Friday, 7 December 2018

Essex Miniature Sewing machine

Inside this rather small box you'll find a fully functional sewing machine. As it is a small machine it was often used as a toy but it is a very useful portable sewing machine. 
This sewing machine makes a very simple chain stitch and was manufactured from 1946 to 1956 by the Essex Engineering Works. The design was based on the Singer 20 model. This one might have had an electric motor at some time or other, but it works very well with the handcrank now. 

This is the rear. You can see were the electric motor was fitted to the base.
As you can see the manual refers to the "Essex Mark II electric portable".
I threaded the machine as per the manual and it made a perfect chain stitch without any adjustments.
Because of the chain stitch there is no need for a lower thread bobbin. The hook catches the thread and loops the thread around itself. Very simple and very clever.

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Jeep XJ Baby Wagoneer heater valve failure

Our Baby Wagoneer has actually been very good and has proved to be a very reliable car but this time something actually broke, but it broke when I arrived home. Still it was a wet and steamy mess when the plastic part of the heater valve broke and dumped a lot of water over the engine. In the picture above the arrow convenietnly points on the broken connection.
I considered buying a new valve, but I wasn't convinced the plastic new part would be of good enough quality to last, so I opted for another kind of valve as used with domestic heaters. Of course I lost the option of the vacuum operated system, but it is a very sturdy piece of iron and brass, so I expect this to last a while at least.
Here it is fitted in place of the plastic valve. I found that probably I could have just used a straight piece of hose in stead as the heater controls inside the car seem to deliver hot or cold air as before. even with this valve completely open. Maybe in a hot summer I'll want to close it. Oh well, at least it looks suitably industrial.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Gritzner TS Sewing machine

According to the serial number this Gritzner sewing machine was manufactured in 1899 or even 1900. 
 Nice Gritzner badge.
 Mother of pearl inlays might make this a luxury version.
 These mother of pearl inlays seem to have been applied a little haphazardly.
 This wheel and crank unit is very similar to the version on the later R.




Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Burg Dynometer

A while ago I posted about the Tapley meter . I was surprised and delighted to be given another similar device from another manufacturer. This is the Burg Dynometer. Complete with instruction leaflet. It works in a similar way to the Tapley, but is smaller. I was told someone wrote "keep off" on the box in 1979, so it could be no one touched this meter since 1979.
A good view of the dial despite the air bubble. The meter can be mounted to the windscreen with a suction cup and should be mounted so the hand is at the 0 position then you adjust the yellow indicator near the hand. Then you can drive the car and accellerate or decellerate and the hand will move the in dicator so you can read deceleration or acceleration force.
The body is painted in an attractive "Off White"


Singer 66 1914' Daten-Kontrollbuch"

This is an interesting item. It is a "Daten-Kontrollbuch" dated 1914. It registered in detail the fact that a customer bought a brand new Singer 66D to the sum of 165 German Marks. He made a downpayment of 8 M. and a monthly payment of 5 M. was agreed.

This a a similar machine to the one the book refers to. A Singer 66. This one is a 66K manufactured in Scotland. In stead of the German manufactured 66D.
 The machine was paid in installments buying stamps to various amounts,
It is not clear if the full amount was due was met, but in the back of the book there was more information on how to have the machine repaired in case of breakage.
The back cover shows the familiar Singer logo.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Friday, 5 October 2018

Wire to steel: MGB Axle and wheel swap part two


In my last post The axle was off and I was ready to move the new axle in place. Now it is all done and the Blue MGB rolls on a nice set of RoStyles.  
 But first the new axle needs to be fitted. Here the old and new together.
 Rolling the axle under the car.
 With one leaf spring shackle disconnected the wider Axle can be jacked in position.
 New rubber seals on the bearing caps
 Everything possible is smothered in anti corrosion grease.
 Of course the axle is fixed with new spring U-bolts.
 Cleaned up the back plates fitted too.
 New brake pipes and flares made up
 and ready for fitting
 Hubs fitted and new rear wheel cylinders in place.
 And shoes looking good
 With the rear axle fitted and the brakes bled and adjusted I could finally try out the new axle. All's well. It just looks a bit strange with the odd combination of wheels.
 So we move to the front of the car to fit the front hubs with new bearings, seals and brake discs.
 And while we're at it, why not new calipers too?
 Now we' re done. Even though the MGB is strictly one year too old the Rostyles look good. 
 Now we're left with a pile of old bits.
 Compare the new(top) to the old wheels.