As I said in my last blog, we had a super time and a super trip up to
and back, what I did not tell you about was the diesel spray. From when we took ownership of Darley there had been a large piece of rag on top of the diesel filter, thinking it looked a mess when we got up to Etruria, I removed it and put it out of sight. Unbeknown to me it was hiding a secret, which I discovered on return to Great Haywood when I went in the engine ‘ole to stop the engine. The top of the gearbox and surrounding area looked wet, but on closer examination it was diesel and on even closer examination the return pipe from the injectors had a very small split and a very fine spray of fuel was being blown out on each stroke of the engine. On really close examination the pipe had split and at some point someone had blobbed some solder over it. Last night I went straight down to Darley from work and removed the piece of pipe and brought it home for repair. Dawn had gone out for a meal with a couple of girly mates so I set up my little workshop in the kitchen. After cleaning all around the area, I applied a little soldering flux and holding the pipe with Dawn’ s oven glove, I held the pipe on the edge of the flame off the gas cooker. As soon as the exiting solder started to melt, I applied a little more multi core solder to the area until I was sure that the split was well and truly sealed/covered. Finally I put everything away before Dawn came home (none the wiser – good ey) As soon as I came home from work tonight, I shot straight up to Darley and re fitted the return pipe and then fired up the Petter PD2, Etruria
success no leak, jobs a good ‘un. As I had shot straight out from work I had not opened the mail and when I walked in Dawn told me I had a large letter. On opening it, what a nice supprise. It was an owners manual for Parsons Marine Reverse Gears & Reduction Gears Types B. & F. off my good friends That Chertsey Woman and Paddington Bear (Jim & Sarah) off Chertsey, many thanks to you both, I will take it down to Darley tomorrow night. Along with the manual was also a lovely black and white postcard of Willer Wren’s
uphill of Cowley lock. Sterling
Well only another couple of weeks before the Braunston do so busy, busy getting Darley ready, so till next time
Don’t bang ‘em about.