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Old 22-02-09, 10:09 PM   #1
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We've started to get the horizontal diesel ready for taking to Nuenen in May, having had it craned out of the back of the house back in December when the roof trusses were done.

There are a few jobs to be done, the biggest being sorting out some wheels for it. Nuenen is sandy and relatively soft, although well-drained, so we are trying to get some largish diameter wheels on it so it will move around OK.

The trolley has been built for 3 years or so, we just haven't had time to get it finished off, and until the crane option turned up, we had no way of getting it out, other than by stripping it right down to small pieces.

The jobs to do are:

1) Make up a cross-bar out of 1-1/4" steel square bar to go under the block, so that the engine front can be bolted down. The holes for the existing block mountings are conflicting with the sides of the trolley beams, although we could do some dog-leg studs I suppose. With only three hold-down bolts, we need to make sure that the fixings are substantial.

2) Cooling system: Just a tank, mounting and piping, nothing special.

3) Exhaust: Ditto, but I'd like a better silencer than the industrial one that came with it. We have a big JP Lister cast silencer and fittings, but it is horribly heavy and quite large. Would sound nice though!

4) Rev-Counter etc: The engine was ex-college, and had an Indicator, rev counter and thermometer. The indicator fittings are all in place, nothing is missing and the instrument itself is also with the engine. The thermometer needs a threaded boss fitting to the water pipes somewhere, we are awaiting a drawing from Ray Hooley for the part we need, but he has an access problem at the old place apparently. The rev counter is an enormous thing with a big cast pedestal and belt driven off a flat belt pulley on the crankshaft, which does limit the positioning somewhat.

5) Fuel tank: We procured a decent tank at Nuenen last year for the princely sum of 10 euros, we also have an oval Stuart-Turner tank that would do the job, although somewhat large.

That's about all, sounds fairly simple, and given time it will all be done.

Pictures to follow.

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