speed let the decompressor go still on the starter. You should get some life even if it's only the oil from the primer pots being burnt. If she doesn't start after say 5 seconds repeat the process of using the oil can and primer pots to push some oil into barrels ( increasing the compression for starting ). You might need to prime the fuel if it's not getting through. Once you know the engine runs and the oil is warm i would carry out a full service. Don't forget to retighten the primer pot taps every time after using the plungers to push the oil into the barrels. Good luck.
  5. Fitter kieron

    Polyform fenders

    Yes was good to get a reply although surprised that it's something that they haven't been been asked / considered before. Received the reply posted a few weeks ago and never did get the Dutch update. It's reluctantly gone into landfill now. I see these regularly when i boat on the Ouse.
  6. Fitter kieron

    Polyform fenders

    Hi Mr Gabbey, This is the reply I had from Norway.... The fender material is PVC. Internally we can use some of the material in our own production, the rest is used by a company making roofing. Used fenders should be delivered to the correct handling facilities. In Norway I believe that most end up being heat energy, (burned and the heat is used for warming of water, again used in heating of houses). This would of course be different from location to location. I will now enquire of the Dutch company and get back to you. Kind regards Erica Compass Marine
  7. Fitter kieron

    Damaged car - how much to repair?

    From what I've seen of Audi they make strong cars. He must have really hit it hard. Maybe the front hub, steering joints and tracking will also need checking out.
  8. Fitter kieron

    Polyform fenders

    Thanks for in depth replies on this. Can always rely on this forum to have folk with comprehensive knowledge on any subject. Last night I sent an email to 'Compass Marine' based in Dartmouth who's name is stamped on the split fender as a UK supplier. I got a message back from them this morning saying that they are not sure, will find out and will get back to me. I guess they will contact Polyform in America. As soon as I get a reply from them I will update this thread.
  9. Fitter kieron

    Polyform fenders

    Recently pulled a couple of these out of a local river. One of them is scrap with a large split. Does anyone know if they are made from a recyclable material ? Have tried the polyform site but without submitting all my details I can't ask a question & I don't need a load of sales leaflets through the door for a product I don't need. Thanks in advance. Kieron.
  10. Fitter kieron

    Ruston 3yc bucryus head gasket

    I've had head gaskets made by ' Gaskets to go ' and can recommend their work. I sent one of my blown gaskets over to them I think in Thailand as a pattern. Just takes a bit of time with the postage.
  11. Fitter kieron

    2.7 mm steel plate thickness

    My boat is similar age and also 1/8 inch construction. I had to cut sections out and fit plates in where water had sat inside for years and corroded through ( when the boat was derelict on hard standing ) . Never had a survey but I know there is some pitting inside the hull. The important thing for me is that I can access the inside of the hull in all areas. I insure 3rd party with basic boat insurance at a level where I can use tidal waters to access the inland waterways which I often do.
  12. Fitter kieron

    Buying An Electric Car

    I think the new nuisance calls, texts & adverts in a few years will be " Tripped up over someone else's charging cable and smashed yer face on the kerb ? "
  13. Fitter kieron

    Intake hose to jabsco pump

    Hi. Thanks all for comments / advice on this. I made the tank as a sealed unit with the floor of the boat as the top and a removable plate in the floor to access for maintenance. The idea was to have it ( the top / lid ) bolted down at all times, but in practice I leave it in place but not bolted down just in case I need access on the move for some reason like physically checking the temperature and also so I can check the level and condition of the coolant from time to time. When one of the head gaskets burnt through a few years ago the first sign I noticed was a film of oil on the coolant. Like I mentioned the run to the pump is only short. 1 metre at the most with a lift of around 30cm, so not a great deal of suction required. I will give the pickup pipe / strainer a proper check next time I'm there to fit the new hose I've ordered. The lid is 3mm plate and fits well onto studs recessed in the floor so the system is quite well sealed from outside contaminants even when not secured down.
  14. Fitter kieron

    Intake hose to jabsco pump

    I doubt you'll learn anything. Just to stop any debris from the tank circulating through the pump & around the system. Maybe seems unnecessary on an engine that would have been raw water cooled but I thought it good practice to put a strainer on the pickup pipe.
  15. Fitter kieron

    Intake hose to jabsco pump

    There is a strainer on the pickup which I have checked for obvious obstructions . Will blow back down the new hose when fitted to check it is clear. Re coolant temperature I have got a temp gauge taken from a sender on the engine which rarely registers. Only really when working against the tide for prolonged periods, which isn't something I prefer to do but to catch high tide at ocean lock Goole I push against the flood for a couple of hours. The coolant does get hot then but I can still immerse my hand in the tank when I remove the cover so maybe 50-60 deg C. I think that's what the gauge registers. I guess this might have been enough to soften / weaken the hose over the years.

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