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Bush Mechanic

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  1. I believe McMaster-Carr stopped dealing with Australian customers due to our new government requirement for GST to be charged on overseas orders. Too much paperwork, apparently. Although I have not tried to order there for a year or so, so it may be worth a try. I have not found a supplier in Aus. with the depth and range of McMaster-Carr.
  2. We lived in a rural area, on a main highway. Our only neighbours were three generations who lived in two houses. Old Aub Scarce drove a dark blue model A Ford, which he had bought new. I scored a ride to town in it once, which was memorable. His son bought an FE or FC Holden, but sadly was T boned and killed trying to get out of his driveway. So Aub drove the grand kids to school in the model A every day, and was still driving it in the early 1970's.
  3. Or just make them from scratch. You can put the genuine burrs on with the screwdriver, when you tighten them up. 🙂
  4. Standard practice, when you're young and silly!
  5. While not a pre-war car, we almost came to grief with 1953? MG ZA Magnette after fitting radials. Admittedly we used the Magnette centres and welded on Volvo rims, 1" wider than original. We were road-racing the car, and after a long mountain stage and chasing an E type Jag downhill, three of the rims had serious radial cracks from the bolt holes. Just too much side load on wheels meant for cross ply tyres. I was mighty glad that I inspected the wheels at the lunch break.
  6. The pilot hole trick is certainly the way to go. Sometimes you get lucky, and are able to get the job onto the milling machine. Then you can end-mill a flat onto an angled break to aid in centring the pilot drill. Especially useful when the stud is below the surface. Some end-mills will leave a dimple, but this can be punched down before introducing the centre-punch. I'm not averse to trying a round or oval burr for a starting cut in the mill, either. Easy-outs can work on finger-tight studs. Which are a rare species, as seizure is the usual cause of breakages.. The stud removers/installers shown by 2carb40 above are a very useful tool, despite their tendency to leave three indents if contacting the actual thread. Far more elegant than two nuts locked together. They are not designed for broken studs, though.
  7. When we were touring in the US, Frank Duval took the time out to show us his collection, and Avantey welcomed us to his home for a weekend, and a drive of one of his cars. Generosity to strangers. I'm very thankful to them, and all of the folk who have offered their wisdom as I learn about the pre-war stuff. And also to SebastionBuick for an invite to visit in France, which was knocked on the head by covid. It's world-wide hobby, with many fine people involved. Thanks, Guys.
  8. Bob, I think Herman has a Studebaker, an imperial car, in a metric country. The hardware shops won't be able to help him much there. I suspect he is reaching out to you car guys in the US.
  9. The serious shortage of owls in this district has been put down to them eating poisoned rodents. And despite allowing a couple of large poisonous snakes to live in the garden, I usually still have to trap some mice in Autumn, when they try to move inside. Those pesky little critters just keep doing their own thing.
  10. Roundabouts have been in use in the urban areas here in Tasmania for many years, at the intersections that can benefit from them. When folk learn how to use them the traffic flows much better than with lights, and the number of intersection collisions is way down. While the dinky little roundabouts installed in residential areas are annoying, they do slow down the speedsters. The centre islands are usually sloped to allow heavy transport tyres to ride up over them. Roundabouts are very common in Europe, and the drivers know how to use them. We rented a car in France, and took it back to the depot because the darned thing stalled at every traffic stop. Nothing obvious amiss under the bonnet, either. I did feel a little silly when told it was meant to do that, as a new anti-pollution feature.
  11. I agree wholeheartedly. And when their first question on the the phone is ' Will you take XXX dollars?', before even talking about the car, I just RAISE the price an equivalent amount. That gets their attention, and they soon get the message. It's OK for them to offer half the price over the phone, but if you double it you are the worst bxxxx in the world.
  12. New blades for these reamers are readily available in Australia, so should be easily sourced in the US. They tend to be standard sizes across brands. Even the Chinese replacement blades fit straight into good Patience and Nicholson reamers. They might cost you more than $5.00, though.
  13. And that log needs to be on a Jinker. Or don't you call them that in the US? The sprocket on the rear wheel could have powered a saw bench. One wheel locked on the ground, and the other driving a chain. At a fast idle, reverse gear, stepped up a little, it would eat those firewood logs. It looks like something my old man would have made. There could be $375 dollars worth of fun just tinkering with the old girl. A friend here is searching for one of those North East starter motors, as well, for his 29 Dodge six. Unfortunately it's on the other side of the world.
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