Thursday, 24 July 2014

Making the Sadler 26 rudder in South Africa

The Sadler 26 needs no introduction as a very capable design, at least two went to the Pacific and at least one went right around the world! This I know as it started and finished  here in Cape Town.

To my surprise not even the class association in the UK had a copy of  the Sadler 26 rudder dimensions, so we had to copy sizes from a locally built Sadler 26, make the templates and then as our CNC man to feed these sizes into his PC.

The blank was shaped as we normally do, then sprayed black for reasons I am sure you will be able to work out.

Shaping started today, more pictures later.

Simple ideas like the black paint can be seen quite clearly in this picture.

Many hand tools add to the use of power tools, finishing with the hand tools is always the best way though.

This rudder is a size which can be shipped with the post office should anyone want one ?


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The water level as used for setting up a leveling a boat in build?

This is as simple and low cost as anyone can wish for, plus added to that it is a really accurate.

This is all it is a nice long length of clear plastic tube thats filled with water, note the stopper bungs in the tube wnds at the top.

Click on the pictures to enlarge the image and see more clearly, the Jack Plane is there as a weight to keep the tubes in place.

The pictures should speak for themselves?

The arrow in white and to the left is one of the water marks on a Proteus 106 sailing cat, the tube to the right
shows an arrow and marks the water  level  in that tube.

By adjusting the tube up or down we can get the water level and transfer it even around a corner or in another room, you need two persons to do that!

How easy is this?


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Hout Bay Marina Berth for sale

This is a very good investment to those who have their own yacht or intend to purchase one in the future.

Marina number 80 will take a larger size yacht, a size 45 feet long will be easy.

To be sold with the maintainance for 2014/15 pre paid, available at short notice.

Price on application:

Hout Bay is one of the top destinations in the Western Cape and less than a half Hours drive from Cape Town City.

Contact me for pricing.


Mirror Dinghy for sale in Cape Town

After building the CNC kit, a world first by the way, the boat then had to be measured, I am pleased to say
that the build measured in every way.

We can now apply to ISAF for a Plaque and class number and sell this boat on.

Available now and to the first person who places their firm order.

This is the same boat prior to being fitted with the decks, we can supply part built boats or fully rigged to your choice.

Only to order !


From the RSA Mirror people today:

Attached please find the measurement certificate for the kit supplied by CKD Boats – everything measures.

We request that CKD Boats be accredited as a Kit Manufacturer of the Mirror Dinghy. Attached is a letter from the International Mirror Class of South Africa (IMCASA) supporting the application.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Disc Brake kits to fit the Hillman Imps

Progress from the original twin leading shoe front brake drum set will see a kit such as on the bench in my picture being fitted.

New gas front shock absorbers are being fitted at the same time. As were the brake kits, the shocks were special IMPorts from England.

New Girling gas shock absorber and supplied by The Imp Clubs spares department.
Part number 70094603A 4PS3


Disc Brakes for the front of a Hillman Imp?

Why bother you may ask?

Well the old twin shoe type with two cylinders and leading shoes work well enough, then need re adjustment
as the linings wear down, reason enough to change ?

Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

In the case of the Imp Californian and as I happen to have an all new set of front brake linings and cylinders I have chosen to fit them to the front of the car for now.

One thing with this old type brake system is they can be re built in most centers and to an as original specification.

Good news!


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Typhoon hits Mike Storer

Well not Mike personally I assume?

Typhoon update. Our town was a direct hit. No phone electricity. Only a little tap water no mobile internet. A few towns away everything is OK. So won't be too long. No real probs. We have enough of everything and shopping centres 5km away have everything.
So we are and will be OK but comms are down


Hillman Californian gives up some secrets

The return of the 1967 Hillman Californian and by its own motive power was a good day for me, the fact that it still drove was a bonus in itself but what would I find wrong with the car?

For sure it had been messed about with, trims damaged or removed, the back bumper was bent and had a split in it but on the good side was a newish water pump and tyres, not sure where they are from, China?

A good power wash with solid clean water soon showed some changes made but why is there a large space at the top of the road spring on the drivers side?

They have fitted a new (?) shock absorber and its about 35mm too long!


Hillman Imp Californian Coupe in South Africa

This was always a fairly rare car, with production spanning just three years and only 6100 or so made, this car was then exported to Mozambique, I assume as a Rootes Car Co export and not a personal export?
as the speedometer reads in kilometers and not in miles per hour.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Seen here I am taking advantage of a break in our cold winter weather to air and dry the car out.

The car was sold by me about four and a half years back, it has spent most of that time parked outside near Cape Town, the paint has taken a hammering and the nice silver wide rim wheels were painted as we can see but otherwise the car has survived, sort of.

The engine is the cars original and numbers match, from Richard at the Imp Club in the UK I am told the car came off the Rootes Car Co production line 3rd of February 1967, the Californian was announced in 1966 but only sold from 1967 and this car was one of the first.

Nice to have such a restoration project on my hands again!


Classic Car maintainance

This subject bares some thought, you buy back a 1967 Hillman Californian Coupe, the carburetors have been messed with the fuel lines are perished but there is a new petrol filter fitted in line to the fuel pump, why?

Looks just like seaweed to me?

Click on the image to enlarge it, there is a wire filter which caps the area otherwise this mess would be straight on down into the Stromberg 125cd carburetor bowls!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Primus burners (silent type) now in stock

I have just received a pair of brand new Primus type burners and control knobs (thanks Chris) they may be pre sold to fit the older model Taylors paraffin stove that came in some weeks back.

Then again they may become a stock item until we find a new home for them? P.O.A and cheaper than overseas!

Recycled burners and new jets are in stock too.


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Hillman Imp owners meeting in Hout Bay

We are all Imp owners or were at one time, the car in the picture was owned by Eric on the left and also by Willie the tall guy next to the car.

In the background is the 1967 Hillman Californian coupe, a rarer car than I had thought?

Hi Roy,

Great to hear from you and good news you are going to keep another Imp back on the road good luck.

After having been into imps since 1964 have just aquired a Californian myself (my first of this model) trying to get on road for the big weekend lots of problems so far but think I will just about make it.

As regards numbers of cars left   DVLA have a total of only 37 cars on the road and a further 27 cars on SORN (known but not road legal) this does not mean this is the total of cars left only the cars we can prove from records .

Many club members like to play their cards close to their chest and not dIsclose cars they have tucked away, plus cars like yours which never show up on UK records.

As Californians were only produced from 1967 to 1971 they had one of the shorter production runs and our record show a total of 6122 being built.



So thats only sixty five left including my own!

There are only four Hillman Imp based cars known to me in the Western Cape, South Africa, three are with me and Eric has a Mk2 Hillman Imp at his home just around the corner.


Saturday, 12 July 2014

DS 15 Foil and Rudder packing

This was yesterday and part of Jims order, he will shape the foil and rudder before we send him the CNC cut plys to his DS 15 sport boat.

Epoxy and fillers, plus ABE epoxy fairing paste and an International Paints guide.

International Paints, epoxy primer, PU top coats, cure agents and the required thinners to each paint.

The foil and rudder was wrapped in clear plastic sheeting, then taped and nylon strapped to keep them secure.

We can ship country or world wide.


Friday, 11 July 2014

Hillman Imp Californian returns home

In this case the home is my own, after selling the 1967 Imp Californian some four and a half years back, I was able to buy the car back last week.

The car after restoration about twenty years back, it does not look like this right now but will eventually!

The car came off the Rootes Car Co Scotland production line dated February 3rd 1967, destined as an export model it still has its original Vin plate and engine, still on its 875cc pistons and running really well.

The car was an export to  Mozambique, the speedo is in kilometers and shows just 771119.9 Ks,

Nice to get the car back again!

The Imp Club know of only 74  Californians left, of around 7000 of this model sold, 6100 were sold in to the UK, so some 900 went out as exports, how many other export cars still exist I wonder?


DS 15 Foil and Rudder blanks

They are ready now and will be packed for shipment early next week.

The shapes are cut into the hardwood blanks, the job next is to remove the excess wood and release the shape. The final finish becomes biaxial glass cloth and epoxy, we supply those materials also.

We can also supply finished and to an etch primer coating ready for top coats.