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  1. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, Sorry again for the lack of updates, my main excuse is the lack of warmth outside ! I do sound very old ! I have been working on stripping down the spare Chalmers engine and it has gone quite well, number 4 piston was stuck but after pouring in some diesel and putting pressure on for a few days it came out only leaving a bit of a rusty patch on the bore, I removed the water jacket cover plate and removed a mouse nest, acorn's and a mouse skull ! when doing this most of the bolt's that went through to the coolant snapped off, I was able to remove this portion of the bolts and restore the threads, the block has been taken for a rebore and the rusty portion of the bore has now been removed and the other bores have been taken out to the same size, all the timing marks line up, the crank was pulled out and looks to be in excellent condition, I am still working on my Grandfather's Rolls Royce, the brakes are really taking a lot of time but I am getting there slowly, the Chalmers crankcase and sump are away being fully cleaned and should be back in a couple of weeks. Andy
  2. Help ID'ing this engine - early Chalmers?

    Morning Barnfind_Chalmers, It looks like you have a 1910 Chalmers Detroit 4 cylinder, my 1913 engine design evolved from that type of engine, the general layout is the same, it is very similar to the car here, http://fountainheadauto.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/creamers-car.html What a great find, well done. Andy
  3. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody and a Happy New Year, Christmas really did arrive here this year, a spare 1913 Chalmers engine and gearbox arrived last week, I have started to take it apart and I am very happy with it, it has not run for over 60 years, it is come apart really well, the carb is in great condition and will be tested on the car this spring, it looks very clean inside, number 4 cylinder has had some water in it, I am soaking it in diesel while adding some load, it has moved a little already, It is a great feeling knowing I have some good spares and hopefully a running engine. Definitely a happy New Year. Andy
  4. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Afternoon everybody, I have been working on the shadow's brake's which are not only the most complicated braking system I have ever seen but is also the most seized up braking system I have ever seen, I started with the reservoir that was full of brake fluid jelly , I will have to strip all the various brake valve's, there is about 10 of them ! The weather has been exceptionally cold for us this year, we walked down to the field and checked on the donkey's, Have a great Christmas, keep the workshop's warm and busy. Andy
  5. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, Sorry for the lack of updates, the winter has arrived, I think the chances of getting out on the Chalmers are slim, I am doing some work on a 1967 Silver Shadow that my Grandfather had in 1969, I have stored it for over 20 years and we are starting a restoration, I am doing a few things before it goes away for bodywork, It started without to much trouble but the carbs needed cleaning up which took a bit of time but was worth it. The exhaust will be next to receive some attention, always the worst job. Andy
  6. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, The cold is with us ! I have been out a few times on the Chalmers this last couple of week's but not very far, I have been over to the Crewe railway heritage centre, I was able to get very close to the 1938 Crewe built Duchess of Sutherland, also on the museum site I found my mate Ray's double decker bus, I got another great shot of the old Joules brewery building next to the canal in Stone, these beautiful almshouses in Nantwich, while I was looking for more Chalmers information on the web I found these photo's of one of my trip's out, they were taken locally while I was calling in for fuel, you never know if you are being followed ! with 3250 miles so far this year I don't think there will be many more to add unless we have a heatwave ! Andy
  7. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Afternoon Wayne and everybody, Thank you Wayne for your word's and interest in our travel's, and 200 miles is a long way, I have driven it on a Chalmers ! Sorry for the lack of updates, a holiday and wet weather has kept us off the road, today I got to take a short drive out and bumped into a mate out on his Harley, with a bit of luck we should get a few more good day's. Andy
  8. Rubber bumper front spring to frame

    Hi Dale, Have a look on ebay motors for "snubber" there should be something the same or very similar you could modify. Andy
  9. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, A big thank you to Cadillac Carl for pointing out that Dick had a Chalmers engine available, what a great chap Dick is for saving this engine many years ago. I am looking forward to seeing this engine close up. We have had some good day's and have been out for a few more good run's out, we called by the 16th century Tixall lodge near Stafford which was originally a gatehouse to a long demolished hall, today I drove out to Wales, well just into Wales, and stopped on the Bangor on Dee bridge built in 1660, it has 5 spans and is still in use just one way, a little further on is Malpas, a lovely little town where I stopped for lunch at the old fire station ! a great day on the road, the Chalmers ran beautifully and we have now covered 3000 miles this year. Fingers crossed for a few more nice day's. Andy
  10. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, Prescott "long course" has been a great event today with great weather and wonderful car's and people, the Chalmers went really well and we climbed the hill 2.9 seconds quicker than last year, result ! the meeting is not as big as the summer event but we still had a great turnout of car's, this car called "the Menasco Pirate" after it's aero engine was quick and sounded wonderful, you don't get many event's with 3 ERA's in attendance, one of them took the fastest time of the day, that was the last hillclimb we will be doing this year, how fast has this year gone ! Andy
  11. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, I couldn't resist going back to the Mill Meece show for it's second day, I didn't manage to set off until mid afternoon but there was still some great thing's to see, it was still sunny when I left home, this 1925 model T Tudor is a regularly used car, of the many stationary engines this Crossley was beautifully finished, a great and colourful Norton, I think it is a Dominator, the show is regularly held in the grounds of the old pumping station, the engines are still complete and will be running again in the near future, even though it was late they had a bit of cake left. Andy
  12. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, The sun came out again and we drove down the road to Mill Meece pumping station, our local little regular show, you never know what will be there, today we found a lovely Douglas, a 1934 Riley 9 Monaco that had been found in a railway goods yard and then restored, there was a superb Ford AA light truck carrying an amazing collection of adjustable spanners, I have never seen so many different makes and types ! the other great thing about the little shows we attend is they all have a wonderful selection of tea and homemade cake ! The Chalmers has now covered over 2800 miles and if the sun stay's out I might even try and get back to Mill Meece for another slice of cake tomorrow. Andy
  13. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Afternoon everybody, The weather has stopped play recently, so I spent some time doing a few thing's on the Chalmers, I made a new thinner set of copper valve sealing rings which have increased the compression a little more than nothing but have improved the seal, the combustion chambers look good with no issues, today the weather improved for a few hours and I had a run out to Stone in Staffordshire to look at the canal and it's old industrial past, the new apartments and the old "Joules" brewery in the background, I was able to get to an old canal bridge near one of the locks, the canal's are very busy again, Stone has one of the earliest narrow boat dry docks still operating, it is a wonderful old building, we will be at Prescott hillclimb on the 23rd, it is the long course which flow's so well and the Chalmers feels really good around it. Andy
  14. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, Today was Eccleshall show, I have not been to this show in year's, it was a lovely day and the Chalmers got me there in no time at all, it was a really good show, I met lot's of people I hadn't seen in year's, unfortunately I did a lot of talking and didn't take many photo's, very sorry. One of the largest steam ploughing engines I have ever seen was in attendance and was ticking over beautifully, this "Fowler 16hp" from 1920, I think this cute little car is a Morris Ten from around the mid 30,s The Chalmers with a 1927 Humber 14/40, the radiator cap or mascot was missing, I hope the owner took it off for safekeeping, A great day was had with a lot of chatting and plenty of tea and cake, a fun drive home and over 2700 miles so far. Andy
  15. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin Grimy and all, Grimy, thank you for your kind words and interest in the travel's of the Chalmers, it is a lot of fun to do, I am rapidly running out of local event's to see, I will have to get the Chalmers a bit further afield to drive some new road's. I had a great run out today and a big milestone for the Chalmers, driving out of Eccleshall after a very nice lunch I noticed an old crane jib over the hedge, I pulled into the next entrance that was a scrapyard, I chatted to the owner who wanted to see the car, we walked round to look at the Ruston crane which I think is an early 1970's 22RB, he say's it still works ! a little further down the lane I found an old village garage and petrol station, no longer in business this and other old fuel stop's have virtually disappeared, the retired owner was really nice, when I got home and logged my mileage for the trip I realised that since getting it back on the road in 2013 the Chalmers had motored an incredible 10,000 miles ! no wonder I spend time in the garage ! I am really pleased with how it is going and how much fun getting out and enjoying these vehicles can be, please, everybody out there with an old car go out for drive ! Andy