Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pulleys & Blocks

Pulleys and blocks I've found around the farm or picked up at sales. All variations on a theme. None have manufacturer's names or marks.

The one below has its two halves held together by a steel pin secured by a cotter pin, so that you can split it apart to thread the rope over the pulley.

I especially like the looks of the next one:

Below, how the can be used to "advantage":

Garden City newspaper print-setting room, 1925

Maureen Madden (Editor).  Letchworth Recollections.  Egon Publishers Ltd., 1995.
Photograph's over--back to work!

Monday, March 27, 2017

1972 Fury

looks a bit light in the front end. I think the old boat deserves a 4 bbl 440...

Parts of a Modern Typewriter (Remington-Rand), 1953

The New World Family Encyclopedia.  Standard International Library, 1953.
The Remington company was the first to use the QWERTY keyboard, having purchased the design in 1873 from Christopher Sholes.  Two years after the picture above was published, Remington-Rand was bought by Sperry, eventually becoming part of Unisys.

Cool World War II Cover Art: The Waiting Game, 1974

First published in 1961 by Peter Davies Ltd., the first Mayflower edition was in 1970 and reprinted in 1974.  Cover illustration is by Chris Mayger (1919-1994), whose many works include The Sinking of the Titanic.  Alexander Fullerton (1924-2008) served in a battleship (HMS Queen Elizabeth) and a submarine (HMS Seadog) during World War II.  He was a prolific author.

The Waiting Game is a tense story of a British submarine's mission to enter enemy waters off of Norway to rescue important Resistance fighters being pursued by the Gestapo.  It's a page-turner!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Moto Guzzi V700 project progress

 This is one of my ongoing motorcycle projects, it arrived close to twenty years ago, minus front end and front fender, minus cylinderheads... I finally acquired a complete front end a few years ago, cylinder heads were found and rebuilt last year, it's getting closer! This bike was last licensed in 1971, possibly taken off the road after an accident, this rebuild is long overdue.

But good progress this winter. Frame is painted, front end is checked, cleaned and painted with new fork seals installed.  The whole fork is now (loosely) installed with new steering head bearings. 

Bearings checked, seals and gaskets replaced, new paint...

Assembled and ready to go. This is the last big chunk to be installed, after engine and transmission are in place. 
The engine is assembled and ready, transmission checked and seals replaced... this feels good!  Things to buy include mufflers, sidepanels and a better dual seat.  Below, the before pic... a long time ago.

Vickers Viscount production line, Hurn, England 1955

Oxford Junior Encyclopaedia.  Volume VIII.  Engineering.  Oxford University Press, 1955.

Not quite like the American aircraft factories, is it?  Looks like almost everyone's off having a cuppa'.




Sidecar Sunday

Helmut Fath

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sheet alminum motorcycle frame

 Seen at the 2016 Mid Ohio Vintage meet, someone's interesting idea of a sheet aluminum monoshock frame with a bolted on headstock.