Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ewarts fuel tap cork repair

I sent these pictures off to Tony a few days back when he had a question about a leaky petcock.  I'd run into the same problem with the MSS fuel taps a few winters ago.  

I remember Floyd G. telling me that he would use a wine bottle cork to repair his petcocks and clutch pack inserts.  Having at it,  I pulled the small screw on the side of the body and withdrew the cork/piston valve assembly. Floyd had the earlier 40's style fuel taps (push/push)  with one side having a hexagon.  this type uses a flat section of cork. Tony and I have the round Ewarts style.

Ed G. had the round type corks for repairing leaky Ewarts taps. It would be interesting to find how to cleanly cut a cylinder out of cork material. I've replaced a several corks in the past few years, mostly from draining the tank dry for winter storage.

Ed's suggestion was to use a punch and knock the brass riveted end back into the pull knob. From that point its a matter of adding the new cork section and tapping the brass back into the knob.  There seems to be enough material to do this a few times.  If your handy with a small lathe you could make a new piston section that threads onto the knob. 

On a side note, Tony found that you can boil the cork piston assembly to get back some life. I've also removed the valves and stored them in a small container of gas when the tank is drained.  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

New England Velo Owners Gathering in Belmont Mass.

New England Velo Owners at the Fire Station in Belmont 2012
from right to left:
Adam Schoolsky, Tony Dowers, Larry Ronai,Bob Hicks, Geoff Hybertson, Kim Harris,  (kneeling) John  Dolber, Jim Fraser, Judy Mann, Warren Mann, Bill Clark, Richard Freeman, ed DeBarros, Dave Petty

Left to right: Kim Harris, Richard Freeman and Jim Fraser

Tony Dowers and Adam Schoolsky

from left to right: Kim Harris, Richard Freeman, Jim Fraser, Ed DeBarros, John Dolber, Bill  Clark

Judy Mann, Warren Mann and Tony Dowers


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Capt' Chaos' Hack Shack

The shop is busy with catch up projects now with the fall well under way.   Pete is taking on the R60 as I work over the R75. Should be a cool summer.

A few pictures of the 2013 projects under way.