Chummy wheel painting.

September 28th, 2015

Let’s see, it’s been a while and a few things have happened. Mainly I got made redundant again, along with 2/3rds of my colleagues. we consider ourselves the lucky ones! It’s amazing how little clue these small start up companies have. After going live the company had barely any sales so some investors (not being totally stupid) pulled out. I suspect the company not having a real sales team might have had something to do with it. Oh, and no planning. Apparently the CEO doesn’t believe in project planning! So, job hunting again.

In the mean time I have done various things. A few weeks ago Joss, Ian and I went over to visit Colin who builds vintage Alfa Romeo Monza 8Cs. It’s a small outfit but it’s extremely impressive what they achieve there and  a lot of hard work and research has obviously gone into doing things properly. They build new chassis, new front axles, bodies, steering wheels, fuel tanks, manifolds and all manner of other things. All done using the correct materials (you can’t just build a chassis from mild steel – they had to source the correct steel called Optim 700 MC apparently) and all properly tested and certified so as to be fully road legal here (convincing the authorities your cast axle is safe can not have been easy) but Colin did it.

He very kindly showed us around and let me ask all kinds of silly questions. Was very inspiring! I took a few photos there. There are a couple of cars being build (one with a blown 6 cylinder Alfa engine) and lots of interesting bits about.

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That same trip was also a bit of an excuse to surprise Joss. For some time he has been waiting to take ownership of a new car, an Austin 12/4, bought from Richard in the car club. Without him knowing Ian arranged the hand over to take place at his place after our visit to Colin. Quite a few other club members were on hand to watch!

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Joss drove it home with me following in my MG to pick up an bits that fell off. Nothing did! Joss has been busy (with Ian’s help on the engine) readying it for a road trip he is doing with his family this week.  One of the little jobs was swapping over the ammeter for a silver faced one to match the rest of the instruments. I unsoldered the back of the gauge and gave it a light clean (mainly just the glass) for him and that is now in the car.


Since Joss is busy on that we haven’t started on the bonnet/boot lid yet. Instead I made the most of the first good spring weekend to paint my Chummy wheels finally. I trued them as well as I could on the car. The dial gauge is just used as a pointer, there is no way I could get them accurate enough to need a gauge like that to measure the runout! They aren’t perfect but they are much better than before. The Chummy is hardly a performance vehicle so they should be fine I think.


I then painted them outside with my usual Killrust black paint. You don’t want too much paint on them. You still need to be able to adjust spokes if needed and also if you put too thick a coat on you can find the wheels won’t go over the hubs! I had that issue with the ones I had blasted then painted by the blasters. I won’t do that again. Better to have them blasted then get them to spray them with a protective coating and paint them yourself. The Killrust paint is good since it doesn’t need a primer on nice, clean but keyed steel so you don’t have as many layers.

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Since it was easy to do I painted the brake drums too. The wheels are now inside and hopefully next weekend I can finally get the new tyres on them. I still need to rebuild the spare wheel. I made a wooden jig to do that but I think on my first attempt I didn’t make sure the hub was fully flat down so the whole thing came out wonky. I need to loosen it all again and readjust it. I don’t need a spare for the car to be usable of course.

I also went to see Brian the engineer the other day. He wasn’t able to fit the bar in the base of the crankcase that the studs fit to. There just isn’t enough room there to get the studs to thread fully into the bar. Where they hit it is right on the edge of the reinforcing block. Instead he has had large lugs welded into the case and threaded those. Hopefully this will work fine. It is certainly going to be stronger than just attaching them to the top of the crankcase which is the original issue we are trying to solve. Hopefully I can collect that soon and start building an engine!

2 Responses to “Chummy wheel painting.”

  1. Ritchie Says:

    Sorry about your job.
    Love your ongoing posts. Nigel’s too.
    What welding method did Brian use to weld the alloy crankcase? I have tried to get crankcase welding done in ChCh but haven’t found anyone to do it.
    Also….manifold studs broken off; a jig to centre the drill to drill them out would be helpful. Have you heard of such a thing??

  2. steve anderson Says:

    Tucson az usa .. could use some pics about reinforcing crankcase if you please .. THANKS SALT FLAT CAR . put my export opal model chassis back together today !!!

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