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    1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, We have been out and about a lot recently and have had a great time meeting up with loads of petrolheads, We had a fantastic reception when we called in at our local Shires Bikers weekend party, this BSA was very sharp, The annual Wharf pub classic car night has an amazing range of car's with over 200 in attendance, and also many bikes, Netty found her favourite bike, Mill Meece was open again and the Chalmers always has new fans, We have now driven over 1200 miles this year and it was time for a new set of tyres, the front's lasted over 12,000 miles and the rear's about half that, the hillclimb's really take it out of them. I hope to take the Chalmer's on a short tour soon, weather permitting. Andy
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    1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, It is always good to go to Yorkshire and this trip to Harewood Hillclimb was no exception, even when we had rain through the night and through into the afternoon, the course was wonderful to drive on, the map gives you an idea of how twisty and diverse it is, you even go through farm building's on the way up the hill ! the Chalmers performed really well in the wet and I actually got to the point where I could start to drift the tail out, this was so much fun, of the 2 Edwardian car's in the class the Chalmers was fastest in both wet practice's and damp 1st and 2nd runs then on the dry 3rd run we were beaten ! it was still the best hillclimb I have had in ages, I have not thrown the Chalmers around like that before, Harewood hillclimb has to be on your "things to do and see" list. in the afternoon I assisted Chris Williams when an oil leak appeared on the Lion engine, we found a tiny crack on a camshaft oil feed pipe, with lot's of people offering tools, blowtorch and solder we had the repair sorted and the mighty Napier Bentley was back out on the hill, after a great weekend I will check the car over and then take advantage of the good weather. Andy
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    1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Hi Falconriley and all, The only time you have to watch out is puddles of water, other than that nothing at all. I have really enjoyed my times in Queensland, I raced at Bathurst with a team based on the Gold Coast, we tested at Lakeside, we finished 19th in the 1998 FAI 1000. A few years later we were with Dick Johnson at his place at Stapylton, he showed us all round and we saw the sister car to the DJR Sierra RS500 I used to own and race. Thanks for looking. Andy
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    1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, Sorry as usual for the late updates. The weather has been good and the Chalmers has been out and about to all the usual haunt's, It was great to see Clive and his Chalmers again, a set of the valve spring's will be on that car as very soon, our trip to Foxfield railway's military day is always fun, it has a great atmosphere, good food and old stuff everywhere, on an evening's drive out to the Raven cafe Bikers night I found this beautifully built special, a dream of what could have been ? on Monday a quick run out to the Audlem festival and parking up in our usual canal side space the Chalmers found two new admirer's from the narrowboat next to us, while looking for Chalmers stuff online I found this photo from Curborough with the caption, " like wrestling a bear " With 900 miles traveled this year so far it is time for a check over ready for Harewood hillclimb this weekend. Andy
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    1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Curborough was hot, fast and lots of fun, I was 0.02 quicker than last year ! that really isn't an improvement, although I was still running the old carb as the bigger one still gave starting problems, This wonderful 1907 Humber turned up, a real little gem, unfortunately it had some troubles but will be back at the next meeting, A friend turned up on his Henderson, it sounded really good with the exhaust cut-out, Just before Curborough a special delivery arrived, new Chalmers valve spring's, these have been hand made for the current engine and the spare, with 105 years and some rust pits I thought it was about time for a change, A good warm spell has allowed the Chalmers to have done over 600 miles, a new set of tyres has been ordered ! Andy
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    1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, The sun is out and the Chalmers is flying along, I have been able to get out and travel quite a few miles recently, Audlem again always a nice place for lunch, The Shroppie Fly was also good for lunch, more to follow.
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    1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, I have not been here for ages now although I have been doing loads of stuff, the Rolls has now got working brakes and is ready for the paintshop and several mundane spring task's have been achieved. We have had a few day's of great weather and I have been able to get out on the Chalmers for some good run's, I got as far as Tutbury Castle, this is quite old, started off in 1068, I did several trip's with the spare carb I fitted, it was difficult to start, gave terrible miles per gallon but did go better ! but after lot's of adjusting and a few difficult start's I decided to swap it back to the original for driving out and then maybe a quick swap back for the hillclimb's, A nice afternoon tea can be found in Audlem, in the next door shop to the cafe they have a brass "National Cash Register", a local link between the two Chalmers product's ! The spare crankcase is looking very good, Well out on one of my sunny day's out I found this Austin 7 looking well used in the great setting of a pub carpark, With over 400 miles now this year everything feels good and I am looking forward to Curborough on the 6th May. Andy
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    1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, Very sorry for the lack of updates on the Chalmers and the spare engine, The block has been bored and honed, there is some discolouration where the rust was in number 4 cylinder but no pitting or any holes, all the outer faces have cleaned up well, a set of pistons that are ready to be modified to match the originals are here as are the replacement valves, these are as before from a Caterpillar D9 dozer, the crank pressed off the flywheel and is in good condition, now awaiting a light grind to clean it up and the rods are being re-Babbitted to suit, the rear bearing carrier and oil seal are ready to be re-used, the Rolls brakes and ride height system has been a much bigger job than I ever imagined, the car is now movable under it's own power and only requires a few more job's before it goes for bodywork, now back to where we should be, today I fitted the carb off the spare engine which on inspection was a slightly later model and is 1.75" rather than the original of 1.5", hopefully it will give the car a little more go ! as the weather is improving I hope to have a few runs out to set this carb up and see if there is any improvement in performance. Andy
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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