Bush Mechanic

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  1. Convert slides to digital?

    I bought a similar device on-line. It is a FilmScan 35 I. Don't waste your money on this one. Borderline useless, as the focus varies, and the software is very basic. Clunky, with poor colour rendition, and problems with light levels. Gave up after a few slides. I'm now looking at scanners which handle 35mm slides and negatives, and 120 format negs. Read the reviews.
  2. Selling titles

    One observation. In our dealings with the DMV in NC, we experienced a fair amount of frustration and brick-walling at the local office level, (New Bern), due to a lack of knowledge at the front counter regarding a transaction a little out of the ordinary. We applied to the State head office for clarification of the rules, which was promptly and courteously supplied in writing. With that in hand, along with all requested paperwork, doors opened magically at the local office level. They didn't even bother reading the two pages from their head office. The letterhead was enough. So, clarification in writing to present over the counter may go a long way toward easing the process. At least one knows where one stands, in regard to the laws. In our case, the problem was merely that we were 'Aliens', and wished to register a vehicle with a Cal title in NC, where we had an address. (I had even been granted a NC Identity card in my endeavour to achieve this, before we applied to the Head Office).
  3. How long have you been restoring your car?

    What a neat little car. I love that front sub-frame assembly.
  4. Do It Yourself Column

    That's perseverance for you. Well done Arend! I heartens me to see these basket cases resurrected.
  5. Heirloom Tools

    Ozstatman, these are siding axes. They are completely flat on one side, for finishing timbers such as railway sleepers and beams square and flat. I only have a RH axe, but in the photo above, I believe the flat sides of both LH and RH are showing. Huge numbers of Red-gum sleepers, (railroad ties?) were cut by hand in Victoria in the 19th and 20th centuries. I originally come from up the Murray, in Red-gum country, where my Grandfather was a fettler on the railroads. We built a lot of yards out of the Red-gum 'slabs' from the sides of the logs, after sawmills took over the work. Mick.
  6. Heirloom Tools

    Very satisfying working with hand tools such as these. Have always avoided the hand augers, though. Believe it or not, I built my house, many years ago, using the siding axe, adze, draw-knife and froe. And still have the scars to prove it. Very little money, no electricity, plenty of Eucalyptus trees and the boundless energy of youth. Pretty much the situation our rural fore-fathers found themselves in, I imagine. (But I did have a chainsaw). I'm still living in it, 39 years later, but have had grid power connected for 20-odd years, so the hand tools just hang in the shed. Use of these tools is enjoying a resurgence in this part of the world, and mortise and peg building is not uncommon. I imagine this is the case in the US, as well. Same driving forces that have us fancying antique vehicles and machinery, I guess.
  7. Heirloom Tools

    My father used them when he was replacing shoes on horses. They were the standard tool for pulling the tapered rectangular nails. A German master builder friend uses them for pulling nails, as well. They have their own neat slot in his toolbox, and get regular use. I believe they are known as pincers.
  8. How Many Wrenches Do You Really Need?

    I don't have any wrenches. But I do have an excellent collection of spanners! And Whitworth still gets a fair workout around here.
  9. Heirloom Tools

    That's a lovely punch set. Please excuse me for being picky, but the hand drill pictured accepts standard round bits. We don't call it a brace, here in Australia. Photo of braces below. (A brace of braces?) Please note the dust. I don't mind if I never have to use one again. Served time boring fence posts with those devices. They are both ratcheting models for use in tight spots. Breast drills were common, as well. Larger version of the hand drill, with a curved plate on the blunt end to enable pressure to be applied with your shoulder or chest. For fence posts, we sometimes used a motorised device with a flexible drive cable. Hold the business end in 2 hands, with twist levers for forward and reverse, through a leather cone clutch. Really good when you could get the JAP engine to fire up. The worst device we used in that game was a Swing, or Barrow saw. 2 cylinder Wisconsin or similar mounted on 2 wheels, with a 36" circular saw blade on the end of a tube, which could be turned through 90 degrees. Now THAT was a scary device. I can still hear the banshie howl when you revved it up. Felling trees and cutting posts to length. In the vertical plane it could dig into the ground and drag you through the bush, or throw the off-cut back at you with incredible force. Those things killed quite a few men. Then we bought one of those new-fangled McCulloch chain saws. They were great help when we mastered sharpening them! Apologies for the rave, Mick.
  10. Stuck worm gear

    My sympathies. You are not having a lot of fun with your Cadillac. I have no experience with these motors, so cannot be of much help. So sleeve H is an integral part of locking gear A, and sleeve H has seized onto carrier C? Or conversely gear A has seized against the locking surfaces in the block casting. (Or both). And the cam runs in a bush supported by carrier C. And the assembly cannot be removed for freeing up, unless sleeve H/gear A are rotated in the block, unlocking the camming effect. Tricky place to be waving the gas torch around in, as well. Hardened sleeves, etc. The block looks to be alloy, too. Not an easy one to put on the stove for a good boiling, either! And I'm always wary of subjecting blocks to shock loads. The teeth on gear A look like they would take a few light taps using a bronze drift, though. Hopefully a Cadillac man will chime in, now that your problem is more obvious from the workshop manual. Good luck with it, Mick.
  11. Did You Ever Own.....

    I was very excited when a copper booked me for travelling at 52 MPH in my low-light Minor convertible. I had no idea the old girl could go that fast! Of course, it WAS downhill. Great car, absolutely nothing to prove, and plenty of character. Sold it to a gent from the US, who wanted to take it home.
  12. Heirloom Tools

    That is a nice one. I see it has the usual square tapered shaft to use it in a brace. Have not seen one with the two knives. Dad had one with a single knife, otherwise identical. We used it to cut leather washers for pumps and the like. I think he also used it to cut neat holes in metal guttering, which I always assumed was what it was designed for. Many times I wished I had one, when I didn't have the exact size hole punch. I keep an eye out, but have not found one for sale.
  13. Did You Ever Own.....

    Sorry Dictator, I stand corrected. (I missed the second page of replies). I did admire those Jowett Jupiters, the sports version. We raced against one, using a hopped up MG Magnette sedan, and he was always quicker than us. Mick.
  14. Did You Ever Own.....

    I believe 1912Staver is correct. The Morris Minor had very advanced handling for 1949, when it was released. We liked the torsion bar set-up, as the suspension was easy to lower at the front. At the back we sometimes used the oxy torch to heat the springs. (Seemed feasible at midnight, on the eve of race-day). As it was, our's handled far better than the Ford Customlines, Desotos, Chevs, FX Holdens and other barges, around the dirt oval. We did OK, until the son of the local BMC dealer turned up with one of those new-fangled front drive Minis, complete with a chain and cog quick-rack steering set-up. That car was un-catchable. Just weaved in and out of the larger cars to the front, and disappeared!
  15. Did You Ever Own.....

    Austin 1800. Now there was a car, the 'Giant Land Crab'. Front wheel drive, very comfortable. Great car to drive at 80+ mph on gravel roads. (Actually one came in 2nd in the London to Sydney marathon). Owned a few, and still have a couple of hulks down the paddock, which are handy for odd bits for the MG's. (Same engine, electrics, etc. as an MGB). Working man's car. (If your'e not working for it, your'e working on it).