Thursday, 22 March 2018

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Singer 127K 1925.

Another accidental find, this 1925 Singer 127K built in 1925. Very similar to our 28K, but with a longer bed and this being a later machine the bobbin winder is mounted in a higher position.
 Most of the decals are still in good condition.
The machine is complete and the shuttle is in place. Top and bottom threads were still in place and the machine stitches really well. I wonder how long ago this machine was used for the last time. Must be a while as the seller never even tried the machine.
 Clever bobbin winder.
Lots of atachments. I think I need to find out how to use them. Just because they are there.
 There's even a "Jumbo" Zigzag attachment.
 Very clear instructions.
 How about this instruction manual?

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Singer 66K 1927

 Here's another large box.
 It covers a nice, but incomplete Singer 66K
 The machine itself is complete. There is even this nice sewing light.
The machine is in nice condition too. The decals and lacquer are well preserved.
Compared to the 99K in the back this 66K is much bigger. Otherwise they are very similar as the 99 is considered the compact version of the 66.  The rest of the differences are caused by the different years of production.
 According to the serial number database this machine was built in 1927
 Decals are more elaborate than the later 99K
The Singer medallion is also a bit bigger on the 66K
Sadly the pedal is missing as are the cords. What is there looks a bit scary, so getting the motor to run will take some improvisation.
Internally the 99 and 66 are identical. It looks very simple, but strong.

Singer 99k from Denmark

The ad showed only one partial photo of a machine in its case. But it turned out to be another good one.  Singer 99K, 1955.
 The case itself is nice enough.
 But inside I found a very clean machine. A family heirloom.
 The lady who sold the machine had brought it here from Denmark.
This is the second versuin of the 99k, with the sliding lever to adjust the stitch length and "Back tack" function.  Serial number tells us it was built in 1955. So it is a late black machine as the grey aluminium version came out in 1958.
The manual is Danish, but I can guess  what the advertising is trying to tell the new owner.
 I wonder if the Danish Singer company can still provide service and part for my machine.
 There were some interesting attachments with this machine.
Even though the cables are old, after connecting it all the machine worked perfectly.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Dutch Austin Morris Riley Wolseley Agm

Snow and storm were forecast,  so we took the Mg to transport us to the annual general meeting.  Despite the cold weather there was a good selection of nice old cars.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Wolseley 18/85s clutch master cylinder repair

I noticed that the fluid level in the master clutch cylinder was dropping a little. there was dirt and fluid at the back of the master cylinder, while the slave was clean and dry. Time to change the seal on the master. After removing the master cylinder I could see a proper mess.
 After cleaning the master cylinder looked much better. Even the bore showed no scoring or pitting.
 Here you see the internal parts and the old seal
 The repair kit came with all the new seals I needed.
 After reassembly it looked like a "new" clutch master cylinder.
Refitting was easy and after bleeding the clutch worked as good as a new one.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Spring day run

 Even though the sun did not come out to play much, weather was nice enough to visit a Cars & coffee event in the Orange Mgb. 
There was an interesting collection of old  and interesting cars.
Even tractors and  an old motorbike. 
When we arrived home weather was still so nice, that we decided to get the Wolseley out for a little drive. What a smooth car!

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Double strike: Anker RR and Singer 15 treadle sewing machine

Sometimes you are lucky twice. We went to collect this beautiful Anker. And found there was a nice Singer Treadle machine available too. With exactly the style of cast iron base I was looking for. 
 The Anker came with a dated bill of sale. 1956!
And the user manual. With instructions on how to befriend your new sewing machine.
To haul the Singer up the stairs it came apart in three manageable parts. 
Here is the completed machine. Very pretty. 
Serial number with C prefix tells us it was built in Germany between 1908 and 1940, but exact dating is more complicated as production records were lost. But this webpage at Toolfool suggests our machine was probably built in 1910.