29 & 30 March 2008
Saturday 29th March : Today 5 working members attended the ELR to progress work on D8233.
First a warm and very welcome to two new volunteers, Graham Mortimer and
Our aims this weekend were to complete the water system and fill with
coolant, complete the oil system, and try and turn the engine over with the
Once the rebuilt starter had been refitted, we tried again, but only one motor (the un-rebuiltone) would engage the pinion, the rebuilt one just span round, the part of the motor we didn't touch was also in need of attention! It was also decided to give the other motor an in situ clean out, the end cover was removed the vanes removed and cleaned and sure enough one was found to be stuck. After a clean out and rebuild, it was tried again on the one motor and it seemed a lot better.
Meanwhile, other progress on the loco included the fitting of all 22 radiator elements, six of which were the thin type, these will be replaced with the thicker type once procured, but for the purpose of starting the power unit up they will suffice for now.
Some of the oil system pipework from the sump to the oil priming pump and drain T piece was fitted. Welcome to the world of Ermeto couplings Jason! Its an evil one! Dave Mylett, fitted the rest of the fuel pumps, but came across problems refitting the fuel Rail. Early evening energy and patience was running low, and we called it a day.
Saturday 30th March : 7 Working members present today.
The day started by pulling the tarpaulin back as the sun was shining and conditions were a lot better than the previous days. We started the day, with the aim to get the water pipes on and the system filled.
First job was to cut to lengths of silicon hose for the top pipes between cooler group and thermostat, with the aid of fairy liquid these were then slid over the pipe. The thermostat was then lifted into position and bolted up. The hoses were then slid back over the thermostat pipes and the clips fitted and tightened up. The next pipes fitted were the ones from the power unit top rails to the thermostat, however two extension pipes needed removing before these could be put on. They were a bit stubborn to remove, but brute force won the day. Two more silicon hoses were cut too length and the pipe fitted, however, the clips were proving to be more difficult to fit and it was clear bigger ones were needed. Jim was then utilised to modify clips as we needed by cutting and welding them to suit.
With the top rail fitted, attention turned to the bottom water pipes from cooler group to the water pump, these were bolted into position, and hoses cut for the water pump connections and fitted. The bypass pipes were next to be fitted, these run from the back of the thermostat down to the bottom pipes that run from cooler group to water pumps. fitting to the thermostat proved very testing as we couldn't find a spanner/socket or ring key that would fit on the nuts or bolts and then you could actually turn to tighten them up! Jim came to the rescue by welding on smaller nuts so we could get a small socket on to tighten up. The second by pass pipe was in one piece, the first in two halves, we decided to modify the one piece one to the same as the other, mainly to so it would be easier to fit and remove. Two more hoses were cut and then fitted, and the pipes bolted to the bottom ones. This left the header tank to water pump pipes for the system to be complete. Again these are in two halves so more hoses were cut and the pipes fitted. Jim then finished modifying all the clips and these were fitted to the relevant pipes.
The next working weekend is 12th & 13th of April - if you wish to lend a hand please contact Chris Tatton
|Above : The oil priming pump is now connected up in with new flexible hoses and fittings. © C15PS
|Above : The weather was good on the sunday so the tarp was pulled right back.© C15PS
|Above : New volunteers Dave & Graham work on overhauling the L/H air starter motor. © C15PS
|Above : The main coolant pipes are all now refitted in front of the engine.© C15PS
|Above : The thermostat has no less than 6 large coolant pipes attached to it. © C15PS
|Above : Everyone had gathered round to see where the water was leaking from. © C15PS
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