Re: Wistling Billy Replica
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Date: November 15, 2010 04:57AM
I have a little more progress to report on Billy.
Friend Harold Bowden helped me with the woodwork around the seat, the dash, the fire wall and the butt patern for the nose.
I did my first body panel job ever by doing the panel beside the driver. I am now half way through making the long bonnet (hood for the Americans). I have done the sides and top and am about to do what I expect to be the hardest part -the nose. A friend and I did have a go at this on its own last week but I was not happy with the results as far as we went, so I started again this time doing the whole top. Then I will have to join the top and side sections - Aluminium welding is the problem here but I have oxy kit but not a TIG. I shall have some practice first!
Harold has moved on to making a wooden water tank. The body needed sorting before this so that it can maximise the space available and lets me know where I can have access through the doors when ready to run. I had the old water tank that came with the engine and I am using the original now much repaired fittings. Anyway it will be another job out of the way.
I am also now trying to sort my instruments. I have two original White duplex tank pressure gauges and two original White steam pressure gauges plus an early Jones rev counter reading to 1200rpm. All these will need to double their readings. The idea, at least to start with, is to have stick-on dials keeping the originals but doing the artwork and finding some paper for the correct "Silvered dial" appearance is the next problem. Then I will sort the insides.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 11/16/10 03:55PM by steamcarbob.
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