Monday, 23 May 2011

Charging Ahead: 11 Working Days

So here it is, my secret weapon in the fight to have 270 KTA on the road by mid-June: A WEEK OFF.

Before I bring you up to date with all the good progress I've made in the last few days, I'll quickly mention that I now own an expensive battery charger.

This wasn't a planned purchase - 270 KTA decided it was time for me to have one, and since my gruelling schedule for the week depends on being able to move her about, I took the hint. I'm worried this is turning into a marriage...

Having reclaimed various lumps of SU from my kitchen, I managed to get the hub and drum fitted on Saturday, together with the now gleaming hubcap which has taken hours of work...

Polished is how they were when new, and many depots made the effort to keep them looking good for years. Many didn't, and they were often just painted over. My photo collection shows that, irritatingly, 270 KTA's stayed good throughout its working life, only to be rubbed down and painted green during its early days in preservation. I've had to strip the paint and then get rid of the scratches using three grades of sandpaper, rubbing compound, wire wool and finally polish.

Do you like it?

Today we hit the ground with the re-fitting of the wheel (the wheel saga continues, so I've repainted the existing one as a temporary measure...), and a coming down from the blocks on which 270 KTA has rested for a couple of months.

While batteries were charging, I thought I'd tackle the refitting of the new exhauster - a great idea in terms of maximising use of time, but otherwise a terrible idea. This involved laying on my back in a pool of oil roughly the width and length of my body, most of which had leaked out through the somewhat inadequate seal I'd achieved when I first fitted the exhauster.

Time will tell if I've done a better job this time; for fellow SU owners, the problem is that the oil return passes directly through the edge of the very gasket which is supposed to stop it from leaking to the outside world! Another fine mess...

Tomorrow, batteries permitting, 270 KTA will face South-West ready for me to tackle set-of-brakes 4/4. And another bloody hubcap. Thank gould for holidays...

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