Colchester Bantam Mk1 1600

  1. RichardM Member

    Don't use your equivalent of Aldi metal paint if you are going to do the inside of the suds tank. I looked in mine when I was putting my "new" feet on the Boxford yesterday and it had lifted with the suds.
     
  2. Dieselkid 63

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    ‘Fiddly Bits’ spray cans and Australian Export Grade brush on are two of the worst. I used the latter on the Fobco and there’s no adhesion. I’ll get round to repainting it one day...
     
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  3. slim_boy_fat

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    Aren't you supposed to drink that? :scared: :laughing:
     
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    You are more than welcome to try

    More hard work on the cast aluminium belt guard. Looks like we have grey filler, yellow primer, original green and then another shade of green which to be fair was applied quite well. It rips off pretty well except for the centre which needs light chisel taps to break it. Exterior will be blue, interior will be red, and I think I’ll glue the imperial changewheel chart in there too.
     
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    Used the water blaster to see if I could clean the insides of the guard. It worked to a degree! I’ll have to do some sanding in here. Under the changewheel film showing how to convert imperial to metric, I found a nice square of original green paint.
     
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    That’s the travelling steady back in paint. These seem to be increasing in price despite them being common - one was supplied as standard equipment with every machine (mine was missing of course.

    The fittings have a little rust however it will blow off with a wire brush. The tips have zero wear - barely used if at all. I’m looking forward to stripping and painting my three point steady when it arrives. The two can live in the drawer beneath the gearbox.
     
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    My new badge came from Colchester Spares. Looks really nice. Can’t wait to restore it and get it back onto the lathe.
     
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  8. Pete.

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    I painted the inside of my HLV cabinet white too. When I was dismantling it I couldn't see properly to work on the vari-speed mechanism even with a light in there so painting it white made it all the easier to re-build and for when I have to work on it again.
     
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    Paint stripped from the new badge, and a little file work to tidy it too - this will look gorgeous! Happy with this. I’ll restore it properly when I have the guard back in paint.
     
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  10. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    Much the same reason I left the inside of my lathe cabinet light grey.
    Red made it too dark to see inside.
     
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    Another part found and reunited with the lathe - the fixed steady has arrived!
     
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    Both steadies, the fixed one will need a good clean and repaint.
     
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  13. Brad93

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    A nice addition.
     
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    Finished the cabinet today. Some little things to do such as some paint on the bolts needs stripping and the handle for the drawer needs brushing properly.

    Otherwise, all very nice! The drawer interior is stripped and in primer and carpeted with tiles. I scrounged a roll pin for the lever system at a garage today - every little helps!

    Next up, paint the chip tray and get the bed screwed back on.
     
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    Chip tray done!

    Lifted up the bed one last time to begin the mating of bed to base :D I hate lifting the bed, it’s so heavy and swings easily. Got to raise it a little to get the cap screws in, then it’s finally one piece again.

    It’s been a long road to get to this point!
     
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    It’s not possible for me to do things the easy way...

    I found a stash of o-rings when I was walking around to tighten the bolts - the same ones which should have been underneath the chip tray :doh:

    I didn’t want to remove the bed all over again so I levered each end up and carefully slid them in. I had to remove all the bolts, however. Aside from that though, this looks great.

    Next job is to give the bed a coat of paint, replace the E clip I forgot to put in the gearbox, then I should be at a good point to tackle the carriage which needs some circlips and a bit of love too!
     
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    @Maker here you go, another plaque cleaned up! Overspray with black, then pick the detail off. A bit of autosol irons out the scratch marks.

    This and the red B&H one will go on the belt guard. I feel this brass one has so much more visual impact and cohesiveness than the sheet metal one that came with it. It came off a scrapped Roundhead Student I believe.
     
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    An unexpectedly free and sunny afternoon has proved a perfect opportunity to put the final topcoat on between the bedways. I put some cardboard underneath to catch the drips. So far I’m dead pleased, looks brilliant.
     
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  19. slim_boy_fat

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    a) then why are you wearing wellies? :scared:
    b) drips? What drips? :vsad: :D

    Keep up the good work :thumbup:
     
  20. Dieselkid 63

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    a) yes, it was sunny, but it’s still the middle of winter so the ground is still quite wet. Besides this, I have three pairs of shoes - gumboots, combat boots, and best dress shoes. The gumboots are low-cut redbands, ideal for slipping on, v comfortable to drive in!

    b) the bedways are a complete pain to paint, its best to paint the stuff closest to the ways from underneath (through the hole) but you risk drips from the brush, not runs in the paint though. Thankfully that was the last coat

    I bought a mixed set of circlips today so I can rebuild the apron. It was so filthy in there that the original one (can’t remember the size) actually disintegrated! Rusted right through :o

    Interestingly circlips were only being sold in imperial sizes. Perfect for my mish-mash machine, a metric lathe with all-imperial fittings!
     
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