Saturday, 26 May 2018

May Summer day

Feels like summer. Great day for a Roadster Run,

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Wolseley 18/85 service

It was time for the bi-annual service, though the engine had an extra service last year after the engine swap and the ignition was changed only a short wile ago. I started with the oil and filter change. The car has no grease points, but hinges and cables got a drop of oil too. Driveshafts and front suspension joints checked. 
 Brakes were checked and all the other items under the car.
 Brake cylinders after cleaning. 
 I found some time to paint the drums.

Ready to refit the wheel.

There was a faint leak from somewhere in the exhaust. It turned out to be the flexible pipe.  This one I bought a few decades ago. I was told it was a Citroen part. Now there were universal ones available in several sizes. The new one had the same diameter on both ends, so I needed to weld another piece of tubing to the front pipe.
 The new pipe welded.
Now the new flexible pipe could slide into the exhaust sections. This is the exhaust ready to fit to the car.
 Everything connected and working.
 I also made up a dummy(rigid) shockabsorber for the engine. This is to limit movement of the engine in case of engine mount failure.
Job done, it's time for dinner!

1958 Gazelle sewing machine

Having spent many years in the small town of Dieren, the home of the Gazelle bicycle factory, I have always had a Gazelle bicycle. So when a Gazelle branded sewing machine was offered for free adoption I went out and hauled it home.
The picture in the ad just showed the machine, but it turned out this was another very complete machine, although the machine and all attachments were taken out of the cabinet.
You can see the Gazelle lettering...
Very different from the badge on my 1957 Gazelle bicycle. Obviously the sewing machine was produced by a different manufacturer. But is the Gazelle name a coincident or were these machines produced for the Gazelle bicycle manufacturer and marketed by them, like the other Dutch bicycle manufacturer named Burgers E.N.R. seemed to have done ? And where was it manufactured? At first I thought it might be Japanese, but There were no Japanese parts I recognised. 
With the machine there was this complete manual for the "Primatic LP"
And a warranty certificate dated 1958.
Another surprise were these disks! This machine could use these disks to form various different fancy stitches. They seem in good condition, so I hope to try them when the machine is fully assembled and cleaned,
All steel underpinnings. Note the position of the shuttle. It is a forward-facing vertical oscillating hook".
The pedal and wheel still with the belt. Someone was in a hurry to take the machine apart.
Stitch length lever hints of German manufacturing.
Behind the little door disk number 6 is still in place for a wavy stitch.
As all the bolts and screws came with the machine it was easy to reassemble. Here the pedal and wheel are back in place.
Boxes screwed on the door
Nifty door stay. Look at those pretty flush bolts up there.
The hinges back in place.
And here the machine is complete again. There is only one screw missing and that is the screw securing the belt cover. Not bad for a machine that spent a while in a back yard waiting for rescue.
Meanwhile we found out this machine was called a "Primatic", manufactured by Haid und Neu in Germany. It was also sold under the name of "Harris"
There is more about these machines on this Vintage sewing machines weblog.

Monday, 14 May 2018

How now Brown Cow? Elfsteden Oldtimer rally 2018

For this annual event the Wagoneer towed the Seven and all our camping gear to the usual campsite near the little village of Wijckel.
After pitching the tent and inspecting our neighbour's vehicles we went out for a short run.
We found a nice little lunchroom near Hemelum
On the way back to the campsite we encountered a heard of happy cows on their way home. Driving slowly we avoided the cowpats. A squadron of flies provided air cover.
In the afternoon before the rally there was a shorter run to see if the old cars were up to the challenge of the long trip around the eleven cities of Friesland.
Weather was fine and everybody was chatting about the cars and bikes in the field.
 The roads were dry and mostly smooth.
 After a while I parked the Seven to photograph the passing vehicles.
 This showed the difference in the size of cars in the rally.
 Back at the campsite I checked everything was ready for the long run.
 The start. Through the tent and past the band inside.
 The towns were still a little sleepy. This is Sneek.
 Keeping the pace with a sprightly Model T.
 Willy's Jeep MB on a sunny lane.
Big break in Leeuwarden.
 Stopping for lunch. "Big" black Austin Ascot.
 Over lunch we can enjoy the cars passing by.
 Harlingen city centre.
The crowds go wild in Workum!
 Hindeloopen bridge.
 The little fishing harbour of Laaksum
 Almost there. Another pretty lane near Warns.
 And the last narrow street to the finish line in Sloten.
 With all the stamps collected we're officially done.
Well done, our little Seven.
 More cars arrive at the finish line. Wolseley 21/6
And the Giant American Lafrance