1913 36 model 17 in the UK

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Evenin Barry and all,


Sorry again for the lack of updates, life seems to take over sometimes,


Barry, the Alton I was in is the Staffordshire Alton, this is where the famous Alton Towers theme park is based, it is a really nice village with several pubs including my favourite the Bulls Head.


As usual I have been working on various projects including removing a set of pistons that were seized in their bores, this an engine for another project but I thought I would show you how I managed to pull the rusted-in pistons from the block, I put the block in the bonfire and got it nice and hot then used the ram from my press along with a few laser cut plates, my assistant Jack and out they came.






A couple of weeks ago we took a ride out to Great Haywood for lunch near the canal,




it was a lovely day but the Chalmers wasn't happy on the road and seemed to get very hot and ran quite erratically, when we came to leave the engine would not start, I did just about everything I could think of, when I tried to flood the carb the fuel seemed to "boil" in the float bowl, very concerning indeed, I removed the plugs that were very overheated with gaps way to wide, I re-gapped the plug's and after letting the engine cool down I managed to get it started, we headed for home with a rather unhappy running engine.

Thinking back to when the problem started I realised that I had filled the tank with fuel just before the poor running started, when we got home I drained the tank and refilled it with fuel from a different petrol station, after this had been done the engine started and ran beautifully and has done so ever since, I have sent a fuel sample away to be checked, watch this space for the results and always be aware of poor fuel.


Today I drove out to Audlem which is a favourite even now when the temperature has dropped,




on my way back I stopped at Woore church to look at the sculpture of a WW1 soldier that has been made to commemorate the end of The Great War,




with over 3100 miles traveled over the year I think the temperature has now beaten me, the warm workshop beckons with the rebuild of the spare Chalmers engine up first.




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Evenin everybody,


Happy New Year to you all, yes I know I have not posted an update in ages but that doesn't mean I have been sitting around doing nothing, well not all the time !


Since my last update I decided it was time to go through a car I have not used in 15 years, it is my 1988 Ferrari 328 GTB, I have gone through the car from indicator lenses to cam belts, injection metering heads to brake disc's, as soon as the sun comes out I will have the car back on the road,






I have been spending most of my time on the spare Chalmers engine I am rebuilding,


I have modified the spark plug carrier's just like I did on the first engine, it allow's the electrode to be in the mixture rather than up inside the thread's,




I have again used Caterpillar D9 engine valves, I shorten them to suit and add a new collet groove, I have also used new valve spring's,




I cleaned up up the camshaft bearings and gave the camshaft a little "run in" on the lathe,




The spare crank has had a light grind, new bearing's and has been pressed back together with the help of my Riley driving friend Andy in the next village who has a 100 ton press,




the timing gears are all lined up and the lifters fitted,






the con rod's have been re-metaled and I am making new big end bolts,




I am waiting on suppliers of wrist pins as the original's are pitted, I have yet to modify the pistons.


Again sorry for the delay in updating.





Daves model A (3).JPG


Sorry I forgot to add that my friend Dave came round in his model A.



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I always enjoy reading your updates. No worries about their timeliness. I would rather believe you are out enjoying that wonderful automobile than sitting and posting anyway.

I mostly wanted to comment that we also get bad gasoline (petrol to you) from time to time. About eight years ago, I got a bad tank-full in my older modern vehicle, plugged fuel filters stopped me about four times in five miles. A really annoying pain in the----. And that was from a gasoline station I had traded at for years with no troubles. It was about two years before I went back there, and I have had no troubles since. 

There is also one particular brand of petrol in our part of this nation that has terrible gasoline. I don't know how they get away with it. All their posted fuel grade numbers given are what they are supposed to be. However, numerous people have tried their product and find that the fuel economy goes down about 20 to 25 percent (consistently) relative to even other cheap brands of gasoline. The extremely poor performance and the fact that one must push the pedal (foot-feed?) all the way down for even poor performance also confirms the fuels poor quality. 

I can only guess that an awful lot of people over here are totally clueless about their car's proper performance, and they get used to it by always going in for that cheap gas to "save money". They of course are also clueless that saving 10 percent on the price is no savings whatsoever when the mileage goes down 20 percent.

Ah, what a world we do live in today?


Good luck with your winter projects!

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Are you OK, Andy ? Missing you here. I hope you are just extremely busy enjoying things.   -   Carl 

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Good evening Barry, Wayne, Carl and all,


Yes, I am still around, I have too apologise even more than normal due to my late updates,  I have been doing various projects and non Chalmers stuff along with Life !


Since my last update ( just after the last century ) the Chalmers has been here, there and everywhere.  


We went on a lovely trip to Jersey to see family and friends and found a great museum,




won the local pub's car club's best car award,




Curborough sprint went well and I was a second better than last time,




I put my Ferrari on the road after all the work earlier in the year, it is so good to be driving it again,




Dave turned up in his stunning Riley special one morning,




Harewood hillclimb was just as good as ever, although I didn't improve my time I did get the Chalmers very sideways a couple of times,




We have attended many pub meets, and have been on lots of trips and the Chalmers is doing well with over 1500 miles so far this year,


Shelsley Walsh is alway's special, such a long motorsport history, the Chalmers went 3 seconds quicker up the hill mainly due to fitting the spare carb, the downside is terrible mpg although I still couldn't get even close to this Le Zebre with a Curtiss OX-5 !




I was invited to the Chateau Impney hillclimb near Droitwich to run the Napier Lion engine for everybody, I had the assistance of Jack to help start the engine, the event was one of the best motoring weekend's I have been to,




I found this great piece of footage on Youtube, thanks to the poster for his great camera work,



I found this wonderful 2 owners Brough SS100 outside the Saturday night party,




we had a flyby on both day's from the Lancaster,




and in true supercar fashion the Fiat S76 "Beast of Turin" outshon a Bugatti Veyron,




I will try to get my update regularity back to normal, thanks to everybody for their messages, I am still here !





















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Holy Mackerel there Andy !  You have more than made up for your recent lack of posts !  You live an amazing life true to the VSCC ethos. Great photography as well !  

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