|Setting up the 'Studebaker of Aust' stall at the National Rally|
|The M5 loaded for the trip to Wagga Wagga|
|On show at the National Rally|
|Callum & Liam meeting their Great Grand Parents at Warwick on the way back from the Stude Rally|
During this time I also decided to get my motor bike back on the road, which wasn't without its trials and tribulations. After sitting for two years with a dud fuel pump it had accumulated quite a bit of rust and sludge in the fuel tank, which I didn't see until it had blocked up the new fuel pump on my home from a ride. So off came the tank AGAIN, to remove dismantle and clean the pump, and tank. After scouring the intent for a tank cleaning procedure I was very dubious of what I found, to say the least. One guy recommended adding methylated spirits and sand!
|Inside the fuel tank after 2.5 years.|
|Inside the fuel tank after soaking in De-Rust Plus for 48 hrs.|
|The float after a soak in De Rust Plus.|
|The Fuel float after 2.5 years|
The National Humber Rally is planned for March 18th 2016, so I've decided to stop procrastinating and get the Humber Speedster finished in time for it's debute. Well, at least to be able to be driven off a trailer under its own power. As there are a 1001 jobs to do before it’s finished I turned my attention to the supercharger manifolds – yes I am fitting a Rootes type supercharger to Huber` (as he is known affectionately in our house, Huber` the Humber). I only just realised when writing this that the supercharger is of the Rootes design, fitting as Humber was bought by the ‘Rootes Group’ in 1932 the year Huber` was built - interesting coincidence. As with the other jobs building Huber` making the S/C manifolds required a lot of head scratching.
The following photos are of the build process, the next job is fabricating the manifold from the S/C to the cylinder head.
PS. In my last Blog entry I showed the process of rebuilding one of the Luvax rotary stabilators (shock absorbers). On finishing and testing the rebuilt unit I decided they just weren't up to the duty I will put them to at highway speeds, so for safety I am going to fit new modern shocks front and rear.
|The manifold flanges laser cut by Kilner Engineering., Bulimba.|
|The 100mm x 50 mm (4"x2") RHS used for the intake manifold|
|Sectioning the RHS for the 1st bend.|
|Positioning the carburettor|
|Cutting out for the bottom flange.|
|Setting the bottom bend.|
|Setting up the carb flange section.|
|Fabrication complete, now the dressing up.|
|The final finish will be put on during the engine assembly.|