Albert here - It may be Christmas but what the **** ! I've been down 'The Old Sidevalve Bar' anyway !
At the moment I've a few 'balls' in the air, I'm waiting for my order of Silver Solder to arrive. I only ordered it a couple of days before the Christmas break so I'm assuming it will be despatched after the holi's. The solder is for fixing the joints on the Brass Intake Manifold. The 2 flanges are rough cut, and the tubing between is also cut to size.
Also on order are a quantity of Nickel Plating Salts. I've already purchased 3 Nickel Anodes. Watch this space...........anything could happen......even a huge explosion !!!!!! If I master the necessary plating skills then I shall dip the flywheel thus adding even more vintageblingness to our trusty 'Briggs and Stratton'
A wallet bursting £32 was bid on ebay for an Albion Gearbox. Type EJ2. At the moment the original application of this type of box is still a mystery to me. It isn't as big as I expected, but it was complete with clutch and change lever so what ho ! It will do !
Plenty of rust around the sprocket clutch area, but the bolts and nuts are in perfect order so hopefully it's had a peaceful life (up till now.)
I couldn't help but remove the side cover, the red hermite indicating previous owner interference. It was at that point I noticed the indent/selector plunger was badly chipped. Drat !
(see second pic...sorry about quality....)
So what's better than spending Boxing Day facing the plunger up with a grindstone. The pictures don't do the job justice. I'm pretty pleased with the result. It has ended up a couple of mm shorter but I can pack with a spacer if needed. It's at this point I decided to strip the whole box for a thorough clean and health check.
At the moment the components are soaking in De-greaser, no other life threatening wear found.
So that's all the news for this week, Time to celebrate with a turkey sandwich and a glass of cider.