| Progressing very slowly on the re-build, have nearly done front wheel!The last bike I did rushed through it ,did not let the primer go of enough before spraying it with "chrome" paint,I know,I know it is not a solution and will not look as good as proper chrome,but at least it will preserve it for a few more years,some poor bloke will have to strip it all off when im gone and the wife sells it!How ever as I let the primer go off for a couple of days and the "chrome" paint looks pretty good!Wife has been unbevlievably tolerant,even put grease in races and fitted ball bearings on the coffee table aha I know why,it is my week off and I am re decorating the kitchen,was it black or what,both smoke 50 a day,cough,cough.This rebuild is going to take a long,long time.P.S. Jag is O.K.again,no more noises from engine! |
| Back in the day when I built and competetively flew model aircraft... I would use "Hobbypoxy" products for finishing the machines. After you shoot the primer... and allow it to "gas off" for a couple of weeks... you would then sand smooth... (actually... you would sand almost all of it off except where it filled in the grain of the balsa wood).|
At that point you would use your colour coat. Hobbypoxy made a fine "Pewter" metallic finish... that once clearcoated over had an absolutely lovely effect.
Perhaps something of that nature... or at least clearcoat over the silver you're painting on. It can make it "pop" nicely with gloss... and it will actually help prevent the silver paint from oxidizing. While certainly not a replacement for proper chrome plating... it's awfully darn nice anyhow.
Larry "Boneman" Bone - Buddy Ebsen would have known.....
My car... parked out in front of the office today.
Larry "Boneman" Bone - still remembering.
| Was mucking about and came across this tidbit of interest:|
Larry "Boneman" Bone - yes... motorbikes.
| My Jaguar car started to make some funny noises from the engine,now I am a fork truck mechanic,so opened the bonnet,WHAT, forget it,took it to an XJ mechanic,he knew straight away.Yes sir it is thje cam chain adjusters,they are only made from PLASTIC!!!!!!!!!!! If you are lucky (lucky?) it will only be the top one that will be £450,but if it is the bottom ones it will be £1100 (*gasp*)AS you can imagine guess what it was, the bottom ones, ha ha of course.I only really use the car to go three quarters of a mile to work.Now the bike I use the most is a 60s Hercules I bought it a jumble sale it was thrown in with a little girls bike I did up for the grand daughter,the cost? 50p for the pair!So it cost me 25p and it has never gone wrong,have travelled a few hundred miles on it now ,no problems what so ever!Who now thinks bike riders are mad! Yours disgruntled Jag owner,and happy Hercules owner,mind you did get soaked on the way on the way home from the pub today,but soon dried out,and it cost nothing!|
|A good number of years ago, the late 60's, a shop had a 1964 XKE that they just overhauled the engine on. The car was offered for sale at US $3000. Someone told me that if you cant afford a new Jaguar, dont buy a used one. Here in the US those cars are now bringing $50,000 or more.|
| I bought a 73 Mg midget restored from the ground up it was done in Porche "guards red" color. Things went wrong like a broken circlip in the transmission so I had to skip second gear and I got it into a shop where I spent money on it on a regular basis and the car lived there with brief visits with me on occaision and I came in and hung about and ended up working in the place where I got to supervise the work on my car. There was a wealthy fellow named Mr. Long who had a collection of E- type Jaguars and those cars lived in the repair place more than did my M.G. Midget. Nice body but not very reliable. The shop was called Coventry West and Stacey and Otto Hann were wonderful in letting me run wild thru the place and all it entailed. It was neat haunting such a neat factory authorized Jaguar repair facility. I portered customers and ran errands. A Jaguar mechanic was akin to a French Chef in the attitudes department.By the time I sold the car it was the "perfect M.G. Midget" by the time I sold it. I had 43 people come to the house and held firm on my price of $4,300.00 and finally some guy did buy it but he was such a trying nitwit that I nearly went mad closing the deal. I remember taking a girl out in the car and parts fell off the car as we drove down the street. I bought two other M.G.'s and had three at one time. I remember getting yelled at by Stacey "Don't you ever push start that car!" I didn't do much with the car by myself just wrote checks, ordered parts and visited junkyards for parts but no actual mechanic work like rebuilding transmissions. I had it done. I was still visiting old bicycle shops collecting parts. Our family history with Cadillac was never, ever mentioned neither by my mom or grandmother until right before my mom's death. Cross at not being believed by a dream cruise collector my mom pulled from the vault and showed the original blueprint drawings of the "fins" section of the '58. The drawings to his car. The fellow nearly dropped dead he was so surprised. Our's went to the Barret Jackson's auction. The car was too large for the garage, the door would not close. Selling part of the collection, brought many folks (including the companies themselves) asking "Who are you and how did you get this stuff?" even mint hubcaps caused waves when I went to sell them. The guy flipped out on me. Now, I do not sell or show what remains of the collection. It's weird, but as for the Caddy stuff we can really say: Been there, done that. Grandma kept the '58 in storage, the literature in the attic, the drawings and other stuff in the 8 large deposit boxes, the share stock untouched for 40 years. Grandma never drove a Caddy after he died in 65. It was too hard losing him and driving the Caddy or having a new one every other year would have been a reminder. We had new Chevrolets, Oldsmobiles, until I had my say and then we had a Nissan, Two Honda's, Two Mazda's, an 04 Acura T.S.X. where mom, two weeks before her death revealed what her dad did for a living. They were stunned and explained everything about that car and it took three hours to get out of there. So much for dropping off the check and getting in and driving away. I have a special fondness for a two door red on red Rambler American. I can close my eyes and remember everything even the smell of the uplostery. I was 5 years old. Grandma's bedroom wall paint was the same exact shade of light pink as the 58' car's color. Grandpa bought two lots back to back and built his dream home in the nicest part of the neighborhood, the lots being the largest and nicest of the area. He was really, really going places in the company, but passed away in 65 of colon cancer. The other engineers asking him for his job at his deathbed. It knocked the wind out of the family, my mom got physically ill from losing her dad. But when he was designing and drawing, Harley Earl would stop in, look over my grandfather's shoulder and ask: What do ya got for me? He nodded, and Cadillac produced it. The great granddaughter's mother got a 05 Chrysler Town and Country van when my little daughter came along. I wish I got her into the Mercedes C class instead. My attitudes about loving Japanese cars so much had everybody in the family stunned with their mouths open. They whispered "Do you know who your late grandfather was?" It was that aweful 86 Oldsmobile and all those problems we had with it, that was the final straw. Grandma remarked "This Oldsmobile isn't so merry" The 80's were really aweful for G.M. She was loyal to G.M. until her stroke. I personally had endured enough with dealership repair waiting rooms, rented cars and repair shops. It must have been weird for grandma going from Cadillac's finest hours to ending up riding in Honda's. Mom did not drive at all, after 1966 not until 4 years prior to her death from Cancer. She loved her black Raleigh Tourist D.L.1 L bicycle from England and she said she would not miss those morning commutes in the pre- dawn/ dawn hours with the birds singing for anything. When she did drive eventually, She's study the maps and took only back road routes and go everywhere she desired to go, in an incredible woven route of back roads. She never got a ticket as she stayed off the main roads. I bought a older white Lincoln Continental and had it in the driveway for about an hour until grandma's eyes flashed demanding it's removal. "Cadillac people" didn't drive a Lincoln or even have one in the driveway. She didn't explain why, it just had to go. I was advised not to ask her why not. I remarked that we didn't drive a Cadillac.|
I brought a cashiers check for $110,000.00 and my bike pal would not sell his Pierce Arrow limo from 1927. I thought for sure, I would lay my hands on that car in his garage. After all I had the amount he asked for, in hand. He decided to keep it until he dies. I don't care what it is, it drives me nuts when they decide not to sell it, especially at last moment. Properly restoring a Pierce Arrow, would have driven me crazy as I doubt I have the required amount of patience. No, It would have become a "Rat Rod" with wrong parts underneath the hood. The times today are so totally different, it's amazing. Walking through the cemetary and looking up the graves of his co-workers who were autogineer's , some of them have illustrations of classic cars on the gravemarkers.
| Wonderful story.|
I think there was an era when our forefathers could run mechanically wild, where allegiance to a certain brand was an important factor, where common sense was expected, where major problems were solved with a tool from the shed and a piece of wood, where the garage (and shed) contained the aroma of wonderful liquids and polishes...not forgetting the tools crafted with skill and pride...the tools that people crave for today, not just to use but to admire in pride of place on the living room mantelpiece !
Yes, my Grandad (like so many others) fell into all these categories and he was a joy to be around, he once built me a DC3 out of a pile of scrap metal...it didn't fly but it was great fun !
The funniest memory I have of him is, playing a piano- accordion whilst sitting facing backwards on a motorbike
going forwards !
I think it's called multi-tasking these days.
Steve - Rule Britannia, Britannia ruled the waves !
Keep those long rambling narratives coming. I love them.
| I came across an old english bicycle tool I want to identify....The tool seems to be a large hand held handled compound press.It is 18" long , the front stationary jaw has a 1/2" opening , the movable jaw has a round indention.You open it with the longer handle,it has a compound cam that closes it.The travel is about 1/2" , the stationary jaw has a thumb screw adjustment of another 1/2" or so....|
The reason I believe it's a bicycle tool is that on the end of the long handle thier is a picture of a bicycle in it ,above that it has "made in England"
Any info would be appreciated....Thank you,
| Could it possibly be a cotter press -- for pushing the threaded pins out that hold the crank arms on? |
| Might it be a chain pin extractor? The round indent in the movable jaw would be for a replacable push pin. The adjustment for how far you want to push the chain pin out. Park tool made these in the seventies. I don't care to use mine. Too fussy and over engineered.|
| 18" seems WAY too big for a chain tool. Can you store a photo on the net somewhere and post a link to it?|
| Its likely knockoff off a VAR cotterpin press. Rightsize and description but they're made in France.|
| Bicycle tools, vintage bicycle tools are a whole huge magical and mysterious world in itself. I sit here longing for a picture of this, wondering what it is that you have found. there were tons of tools, for all sorts of things, a variety of finishes and makers and it is amazing when you look thru the old catalogs. I have a passion for old bicycle tools. They are things that people do not let go of no matter what. You almost have to approach the corpse and pry it out of their clutches to get this stuff. It's strange. Congratulations! Please post a link to a photo and perhaps I can tell you what awesome little beauty you have. |