Friday, 22 August 2014

Andreas has finished his Argie 15 build!

That was the news early this week and the plan is to launch the new Argie 15 at the weekend.

We supplied the plans, North Sails and also the deck gear.

When can I expect it?

Almost ready for final coat and hope to launch this weekend


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The sailing adventures of yacht Tididi

Yacht Tididi,  which is a Hartley 37 sailing yacht, has a way to go before she sets off on what I am sure will be an adventure on the sea.

The fact is and I am always keen to point this out, the adventure started some time back, from the decision to purchase the plans, to the buying in of materials and then to start building your dream boat. Andrew the boats owner builder, has done a fine job here, the side decks are complete and soon the coach roof and cockpit will be fitted.

I think Andrew is an IT or electronics guy, yet he seems to have no bothers building his ply/epoxy yacht, materials to the hull and decks were supplied by CKD Boats cc.

The pictures are proof that we can build boats and to a very high standard given the desire to do so.

How easy was this? I have no idea but Andrew may explain in his own blog!


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Hillman Imp spares for Africa

Not only that they are in Cape Town and right now, a set of spares bought in for future engine rebuilds of the Hillman Imp.

There are gasket kits, piston rings, bearings for big ends and mains bearings, plus thrust bearings and camshaft bearings.

How easy can this be, buying was easy!


Loading Africas best Hillman Imp

Well I am saying the best until someone shows me one that is better?

We discovered enough original paint of this 1971 Rootes Car Co made car to see that it was a very close match to Fords (samcor) Aquarius metallic blue colour, which just happens to be their current shade right now.

Click on the pictures to make them larger.

For sure we could buy a decent small car for the cost of this Hillman Imps new paint work.

The car will be returned when the interior is fitted out, the new 998cc engine will then be installed.


Hillman Imp on the road again

Loaded on the specialist trailer we had the 1971 Hillman Imp Deluxe transported back to the spray shop for some minor works.

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

This may just be one of the nicer Hillman Imps around, one of them anyway?

The car will then be taken to the motor trimmers for a full refit and then return to have the 998cc Imp engine fitted.

How easy was this, I wonder myself sometimes!


Monday, 18 August 2014

Hillman Imp 998cc engine block re assembly

There were questions on just how to apply the required Loctite 648 retaining fluid to the larger steel liners in the all alloy block, applied the way I think it should be has in this case worked for me.

We found a specialist machine shop who was able to skim the bonded liners level once they were bonded in  with the Loctite 648 retaining fluid.

The car will now be taken by a specialist road trailer to the paint shop for some small works, after that onto the trim shop for a full re trim and new seats. The engine will be installed at a later time.

How easy was this?

Well we started about October last year!


Friday, 15 August 2014

Sadler 26 rudder ready for collection

This will be collected by its new owner over the weekend, probably the last rudder I will offer as a finished product there will be CNC blanks on offer however.

Finished with epoxy and 410 gram biaxial glass cloth, then lots of sanding, the final coating is Intergard white epoxy primer.


Marina walkway planks

We have been doing this for many years, supply of the local treated pine timber and over imported hardwoods just made sense.

The sample shows how we maxed out the thickness of the plank with an end rebate and also had a bevel machined on the long edge of the plank to give a more comfortable feel when walking barefoot.

The logic was based on the lower cost and lighter weight, with the correct treated wood we saved on both.

How easy a choice was that to make?

Deliveries any place in the Western Cape.


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A day at the office goes like this, Hillman Imp door glass fitting.

At the moment the total rebuild of the 1971 Hillman Imp Deluxe has reached the re fitting of the door glass, not my favourite job as they had specialists fitting glass when the car was new and its now a learning process,.

Coppaslip as was applied originally.

So just when you understand the process on the first door the second door goes so much faster and then you forget all about it as there may not be another job like this for some years?

The stop bar has to be in the correct position to make sure the vent window opens just far enough.

The frames were blasted and cleaned then sprayed with DTM black gloss paint.

Fitted and working well, even the original rubbers are in good shape.

One Hillman Imp vent light refitted, its a days work to do one and the wind down window in the same door.

How easy can this be?  try it and see!


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Hillman Imp front disc brake kits

These have now been fitted on both 12" standard size rims and also the larger 13"
size, tests have been done with a commercial brake supplier.

Imp disc brakes as fitted to the 12" standard steel rim size 

The main Test conclusions are:

- the Discs do not have the initial "snatch" of the twin leading shoe Drums. (Mintex described this as a "self servo" effect)
- the Discs can pass the Industry Standard 15 High Speed Stops with ease.

- The Drums overheat and fade on the first stop. And the subsequent 14 !

How easy can this be?

The choice is clear I think.

Summer arrives with the South Easter winds

Well sort of, we can expect some more rain but with the South Easter winds blowing up clouds we can be sure the seasonal summer winds will kick in soon enough now.

Hout Bay Harbour.

Chapmans Peak Drive in Hout Bay as viewed from the HBYC marina.

Tee shirt weather once again!


Saturday, 9 August 2014

Keel and foil shaping

We will no longer do the finishing works on rudders and foils but can still offer the CNC works on laminated hardwood blanks we can still produce.

A drop keel to one of the Dudley Dix designs, check the link above to view the process.


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Coventry Climax stickers

We have done these in silver vinyl for some years now, and order to England was posted on monday and from Cape Town, the picture shows that they arrived today and by thursday, what a good postal service!

Click on the picture to enlarge it.

The car is a perfect example of a Rootes Car Co Sunbeam Stiletto, check the rear window.

Timmy the family cat approoves!


Sadler 26 a new rudder in white epoxy primer

The weather has perked up and it has become decent enough to apply the International Intergard epoxy primer to the Sadler 26 new rudder.

Two full coats today, then final spot filling with ABE 201 epoxy filler, then again two more coats of epoxy primer.

These will be available as a kit from now on, once we have prooven the idea works as we have done, you can shape and finish your own from now on.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

DS 15 sport boat rudder and foil

A little while back we posted pictures on the lamination then CNC work of a foil and rudder for the DS 15.

Jim has now shaped them, news from Jim below.

PS, I used a dark wood stain for spraying the routing coves. It gives a
micro stain under the bottom of the cove allowing one to do final finishing
without losing one's place, once the cove disappears. Seemed smart at the
time and worked well. Not if one intends to leave it bright however. But a
better overall result methinks.

This is the rudder, we laminated African Mahogany for this order.

Both were vacuum bagged. Rudder is now faired and ready for final primer
coat. Centreboard has one side sanded and filled, ready for final filling,
sanding & first primer. Other side is still raw off the vacuum form. Next
week's problem


Thanks for the feedbackJim,