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Post by Chris Meyer on Sun Jun 14, 2015 5:53 pm

So, as the time grew closer when we would attempt to fire up the first engine (only port engine ready, as the starter motor solenoid was knackered on the starboard), bearing in mind we had never heard them run, and they hadn't been started in the three years they sat in tony's yard, we started to become slightly apprehensive.  A plan of action was decided upon.  Plan A, the engine starts and we go to the Bounty to celebrate.  Plan B engine fails to start and we go to the Bounty to drown our sorrows.  Very Happy Plan A about to be acted upon, after cracking the injector pipes on all 4 cvlinders to bleed off air, she roared into life, and settled into a nice steady tickover.  Well chuffed.

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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:06 pm

Awesome toast have a pint for me
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Post by Simritdave on Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:07 pm

Brilliant, Bounty it is then smashed
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Post by sneddie on Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:17 pm

Hope you enjoyed a few pints at the Bounty for the right reasons. Lets hope you can repeat the experience for the other engine. A very cunning plan I think starting them separately!  Wink

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Post by Liberty on Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:46 pm

Brilliant!!!!  Well done!!!!
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Post by Chris Meyer on Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:24 am

thanks all for your comments, big grin

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Post by Chris Meyer on Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:37 pm

Ok, as the actress said to the bishop, there's no reason why this shouldn't work, Mick has been beavering away all week (electrically), everything now in place for Stbd engine test. I've only booked 1 job for tomorrow so we will soon know. Plans A+B in place.  Helm position final design now decided, we realised with Mk1-5  there was nowhere for skippers beer,pimms, wine, G&T glass (rectified)[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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Post by Liberty on Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:50 pm

Thats some smart looking wood work....  please tell me all your secrets....
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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:51 pm

That's coming along well Smile
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Post by Chris Meyer on Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:56 pm

Thanks Deano, 3mm facing ply, robbins elite, deep mahogany stain, all hardwood mouldings either routed out of Robbins mahogany or Richard Burbage dark hardwood mouldings, finished with, eventually 8-10 coats of varnish, we're on 3 at the moment,  all structural is B&Q WPB ply, I know John Freeman would be spinning in his grave, he preferred chipboard. Very Happy

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Post by Chris Meyer on Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:01 pm

Cheers Pat.  Its nice having Mick so determined on this project. The drop down panel in the pic, which is for the CB panel access has been deemed unfit for purpose, new one is in mahogany, and, have to say I'm quietly pleased. A serious benefit of joining the forum and seeing the standard of other members cherished boats, has been to make us up our game.  Only the finest gaffer tape will be used on our propshaft/gearbox couplings.

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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:03 pm

lol!
Then you need Tessa tape...aka tank tape Wink
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Post by Chris Meyer on Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:06 pm

Does SM sell it? couldn't see it on the website

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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:06 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:A serious benefit of joining the forum

So it was worth all the effort then, you wouldn't have got that joining the masons Wink
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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:08 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Does SM sell it? couldn't see it on the website

Doubt it...a bit automotive (and perhaps modern) for Sheridan Smile
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Post by Chris Meyer on Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:11 pm

PS, Mick has now spent a total of 10 days on the rewire, with probably 5 still to go,  every old wire stripped out, new, all tinned wire , all soldered connections, cant see whats wrong with chocolate block and twisted jointsmyself, but hey, the boy is a perfectionist. There there

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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:21 pm

Nowt wrong with a bit of chocolate block now and then Wink
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Post by molemot on Thu Jun 25, 2015 1:55 pm

Soldered joints can fracture....properly executed crimps are actually superior in situations where the wiring gets vibration. But not if the crimps are done with those awful cheapo crimping tools (!)

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Post by F23 flittermouse on Thu Jun 25, 2015 5:27 pm

I had heard that too but didn't want to upset Chris as it will hopefully be fine.
I did invest in a pair of rachet crimpers when i rewired my instrument panel and the crimps they make are not possible with the cheapo ones,  I know because I tried using them and the ends kept falling off !?

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Re: Milestone moment

Post by Chris Meyer on Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:58 pm

Don't worry guys, power crimped and soldered, these baby's aint going nowwhere.  Very Happy

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Post by Chris Meyer on Fri Jun 26, 2015 12:15 am

Btw, Starboard engine fired today so plan a implemented, but what a clonker, planes over Heathrow diverted because of dense smog, not sure if its pump, injectors or worn bores but we cannot use that engine without alienating all other river users. more research required but suspect its a new engine  Crying or Very sad

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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:57 am

Oh no, that doesn't sound good.
Hopefully the investigation will throw up a cheaper solution
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Post by molemot on Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:08 am

First thing is to get a compression test done...needs specialist kit for a diesel. Should give you and idea of if you have terminal bore wear ...or leaky valves. It is, of course, possible that somebody had prepped the engine for storage, and you are seeing the preserving oil being burnt off from the cylinder walls. That sort of thing can give clouds of smoke, but will clear in the end. I recall a friend treating an "E" type Morris...1938(!)...to a dose of RedEx...and that bought out the fog signals from Barnes to Hammersmith.....

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Post by F23 flittermouse on Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:58 am

How long did you run the suspect engine ? As molemot says it could clear up after a few minutes, seen radial aero engines start... so much smoke can't see a B thing !
The Morris event triggered an old memory, I had a '50's convertible Consul Mk 1 which cost me £100 wow ! Drove it for years until the head gasket went, thought I could get it home, the exhaust was doing its best to imitate a steam cleaner on steroids, engine knackered by time I got home, sold it for scrap, be worth £1000's now  silent

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Post by Liberty on Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:59 am

It's amazing how much a small adjustment to the timing of the injector pump can make to cleaning up the exhaust.  Check the pump timing.  If it apears spot on, mark it and try a degree or two either way and see if it improves.
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