.... anyone is interested in moving their Austin 7 front axle forward,
this is the drawing I gave to the laser-cutting people and,
here's the GA. I used aircraft quality bolts throughout (rolled threads and specified grip length) and the welds were arc rather than MIG. It may not be the definitive method, but it worked very well for me. The radius arms, brake cable and drag link were 'cut and fit' on the job.
I had some chauffeuring work a few days ago which took me up to an estate near Whitchurch in Shropshire. I had to hang around for a couple of hours and popped into the town. I was very pleased to come across a Narrow boat carnival on the canal.
I've always fancied a few days on one of these but have yet to get around to it.
And I came across another perfect tree, not 2 miles from home - in fact in the grounds of my local pub. I understand willows are not long-lived and have a tendency to self-destruct - that's a shame.
Regular readers will recognise that I'm back in Rognan - this time greeted by this fabulous rainbow.....
.... and lucky enough to be allocated a room with a view of the fjord. We're here only for a couple of days, but it's always worth it. The leaves are just beginning to turn although I think we'll be gone before that spectacular display gets into its stride.
I was back in time to whizz off to Hawkedon with Counsel and on the way, we gradually caught up with this Alvis 12/50. It was going a lot better than most and I learnt from its owner that he'd rebuilt the engine with a Phoenix crank and high compression pistons, before nipping off to Sorento in Italy with his family and camping gear on board a week or two later. A loose retaining screw on the distributor plate was the only snag - but that took a while to track down.
This Citroen Cabriolet took my eye....
.... as did this Riley - both of which I'd never seen before.
Another car that was new to me was this Morgan Plus 4 Plus. Apparently, Morgan made only 26 of these and despite being a pretty little car, it wasn't a commercial success.
Work on the Teardrop Special has rather stalled for the moment as this is the busiest time of year for the magnetising team. I did though have cause to use the wheeling machine for the first time. I was asked to produce a 1.5mm radiused stainless steel panel with a threaded nipple in the centre. The panel took up the curve surprisingly quickly and retained its profile while plasma cutting a hole in the centre. Welding the nipple in was when it all went to pot, despite my tacking and cooling with compressed air. I got out the planishing hammers and did what I could, but I need to read up on how to stress-relieve a wheeled panel in case I get another one to do.