Discussion in 'Heritage Rolling Stock' started by olly5764, Apr 10, 2021.
Health comes first Ian. Take care and I hope you feel better soon.
What they said. Health comes first - hope you feel better soon
And I'm back again, thanks to everyone who sent me messages wishing me well, I am on the mend, and also less busy so I've had chance to catch up with the Wagon lads.
the two wagons in the shed have been for a spin on the magic roundabout to allow access to what was the rock side of the wagon for some attention there.
98480 is coming back together, now regaining her end uprights and having the remaining brake hanger riveted back on. The brake push rods have received new swiss cheese ends welded on and drilled, these will be residing in the tin shed for a while longer though as a fairly sizable chunk needs to come off the chassis for repair before they can go back on.
I was having an "Oh yeah, I've not done that bit yet" kind of day on Saturday, part of which involved drilling out the hole in the long brake handle cross shaft, which, like everything else on the old girl, was decidedly pear shaped, some head scratching followed as said shaft would not fit between the arm of the radial drill and the floor!
83831 has been on the receiving end of some attention with a scrubbing brush (To remove the greenery) wire brush and some green primer, the bodywork on this wagon being not to bad, hopefully just some minor work needed on the brakes etc, although she does appear to need some attention to her springs.
Hopefully I will have another report soon,
Great to have you back Ian and great to hear you are on the mend-look after yourself and keep up the progress. Thanks for the wagon reports we've missed them!
Last Saturday saw most of the effort going into 98480, this overhaul has taken a while owing to being a big job and spending much of it's time on the back burner with bits being chipped away at here and there, this week, the attention turned to the brake push rods, these have had new 'Swiss cheese' ends made and welded on, and needed the single hole on the other end of the rod opening out to take a bush, the plan being for me to make the bushes for these at the same time as doing the brake handle cross shaft, meaning I can make a batch of 9 rather than just making one, much more productive (As any machinist on here will know)
Drilling these holes out to round them back up is always a pain, you are never quite able to hold the whole thing, the upper side is flexing all over the place, the hole is oval so keeps snagging the drill, and that drill just wants to take the line of least resistance, that easiest line seemed to be to just grab hold of the push rod, and, as it was held firmly in the vice, jam and spin in the spindle. After a few cycles of this, I finally decided to check if the drill was actually sharp, and didn't just have a shiny front face, guess what?
Much cursing and swearing later, and a trip to the grinder, and surprise surprise, the drill behaved like a different tool, the job wasn't any easier, it just decided that falling out of the spindle was more fun than getting stuck now, but we got there in the end.
As per usual, I have a list of machining as long as your arm to do, but hopefully I'll have a bit of help from now on with some of the work, although any extra help would be fantastic!
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