Monthly Archives: June 2019

Great weekend at the HUBB

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Another great long weekend at the Horizons Unlimited travellers’ meeting in the beautiful Breacon beacons. Seeing old friends and hammock converts was great, along with making many new ones too.

Duncan Gough provided some great insights to Spain, making me appreciate and reconsider my travel plans to and from Morocco.

Louisa Swaden (aka the existential biker) made me highly jellous of her impending land speed record attempt, and the extraordinary story of how that transpired through simple acts of helping people.

The lovely Tiffany Cotes had some tall tales from Borneo and Gav Bowen’s custom Bedford just blew me away. Wow! My good friend Igor Chernikov presented for the first time, and I only saw about 30% of what was there.

The trade stalls were great, especially Bison Bushcraft, with Roger Harrington doing a great knife safety session. One of his knives would make a great 50th birthday present, if anyone’s looking for ideas 🙂 I picked up some very useful tips there.

So check out a hubb meeting if you’ve any interest in travel. See the links page for details…

The big move

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A long 2 days on a farm in Surrey went very well. We finally got permission to relocate the inheritance machines, so I booked a transport firm and hotted off down south in a van. Good friends Bob and Igor came along to help.

At the farm Ken Hamilton was there to greet us with tea and the keys. There’s always been a warm welcome from Ken. 🙂

We called Graham Baker, an old friend of John’s who moves machines often. He’d offered to help out in John’s memory. Graham was brilliant, just what we needed. So we set to on the Bridgeport first, with the first hurdle getting it through the narrow door….

Left handers

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The crankshaft is taking shape, with the latest job being the left handed thread to hold the oil pump skew drive. It’s a left handed thread so that the resistance force acts to tighten the pump drive. That way it can’t come loose, which would be disastrous!!

Once the crankshafts are finished we’ll be in a position to press the bottom end together together.

Meanwhile our friendly pattern maker is paying us a visit on Sunday. We’re hoping to get him fully on board for the project (i.e. get a good price for the job!!).

Next week more machines will be arriving, lot’s going on at the moment 😁