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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 30 Apr 2013 at 10:33pm
Painted the black on the control levers and highlighted the serial number as it was almost hidden by the powder coating.
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 30 Apr 2013 at 10:41pm
Decided to fill all the oils and take it for a drive....... Its not been started since the first fire up sometime last year, She fired up on the 2nd swing of the handle!
I haven't been brave enough to try the gearbox and rotors till today, very pleased to report all is perfect. All 3 gears engage properly without any horrible noises and the rotors engage as they should. Even took it for a drive around the cul-de-sac........ Here it is after all the exitement, all tucked up, but no bedtime story!
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 30 Apr 2013 at 10:48pm
My kids are pleased Dad has finished playing in the garage, they think they might see a bit more of me now......... there's always the Bantam and the allotment for me to escape to..... Here's the kids with Dads project.
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 05 Jun 2013 at 7:27pm
Back on this project, now the Bantam is finished!
Even though the Gem is done, I still want to build a second good engine as a spare. My only problem was finding enough good spares to do so. I've had a couple of damaged valve chambers welded and replacement exhaust outlets welding on. Then today I collected 3 new Valve guides....... was supposed to be cheap, The guy said an hour or 2 plus a bit of suitable metal, that was back in January. I wont use the phrase that came out earlier, but 130 lighter I have these, and I do need them............
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 05 Jun 2013 at 7:58pm
What grade of steel did he use?
If it isnt orange it isnt a rotavator
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 05 Jun 2013 at 8:21pm
Hi Gareth, he said 4N, so I guess he means 21 4N? I will check the invoice.....
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Quote sharknet Replybullet Posted: 05 Jun 2013 at 8:34pm
Ouch. I guess I'm lucky to have a lathe, but the raw material (cast iron bar stock) only cost me $24 for a meter length. (roughly 6 quid) Each guide took me about 40 minutes to make.
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 05 Jun 2013 at 8:51pm
Next batch will be imported from New Zealand then............ ;-)
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 05 Jun 2013 at 9:00pm
Do you find it hard to remove and refit them?
If it isnt orange it isnt a rotavator
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 05 Jun 2013 at 11:18pm
My mechanic has a press, he has pressed them out for me before.....
Easy to refit, gentle heat to the casting, guides in the freezer over night. Then just drop them in....... and allow to cool!
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Quote sharknet Replybullet Posted: 07 Jun 2013 at 6:02am

I think the postage might kill any benifits...

I pressed mine out, took about 5T on the gauge. Heated the head in the oven to 300 deg, pressed the guides in at room temp.
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 07 Jun 2013 at 7:02pm
Blimey 5T...... max on mine, less than 3/4T......
Checked invoice, it states 'from 4N stock', thats all! So as they build high performance race engines and tune cars on a rolling road then they should know what they are doing! (CFM Engineering Ltd)
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 08 Jun 2013 at 1:28am
I thought I was finished with oily hands and mess! I forgot the spare engine I planned to build. Here it is covered in sticky oily muck.... This may take a while to clean...... I have checked the bearings for play, there is a tiny amount of side to side movement but no up and down motion. The second picture shows the engine number.
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 08 Jun 2013 at 9:16am
The best thing ive found to remove oil/soil combined mess (thats usually like concrete) is the new version of "Gunk".
If it isnt orange it isnt a rotavator
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 08 Jun 2013 at 10:01am
Just using a pot with some solution from the parts washer. The engine itself is far to big and heavy to go in...... Using a small scraper to start with, then old toothbrush to get the rest off. Once degreased I then wipe it over with some thinners before etch priming.
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 12:17am
Got the engine finally clean and free of all grease and mud!
Here are a few picture of it getting the paint treatment, 1st the orange, left to dry for a day or 2.Then masked the orange and applied the black. The last picture shows the finished piece. all painted!
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 12:34am
Reassembly begins with the Piston, Barrel, Oil Pump, Valve Chamber and Cylinder Head......
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 12:39am
Had about half a can of orange left, so today I decided rather than waste it, I would strip and prep the transport wheel I have. Here it is all painted......
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 6:54am
You're going to be after a Gem to fit that!
6 months ago I couldn't even spell engineer - now I are one
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 8:29am
Originally posted by will_haggle

You're going to be after a Gem to fit that!
I just so happen to know where theres a few going cheap!LOL
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 24 Jun 2013 at 12:53pm
No more Orange beasties for now........ Not going to say never though......
Still looking for the right trailer so I can show what I have!
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 30 Jun 2013 at 9:46pm
Well, I have found a trailer!
 Something long enough for ALL 77 inches of the Gem. Its strong enough too with 3 chassis rails, not 2. Its got a full cover to keep the beastie dry. Its not too wide and tows really smooth. Its rated at 750KG, payload of 610KG. Ok its un-braked, but this will also be used for camping trips, with 4 bikes and camping equipment. It will also be used for the allotment jobs. I have a couple of modifications to make to suit all my needs, fitting rear prop stands, a re-moveable cycle rack, as 3 aluminium framed bike crashing into each other = not good! I also plan to have a re-moveable reinforced floor panel for the gem. I also need to fit some tie down rings.
Here it is.......
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 13 Aug 2013 at 12:58am
The show transport, my trailer is now  almost finished...... I've strengthened the floor with a sheet of 12mm Buffalo Board fitted over the existing 18mm floor. I've secured it using a resin adhesive between the sheets and sealing the edge of the board. I was going to make the 2nd floor re-moveable, but decided against that. The Prop stands are also fitted too. A small modification was made by drilling a hole through the leg and fitting a large "R" pin, to ensure the props don't drop whilst in motion. I purchased a couple of strong ramps for easy loading and unloading. These fit in the trailer with ease. The only thing left to do is to fit some "tie down rings" Here's a couple of shots of the bits and of the Gem's new sleeping quarters........ 
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 13 Aug 2013 at 1:04am
The added bonus is that both the Gem and Bantam fit side by side on the trailer...... My only concern is that the trailer is going to mighty close to its maximum with both machines on board....... I will get both machines weighed individually at the local VOSA depot and do my sums very carefully! 
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Quote Charlie Replybullet Posted: 13 Aug 2013 at 3:09pm
It would be worth getting trailer weighed as well since you have added new floor and ramps etc.
'Don't force it! Get a bigger hammer'
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 13 Aug 2013 at 10:56pm
Hi Charlie, thats the plan, weigh it with the Gem and the ramps on, then weigh empty. Then do the same with the Bantam. Its unlikely that I will ever go anywhere with both machines......... Just to make a bit of room if needed!
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 11 Oct 2013 at 10:29pm

Should be able to do some shows next year, I have now finally got the trailer finished. Tie down rings and recovery style ratchet straps for securing 300kgs plus of Gem! The Gem wont be going anywhere with these holding it firmly. Rings rated at 450kgs each, straps rated at 2500kgs........

  
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