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Gareth

Something complete different up at the workshop today.

I made something complete different up at the workshop today: a set of removable handrails for the Swaffham Raceway marshalls pace car.

1" O/D X 12 gauge wall thickness seamless tubing throughout, fitting into 4 sockets in the boot and held in place with 4 X 3/8" dia tractor stabliser lynch pins; it's even got 2 flag pole sockets (with lynch pins) built in.  




horace

 
Gareth

Here is handful of work in progress photos of one of the steel tube frame Camel saddles that have been ordered from me:









Justme

You do get some odd ball things to make.

Keeps life interesting I guess.
Gareth

Justme wrote:
You do get some odd ball things to make.

Keeps life interesting I guess.


Yeah! I love it .... .... .... I'll not turn anything down unless I haven't got the equipment to make it. The customers like the way that I'll listen to them, look at their sketches, suggest an alternative, and often lighter and stronger way to make what they want within my capability, and then deliver on time and within budget. The camel saddles that I am making are a shade over 10kg lighter, and a darn sight more ridgid than the  original square box section sample left with me.

After the 12 camel saddle frames, there are 12 Mule pack frames and 2 Elephant Howdah frames to make.
Justme

Much better than knocking the same thing out over & over.


On time & on budget, you dont get that on a Government funded purchase lol.
Gareth

Justme wrote:
Much better than knocking the same thing out over & over.


On time & on budget, you don't get that on a Government funded purchase lol.


I don't think that I'd be able to get the new Aircraft carrier that the Royal Navy has on order out through the workshop doors.


Talking of Gov't orders; specifically MOD orders, in 1996 when I worked at Aveling Barford of Grantham I was down in the parts dispatch area one day and I enquired about a load of packing cases with an MOD address on them. They were tool kits for British MK IV tadpole tanks;



The order had been placed in 1916 for x amount of tool kits per year, and the order had never been cancelled, so every February x amount of MK IV Tadpole tank tool kits were made and shipped.
Gareth

It's been a hectic month for me: The City Council shoved my rent & rates up a massive 40% which meant that I had to find in total another £735 per month which is almost what my Laminating contractor, and part time help cost me, so I handed in my notice on the unit and relocated to less expensive premises. Pilsbury came to stop with us for the weekend and helped me shift all the workshop equipment tools and paraphernalia, and without his help, and his van it would have been a lot more stressful for me. THANK YOU for your help mate

I got the Dromedary Camel saddles completed, and received two additional batch orders for saddle frames for Bactrian Camels, and for Llama pack frames.

Here is the slide-show of photos for the Dromedary saddles:

(click on the image to see the slide-show)



I have also taken an order from a magician: The Great Whydini, to make a pedal powered medicine show wagon. This is a new venture for me and will not be based on any of my existing products, but after searching the net, Whydini & I found something that he liked and so I will be building a chassis that is sort of kinda, based upon this but a lot tidier in looks, with a longer wheel base and cargo area, along with the facility to tow a trailer:




It's going to be fun making the body for this, and it will tax all of my; engineering, steel, woodworking, and laminating skills to the limit, as it will incorporate many drop down, lift up, fold out and opening sections in much the same way as the old wild west snake oil medicine show wagons.

You may or may not know that a lot of car manufacturers have a range of Bicycles: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes Benz, BMW, VW and Landrover, etc.

I have been approached by, and I am now working with a car manufacturer to produce the design and initial prototypes for a new range of bicycles under their Marque; and none of them are going to be cargo †or load carrying bicycles . In fact the flagship bicycle for the range is going to be something rather special, and I am chomping at the bit to start this project, but have to wait for a few weeks for the materials to be made; it's that special.
horace

Good luck with all your projects
Gareth

Here are a couple of photos from a few weeks ago when I completed the sample frame for the Bactrian Camel saddle order. A batch of 15 Bactrian camel saddle frames have now been made and shipped. Alas, I forgot to take any photos of the frame the right way up after the buff primer had dried. †





This morning, after the long wait of 4 almost 5 months the photos, specs and diamensional drawings for the Elephant Howdahs arrived at last. However, the order has been increased from 2 to 10 on approval of the sample that I have to make for the UK based Expeditions and Holiday Tour company. On completion of the order all 10 Elephant Howdahs have to be crated up ready for shipping to Thailand.

Here is a photo of what I have to improve upon and then make:


Gareth

I know that this is resurrecting an old thread which has not been posted in for over three years.

However, from time to time I still get interesting and unusual jobs that no-one else wants to do or wishes to attempt.

I still receive export orders for and make, Camel saddles and pack frames, Mule & Llama pack frames and Elephant Howdahs.

I also receive 2 or 3 orders a year for special purpose/application wheel hoes and pedal powered grower's cultivation tool frames, along with all the other regular Cargo Cycles products, and I get several commissions each year for armature and frame making jobs from local metal working sculptors for their sculptures before they get all artyfied upon them.

My most recent unusual project was enlarging the frame of a motorised Parascender so that it could accommodate a larger 1.3 mtr diameter propeller instead of the 1 metre diameter one it was originally supplied with.

How it was before I got my hands on it:



The new 1.4 meter diameter ring has been rolled up from 3/4 od X 16g ERW tube and temporarily placed for measuring and positioning before cutting off the original 1.1 metre diameter ring:



The 1.1 metre ring has now been cut away, and two strips of steel have been tacked in place so I can bend up and fit the necessary supports:



Measuring up for the additional support struts:



Positioning the new stand:



Squaring and equalling everything up before final welding.



All the welding has been done now and it is time for an inspection of my work before passing the now modified frame back to the customer ready for shot blasting, powder-coat painting, and reassembly, before returning it to the skies of Norfolk.









I hope you enjoyed that......................did you spot my three (in use in the) back garden, home-made from reclaimed pallet wood, National Beehives in the last†couple of photos?
sod

   

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