Are any of the Ozonian contingent building/planning to build the John Ridley's Half Beam engine currently running in A.M.E.? I have decided to do one, but it will be built in tandem with the double diagonal that I am working on at the moment.
As a South Ozzie it should be my patriotic duty, but at present the answer is No. On the Mamod forum someone showed pictures of engines at the Manchester (UK) Steam Museum. Two of the pictures were of an engine indentical/similar to the Ridley engine. I corresponded with the group member concerned but he had no details of the engine; he did send me a link to the museum web site.
Short of time this morning otherwise I'd trawl through and find you the reference; maybe later. Keep me up to it.
Brian, thanks for your solicitations about the fires. A long way from me (800 km) but we still have the haze. The magnitude of this tragedy is such that just about every Ozzie will know somebody who knows somebody who lost their life or their house. That Saturday morning I was on my son's roof cleaning a box gutter, he lives in a fire prone area and we had just tested the fire pump and fixed sprinklers. A gust of hot wind (43 degC) blew up with leaves, gum nuts and twigs blasting at me; quite salutary.
GRRRR! All progress has ground to a halt. Let the smoke out of the motor on the Myford last night. As it as an ex-tip washing machine motor that has driven the old girl for 30 some years, it was not entirely unexpected, but still a nuisance!
Bad luck with the old motor. I recently bought a new motor over Ebay from an Australian supplier. 1HP, Cap start, cap run for under $200 delivered. I am very pleased with it particularly as I discovered after delivery that it came from Royce Cross Agencies who are well known in SA and certainly not backyarders.
BTW, 1 HP is a bit oversized for my Hercus but I wanted a cap start, cap run motor to get the torque.
I swapped out the 1hp motor on the old 'clunker' lathe - took the best part of a day to get it all set up tho'. Next I will rob the ancient power hacksaw of its 2hp motor to re-power the clunker, then .....
Any'ow, with the wheels going around again, I've almost caught up to part one of the series. Just the ports and passages to go now.