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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by rob565uk » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:53 pm

Dominic Owen wrote:Here's a little snap my dad took back in the 50's. With his back to the flash, eyes screwed shut and hands over them, he said that he could see the bones in his hands like an x-ray and had a hot blast rush past him. He was perfectly safe, however, as he had his back to it and had the collar of his short-sleeved shirt turned up. :roll:
The seemingly casual exposure of service personnel to the effects of nuclear weapons in the early days is, in my opinion, a national scandal. I am sure the full side-effects were not fully understood, but there is no doubt in my mind that the personnel were being used as guinea pigs and that the "powers that be" had more than a suspicion that the effects they were researching were potentially highly damaging.

I was never exposed to any actual weapon tests. My ABC training in the late 1960s was strictly limited to that essential for MN personnel only. Thank the Lord.....

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by sbt » Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:23 pm

To continue with the slight digression:

a) I can confirm that considerably more care is taken these days.

b) What was ABC (Atomic, Biological and Chemical) became NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) and is now CBRN (Chemical. Biological, Radiological and Nuclear).

That 'R' is the risk that Richie unwittingly exposed himself to. R and N were separated in order to emphasise that not all Radiological material comes from Nuclear Weapons, witness the demise of Alexander Litvinenko and the recent concern about the loss of a medical source in Mexico.

Just in case, I hope you have informed your GP Richie - so it can go on your medical records and he can consider whether any precautions, such as screening for aftereffects at intervals, are appropriate.

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Richie » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:28 am

Yeah it's all documented but the risk was described as negligible....
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Post by Renegadenemo » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:26 am

Yeah it's all documented but the risk was described as negligible....
And let's not forget the lottery that is human physiology. Plenty of centenarians celebrate their telegram from the Queen by lighting a ciggie from the candles on their birthday cake whilst non-smoking children die of lung cancer. I know a bloke in his mid seventies who will tell you how to machine asbestos on the lathe and I've met divers who could bend themselves in the bath as others survive emergency ascents from 100m.
Richie is somewhat lesser in stature than me and proportionally younger so even when his radium-induced cancer is in remission from the latest drug therapies he'll still be able to dance a jig around my wheelchair full of prolapsed discs.

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Post by Richie » Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:10 am

Work continues on the carrier, one thing I learned from the military vehicle collectors is that there are a lot of pirates and down right thieving gits about ! There are very few people you can trust and I believe this is why the fraternity are very cloak and dagger ( as per my initial post here)

Here we have the engine from my carrier as purchased, this image was taken in Canada:-
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It is a 1939 99T (A) motor it is the 100hp 24stud lump known as the merc unit (mercury). I was told at the time it had seized from standing. The motor came home and I noticed the heads had been off so I knew from there it would be a full strip and rebuild rather than a free off and start up. I poured automatic gearbox fluid down the bores as this oil has good penetrating properties and is good for rust busting. The engine was left to soak for months and months to no avail.

I found someone down south who offered to rebuild the engine along with three others that were getting done at the time, so I accepted and farmed the job out.... I fastened everything back on the unit and off it went. A few months past and I got a call to go collect the gearbox, however when I picked it up I noticed my war dated cast gearbox case had been swapped for a post war ford pilot gearbox (worth bupkis compared to my original) I challenged the chap in a nice way and the matter was put down to an honest mistake..... Meanwhile images were being sent back regarding my engine which I noticed had been pulled apart on the floor....a no no in my book, all the rods and caps were mixed up and overall the work was not what I would have done.... This made me rather uncomfortable and so the engine was rescued..... Well a pile of bits were rescued. My engine is missing a load of bits now, the internals from my carb missing, distributor missing.... The list goes on !

NO NO NO !!!!!!! Each to their own but I pull a rod put the cap back on and number it..... These all came back mixed up
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Here is the stuck piston, block upside down direct onto the concrete.....sigh
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Anyway I took a kicking and now I have a rebuild which the costs will shatter my kneecaps ! The mains and big ends are not to clever, the centre main is shot, so it's a crank re grind and new shells,
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I managed to secure some new rings so there's a start I guess.

Any engine rebuild I have done in the past I always replace the head studs, for the A series stuff I used to replace them with ARP ones. So I set about removing the studs, unlike the chap who was going to rebuild the engine who I might add used mole grips on the studs, I prefer to use two nuts and then dial the stud out the block. Now this is my first v8 build and my first thoughts on the engine is that it's a hunk of S##*..... When they made the cast the drilled the stud holes right into the water jacket !!!!! Clowns !!!!! So I am sure you can imagine that stud plus water = rust ! The studs themselves are as soft as toffee and when I went to dial a number of them out they snapped down to the block. I took the remaining studs out with application of heat and paraffin wax with no incident, however I then had to put the studs back in and slide the head back on which I then used as a guide to drill out the snapped studs.

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The block is sat on ply wood here

Once drilled out I had to tap the holes
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Note the snapped stud above between the two pots....complete with snapped easy out.

Then I added the helicoil
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I left the helicoil slightly low in case I need to deck the block.

And that was that, I now need to find somewhere to clean the block for me. Then I need to save up for all the missing bits

Carb
Distributor
Mains
Big ends
Crank re grind
Oil pump rebuild kit
New head studs
Gasket set
Two water pump rebuild kits
Fuel pump
Coil and generator.

I will no doubt need to get a loan as I won't save in time for the show in July 2014 which I want to the carrier to go to.
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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by rob565uk » Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:02 am

More interesting info there Richie. It sounds like you rescued your engine in the nick of time. From what you say, the gearbox was overhauled, but I guess you won't have been able to test it really yet?

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Richie » Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:52 pm

Yeah however when I got my original cast box back I rebuilt the thing myself, it's a pretty straight forward four speed straight cut dog box
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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Andrew453 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 2:19 pm

Slightly off topic, but couple of pages back Bill mentioned his Uncle Phil and his experiences on the Arctic convoys, in particular the sinking of the RFA fleet oiler Gray Ranger. Here are a couple of pics of the the ship taken by a Dundee photographer at her 1941 launch at the Caledon Shipyard and steaming down the Tay on her builder's trials.
The curious box-like structure forward and canvas screens along the well deck were camouflage. Hard to tell what the intention was - perhaps they wanted to make her appear like an old American Laker.
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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by sbt » Sat Dec 21, 2013 3:06 pm

Andrew453 wrote:The curious box-like structure forward and canvas screens along the well deck were camouflage. Hard to tell what the intention was - perhaps they wanted to make her appear like an old American Laker.
It may simply have been to make her look less like what she was, a Fleet Oiler. Tankers were priority targets anyway but a Fleet Oiler tells the enemy that there are warships in the area and makes her even more of a priority as sinking her would make keeping the escort around more difficult.

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Re: Richie's Little Tank

Post by Richie » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:14 pm

Well I thought I best get my backside into the garage today as the countdown clock for W&P is always ticking !!! I wanted to mok up the engine deck to make sure everything lines up as it should.... For the better part it does, but there are areas which will need a tweak or two, which is understandable given the length of time it has been hanging inside the carrier, or lying in the cold Canadian snow !
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The front part seems ok, and I had not realised I had some of the curved air deflector left so it was a nice suprise to fin I only need to graft two short sections onto each end !

Inside the engine bay was another matter
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For starters the deck has been snapped at some point and shoddily welded back together, this is not really an issue as I can sharp weld it back again. The lower rail for this side I only have a third of it left so will need to make the rest to graft onto it.

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The other rail is complete and bolted in spot on ! Just need to tweak the posts from the top deck, as you can see they have both sprung.

I sat and tried to remember what goes where on the top cover..... Any ideas ?
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