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  1. Thnak you, Phil! Yes, that last is a favourite film/play scenario. I example some naval stories but I mean the lowly character who takes charge. EG The Admirable Crichton, The Cruel Sea, In Which We Serve, etc. etc
  2. In the BBC prog, EE, we can see that the name of the man who held these certificates was "Dymond", first name 'Frank'. Close up of book, 16 minutes in. BUT! I never knew how the Titanic disaster was so minutely documented! The Wiki page details every lifeboat! And includes a picture of the man who commanded Lifeboat 13, Frederick Barrett, who could easily be the man whose phot was shown on the Repair Shop prog! From Wiki, Fred Barrett From BBC prog, Frank Dymond Do you think they could be the same? But no! I searched and found, also on the Wiki, the Titanic crew list, that includes Frank Dymond, and lists him as being on Lifeboat 15 (which was nearly lowered INTO No.13, I read.) Fireman Frank Dymond dsn't get his own page in the Wiki, an extraordinary omission, given the enormous detail on others involved. But it becomes obvious that many lifeboats were commanded by FIremen, from the Engineering Dept. Somehow I had the idea that a lifeboat would be commanded by an officer (too many WW2 films, perhaps) but there were only eight officers on the Titanic, so inevitably it was seamen and engineering hands who were detailed to take them in charge. I think I should apologise to Firemen Barret and Dymond, for calling them stokers. They were obviously experienced, capable and trusted seamen, whose successful commands saved many lives that night. John
  3. Clearly the Bad Obsession Boys agree with you,Nick! See their next to most recent post at https://www.facebook.com/badobsessionmotorsport/ EE, "The only cigars with Six Appeal"! if it wasn't tobacco, that would make me love 'em JOhn
  4. And forgive me too, Phil, but a "deckie", a 'deckhand', a marine labourer, on the bridge, in charge of the engine controls? Or is this an engineer's term for anyone who can see the sea from where they work? Last night's "Repair Shop" BBC TV prog featured the book of "Certificates of Discharge" of a fireman (a stoker?) who was on the Titanic when it went down! He was about to go on duty when the iceberg hit, and he was at his lifeboat station in what he would wear for the stokehold, overalls and little else. He took command of a lifeboat (would a 'mere' stoker have done that?) and despite the freezing weather was rescued nearly 24 hours later with all 65 people who were in his boat. The presenters were impressed by the story, which deserved its own programme, but it was mostly about restoring the falling-apart record book. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0010sbz
  5. Just seen the latest from Project Binky. Well not exactly the latest, their trip to Weston Park was in August, but I've not seen it before. Nor seen Binkie on any sort of road, and yes, those wheels do stick out just a cheeky bit! I can recall Minis with wheel spacers that were considerd extravagent, I may have had oen, but these are beyond that to profligate. Apart from that (as they said to Mrs. Lincoln) it looks as they intended, a Mini. Not stretched or bloated, just a Mini. Well done! John
  6. I don't understand (clearly!), when Phil said 10 bar was " normal condition" but Phil will explain.
  7. The Yanks love to refer to "Freeze plugs" as if they will protect the engine if you forget the antifreeze in a frost. It's good to know that some 'burst plugs' actually work! But it burst at 130bar, when normal condition is 100? Is that a bit low? What's the Factor of Safety in marine engine usage? In aviation it's usually 1.5, and for engines, I've seen 6-8! On your new job,. A friend, very senior in civil engineering, got cross with me when I complained about being too much involved with the management of my hospital. "Doctors want to treat patients!" I said. He pointed out that as one rose in the career ladder, doing what you trained to do became secondary to actually running the business, hospital or ship! Look on it as post-grad training, a gift from your company! John
  8. If it has an overdrive, micheal, it's not an autobox!
  9. Recently, a friend posted a pic of his new Covid vacination card, the little blue one, showing thatbhe had had his booster jab. I congratulated him, and then posted: The little card is nice to have, but won't get you into a pub, let alone on board an aircraft! Too easy to forge. Get the NHS App, which will access your GP database and show your Covid Vaccination Status: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-app/ It will show your NHS Covid Pass, that is acceptred for EU travel. Here's mine: And I posted a screen grab of that page from the NHS App, to show what it shows. This morning, Facebook tell me that they have removed my comment, "because it is spam". I have disputed this and they say they will review their decision, but it whose world is my post Spam for goodness sake? Nor objectionable in anyone's social view. Madness. JOhn
  10. Not from 1954, but more recently. Glass cylinder heads:
  11. Here's a wheeze! Transparent dizzy caps! I can find them for Minis and VWs, there's a video of one on a Spitfre engine: But I can't find mayone selling them. Nearest is this: https://www.jpproducts.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=clear+transparant+stock+top+mount+distributor+cap.+fits+bosch+distributor+ac905500+0001581802+0001582802+0003980665+043905207+04709490522+049905207+8191200506&amnoroute but strangely they don't say wht they weill fit. Those mya be for a Bosch Dizzy. JOhn
  12. I think they all do, Michael. The 35 was a unit fitted to many models, of many marques, and each had its own seperate bell. Unlike the monolithic, nay boulder-like, manual 'box Triumph fitted to the 2.5's! John
  13. The video was the work of John Linney, if you would like to congratulate him: https://www.facebook.com/john.linney JOhn
  14. Only been in one once, a trip out to the gas rigs in Morecambe Bay, to assess their medical facilities. They showed us a training video first of a helicopter cabin that could be tipped into a swimming pool to simulate ditching. Scarey enough, but then I had to put on a dry suit and wear a life jacket! The rig was three platforms close together enough for bridges between, but for some reason they hadn't built one yet, and there were helipads on both end platforms. We landed on one, made our visit and were ready to go home. The pilot said he would take off and fly to the other helipad to pick up someone else going ashore. I thought that the chopper would go up, go across, and then down again, but no! We set off, away from the rig, and went into a tight turn to get back to the other helipad, Really tight. Really, really tight! I could look sideways out of the cabin and see nothing but sea, although we were still really close to the rig. I didn't know choppers could do that! Don't wnat to do it again!
  15. It was a while ago that some state was sending rockets up into the stratosphere over Finland, all for atmospheric research. The rockets would come down somewhere in Lapland, so they arranged for the Sumi people the original Lapps, who follow their nomadic reindeer across the tundra, to be helicoptered out, to keep them safe. Until it was pointed out that the chance of dying in the chopper was manytimes greater than being topped by a falling rocket, Lapland being rather big and sparsely populated. John
  16. It's bad enough that there aren't any HGV drivers, now Santa will be behind schedule.
  17. Just watched! Wow, good race! Next year, in America! John
  18. Wow, great stuff! Wish I'd been there! Next year, in America! John
  19. "steeply up hill to you seat" I flew on one of those, no idea what it was, and nothing so exotic as Gabarone! It was from Blackpool to Belfast. The same steep uphill to the front, where I sat with my nose level with the crew's bums, and looking straight at the weather radar screen. All I could see out was sky. We dropped into the Isle of Man on the way, and I got a taxi into Belfast for a medical conference on trauma (!) On the way, the radio crackled, "They've found Seamus, he's ok and his car!". I had to ask. "Oh, the boys took him for a ride. Nothing personal, thanks be to God!" So unlike the home life of our own dear North West!
  20. OK, it's out now, thanks to Nick, and on sale, so if anyone wants a BW 35 autobox, please see: http://ebay.us/NqBurl?cmpnId=5338273189 Thanks, John PS Nick, if it sells, I owe you a drink!
  21. Nick, you are the man! I asked elsewhere, and got lots of advice, from "hit it, hard" to "weld a slide hammer onto it"!! But a bolt screwed in, and it just slid off! Easily! BUT! The recess in the crank is so deep that a bolt with 45mm of thread (nearly 2", for the unmetricated) is needed! And the recess in the hub of the flywheel is already 35mm deep(more than an inch!). Luckily, I had some long 5/16 bolts, and could cut extra thread on one. Some copper ease and as said, it just slides off, nice and easy. Here it is as it came off, showing the extent of the bolt. John
  22. Ok, I can see that if the thread is in the flywheel, and the small bolt bottoms in the back of the crank, then screwing it in will push the flywheel off. Currently looks like this, I'll try it tomorrow, because now I'm indoors, G&T in hand, waiting for the Turkish GP to start! Go, Lewis! And go, George and Lando!
  23. Yes, it's 5/16 UNF and about an inch deep. Good anchorage, but how to use it to pull the flywheel off? It just seems to bottom in the hole, I'm loathe to put a lot of wellie onto it. And, it occurs to me that there isn't such a bore in the back of a crank that has a normal box. I need to get this flywheel off and see the bunny!
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