After raking through my disgrace of a tool box at home and armed with an eclectic selection of spanners, gemmies, jacks and bits of wood I gave battle with the beast – if fought but finally it yielded the field to me
In the words of Jerome K. Jerome and aptly from Three Men In A Boat “I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours” – Well done D pity about the housemaids knee!
DylanWhat could possibly be more important than watching someone do surgery on their engine?Bob
where do I start – its a long list
you’re looking like a hardened pro to me Dylan……..a hardened pro who doesn’t know what to do next granted, but a hardened pro none the less. Well done!
stumbing around in the metaphorical darkness that is for sure
Ahhhh! the memories of the good ol’ days keeping the Morry Thou on the road – grease in the nails and lots of spanner rash! I admire your bravery. Good luck for the rebuild.
Bill from Godsown
In the days of my youth when I was forever underneath the bonnet of a Triumph Spitfire I found it impossible to do any kind of engineering job without doing serious injury to my hands. A wrong sized spanner would slip off the odd sized nut and I would find myself inadvertantly punching the engine block. The good news is that, thanks to the abundance of filthy grease and grit around, the bleeding would be limited. The bad news is that it hurt like hell, but this would take my mind off small inconveniences like knees… Wuss…BTW – By the look of it I’m sure if you took those mountings to a decent motor factor you might find that they have perfectly good mountings that would do the trick on the shelf. After all they are only there to keep the beast in place and provide vibration insulation. Could save a few bob…
my hands ache now – knees recovering. rubber gloves help to keep hands clean –
as for the mounts – even better than a motor factor I have a KTL sailor who is goign to make some up to fit – Bless you Alan.
I sometimes wonder if your wives know that you spend your computer time watching an old bloke with a double chin fighting with engines
the web continues to amaze me
I’m glad you didn’t have to do this work with my friend Jerry. He’s my best friend and good mechanic. I’ve worked on many engines and mechanical thing with him over the course of more than 30 years, but to this day he still loses bolts or nuts or a tool or some other such thing and then turns to me and says “where did YOU put it!”
Dnext time you visit a garden centre buy a pair of foam lined kneepads. My other secret weapon is a green plastic stool with a yellow seat which inverts and becomes a foam lined kneeler. Aldi have them on offer at the moment. Another essential on a boat are magnetic dishes for nuts and bolts. If I had a penny for everytime I’ve had to retrieve nuts or spanners from the bilges I’d have a right pile of pennies!K
The big magnets that were on the old gramaphone speakers also make great nut,bolt washer retainers!
Being upside down and rummaging in the engine space always bring back unpleasant memories. Did your knuckles survive intact? Best of luck with the rebuild. ;)
My heart goes out to you. Having just finished installing my engine (Perkins 4-108), after removal and a complete rebuild, I understand. I think all installations now use a combination of metric, SAE, UNF, UNC and any other nut and bolt you can get hold of, so you’d better have a very diverse set of spanners. ” Anyone got a metric adjustable out there??”I have yet to reconnect all fuel lines, all electric lines, but the engine is lined up with the transmission etc.
By the way, my wife loves watching these with me!
I did lose a lot of sailing because of the engine… but all water under the bridge. I am bound to encounter problems on a journey this long.
Best not force wives to watch films about fixing engines