Friday, 31 December 2010
Hopefully get em screwed on place in the next few days. I remember now why I chose metalwork over woodwork at school.
Thursday, 30 December 2010
More progress on the SkateGarage - battens fitted to the metal ramp bits so I can now cut and fit new ply sections. Garage seems a bit wet at the back tho - maybe got a leaky roof.
And Unit 1 old blokes sesh next Sunday - first skate in 5 weeks or so.
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Saturday, 11 December 2010
So, Plan B - ramp extension time. I reckon I can add 2ft6 to the flat bottom and get rid of the metal plates. Should by a lot easier to learn on and a bit slower with the extra flat bottom.
Frame for the flat bottom extension is made:-
Its 2ft6 by 6ft. I used 25x38mm battens. The ramp flat bottom metal frame is 25mm box section steel and I didn't really want to add anymore height.
I also wombled two sheets of 8ft by 4ft 12mm ply from a skip in Swindon. One sheet is a bit gash but the other is OK. Hopefully I should have enough to fill the gaps where the metal plates would go (flat to the bottom of the transition). And then I think I'll skin it all with 3mm hardboard as the old ply is a bit rough.
Thats the plan anyway - we'll see how it pans out.
Saturday, 27 November 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
Monday, 1 November 2010
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Other than that I've been out a'skootin with the chaps - Midsomer Norton, as ably documented by Herr Mullett, and Cretesham a coupla times. I really struggled to get going at MSN. A coupla Red Bulls and a slap or two from Bobster and Habgood helped. Managed to drop the small whippy quarter and got a wee line going. Sometimes it feels like I ain't progressing any but if I can just make small steps and see a small improvement then I'm happy.
Still looking for an indoor berth for the miniramp. Working on it.
Back to Staythorpe this week for more tests. Nearly there...
I found this footage on my works compooter. I'd forgotten all about it. Its a B52 taking off from Fairford around the time of the Gulf War. Proper heavy metal.
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
This little wonder of British technology has lived on my 1938 Ariel as long as I've had it. Its does everything a dynamo should except generate electricity. Sometimes it does, more often it doesn't. I've stripped it, cleaned it, fiddled with it - still the same result - sometimes charging, sometimes not.
Some years ago I bought a spare dynamo, but still stuck with this one. Imagine my amusement when at long last I swapped the dynamos to find that the spare is in perfect working order, knocking out the amps like no-ones business. Of course this will only be the case during daylight.... Joe Lucas - Prince of Darkness.
Thursday, 8 July 2010
1920s AJS 500, Raleigh 500 and a swing arm Ariel SQ4
And the rare and lovely Liver Pie (cunningly designated with a pastry `L' so as not to be confused with chicken pies which look outwardly similar, and are designated with a pastry `C'. Makes after beer pie eating a far less haphazard affair):-
The it was off to Essen once again for a week with the Germans. Managed to watch some football and have a skate at the Essen Kray skatepark, which was excellent. A load of blokes turned up from Dusseldorf - imagine my surprise when I bought a copy of Monster Skateboard Magazine in the airport to find them all in there. They weren't shabby skaters mind.
Monster Skateboard is a bit like a German Sidewalk - not too bad really:-
And the Essen Kray park, now well graffitti'd:-
Friday, 11 June 2010
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
ACS 651 trucks and unknown wheels (anyone hazard a guess?)
All in all its not in bad nick. Certainly better than the last Benjyboard I bought anyway. And all for 36 quid plus postage.And its got the remains of an original Benjyboard White Lightning sticker on the top as well
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Just needs a good clean bit its better than the one I intended to use. No damage at all and all the bits are there. Even the camshaft is looking good although I've got a proper lumpy cam for the ohv engine.