Saturday, 16 October 2021

Willys Jeep; Lanoguard treatment...

 


I have been reading a lot of online reviews of this product that originated from the Marine environment and now has a Moto treatment spray and Grease and going on the reviews decided this is deft worth a punt and what I want to put on under my Jeep as winter looms...

But first off watch this YouTube film from the manufacturers...


So you can see how it is a non brainer to use,  needing no PPE to apply says a lot compared to Waxoil and other nasty stuff already on the market.  Eco friendly then, ok to spray on rubber seals and bushes, electrics, in fact is says it protects these items under a car on it's chassis.

With a repaired tub and repainted Chassis 2 years ago by the previous owner I did not need to use the Grease that came with the kit with no real bad rusted areas and after an initial blocked spray nozzle from (my fault) not shaking the liquid properly I was soon spraying away having stuck the back wheels up on rams to gain easier access. it took around 20 minutes to fully coat the underside and I gave it a good soaking  then after half an hour once all drips had stopped did it all again, and I still had 1/4 litre left in the bottle which is really impressive.  















I plan to spray the remainder inside the frame of the Army Pugsley and going to try it on the outside of the frame where they alway get surface rust - around the seat stays where they join the seat tube and chain stays behind the bottom bracket, it will be interesting to see how it works over the coming winter out cycling on the coast...





Rolling the Jeep out after sitting 5 days and it has soaked in well leaving a nice clear covering and looks good...







Sunny day so roof and screen down for a day up the hills, not going to have many more days this year warm enough to use the Jeep like this - that's for another post...


Film applying Lanoguard on the Jeep...


More soon...


Thursday, 14 October 2021

Tool time... Shovels and spades...

Old Tools are often Good tools, as they were well made with quality materials, take the quality of steel for example. British Steel was at one time the best and the likes of Sheffield Steel is still regarded as used in some of the best made knifes, 

This old Diving knife I was given is a good example of quality...



I got some lovely old military shovels, their designs combine a shovel and a spade so are more versatile in different conditions, like this Diamond Shovel on my Jeep, pointed it will dig through hard ground very well...

I have two other military shovels i have re handled to use metal detecting, The larger No 2 size with a `D handle` was an Army shovel from an unknown year that was again like a lot of old tools i own were my Dads as long as I remember, which I stupidly stored in a damp area and the shaft rotted, and I have never forgiven myself for doing so...


The larger shovel is now 6 inches shorter as the handle had rotted through so I cut off the rotted point after grinding and punching out the rivets then refitted it having shaved it to a new point and used cut down 5 inch nails and re riveted  it, you do this using the ball point end of an engineer hammer and an anvil or similar to hammer the rivet, handy we have a couple of anvils in the garden!...

With the rounded tip of the larger shovel it is better for digging into and moving sand, and being shorter it's now ideal for digging under Sea Buckthorn, digging out say a WW2 Pill box or similar, or when kneeling on a sand bank etc...

The smaller 1980`s stamped NATO shovel with `T handle`is brilliant for digging through small roots and stoney ground...

I also have this military style mini shovel that was my Dads and while not genuine military it is of a very good quality...


As you can see it has a removable head and an axe head...

And the spring button you push in to swap the heads is actually on a saw blade which you pull out using the bottle opener on the shovel head...



This real neat bit of kit is going onto my Surly Pugsley Fatbike I set up for winter  and be ideal for trail clearing work etc... - more on that soon!

While spades tend to be flat bladed and straight shafted for digging over soil etc for gardening a shovel will be slightly angled and curved or have lips on the sides and used to move sand, gravel, small stones etc...

You cannot really lift turf for instance with a shovel but you can roughly with a spade - but not to Links Greenkeeping standards! , so how do you lift turf by hand?, Well you use what we Greenkeepers refer to in the trade as a Turf Iron, or `Turf Lifting Iron` or what we call them here on the Scottish East coast a  `Swan neck`, and again the  old ones made by the likes of Spear and Jackson who still make them today though the quality is nowhere near like the old ones with poor welding etc... old ones were made from quality Sheffield Steel and often made by Blacksmiths and lasted for years, they usually out live the ash handle shafts, and I have a cracking old example I need to clean up and re handle...


You can see where the swan neck name comes from... and look at the workmanship how the metal has been shaped...

Yep I defiantly need to get this done and made usable again!...


We got a heads up from Al he had found what he thought was an old spade head - minus shaft out at JMCP on the mud flats...Curious if it was military or not we took a low tide cycle to retrieve it, unknown if heavy or not i stuck the Fat BOB trailer on an old Pugsley as not used the trailer for a while and its fun to use, and following his directions we soon came across it...




Left as he found it at the remains of a WW2 Anti Glider Pole base...



Loaded onto the trailer we took it home to see if it will clean up and we can ID it...


 

It looked to me like a Peat cutting shovel as they are long and narrow and have a slight curve in the blade, But can now confirm it is a drainage spade, we will try clean it up soon by trying the process Electrolysis...


Wee film cycling to collect it, Song is `Constants Are Changing` by Boards Of Canada,




More soon...

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Apocalypse Pugsley...

 


I have been looking for a WW2 BSA Paratrooper bike which I can fold up and sit on the front of my Willys Jeep...

Image from BSA Museum


They were a bit crude built and just steel pipe tubed with a single speed  and two big wing nuts which allowed them to be folded in half and went out the door of a Dakota or similar aircraft with an Allied Paratrooper in WW2...


These are real basic bikes, a bit crude and similar to a non folding bike of similar spec  to the time, right into the 1950`s and any single speed or 3 speed British bike of that period can be bought for £50 or a bit more, I have an old Raleigh Sportster in the garden painted Drab Olive, it even has a black out lamp I picked up cheap...





So when BSA Para bikes which used to cost up to £600 started appearing on eBay for £1800 and one recently for £5000 Buy It Now price!!! and another by someone which has obviously been a complete bike which the seller has split to sell to make more money appeared I thought stuff this! crazy money for a basic old bike, which may or may not actually have any military history - probably not if it is still in Britain...

So... I thought I could have some alternative fun instead...

I  own 3 of the original MK 1 (non drop top tube-top cable mounted) Surly Pugsley Fatbikes...


First was my original  2nd colour edition 2007 Thunderbird Grey bike - The 1st Fatbike owned in Scotland... Then a new unbuilt  first colour edition 2005 Purple Pug frame set I bought from Ireland, and then recently another Grey Pugsley from 2008 which i came to own via friend Chris. This bike had been given a very nice re powder coat in a metallic grey by Chris after he acquired it as it had lived a life with an Obree Bikes employee who had to ride it in their team colours, here is the colour when Chris bought it...

Aye it was an fugly one!... Lol!...

It did come to the UK though dressed in (very rare in the UK- prob only one other drilled pair on a 1st generation ( 9Zero7 fatbike) Alaskan Snow Cat 29" diameter x 55mm wide rim offset wheels after it was ridden in Alsaka on ice spiker tyres, not only that,  but this bike has also cycled the Tour Divide!...  So this one has been around the block a few times...



Chris had the bike returned to Grey and I gave him some fat wheels for it, which are still on it now which I also set up Ghetto split tube tubeless...

The bike has recently has Microshift Acolyte 1 x 8 which is a brilliant cheap strong budget group set for the coast...


With an all steel group set - a steel 32t narrow wide front chainring, steel 11-46t cassette, and pressed steel clutch mech on a KMC nickel plated chain,  plus bombproof twin wall original Surly Large Marge 65mm wide rims, with the original reversible wheel back up option if a mechanical failure with the mech or free hub, and loads of spares in the cave for these bikes I can run this bike for years on a budget,

I do of course ride a new Pugsley 2.0 with Moonlander wheels giving the widest  wheel and tyre option available as my go t Fatbike - G`s bike is the same set up, but I still need a 4" wide tyre Fatbike to use my Fat BOB trailer as it cannot take the larger 4.8" tyres on 100mm rims (Surly Moonlander wheels) that are on my Pugsley 2.0 bike so i will often use this bike, Add that I still have a set of full mudguards (Made in USA by `Big O Manufacturing - no longer available) and racks and lights etc it made sense to build a bombproof cheap reliable bike for winter beach riding including night rides as the evenings draw in  and give the whole thing a good rustproof coating...

So back to wanting a Military bike and having a stock of bikes I did what they say in the Military and i improvised...

3 cans of Red Oxide primer later...


Tyres masked after removing the grips, complete brakes and drive chain and adding Stooge Klunker bars it got 3 coats of Red oxide primer, then 3 coats green...




Think Fatbike, Rust proofed beach bike, Klunker bike, Utility Bike, Firewood trailer hauling Bike, metal detecting bike... that was the plan for this build...

Sniper tape added to the seat tube and bars where the Magic Shine lights mount, all removes parts got some matt black spray before adding, and my original Epic Designs frame bag and fuel tank bag added, which is a massive frame bag to carry extra stuff needed when sawing wood or metal detecting etc...





Out on it's first ride at the weekend and it's ace!, same bike as before - the plastic mudguards and alloy racks don't add much weight, while the 4" rise Stooge handlebars are a lot more comfortable - I have always said Pugsley`s have too low a head tube height and these bars take all the weight off your wrists and keep your back straighter...




Test ride successful I added some graphics and will do a bit more as and when needed for the bike...






Won a Surly Steel rear rack on eBay as need a stronger rack to carry heavier items which should arrive this week, it will of course get the Olive Drab treatment...
Looking forward to nightrides through the week now with lights on this bike ready, as it is dark around 7pm nowadays with the clocks soon to change  later this month...


I`m still looking for that shed find WW2 BSA Paratrooper bike at a real world price but in the mean time I`m going to have a lot of fun on this!



Hotchkiss Willys Jeep - make it your own...
Surly Pugsley Fatbike - make it your own...




I have since posting this a week ago bought a used Surly Steel rear rack on eBay and added this to the bike
having got the green treatment and being a lot stronger and direct mounted will handle loads a lot better...



Real happy with both these additions this year!...



More soon...