Trivia

Frankly most of the work I have been doing has been cosmetic – cleaning, sanding, treating, painting, varnishing. The big boy things, for example, the skegg and the engine have been handled by people who know what they are doing.

Today I determine to open up the fuel tank and clean out inside sludge, supermarket chariots, old bikes etc.

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This is the tank lid screwed down by lots of screws and sealant. Very dirty and rusty.

I persuade myself that it would be much better to soak all the potentially moving parts in WD 40 before trying to unscrew. I mean you would not want to snap copper fuel lines , er would you?  So I avoid doing big boy stuff for another day and get on with the usual.

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A box full of cleats, fairleads, pulleys, and boxes of screws. All of these I will have to use I suppose.

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I clamp on the hatch cover trim.

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It is very cold.

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I reinstall the lamps.

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Where can I get glass bits for these lamps?

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5 Responses to Trivia

  1. David, not good at French says:

    I used to get glass bulbs for Victorian table lamps from Christopher Wray lighting in London. It may be difficult to find the right size.

    • Hi Dave,
      Happy 2018! Thanks for the lead. I will look them up. Are you still a working man?

      • David, not good at French says:

        No – finally retired. We live on the Essex coast and have a 12 ft dinghy which has a gaff rig. The bigger boat went when my business spluttered to a halt 6 years ago. You should join the “Old Gaffers Association” a merry lot much into sea shanties etc. – but also a mine of information on gaff rigged boats.

  2. Alan says:

    Have the lamps got a makers name and model name/number?
    The fuel tank is a bit concerning. Old metal tanks can become quite fragile if left empty for long periods – pinholes can appear. Perhaps replace it with a modern plastic variety – there seem to be a lot available over in Blighty.

  3. I opened the tank today and hooray it is plastic!

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