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  1. The chimney stack was made in two parts ( hinged). We went down the Cranfleet Cut with the stack up one day and all was well until we came back upriver. This had risen just enough for us to hit the bridge on the Cranfleet with a resounding clang -no damage sustained but choice words issued from the Captain ! The bottom section formed the header tank for the heating pipes, from the Tor Gem thru the engine room and back. We used to light an oily rag and put this in an old thick saucepan in the water filled bottom section, this produced variable amounts of rather smelly smoke but the novelty of this contraption soon wore off !!
  2. John Rickaby, built MSC Frodsham 62ft, Stretford( Brocky) 68ft ?, Ashworth ( working boat) 70ft, Reliance 40ft (butty, converted it to a 62ft motor, Rainbow Gypsy 60ft?, Pipsqueak 40ft, Minuet 35ft, Liberty 20ft, Icicle 32ft( Roama 2), Roama 3 30ft6ins, Liberty ,extended twice (Big Roama)40ft - 53ft-65ft).
  3. We would try and sell it dismantled - we bought it as a 'runner' but it turned out not to be , so we ended up taking it to bits and rebuilding it.
  4. Well done Mike, I have been following this saga with great interest. Pat.
  5. Good luck ,and I would like to see the photos when you are ready, Pat.
  6. Mike, the roof of the engine room is removable if you are desperate, many bolts if I remember rightly. Pat.
  7. Hi Mike, I wonder where the 'missing' cylinders got to, they must have been up to no good in the engine room to produce a J4. Possible reasons for pulling to one side - prop walk, and the longer than average swim combined with the length of the rear deck overhang. The hydraulic hoses are Volvo and designed for the Volvo tipper trucks, they were provided by Uncle Paul who owned Reliance Tankers of Runcorn at the time and ran a fleet of trucks - the truck racing at Donington was great! Cheers, Pat. p.s. what is your new engine?
  8. Hi again Mike, here is the rest of the correspondence as written in Model Boats Forum under Manchester Ship Canal - you have to log in to reply! In 2013? we fetched Frodsham back from Wrenbury and found it sluggish, on arrival at Stretton over 80 gallons of water was pumped out. Mostly tap water from a faulty shower pump/ sink outlet. you turned the tap on and water went over your feet causing the floor to rise up in 'waves' - it was in a shocking state- and why did they put the toilet tank next to the range in the back cabin? Not an item you would want to percolate I would have thought ! Give us a ring if you like, 01509 670549 Pat.
  9. Have you come across this Mike? Pat.
  10. Installed new head on April 8, 1988, engine only fired on one pot, cracked across valve seals /seats? letting water into the venturi. £200? direct from Kelvins, last one on shelf ! Pat.
  11. Hi Mike, notes from our Frodsham log 1987. A stay bar was put on the engine to stop it rocking at low speeds. We had a muff coupling made to link up the engine shaft and the hydraulic shaft - this proved to be accurately machined at the engine end but was 18 thou out at the other. This caused a big brass toothed bearing to overheat, grip the shaft and stop the engine.Another problem was the slipping in and out of gear, the flexible coupling kept pulling apart - hydraulic pump too heavy for mounting, a tie bar was put onto the engine cover and that seems to have cured the problem. Hope this is of interest, Pat.
  12. Oates is somewhere near Peterborough on the Nene.
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