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  1. Never had a sister, Hitler saw to that, but blokes I know that do seem to regard them as scary creatures so yours should be well placed to keep the ghosts of them designers in their place! Matthew Boulton: Was it not he that in a letter extolled the virtues of a certain Mr Stephenson who "could finish his engine cylinders to the thickness of a thin shilling."?
  2. The toolmaker in me sometimes had cause to think that draftsmen/designers were the Spawn of the Devil! In this case I am inclined to think you may be right about the pawls being stuck in the run position as things in there do have, (being kind), a patina of surface rust and general grubbiness. The Devil's Spawn reference applies here because the cover plates, (pt.31 on billybobbooth's drawing), are instead of being placed facing aft where they could be accessed and removed are tucked away facing for'ard and inaccessible short of gearbox removal and complete stripping of th
  3. It is a matter of serendipity that this image exists at all because it is a "fail". DIY colour printing kits were pretty new back then and this was one we didn't get right. I'm sure the "good" ones still exist somewhere in a dark archive. The image is shown in false colours, the negatives, used for the droplet counting, were 35mm black and white film. The false colours represent variations in density and were used only for presentation purposes. It is interesting to note that the rendering is sensitive enough to pick up variations in air density in the swirling air sho
  4. Bugger! That means: (a) I gotta find the thing (b) I gotta nudge my old XP desktop into life (c) Get my old scanner to fire up and talk to the XP (d) Get the picture onto a memory stick that the laptop won't eat. Oooo! Me poor 'ol 'ed! PS Just had an epiphany, just remembered, I'm pretty certain it is in my old briefcase ---- just got to find the briefcase . . . '
  5. I had considered that, probably a good idea, it is possible that they are as old as the boat and from the look of things have never been out of the engine. All of which takes me back to a time long ago when I was building a bit of kit to take photographs of fuel being injected into a swirl chamber, exposure times something like 2,000,000ths of a second if I remember. Then there was the little machine to count the droplets down to 10 microns, and no I didn't do the counting, we'd got computers that could to do that by then. (And NOT a ZX81 snigger! snigger!) I've got a left over part
  6. Ooo! Errr! It 'aint 'arf getting complicated! I think the best thing I can do is get back on board and carefully make a wiring diagram, if for no better reason than to stop you fellows spoiling your good looks by tearing your hair out. What is worth remembering is that the whole set-up was a very sweet starter, with a much complimented beat and minimal smoke --- until she ran out of fuel --- TWICE . . . Meanwhile I'll get the injector pump off and properly serviced.
  7. You lot do realise that at 80 I am going to have to climb over the engine,, elbow aside the calorifier, weasel my way past the plumbing whillr bent double just to trace this bloody wiring don't you?!!! And there is you two gleefully prattling on about "But both energise terminals seem to be commoned with white and red trace cable which would be ignition switch to starter solenoid activation. I can't think what else would explain that. it also looks as if the left-hand one has its coil negative blade connected to one of the stud terminals. If that was not negative that solenoid wou
  8. Thank you chaps, looks like the next step will be to trace the wiring and make a proper circuit diagram, at least for this part of the system.. The 1970's observation makes sense, I think that is about the time the boat was built. Given that the right hand unit is suspect and a direct replacement would seem unlikely, would it be worth re-jigging the whole thing? For a start there must be better split-charge systems about half a hundred years on!
  9. Right head scratchers all here is an image of the suspected "black boxes" kindly supplied by the "artist in residence". Can anyone identify what they might be and indeed the thinking behind their employment? A visit to the boat with a new starter battery and then a bit of cable tracing resulted in the discovery that the +ve cable went up to a domestic looking fuse box and then back down to the lower stud on the right hand "black box" in the picture. It is not clear at this point why the cable is routed thus, all of the fuses in the fuse box are of a domestic fuse wire si
  10. My first ambition was to be a blacksmith, there was a forge just around the corner from home, the blacksmith was just like what you'd expect one to be, he wasn't very tall but had a body like a barrel, arms like thighs and always a smile for kids that showed an interest. I never saw him use a saw, probably didn't even have one but he could do things with hot metal that was pure magic. In those days the local Sally Army had a farm where men coming out of prison were housed and worked on the farm as a way back into society. Back then there were employment stamps, you didn't get s
  11. Yup, as it happens I have the means at the end of the garden, I was also one of the last of the "proper" Toolmakers, (5 year indentured apprenticeship + 2 years as an "improver"). Of course I didn't know it at the time but the transistor had already been invented and the death knell had already been rung for traditional toolmaking.
  12. billybbobbooth Thank you so much for that, just perfect! I can now fiddle about with some confidence. The only other thing I gotta do is get the sprog to find the starting handle, I'm certain I found one but then anything is possible at my age. She says I am imagining it but there are so many dark corners on that damn boat . . .
  13. Wool Fat (Anhydrous Lanolin) can be bought from the chemist in a tub that will last a lifetime. I've used it for years including on boats on the salty stuff and domestic too. Works a treat, screws drive in easier and lets face it when did you last see a rusty sheep? It is good practice to pilot a hole for a screw with the right sized drill. The screw when being driven in then divides the grain of the wood rather than just forcing the fibres aside any which way. On the plus side a piloted hole provides a better thread and grip. I have a chart somewhere in a very old
  14. Thank you all, sorry about the delayed reply, not too well at the mo' and had a lay down. The thing about "bigger fleas have lesser" was because as I read it we have a key switch probably connected to the "black box" relay thing which then feeds the starter motor's own solenoid. Sadly the photos have turned out too dark to show much detail. I tried feeding the pictures via one of them stick things to my old XP desktop that has Photoshop on it, (this acursed Win.10 laptop has nothing remotely useful). Long story short by the time I pluged the stick thing back into the laptop someth
  15. David Mack, thank you for that explanation, sound as if even I should be able to do it but then my daughter has just foisted my first mobile telephone on me and you've no idea of the mess I got into with that! Bizzard I needed a lift. That's cheered me up no end! Ta!
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