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roland elsdon

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  1. Yes picked up on that. I suspect you know a whole lot more than me and from your posts most people. Happy to learn from anyone please keep posting.
  2. At our wedding in 1987 our ‘friends’ filled the ha’s silencer and air filter with confetti, and then unscrewed the decompression adjusters. They knew that i would crank the engine and realise i couldnt decompress. The opposite problem to you. I duly swore got the toolbox out while theycongregated sniggering for the big bang. Damp squib unfortunately just flaming embers on the cabin top! glad you got a free fix.
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  4. Yes . Had to have a certificate on the commercial boat, ( no gas, hand start only and virtually no electrics), but not on the residential boat ( gas , petrol generator solid fuel stoves) ironic when we did have a boat fire it was on the boat with the certificate.
  5. In the early 1980s the boat was licensed and could be sold with a license. Its only recently that license lapses with sale Living on the boat in the 80s i remember the waterways police checking the licence. in those days they had a patrol boat at bulbourne which they took out on a jolly ( sorry inspection ) trip every so often. I think in those days lengthsmen ( remember them) also kept an eye on licences on their patch. I know of one whose mantra was mooring or license.
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  7. Cant get video too much of luddite. really needs to get compression checked. cant see how you would get no compression on all cylinders , unless the cam has slipped or broken and he says rockers move. ours still starts on one even with carbon under seat you start on one and then the carbon gets crushed and flies past your ear. ive even run one for a while with cracked head it just chuffs
  8. Ok glad of that! can you decompress the engine on all 3 pots and turn it on the belt ( in neutral) and hear the injectors creak? and how is thefuel filter supplied gravity or pump.
  9. Sorry do you pull out the stop control with a cable turn the revs right down or (ouch) turn the compression levers.
  10. The question no one asked when did it last run? second will it turn over with compressors off and if so can you spin it and then drop in a compressor then another. Can you hear injectors creaking?
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  13. Beat me to recommendation!! They do outright sales that means you can keep the functioning but failing as a get you home special. Which i have found handy, and did a bloke i met needing an alternator one day!
  14. I had friends who moved to macc one winter and then ran back. Enough of winds and hail we will go back to live in sale. ( and thats Sale in Victoria not Uk)
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  16. Seven pounds for a dog ridiculous ive bought cars for less than that, and 9000 in vets fees what? I bought a fully functioning 70 foot grand union motor with a wfbco rebottom and footings for less than that a bit ago.
  17. Thats where we were last night! Must have passed you!
  18. Yes but progress was 12’6” and built for the company. It had a boat shape and tumblehome. The problem is like the monster in leamington bilge they are 14 foot and have no tumblehome. The marks on the one in leam evidence multiple bridge contacts.
  19. I got bored while Mrs S was emptying the fridge and the dirty washing into the ( seperate) bike panniers. Wiping down the engine with gunk turned into torquing all the bolts . By then she was waiting. There was then a mild discussion about who had not noticed and fixed the flat tyre on the tandem aquired on cuttings strewn roads between weedon and lapworth yesterday. We dont do bored
  20. Its the season of strange electrical issues. Damp and spiders. Yesterday our alternator warning was glowing dully all day. Hey ho diode gone but was charging at full output. This morning fired up and the glow had gone and charge was normal. Boats are a bit like old landrovers , you know its thursday because the rear wash wipe isnt working. The next day it will but the reversing lights wont work. Its designed to extract money til you realise you dont need such fripparies.
  21. Yep the stockton pound is down. On arrival at our mooring we were 8 feet from the bank. After 2 hrs work we are 7 feet from the bank.
  22. Tide used to go out regularly on the shop lock pound leaving us up the arm at funny angles. Strangely the vandals moving away coincided with a bunch of pumps being put in and running 24 /7. Never could work out why the pumps were not vandised.
  23. Lekto night briquettes and compressed sawdust logs. plus any old coal i find under the shuts from when she was a coal boat.
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