Following on from the previous post where we made a small repair section for the forward end of the keel and cut scarfs to fit now we fit it into place....
With the section in place holes were drilled for the new bolts and 3/8" bronze threaded rod used to make them. The existing bolt holes through the fore deadwood and hog were re-used
Bedding compound was made up in the traditional manner by mixing red-lead with linseed oil putty thinned with raw linseed oil.
The bolts were sealed by smearing them with bitumastic compound and a cotton grommet and everything was bolted-up tight.
|Ingredients for making re-lead putty|
|Red-lead putty mixed and ready|
|Bronze bolts sealed with bitumastic and cotton|
|Bolted up tight|
There was a smaller section of timber right on the curve of the forefoot that was crumbling from being encased in the iron 'shoe'. This again was a later addition and presumably a repair after past damage.
|Forefoot having a clean-up for a new piece of timber to be fitted|
At this stage in our works the weather got colder and wetter and the virus pandemic halted our works.
|Varnishing - 3-coats for now to seal and protect the new timber|
|Cardboard mock-up Lucas C45 dynamo to check for fit. The oil pressure gauge is temporary.|
|This pulley had been fitted to the drive hub|
|Pulley removed to leave the 1 3/4" spigot - this turns at 1.4 times engine speed|
|This is what it should look like|
|Control panel manufacture underway|
Just before Christmas 2020 a timber supplier I occasionally order from was offering 1m3 bundles of sapele offcuts. I purchased one and a whole stack turned up so now we've got sufficient timber for pretty much all the internal joinery and also the framing for the cuddy and cabin top.
|Plenty of sapele - most of these are more than 4m long.|