Thursday, January 01, 2015

Waterpump Fixed

I have a friend who is a whizz with a grinder so I popped over with my 'issues'.  The pulley was ground down with the grinder along with the bit between the nuts and the pump casting.  It was all done in a moment and then, within a blinking of an eye, the water pump was installed and the engine was running. 

The pulley no longer catches on the nuts and I expect this pump to last longer than the others (I have receipts from the previous owner and their water pump excitement!)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The water pump - update

I took the water pump off and had a good look at it.  
After a bit of a fiasco (access, nuts, metric and imperial issues between the pumps) I then noticed that the pulley was worn....
a closer look still and the pulley rubs on the nuts of the pump (the nuts are worn). The new water pump is about 3mm thicker which would create a few problems.  


Here is the old and new pump and the pulley.


Still on the dining room table rather than in situ working away.  Tomorrow the grinder will get wielded at the pulley and possibly on the pump (not the important parts like the mating surfaces!).  Hopefully all will go to plan and I will have everything back together in no time (no laughing at the back please).

When I picked up the new pump I was told it was quite rare.  With this is mind, once this debacle is over I will be looking to refurbish the old one.... and all help is welcome!

I am now in the pub drinking gin. All spelling and grammar mistakes are my very own.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Oops - water pump again!

The water pump is throwing stuff around the place again. I thought this one would last longer, but it must be about 6 years since I turned up at a boat yard with it in my hand. It had broken so I took it off and took it along to a boat yard to get a replacement. I took Maffi with me.  Once the proprietor had been persuaded to talk to me about it rather than Maffi (who had come along for the ride but as the only man of the duo was clearly the one who knew all about it) was suitably rude telling me the pump had come off a different engine and that I was effectively too stupid to know my own engine.  He even took me around the back to show me a similar version of my engine. He was wrong (mine is blue, not green)...but I listened to his little patronising speech as I am sure it made him feel better.

 His patronising tone and attempt at humiliation went over my head at the time, but he was quite convinced that the pump I wanted was in the box in his hand even though an amateur at the well known game 'snap' would know the difference.  Fortunately someone else working there seemed unfazed at a women holding an engine part in her hand and sorted it out.

I think I will do a spot of internet shopping for this little number this time.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Happy Birthday Maffi!

I hope you are having the most splendiferously wonderfully fabulous birthday!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The other place in a different boat

In a moment of inspiration we found ourselves in Cambridge and discovered a member of our party had never been. There is only one way to see Cambridge and that is by punt.

Time constraints were tight as we had promised to cook father luncheon. So we called James and Amy on Willow and asked whether they were close so they could join us.  I left a message on the answer phone.

Maffi refused to go punting so I flung him over my shoulder and in no time I was punting the chaps down the backs. P1000151

James and Amy joined us for the return trip.

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Several years ago I was fortunate enough to have an invite to join James and Amy (on their previous boat Lucky Duck) on a maiden voyage up the backs (here) and this was the first time since that I had been back.  Wonderful.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Banbury Canal Day

CRT had a picture of the bicycles pulled out of the canal – I quite liked the look of some of them, but they weren’t for sale.

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One of the highlights, for me, is always the stationary engines that can be found on the lead up to Tooley’s Boat yard.

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For some reason I had forgottent hat Herbie were going to be there so I was delighted to spot them with their fantastic bunting.

They had this sign in the window too….

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and Molly (and I LOVE Maffi’s beard!)

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With Herbie coming south and the Moomins (Melaleuca) coming North we arranged to meet up on Bones.  The chef instantly panicked but Kath saved the day by carrying the flag for roasted vegetables (and they were A.M.A.Z.I.N.G) my apple crumble and leg of lamb went down a treat too – fortunately the Moomins have a large dining table so we were able to decamp there and eat our roast in style rather than struggle from our laps. The great preparation for visitors (I lit fire and swept floor) went to waste but it was worth it because we had a wonderful evening together.  Maffi, hearing of the great meat, stopped too – so it was quite an evening. 

Wonderful!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mucking about on a Sunday afternoon

Photo by Jan Dytor.