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  1. 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
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    Hi Dale, Have a look on ebay motors for "snubber" there should be something the same or very similar you could modify. Andy
  3. 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
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    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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, The Chalmers has been out a lot over the last week or so, we have now enjoyed over 2500 miles this year, that must add up to about 2500 waves, thumb's up, headlight flash's or horn blow's ! Last week I drove through a village close to where I grew up, the village still has a set of "stocks", an old punishment device, while I was out I called in at an old favourite place, Rudyard railway, last weekend's great weather brought lot's of people out to another show at Market Drayton, there were some great vintage truck's on display, and a few mad "Bubble cars", steam is a big favourite of mine, the Chalmers looked well and drew a constant crowd, this weekend is the final outing for the Ford RS500 race car for this year at Donington Park. Andy
  11. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, We have had more trips out over the last few day's and have seen some great thing's, I went to the 1000 engines rally at Astle park on Saturday, it is so big you can't see everything but I did have a good try, they have group's of tractors, motorcycles, steam traction engines and cars, I found this wonderful early Morris commercial, a fantastic 1919 Thornycroft truck, a wonderful selection of steam engines and truck's, these engines have such presence, on the motorcycle display I found this beautiful heavily modified Yamaha RD250 twin that had been converted to 4 cylinder 500cc, it was very well engineered, the Chalmers went down very well even though I only turned up to see the show and not really be in it ! a great show for anybody interested in engines, vehicles and anything old. On the way home I stopped for a photo of Jodrell Bank radio telescope in the distance, Today we took the Chalmers down the road to our local Mill Meece open day, we always try and call in to our nearest show place, the volounteer's work so hard to keep the place looking so well, while at Mill Meece I got talking to a lady who trained guide dogs for the blind, she had her vision impaired son with her and I took him out for a drive, he really enjoyed it and we had a great chat while driving. Later that afternoon, I called round to see a friend and his son, we then had a quick drive out to the Hinds Head pub with them in their Riley 9 special and myself on the Chalmers, with nearly 2300 miles so far it is a great driving year. Andy
  12. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, We have had a bit of dodgy weather that has kept the Chalmers in for a few day's and along with effort's going towards the Ford RS500 for the Silverstone circuit's Ford Fair day we haven't had much to report on, until today, At the weekend the RS500 was part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the marque, we had 7 of the road cars on the display with 3 racer's, it looked and sounded great on track, Now to today, the weather looked good and I decided a big trip was in order, a trip to Wales was in order, I headed West towards Llangollen and the River Dee, just before Llangollen is the very impressive 100 feet tall Cefn Mawr railway viaduct, a couple of miles down the road is the world famous Pontcysyllte aqueduct built in 1805 by Thomas Telford, it is a tank of water 126 feet up in the air ! I tried to get closer but the River Dee and the deep cutting stopped that idea, on to Llangollen town, I stopped by the only Taxidermist shop I have ever seen, on the return route I went through the little village of Hanmer, in the centre of the village a new oak framed cottage with a thatch roof was under construction, an unusual thing to see, they also have a very grand looking church, the trip went very well, the Chalmers ran happily all day, this evening I called round for one of my neighbours and we went to the White Lion, a nice Harley chop turned up, along with some Ducati's, BMW's and Triumph's, then the star of the evening arrived with his chauffeur, we have now covered over 2100 miles and things are good. Andy
  13. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, Since the last update we have been out a lot ! the Chalmers has been on the road most day's and we have done some more long runs, the local ice cream specialist has a giant straw built mascot each year, Sandbach Old Hall is a wonderful building, on the road out to Crewe is a fine tree lined drive to a farm, we drove out for lunch at the Shroppie Fly, a lot of canal boats were arriving for a festival, Norbury Junction for a cuppa, I still end up at the canal for some reason ? today I went west and ended up in Oswestry and Shrewsbury, this is Whittington Castle from the 12th century, while negotiating Shrewsbury I stopped outside the gates of the former Sentinel steam lorry factory, spotted in a village near Hodnet an original "pound" for stray animals, I have really enjoyed the long runs out, we now stand at over 1900 miles this year. Andy
  14. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, A great few days out on the road on the Chalmers, we drove to 2 different shows on Sunday, a field of old friends with old tractors, beautiful line of vintage saloons, on to Mill Meece motorcycle show, this Vincent was very eye catching, on Wednesday I drove out to Ellesmere via this unusual canal bridge showing the level of the water compared to the road, we had just waited on the other side as a barge came through, there are some lovely looking cottage's in this area, a nice lunch stop in the sunshine, after leaving Ellesmere the Chalmers popped and banged, I made a stop luckily in a layby, I found an ignition wire almost snapped off the points circuit, I found this as the engine would run if you moved the ignition lever back and forth to move the wire back together, a quick fix and off we went. Yesterday I decided to make a bigger journey, I drove through Stoke on Trent and on to Leek, then up the very steep climb to over 1500 feet above sea level and onto Buxton, from there I head out towards Ashbourne, on the way I found this really tall railway arch, this used to serve the many quarries in the area, a stop in Ashbourne for lunch then out to Bradley before turning back towards Rocester, after Rocester and heading back there is a small sign for Croxden Abbey, these are remains of an 1170's abbey and you can drive through it ! the long runs have been a lot of fun, yesterday's run was over 100 miles, the Chalmers feels good, looking forward to a good weather weekend. Andy
  15. 1913 36 model 17 in the UK

    Evenin everybody, The Chalmers looks to be in good shape after Shelsley Walsh, we drove out to the local VSCC pub meet on a very warm night, a very nice 1929 Sunbeam 16.9 was in the car park, a very rare Gordon-Keeble, the Chalmers and a superb Riley special, it is always a great night, the run home is always fun, the headlights are better than they look, Over 1300 miles now and hopefully a good day tomorrow. Andy