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Tip: Store it in a jar of Jet Fuel.
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Mike Bull wrote:For me, the near-mint survival of items like the fuel filter just proves that it was the right decision to bring the whole machine back out of the mud (15 years ago yesterday, as it happens) and get her going again.
Good point.

Things like this have time and again vindicated the original decision.

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Amazing survival (Fuel filter pic of the day). Is that the original 'O' ring too? Proper industrial archaeology.
The O ring on my bathroom sink plug fails every 12 months, I wish I could find one that will last 50 years.
Yes, that's the original o-ring and it's in mint condition. We might even put it back. The water brake is currently on its original o-rings too but if you keep your finger on the down switch for a bit too long it weeps oil onto the ram. (there's no way to see from the cockpit when the ram is down and no indicator either but the pump just keeps on pushing) In all probability it always leaked and no one cared so what do we do now? leave it original and never show it off? leave it original and leave an oily stain on the lake that's really only a single drop of oil spread out forever but which sends the 'Save the Swan' club into a frenzy? Or do we redesign the sealing so there's never a slick and we can show people what they might've seen had they been lucky enough to have been on the lake shore in January 67?

It might be time for me to start breeding swans instead of chickens, though they're a very big bird and pushing one where it must surely go when dealing with the do-good halfwits could prove beyond my strength... :lol:
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The latest pic of the hot air cap off would have been a perfect heat source for the cockpit surely???
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Black Knight wrote:The latest pic of the hot air cap off would have been a perfect heat source for the cockpit surely???
Only if you want to cook the pilot...
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Not sure how hot the delivery air is in the Orph' but it's bled for anti-icing so it must be pretty hot. I'll look it up next week.
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Renegadenemo wrote: In all probability it always leaked and no one cared so what do we do now? leave it original and never show it off? leave it original and leave an oily stain on the lake that's really only a single drop of oil spread out forever but which sends the 'Save the Swan' club into a frenzy? Or do we redesign the sealing so there's never a slick and we can show people what they might've seen had they been lucky enough to have been on the lake shore in January 67?
Bringing any machine back to safe operational condition as opposed to a static non-working museum exhibit must inevitably mean some compromises with 'original fabric' (Bluebird's engine for example). 'Flying Scotsman' has had the front quarter of her worn out frames/mis-aligned centre cylinder replaced (and returned to original specification within a few thou). But the 'soul' or 'spirit' of the machine is still there.

Will the water brake need to be used during the low (100 mph) speed proving runs? Wasn't the original brake fitted as insurance against the danger of running out of lake at 300 mph? If the water brake is not required for operational/safety purposes at 100mph I would be inclined to leave it as original.
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Black Knight wrote:The latest pic of the hot air cap off would have been a perfect heat source for the cockpit surely???
The smell of kerosene would extinguish the pilot. Mmmmmnnnnn.
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Will the water brake need to be used during the low (100 mph) speed proving runs? Wasn't the original brake fitted as insurance against the danger of running out of lake at 300 mph? If the water brake is not required for operational/safety purposes at 100mph I would be inclined to leave it as original.
Would be nice to see it working - no one knows anything about it so there's much to learn for the sake of an o-ring here and there. As it happens, I had one of the world's foremost hydrodynamicists and boat designers on the phone recently asking about it as his starting point to design an up to date equivalent for a modern-day craft.
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Techteam wrote:
Black Knight wrote:The latest pic of the hot air cap off would have been a perfect heat source for the cockpit surely???
The smell of kerosene would extinguish the pilot. Mmmmmnnnnn.

:lol:
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