By The Time You Read This...
... I'll be on my way to South Korea. The dates for this particular magnetising job kept shifting backwards and forwards, and at one point I thought I had a good fortnight's run at home to get bits and pieces squared away, but it was not to be. I've never been further East than Moscow, so I'm looking forward to this new adventure.
The railing for a local church's steps had to be welded up ready for installation whilst I'm away. The cross bar at the bottom is just a brace to keep the assembly square. It'll be removed on site. The square plates rest over the holes in the stone steps and align the railing with the fall - that's if the architect's drawing was accurate.
In a eureka moment, I realised that to stop the alternator clanging into the steering column and restricting any belt adjustment, all I had to do was turn the bracket upside down and redrill the mounting holes. In a remarkable piece of luck, my paper pattern worked brilliantly - the holes couldn't have been more perfectly placed.
The only thing missing was the bottom bracket which controls the tension of the V-belt. That didn't take long to make and, after turning it upside down - that seems to be the trend with alternator fixings - the job was complete.
The battery box is now secured to the chassis; all that remains is to cobble together some sort of clamp to stop the battery from jumping about.
I wasn't able to attend the actual Lacy Scott auction, but I slipped along to have a look at some of the entries out of hours - so to speak. This very early Cyclops Rover had a six-cylinder IOE engine (not my favourite to work on in situ) and very nicely restored. As a student, I nearly bought a later model, but a MkIII 2000E Cortina won the toss.
This Amazon reminded me of the last of the six primary schools I attended before being sent off to boarding school. My teacher, Miss Oxley, had one. This example is in a pretty poor state though everything seems to be there.
Under the bonnet of this MGB GT was a conversion to power steering. The alternator had a double-width pulley which facilitated the pump drive. Very neatly done. If the 1913 Buick's starter motor addition turns out as tidily as this, I'll be very pleased.
Star of the motorcycle entries was this 1957 AJS trials bike. This is how it came out of the factory and is a matching numbers machine. It should do well and probably achieve rather more than its 5-6k estimate.
And by the time you read this, with luck, they'll all be casting shadows on other people's walls.