Whats Happening ?

10th July 2009

Alistair and Adrian replace the transmission chain casing and refill it with new oil, make a few checks and then Alistair starts the engine. Finding and hearing no significant problems he cautiously begins to work the clamshell. Unfortunately the chain casing continues to leak oil where John repaired the split but it is very minor and all goes well until the boom refuses to lower.  Alistair and Adrian decide that Michael will have to come and make some adjustments to the clutches so they abandon work for the day. However, all is positive once again!

9th July 2009

Trevor and Adrian begin reassembling the main clutch.  The replacement clutch is a modified, improved version of the original, damaged one but that leads to some head scratching as to how best to fit it.  The original bolts attaching the clutch to the engine are too long for the new one so they have to go shopping for shorter replacement bolts that have the same UNF threads – not easy to find but eventually they are successful

After a lot of effort Adrian manages to insert and fully tighten all the retaining bolts and hopes that the clutch is correctly aligned and functional.

John appears at the end of the afternoon and helps reinstate the main clutch sprocket and the large transmission drive gear wheel. A huge amount of exertion is required to pull the fastening nuts up tight but finally all is fixed properly.

Alistair and Viv’ Ogden arrive for the weekend.

8th July 2009

With a trailer full of bits of clutch, Hilary, Trevor and Adrian drive to Urmston, Manchester to see Mr Sanders.  When they get there his opinion is that it would be quicker, more simple and cheaper, to replace the entire main clutch and housing than to try and rebuild the damaged one.  A good second-hand clutch is obtained from him, along with some other ‘goodies’.

Stored in one of Mr Sanders sheds was a 10RB dragline crane which had been fully restored.  Adrian lusted after it (anorak!) but couldn’t afford it and it was already sold anyway!  What a sad person he is becoming!

7th July 2009

Trevor and Adrian are at a loose end. Nothing can be done to the crane so they decide to devote some time to reorganising the storage shed which has become a bit of a mess.

Having spoken to George Sanders on the phone that day they are waiting to be told what spare parts Mr Sanders has.  Eventually they decide they need to show him the parts they have removed and get his opinion on which are beyond use and require replacing

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