Saturday, 18 June 2016

Argie 15 kit building in Switzerland

This has come in from Basil in Zurich.

Hi Roy

I have just glued the seat riser and set the first cleats,



Click on the pictures to enlarge them.

Basil has a very nice workshop, lots of light and a good build table to work off.

The workmanship looks neat and clean, this is a good way to process any build, clean up as you proceed.

The inside joints have been supported with epoxy fillets, we supply the micro balloons and fumed silica powders with each kit we sell (optional) when required.

The Argie 15 kit set from CKD Boats cc is a very popular choice.


Which way up do the Perkins 4108 diesel injector yokes go?

This question requires an answer, as so far I have not been able to find any mention of it?

The injectors on the Perkins 4108 are not in the Perkins manual for the engine, well excepting an image showing one under test but nothing otherwise in the two manuals I have.

One manual shows an image on page 32?

Images are taken from Parts 4 Engines, my thanks.

Check the way the yoke sits high and under the neck of the main injector body.

I had my injectors fitted with new nozzles, they came back to me with the yoke reversed and a large gap where that joint is.

This meant that I could not tighten the injector into the head tight enough as the yoke was fouling the cylinder head and the copper washer was not sealing the injector to cylinder head correctly.

Note the recess, this yoke is the right way up, lets call it the 'Catch Water ' position?

My four injectors were returned to me with the yoke upside down and the depth of that recess was then short on the depth I could tighten the injector nuts up to.

Click on the image above ( its my own) the gaps around the injectors can be seen clearly?

This is how the head was suppliied to me, the valves had been fully serviced, the injectors still required the same so the yokes were in the original and correct position.

I hope this information is of help to someone?


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Optimist kit by CKD Boats cc

This kit was developed from an order from a local yacht club for five kits, as we were developing the kit, three more orders from the same club came in.

Since then we have sold them into many places, sometimes with larger boat kit orders or to parents who just want to get their children onto the water.

This kit build is the first one of three kits we exported to a sailing school in the USA late last year.

The kids will build the boat, then learn how to sail them as well.

Guidence from an adult will be required.

We supply a very detailed builders guide with each kit we supply, it has some 14 pages and is filled with instructions and pictures.

There is also a Builders Jig, that is required for each build, more than one Optimist can be built on the same jig if the builders are careful.

With this order we also supplied the North Sail and a Harken deck package.


Basils Argie 15 kit building

Basil bought an Optimist kit from us last year, he made a great job of building and finishing that kit.

He then ordered two more Optimist kits and also an Argie 15 design by Dudley Dix who is in the USA. We supply the plans under licence from .

The panels when freed off from the okoume marine plywood sheets, we leave them tagged in for ease of packing.

The plans also include printed build instructions to guide the builder as the assembly takes place.

The Argie 15 is a fine craft, it can be used as a sailing camper also if you fit a canopy over the boom?

Basil calls this a 'Dry Assmbley ' that is a great idea and allows the builder to better understand the panel assembly .

The basic hull is formed, next the seats and dagger board casing will be fitted.

This kit went to Switzerland, such orders are not uncommon for us, we handle the packing and shipping, the customer then handles the inbound costs when the package arrives.

For a lot more on this great design please view the SA Yacht Blog by Justin Phillips.


Sunday, 12 June 2016

Inside the Rootes Car Company, Linwood, Scotland, factory

There are very few really good pictures of the inside of the Linwood factory that I have seen, excepting those in books about the Hillman Imp like Apex by Robert Allan.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

This picture was posted as a header on a social media site connected to The Imp Club.

With members World wide The Imp Club is well worth knowing about.

Why not go on line now and become a member!

The Hillman Imp is a compact, rear-engined saloon car that was m...anufactured under the Hillman marque by the Rootes Group (later Chrysler Europe) from 1963 to 1976

Imp variants:

The Hillman Husky estate car was based on the Imp

Hillman Imp
Hillman Imp Mark I
Hillman Imp de Luxe Mark I & Mark II
Hillman Super Imp
Hillman GT [10] (developed by Chrysler Australia from the Singer Chamois Sport and released in April 1967, it was never badged nor officially referred to as the Hillman Imp GT)[11]
Hillman Imp Californian (coupé / fastback saloon version)
Hillman Husky (estate version of the Imp from 1967)
Commer Imp Van (from November 1965)
Hillman Imp Van
Singer Chamois Mark I, Mark II, Sport, & Coupé (upmarket, luxury versions of the Imp)
Sunbeam Imp Sport
Sunbeam Sport
Sunbeam Chamois & Chamois Coupé (luxury version of the Imp)
Sunbeam Stiletto
Sunbeam Californian
Sunbeam Imp Basic (North America)
Sunbeam Imp De Luxe Mark I & Mark II (North America)

My own red Hillman Imp Californian came down that same production line on the 3rd of February 1967. The car was painted in the Rootes paint code 108, which was white,with a pale blue interior. It was a fully built up car that was an export order to Mozambique.