At last, a gap in the clouds.
Young Harry and I took The Great Collector's MG VA to the New Year's Day meet at Hawkedon in Suffolk. That's himself and Counsel leading the way in the Wolseley Hornet.
Though jolly chilly, especially when the sun called time, there was an excellent turnout.
There weren't a lot of new attendees to choose from for my 'Car of the Year', but I did spot this very nice B31. We had one back in the day, although it was a plunger frame job. It's a lovely looking engine, and I would have liked to have kept it along with my Ariel VB outfit. Just as today, bills to pay and a precarious income preclude hoarding capital items.
I'd never seen carbide lamps in action - I can't imagine carbide headlights would be much use. Perhaps it's a chore to get them going and why the owner left them alight.
If I couldn't have the BSA, then I would have to fall back on this magnificent Lancia - my favourite from last year. I said at the time that the body was of Italian origin - it's not, it's Dutch built.
I've some welding work to kick off the New Year; these are the stainless-steel parts for a couple of manifolds.
To make this sort of work go as smoothly as possible, I've invested in some decent quality tools. The holes are cut on the mill at a very slow speed using this type of cutter. I used to use my plasma torch, but the edges always ended up wobbly and messy, even with a template.
For my 3ph welder, I bought a new water-cooled torch. It's American made, light as a feather, thin, and very manoeuvrable. Even the supply pipes are soft and pliable in the cold. To combat tension and fatigue on long jobs, it's made all the difference.
I'd been thinking and planning for the Buick Dynastart over the Christmas break. An addition to my mock-up was the provision of a 5" pulley. How all this was going to fit and be attached to the car securely, wasn't immediately clear. In the end, I drew up the flywheel and pulley full-size, cut it out, and offered it up from underneath the chassis. It was a good move as I found that I could accommodate a 6" pulley, giving a better reduction of about 3:1.
Looking for a suitable taper-lock, poly-V belt pulley on the web, it soon became evident that the combination of a 17mm shaft and 150mm diameter rim, wasn't catered for. After a brief chat with Chumley, we decided that my only option was to make one. That's going to cost a lot of sausages, but it'll get the ball rolling.