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  • Elfinsafety
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    I think you should chrome plate that. Proper bling it.

    I think it will have enough brass bling on it by the time it is finished.
    I did want him to build it from stainless steel, but he said it is not traditional.

    Elfinsafety
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    Not ‘traditional’? Is it an original one or a replica?

    If the latter, SS is fine.

    It is a copy of one that was scrapped in the 60’s, all built from scratch just using original Fowler B6 drawings.

    Premier Icon Nipper99
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    I was for 20 years or so an agricultural/plant mechanic / fitter. Great job never dull but on £7.50 p/hour at the end. Now a solicitor and can afford a roof over my head but no where near as satisfying(still have my snap on tool chest and tools etc in the shed). I am very envious MTG!

    Elfinsafety
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    Then does it really matter if it’s not exactly the same as an original?

    I think using modern finishes would really make it stand out, be a conversation piece. Why the insistence on ‘tradition’ all the bloody time?

    Imagine it, right, two-tone paint like on a TVR, all chrome plate/polished brass and that, wheel spinners, the lot. Would be boss.

    When I am rich I am going to buy a Rolls Royce and lowrider it. Have a pneumatic/hydraulic system that adjusts the suspension, so if you’re driving past the local Wimpy, you can just flip one corner up with attitude.

    The bloke who is building it is a proper steam fanatic and his engine is going to be an exact copy of the original, some of the things he has done just to get it that far are just mindblowing to me.

    Daniel
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    Graham, 80″ with one tonne rims (similar to 2b) 🙂

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    My Dad has one of these he plays with;

    Dennis Merryweather GXA95 by asciidv, on Flickr

    Travis
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    it beats looking at On-Ones

    Burls72
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    I was for 20 years or so an agricultural/plant mechanic / fitter. Great job never dull but on £7.50 p/hour at the end. Now a solicitor and can afford a roof over my head but no where near as satisfying(still have my snap on tool chest and tools etc in the shed). I am very envious MTG!

    Thats what you call a career change! Can I ask what spurred you on to change and choose that profession?

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    Burls, lots of lawyers in the family. Interesting job most of the time, but at the end of the day for the better income. If i could fettle agricultural and plant equipment for the same or even similar money i would like a shot. mechanics analytical mind is excellent training for a lawyer imo.

    Elfinsafety
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    My Dad has one of these he plays with;

    😯

    Your dad has a fire engine??

    Can he adopt me? Pleeeeease??

    When I was very small, I wanted to be a fire engine…

    As this thread seems to moving towards all sorts of engineering projects, here’s another one of mine.
    Like most people who own a vintage vehicle, I’ve had to make, mend and modify all sorts of parts.

    I bought a trailer to go behind my Militant.
    I borrowed a timber lorry to fetch it home, then unloaded it using the Militant’s crane.

    I soon found a problem that the Militant brakes aren’t particularly good by modern standards and the trailer brakes were too good.
    The 4t trailer was trying to stop the 22t Militant and locking it’s wheels up too easily.
    I made some brackets and fitted a load actuated valve.

    I made a linkage to connect it to the axles with rubber mountings.

    With the trailer empty and the springs extended, the valve reduces the pressure to the brakes.
    With a load on the trailer, the springs compress, opening the valve and allowing full brake effort.

    Burls72
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    MTG – Thats big boys toys! A couple from me,

    My labour of love (sorry rubbish pic)

    Work, didn’t build it myself obviously just supplied parts (5 metre long t-sections welded from 25mm thick plate) which wasn’t as simple as it sounds. We were the only engineering company in the area who’s standards were high enough. When the work was being done it looked like nothing was going on but there were nearly 100 blokes working in those two green tombs sorry steel boxes. I went in there once, not nice.

    Premier Icon althepal
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    Aw man, me I’m a technician, but the Amb version though would argue againt the earlier comment that we don’t work much out ( or words to that effect, can’t be bothered going back to check, was prob a firey that made it anyway-ooooo, joke!)
    Sad to get to the end of this wee thread, always appreciated engineering, engines, buildings etc..
    I’ve never really been one to bother with titles much, unless it means I’ll receive bit less money than I feel I should- thank you agenda for change!!
    Sorry, little bit ot there..

    timber
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    Like the big machine fixing. Remember working on a friends farm when I was younger helping with a clutch replcement on a tractor in the yard. One half strapped to the forklift and the other half to the telescopic.

    And that militant looks handy too, could use that in the woods if it would fit between the trees.

    TuckerUK
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    MTG, see you’ve got a dog box there too. Synchromesh not able to hack it then? 😆

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    Dog box, niice..

    Elfinsafety
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    Wunundred! 😀

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    Wunundred!

    Did you stay up until 3am just to post that?

    I’m sure he’d welcome some help with the thing (it may be for sale soon, in any event) but you’d have to move to Anglesey…

    jackthedog
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    AEC Militant. Nice!

    Nice idea with the brakes MTG.

    Update from the world of bus engineering.

    A tip for those who are neither mechanics nor engineers;
    You’re not supposed to be able to see straight through an engine like that.

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    somewhat different to my world of engineering

    ir_bandito – Member
    somewhat different to my world of engineering

    You work for Ann Summers, and I claim my £5

    tonyplym
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    Would one of these replace the engine with the unwanted hole ?

    Good find, tony, that looks like exactly the same type of engine.
    We’re only allowed to buy from approved suppliers though, so it would need someone higher up to give the go ahead, which is pretty unlikely.

    bigyinn
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    2 legs out of bed or just two holes in the block?

    Looks like oil starvation at high speed for some reason.
    No3 rod took the camshaft with it, No6 took the fuel pump.

    8.4 litre Cummins engine in a Dennis Lance.
    Driver said it made a lot of noise and stopped. I went out and started it, then stopped it immediately and thought “We’ll get this one towed in” 😕

    Oil cooler failure. Oil and water mixed.

    bullheart
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    That looks like what my wife makes me for breakfast.

    😥

    havinalaff
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    I used to be an engineer, now I’m a paramedic!! Thats defo more interesting!!!

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    I used to be an engineer, now I’m a paramedic!! Thats defo more interesting!!!

    I’m a paramedic!!! (have been for years) And I disagree!!! 😉
    (it takes all sorts dunnit?!?)

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    could there maybe some sort of niche for a combined mechanic, paramedic and general builder?

    Is an Engineer mechanic the modern day grease monkey 😉

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Paramedic here too.

    High Five!

    wisepranker
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    Another mechanic turned paramedic here too 😀

    Premier Icon v8ninety
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    I sometimes think there’s more medical types on here than IT types…

    project
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    paramedics and bus mechanics,both dress in overalls and wear rubber gloves when looking at a patient,andboth attendd accidents and breakdowns.

    lol.

    bigyinn
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    Is that bent con rod? Oops

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