Friday, 22 March 2019

Starbuck FSJ Wagoneer

This is Starbuck, the FSJ (Allosaurus-F) Jeep.
You have seen him before in this blog. Like this, together with the Allosaurus and Flipje.

Sadly his master Karl passed away, so we'd like to give Starbuck a safe home in the Rusty collection. 
Starbuck will succeed our old J10 Allosaurus as a towing vehicle for the Sevens. I think he'll like that, the Sevens are tiny compared to Starbuck and he has been towing cars before.





Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Gritzner Extra sewing machine


This machine is not only a Gritzner, it is a Gritzner Extra!

Whatever that may signify, the "Extra" badge is proudly displayed all over the machine and the case.
There is a clear spider theme around too.
According to the Gritzner serial numbers database this machine was manufactured in 1925
Otherwise it is very similar to the common Gritzner R equivalent. 
 Vibrating shuttle and pretty decorations.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Wolseley Sunday Rainy run

Although it was a rainy sunday, we had a nice run in the Wolseley to the AGM of the Dutch Austin Morris Riley Wolseley register.
There was the usual unusual selection of cars. Larger cars. older models...
.. and later cars.
Amongst  the car club regalia we found a nice MGB handbook and even a cache of sewing machine manuals.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Mrs Jones Swan neck sewing machine

Sometimes you're lucky. I was certainly a lucky find pretty Mrs. Jones from  Guide Bridge, near Manchester.
 Though one of the legs is broken, the machine is mostly complete.
 All steel cogs prove that it is a fairly early machine
 The number would determine this old lady was manufactured ca. 1892

 " As supplied to H.R.H. Princess of Wales"
With some oil in the right places everything was running smoothly. Amazing quality. 
 Even the shuttle is still here.
Mrs Jones will need some additional fettling before she'll stitch again, but with the information available on the internet it should be possible.  The Fiddlebase website is a good start to read about these machines. 

Monday, 25 February 2019

Best Wintersport in the sun

 The best wintersport..
 On a sunny day...
 ..is horsing around

 ..in a kayak.









Saturday, 16 February 2019

Mgb leaky clutch slave cylinder

 It was a nice early Spring day, but the Mg wouldn't play..
The slave cylinder was leaking.  Though I'd changed the seal in 2016 it was very wet and ugly.
Even out of the car it made a mess.
New cylinder in place and bled hydraulics. Now we have a sweetly engaging clutch.  


Monday, 21 January 2019

Jeep XJ Baby Wagoneer: Bearing, stumble and lock tricks

With snow and frost you can expect some problems with uncooperative locks, but the driver's doorlock wasn't just frozen it was so worn out the key got stuck in. At the same time one of the wheel bearings started rumbling and the engine ran uneven at idle. This happened just before the annual test, so it needed fixing soon.
 The lock cam out with a little persuasion. There was a lot of dirt and rust inside.
Cleaning out the lock and removing a few broken parts got the lock to work adequately again. 
 
Here it is ready to go back in again. 
Now it was time to start on the new bearing. These come as a complete hub assembly.
 After removing the brake pads, caliper and disk I could reach the three bolts to remove the assembly.
This is the rusty old hub. With the assembly out it was easy to hear the bearing was bad.

Though the picture is blurred the three holes for the bolts are visible here.
 Here we have the new hub in place.

 This is the Idle air valve. It could be the cause of the irregular idle.
It was dirty, so I took it out and cleaned the valve. The car runs smoothly now.