original streeing wheel

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original streeing wheel

Post by speedboatstuart » Wed Dec 31, 2008 6:27 pm

Basically was wondering if the original steering wheel exhists and if so will it be repaired and reinstalled?

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Re: original streeing wheel

Post by sheppane » Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:19 am

The wheel does still exist, or at least a one quarter part of it. It was retained by Leo Villa, and then following his death in 79, passed on to his son together with the rest of his collection and subsequently sold at auction in 1992. It's location now is unknown, but suffice to say when the boat is rebuilt, a new wheel, of the same pattern will be required.
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Re: original streeing wheel

Post by tas » Thu Jan 01, 2009 1:16 pm

I remember a pic after the accident showing a large piece of sponson with the logo on it lying by a jetty, I'm assuming this is lost as I remember a diary entry mentioning new sponsons being made. So how much stuff was recovered in 67 that has now disappeared?

Have any people who bought parts at the auction in 92 come forward and given them back? I spose it would be a bit of a dilemma considering they paid out for them.
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Re: original streeing wheel

Post by Mike Bull » Thu Jan 01, 2009 3:14 pm

There'll be others with much more knowledge of this than me, but to give a rough idea- in '67 the whole bottom halves of both sponsons were recovered, along with pieces of their top coverings; some of the metalwork from in around her nose, including the steering box and steering column, with the part-wheel still attached; all but one short piece of the harness, cut from the wreck by the navy divers; the cockpit headrest; the cockpit seat; and of course those items of Donald's clothing which were stripped from him in the impact and plucked off the lake surface, along with Mr Whoppit.

It's so ironic that almost everything recovered in 1967 was subsequently lost to the mists of time, whereas if they'd stayed in the lake, they'd most likely be coming back to fully usable life in the workshop as we speak. :cry:

And then there are the few bits that have always remained elusive- I think Bill's favourite(!) is the instrument panel.

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Re: original streeing wheel

Post by Mike Bull » Thu Jan 01, 2009 6:44 pm

Personally I picture the very heavy gauge cases easily tearing out of the thin ally panel, and the whole lot scattering- but then again, maybe it's in one big ball of wreckage somewhere! :?

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Re: original streeing wheel

Post by speedboatstuart » Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:03 pm

Well lets be grateful that we have so much of the most adaptable and successful jet boat in history, lets face it the range she covered in speed record terms ,particularly water records is amazing and i doubt that anything built thereafter will ever match her . Most things built new today are not built to be adapted or improved on or they cant be improved . :)

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Re: original streeing wheel

Post by Renegadenemo » Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:20 pm

The instrument panel is most likely down there somewhere and I'm sure we'll have another look for it one day. It's also conceivable that it's got itelf completely buried. Some of the parts we recovered were barely visible and this can be annoying because the sonar can often see through the mud to a depth of several inches but there's nothing to look at on the cameras so you have to start digging.
I'm certain the instrument panel isn't on the impact site or in the main wreckage trail because we'd have found it so the most likely area is off to the north east somewhere because that's the only area we've not saturated. Another possibility is that it came up in 67. I tracked down the last man to see the sponsons and other bits before they were scrapped and he was certain there was a piece of scrap with clocks in it so it too may be long gone.
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Re: original streeing wheel

Post by speedboatstuart » Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:34 pm

A pity but part of down side of anything like this i suppose, when something like this happens at the time people dont think that someone will restore later on, a bit like babs when they decided to build over her at pendine before owen wyn owen decided to restore her. Just another hurdle. :roll:

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Re: original streeing wheel

Post by Mike Bull » Thu Jan 01, 2009 8:02 pm

Oh yes, I'd forgotten about the chap who claimed to have seen scrap with clocks in it. Bugger!

Oh well, I've done my best to help find you the new clocks and whatnot, and you never seem short of a bit of tin or two, so I'm sure we'll soon be able to whack a new panel together when the time comes! As for somewhere to hang the furry dice- i.e the canopy- good luck!!! :o

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Re: original streeing wheel

Post by James Von Jetpump » Tue Jan 06, 2009 10:16 pm

If I remember, there's another steering wheel at Filching, which I reckon is the same as the one fitted ? ... I reckon Fred Blois should be tasked with prying it from them .. :D

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