Who Stole The Night?
I thought it was time to get up...
.... but it was midnight!
And it was forecast to be sunnier the following midnight than during the day!
As we checked out of the hotel to go home, this Toyota turned up. Very nice.
And then we were on our way to Oslo and home.....
... where Awkward was having trouble with a broken valve spring collet - I've never seen that before but then I've never seen a collet with a cut-out. This is the Ford 'A' engine with George Riley heads.
Awkward was also experimenting with different sizes of venturi; I don't yet know with how much success.
At the other end of things, Leon has put a fandango exhaust on his Climax-engined 7 with results which are clear to all.
A trip to a local gathering where the best of a good turn-out was this Bristol 401. The brother of the owner is someone I've known for 20 years and whom I've always addressed as 'Chard' - I've never asked why. His brother addressed him as 'Richard' - and the penny dropped.
A scramble to make up a bending jig for 200 stainless steel hoops needed on an emergency welding job took some thinking about, but the actual welding with my new-to-me MIG welder, went very quickly. After the first few assemblies, I had it more or less nailed - so to speak. Besides the wire speed, current and gas flow, the angle of the torch was particularly important.
In the pursuit of lightness, Learned Counsel asked me to bush an aluminium pulley to replace a steel example for the alternator on his Mazda-engined Locost. I wasn't quite sure it was worth the trouble, but the weight saving was significant.
Next job was to fabricate a reinforcing post for my local pub's garden gate. I used resin capsules to do the fixing - the first time I'd used them, so I'll have to pop down to check the gate's still holding up. And finally, a new pulley bracket on the farm's mower which involved a lot of cutting and welding - I hate mowers and anything to do with them.
For a bit of light entertainment, I toddled off to a local hotel to see the start of a classic rally. This Reliant Sabre took my fancy....
.... as did this Lotus 70. There were a couple of Lancia's, Alfa's and lots of Mini's. It all looked great fun, but my map-reading is not up to the required standard. On a run in the Model 'A' with Counsel driving, I couldn't even get out of Bury St Edmunds. Words were exchanged and I think I drove in the end.
It transpired that a Magneteer was needed on board the Ndurance for laying cables just off the East Anglian coast. One volunteer is worth 10 pressed men, so I stepped up to the plate and was whisked off for a medical and booked in to an offshore safety course - which involves getting out of a submerged helicopter fuselage - but more of that anon.
I don't know where the days go.