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1913 36 model 17 in the UK

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Hi Andy

I'm in Beds and I hope it will be a nice blue model 17 cos I bought it!!!  I know the pifall of buying from auction and I know I shouldn't have done it but just happened to go in the auction and loved the car and the rest as they say is history!

I'm taking my 1905 XC Renault and my 1908 Blackstone oil engine to the Bedfordshire Steam Rally this weekend so hope to touch base with you some time in the future.

The Chalmers arrived today and managed to get it into the garage without being seen by the other half,(phew) but its a lot more complicated than the Renault so I shall have to wait until a friend arrives back from Ireland before I dare try to figure it out!

Good luck with your weekend

Colin

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Evenin Colin and all,

 

Colin, If you need any info on the Chalmers please get in touch, I will try and answer any questions you may have, you have a great car there.

 

We were at Kop Hill climb near Princes Risborough over the weekend, it was a fun hill climb with all proceeds going to local charities, there was a range of vintage car's and motorcycles and we did 4 runs up the hill, this was a great model T pickup with a motorcycle on the back,

 

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this GN was looking quite mad,

 

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I took one of the organiser's up the hill but it was a little wet on that run,

 

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there were lot's of wonderful V-twin motorcycles,

 

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we had a short wait at the start line on one of our runs, a photo was in order,

 

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I hope to try a few little changes to the Chalmers over the next couple of weeks, I will let you know how I go on.

 

 

Andy

 

 

 

 

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Evenin everybody,

 

After a short break in Wales it was time for a trip on the Chalmers, we had been invited to one of the special opening's of the Swift Gallery in Stoke on Trent,

 

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A really good collection of photograph's and art showing the icon's of motorsport with special display's of interesting hardware,

 

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the only downside to the day was the rain, we have got used to carrying motorcycle waterproof's with us these day's,

 

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Andy

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Evenin everybody,

 

You never know what you are going to see when you call in at the White Lion at Barthomley, today was no different,

 

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a pair of scale steamers and a 1920's Triumph,

 

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the smell of the oily steam was great,

 

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The Chalmers has done over 2100 miles so far this year and hopefully a few more before the cold stops play.

 

 

Andy

 

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Evenin everybody,

 

I have been able to get out for a few runs on the Chalmers, the suspension has become very supple after lubricating the springs and the handling is very good,

 

I spent a few hours fitting a carb I bought a while ago, it is a Miller, I checked the carb out and had the very small jet drillings cleaned and made a small inlet trumpet,

 

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the Chalmers started easily and ticked over very smoothly, the mixture adjustment was very hard to get right and there was a very bad transition from slow running to fully open, very "on or off"  this maybe due to the jetting being way out and the adjustment available isn't wide enough or it is a typical race carb, tick over or flat out !     I spent the next morning putting the Rayfield back on.

 

Today was a cool start to the trip to the Klondyke steam party, always a place worth going,

 

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there was a lovely Albion truck that had recently been found in a barn,

 

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parked in between a couple of motorcycles was this wonderful Velocette engined "Shelsley special" it was very well made mainly from angle steel !

 

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it is a very interesting special that looked light and very simple,

 

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the seat looks very WW2 aircraft, the design idea's are simple but effective, I would love to find some history on it,  I hope we get to see it out on the hills next year.

 

 

Andy

 

 

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Afternoon everybody,

 

It is getting cold now but the while it is dry I am out on the Chalmers, I have been researching the disused Stoke to Market Drayton railway line which passed near to where I live, I am slowly taking photo's of the Chalmers at each of the remaining bridges, this is about a mile from me,

 

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some of the bridges have been removed but the cutting is still there, this was a long way done a farm track,

 

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the other day I went through the village I grew up in, I stopped outside the Charlie Bassett's pub, when I was very young I grew up opposite this pub when it was owned by Charlie Bassett,

 

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 the pub sign has a great caricature of his son Philip "Rastass" Bassett, I remember him very well and he did look like the sign !

 

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today I drove out to South Cheshire and made a brief stop at the "secret" Hack Green nuclear bunker, it was built in the cold war "just in case" !

 

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last week a friend of mine dropped of this brass and copper tank and pump assy,

 

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I am trying to work out what it is for, so far I believe it is a propeller shaft oiler for a boat of some description, if you have any idea's please let me know.

 

The Chalmers has now covered 2400 miles so far this year.

 

 

Andy

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Afternoon everybody,

 

It is slightly less cold today so a short trip out was the thing to do, the White Lion at Barthomley is a great stop as there is always something to see and they have a great roaring fire !

 

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This lovely BSA was still using acetylene lighting !

 

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It is very noticeable that the oils in the Chalmers feel much thicker in this weather and how they change the operation of the engine, clutch and gearbox, everything was starting to work normally just as I got home !

 

I don't think there will be many more runs out on the Chalmers this year so I will be getting ready to do a few job's on it in the warm workshop.

 

 

Andy

 

 

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Afternoon everybody,

 

Sorry for the lack of updates but the weather has been to bad to get out, basically too cold !    I went out for a short run to my dad's this morning but the roads being very wet made stopping a little bit more than tricky on occasion, so I think that will be the last time out this year.

 

Over the winter there are several thing's I want to get done to the Chalmers ready for next years hillclimb season, hopefully we can attend a few more hill's that we haven't been to before.

 

With 2500 miles covered this year I think the Chalmers has done really well, it is me that seems worn out !

 

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Andy

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Afternoon everybody and a Happy New Year,

 

I apologise for the lack of updates, I have spent a lot of time on my "modern" Ford Sierra RS500 touring car, getting it ready for a photoshoot at Donington Park and having it on display at the Autosport International racing show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, the reason for all the work is that the RS500's are now 30 year's old, the show went extremely well with 10 genuine Group "A" sierra's on the stand.

 

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Now back to the Chalmers, I wanted to check on a few things after the high mileage we achieved last year, I noticed No3 cylinder was a bit down on compression, I pulled the inlet valve and carrier out and noticed some "blow by" marking at one side of the lower copper sealing ring, this would have gone into the inlet of No3 and No4, I cleaned everything up and added some heavy grease around the seal ring and refitted the assy taking care to align the port's.

 

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I also dropped the gearbox to check the new flywheel I fitted last Spring.

 

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I want to do something about the oil leaking from the lifter block's, it's not a huge amount but after a long run it is noticeable, at the moment there are no seal's fitted, I am looking to make up some felt washer type seal's to fit in the space in the top of the block's.

 

 

Andy

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Evenin everybody,

 

When I replaced the flywheel on the Chalmers last year the new steel flywheel was heavier than the original cast item, this was my mistake and I wondered how I could rectify this without having to completely strip the engine to press the crank out, so I decided to try machining the flywheel in-situ running the engine, I made up a carrier to hold a cross slide to hold a lathe tool, this needed to be set-up exactly in position to give a good finish and a clean cut without vibration and judder,

 

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the system worked very well and the only problem I had was the engine stopped due to the battery going flat as I was only running at tickover and the charging doesn't start until higher rev's,

 

 

the flywheel is now back to the original weight and I am looking forward to seeing how the engine performs,

 

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I have now got some felt washer's to try and make the lifter block's a little more oil tight, I hope to get this done next week.

 

 

Andy

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Evenin Barry,

 

Go to the top of the class for the best description of a job on the Chalmers to date !

 

I have started to fit the felt seals in the lifter block's, hopefully I will have this done in a few day's.

 

 

Andy

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Hello, Andy, I've been silently admiring your work and your adventures, and the British countryside, for some time now.  I'll be  very interested in your felt seal project and its results, as I'm getting weary of cleaning the crankcase around the exposed lifters on my T-head Pierce.  Best wishes for continued success and enjoyment!

 

George aka Grimy 

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Evenin Barry, Grimy and everybody,

 

A bit of a busy week but very productive,

 

Grimy, I started fitting the felt seals and checking the clearance for the lifter movement, the seal fitted the lifter block well and was easy to fit using a small tool I made up,

 

 

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The thickness of the seal wouldn't allow the lifter full movement, I cut down the seal until clearance was restored, the problem now was the seal was too thin to give any sealing ability, I don't really want to unsolder and lift the lifter cap,   a bit more thought and I will have another attempt.

 

 

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The other thing I found was the exhaust valves had gummed up in the valve bore and it had slowed the valve movement enough to blacken and burn the seat's, I got the valve head's ground and I cleaned up the seat's, I will have to keep an eye on the stem lubrication in future.

 

We had short trip to Holland to collect some items for another project and got the chance to visit the Louwman museum, a privately owned museum with the most incredible cars and memorabilia,

 

The 1903 Napier racer is wonderful and still used,

 

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The 1903 Spyker 60hp 6 cylinder, 4 wheel drive racer,

 

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A beautiful Yale,

 

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The last thing I ever expected to see would be a genuine Bluebird tyre with silver Bluebird replica,

 

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The Louwman is definitely worth a visit, it can be found in Den Haag.

 

I have now reassembled the valve 's and run the engine, between the flywheel weight reduction and the exhaust valve re-facing the engine feels sharp and strong, a few more little job's then I will want some warm weather.

 

 

Andy

 

 

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Good work Andy. As an alternative to felt could you fit an o ring in there or is that too non period ?  Do you run any upper cylinder lubricant additive with your petrol? 

I guess there would be no point with the valve location on your engine.

  That museum looks fantastic judging from those 2 amazing autos.

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Evenin Barry and everybody,

 

Barry, I looked at "O-rings" but the actual lifter doesn't have a good enough surface finish in that area to give a good seal with the rubber, maybe a little mod on the lifter's would help with that idea, I will have some more thought's and let you all know the outcome.

I think an upper cylinder lubricant of some sort would help, I am looking into this.

 

The Louwman museum is definitely a must see, not far into Holland from the Belgian border.   http://www.louwmanmuseum.nl/?sc_lang=en

 

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This silver Napier Bluebird was given to Malcolm Campbell by D.Napier and son for his land speed records

 

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The weather looks like being warm for a few day's so hopefully a short run out on the Chalmers to start the year.

 

 

Andy

 

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Evenin everybody,

 

Well we got a warmer day so a short trip was in order, the Chalmers felt good and went very well, the lighter flywheel was noticeably better which made the machining job worthwhile and the valve clean up made for another good bit of winter work,

 

I drove a few miles down the road and stopped at the Maer Great War memorial for a couple of photo's of the year's first trip out.

 

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The temperature is now back to it's usual February chill !

 

 

Andy

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Evenin everybody,

 

More time has been spent getting the "modern" Sierra touring car checked out as we were invited to the Goodwood 75th Members Meeting to take part in some "high speed demonstration laps"  of Group "A" race car's from the late '80's, the event was exceptional in every respect, from the range of cars to the incredible entertainment for the driver's and spectator's alike,

 

The Sierra looked good on the Goodwood grid,

 

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There was a great selection of Edwardian car's out in the S.F. Edge Trophy race, the famous Blitzen Benz,

 

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The Curtiss V8 Monarch,

 

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the mad Mors,

 

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another Curtiss engined car, the GN,

 

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the Fiat S76 is jaw dropping !

 

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I was lucky to be close by when it was started, it went around the circuit very well for a land speed record car,

 

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the Edwardian version of a paddock bike,

 

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Last week I did see a quick ray of sunshine and went around the village on the Chalmers to make the most of it,

 

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Andy

 

 

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Evenin everybody,

 

The temperature has risen a little so I have been out for a few drives on the Chalmers, the flywheel machining and valve lapping has made a positive difference to the performance, the engine feels much sharper, I may have to add a little more engine oil to the clutch, I have used a greater amount of kerosene than previously which allows the clutch to clear easily but gives a judder on release, hopefully that will get the right balance.

 

The "Cheese barge" was at the Shroppie Fly in Audlem,

 

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the next narrow boat along made and sold jewellery crafted from silver spoons, there is always something going on by the canal.

 

Thanks for the interest in the Chalmers and the places we visit.

 

 

Andy

 

 

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Hey Andy, Great photos as usual. Is that large brick building an old miill house. I can't make out the name on the side. Very nice!  

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Afternoon Barry and everyone,

 

Barry, the mill is Audlem mill, a fairly recent canalside mill from the WW1 period.

 

I gave the Chalmers a bit of a wash ready for the sunshine and warmer weather.

 

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Andy

 

 

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Evenin everybody,

 

We had the chance to drive out on the Chalmers to Hack Green secret bunker, a place I have been before but didn't get the chance to take a tour, the place is very unusual, quite claustrophobic and with constant reminder's that nuclear war is basically THE END,    this place was still in use in the 1980's.

 

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On a lighter note they make a good cup of tea and have nice biscuit's !

 

 

Andy

 

 

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Evenin everybody,

 

A great weekend out and about on the Chalmers, a nice pub lunch at the White Lion on Saturday,

 

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and we had a great time again at the Raven café Bikers breakfast on Sunday, the Chalmers was the oldest vehicle we could find at the breakfast,

 

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the star bike of the morning was a Vincent Black Shadow,

 

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on the way home I called in for fuel and found a mate of mine in his Jensen CV8, a wonderful mix of American and British-ness,

 

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The Chalmers feels good, I am looking forward to Curborough sprint in 3 weeks time.

 

 

Andy

 

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