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John Hartley

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About John Hartley

  • Birthday 10/01/1947

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Derbyshire
  • Interests
    Ex Working NB Python, Chesterfield canal restoration

Previous Fields

  • Occupation
    Retired
  • Boat Name
    NB HAWTHORN
  • Boat Location
    Chesterfield Canal

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  1. Myself and two other guys built our first steel narrowboat. 45 ft from a set of available plans. The local steel stockholder did all the bends for us [gunnels]. It took the three of us 4 years and one week. Easter is a movable feast. We worked every Sunday and 2 evenings a week, it was hard graft but we enjoyed every minute of it. Go for the biggest shell you can fit in the build space, because all the work is in the stem and stern. the bit in the middle is much easier. When completed the insurance value was £42,000 the actual cost to us was £12,659, less our hours worked. We did it for love not profit. We rebuilt an engine for it but had to purchase a new gear box and propeller. We bought the correct stainless steel and turned our own prop-shaft. When the shell was completed we filled it water to check it did not leak. It did, about an egg cup full over four days. Its a huge undertaking, do not underestimate that but when you sail away for the first time its a huge satisfactory feeling that last as long as you own it. If you need any help I can give only too happy to help.
  2. a lot of CRT workers who were all helpfull knowledgeable and willing to give there time to help. The constant harping and complaining must get the guys down. John H
  3. After a recentHaving just got back lot of CRT from a run off the Chesterfield on to the Trent, then T and M, Staffs and Worcester Shroppie the Langollen then back thru Manchester. Huddersfield Narrow anfd down to Keadby and home.A long run where we came accross a
  4. Is it possible to fabricate a thin steel plate to fit on the four bolt holes with the appropriate size hole for the stat. I have never seen one that big before. Good luck.
  5. I have no idea which one I have, not at the boat to look. But in the 25 months since I have had the boat not a drop of water. The previous owner installed a suction pump to prime it with water before use after a long period of no use. I hope I have not woken the evil spirits who seam to turn up every time I say its working well.?
  6. What a good idea. There are some very clever people on the site.
  7. Jet wash will spread the oily water even further than it is now. Gunk and plenty of rags and elbow grease. God luck
  8. If you can restore classics you can change the belts. I do mine every couple of years at the same time I do the annual oil/filter change. The whole lot would be done in about 8 hrs depending on how often the tea lady arrives. please dont tell her I said that. Do not pull the engine out, do in situ. Once my alternators are removed I have about ten inches between the engine and the bulkhead and quite a bit of room down both sides making the job a little irksome but definitely not difficult. Regards Johnh
  9. I have the same engine in my narrowboat. To change the cam belt I first have to remove the two alternators mounted on an aluminium plate, about 20/30 mins work. That gives more than enough room to change the cam belt. You will need to buy the idler pulley and the belts, there are two, one for the cam and one for the injection pump plus a set of timing lock studs. The lock studs set the engine in the correct position to put the new belts and idler pulley on. I have a Haynes manual for the Ford Zetec engine which tells you exactly how to do it. It is not at all difficult. The engine is an excellent piece of kit, It has run up and down the Trent on many occasions with no trouble. [Am I inviting the wrath of the gods now I have said that.] An internet search will find you a kit for doing the job, do not go to a ford agent they will want over a hundred pounds for just the belts. the timing lock studs will be used many times so once bought always available. My set came with the boat from the previous owner. If I can be of more help get in touch. Johnh
  10. I would go with Landrover too, the tall oil filler gives the game away to me. Johnh
  11. Try searching Google for DSLR cameras. Digital Single Lens Reflex. Its the old SLR cameras now gone digital. Happy new year
  12. Does not seam to be much Christmas spirit around this neck of the woods.?
  13. Very nearly Thirty years ago myself and two friends built our first narrow boat from scratch. Although not a welder I was an engineer with an ability to weld. So were the other two guys. From the photographs presented it seams to me that the work is of excellent quality from someone who cares about the finished job. Also from the replies to the many questions it is someone with a deep knowledge of what he does. Should I ever need to have my boat over-plated I would not hesitate to let him do it. I have never used his services nor had any sort of contact with him other than what I have seen of his work. Just keep on doing it. Boats need guys like you.
  14. I used to work for a hose manufacturer producing hoses for the rail industry. If they arrived without end covers send them back, ask for your money to be returned and go to a reputable supplier who will fit end covers as a matter of course. If the supplier says they are ok to use tell him without covers they are unfit for purpose. Do not try to clean them before returning them. If he offers to replace them mark them in an unobtrusive way so you may recognize them should he send them back with end caps. John
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