Saturday, 25 October 2014

HBYC parking for members only

This is of course not quite correct, its more like a first come first served but given the area in front of the Hout Bay Yacht Club is part of the club its more than possible that the members will claim the space first.


Check the yellow paint on what is paving laid and paid for by the HBYC.



The large letter P with an angled line across it is a symbol saying No Parking the club members have decided its not meant for them. Is the large red and white STOP sign not a contradiction I wonder.

Who did this? I was told the Harbour Master was responsable but why and do we have a harbour master in the Hout Bay Harbour I wonder?

Its a crazy world but this is South Africa!

Roy

Friday, 24 October 2014

New Hillman Imp interior door cards

These are based on original but Singer Chamois style trims, the later Imp deluxe had nothing at the top edge of the door card, not even the door pocket, yet another degrade made from the time that Chrysler USA took over the Rootes Car Company, as sad day for Britain I think.


The black is real leather and the silver is a metal application process done on what was the Singer Chamois bur walnut over mahogany wood trim.

Now with the full re trim in place we have a door interior to be proud of, yes those bits of wire will be replaced!

Roy

New Hillman Imp seat covers

The 1971 Hillman Imp is now back in the work shop, the full retrim having been done to the very highest of standards, the seating panels mimic the original pattern but have black leather added, suits the car and is very nice.


The carpets and head liners, plus window rubbers are now all new as well.


This really is nice, its so well done!

Roy

Hillman Imp new oil cooler pipes

The old ones were about eighteen years old and while they still worked they were not suitable to put back in the 1967 Hillman Californian coupe, the old ends were removed and fitted into new hose, now very nice!


There is still one heck of a long way to go on this refurbishment job but each day we seem to make some progress.

Roy

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Introducing Veneerform

Check the picture, what your seeing is our regular Superform bending plywood which has one one face with a bonded veneer face on it.


Click on the image to enlarge it.

Just think how easy it will be to use and apply this new product.



Now credited with the international Bureau Veritas certificate of approval



This does not come lightly or cheaply, the end result though is that you the valued customer gets an approved product which you can sell on to your customer with confidence.



Roy

A new alloy oil cooler from the old one

Well first we need the old one, the one in the picture must be nearly twenty years old?


The original silver paints were removed with the bead blasting machine, then an hour was spent with a small tool making the vanes straight again.

The orange plastic nipples are there to block the entry into the cooler up, the correct hex headed pipe ends are used when the alloy oil cooler is in service.


The application of Hammerite silver paint with a high volume low pressure spray gun makes the job.
As good as new, nearly!

Roy

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Todays fog in the Hout Bay Harbour

Certainally time for the radar you have always wanted, GPS is great but does not show you other craft that you may meet on the same path your steering.


Photo taken using a Canon G11 digital camera.

More fog predicted for tommorrow.

Roy

More hanging about in Hout Bay Harbour

Over some weeks I watched as this block and tackle were designed and fitted to the fishing boat. This was not just a chop and weld construction, each part was cut and fitted, placed and welded, then when it was proven the fit was good, it was demounted and taken to be hot dipped galvanized.


This is one of the larger trawlers of its class in Hout Bay harbour, its hull is GRP, most are still in wood excepting a 50ft design in GRP which is still moulded here.


They will need to catch a lot of fish to pay for this bit of kit.


Click on the pictures to view full size.

Now thats what I call a Block and Tackle!

There is always some item or other of interest in our local harbour, you just have to look around.

Roy

Monday, 20 October 2014

Winter in South Africa

Not really but a large hail storm 1000 miles north east of Cape Town.



Time to start the day. Picture is of kids in hail which they pretended was snow other day!
 While they played with the hail we had 28c down here and a strong south easter trade wind!

Roy

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Toylander party fun

This sort of proves just how much fun a Toylander toy car can be! This was the demonstrator car, one I cut out from the CNC kit set panels and had glued up in one day, it makes for ease of understanding when you dry assemble to see the panel fit sequences.

Kit sets to the body, bonnet and front wing curves are available from www.ckdboats.com and plans from Real Life Toys in the UK.


This was a great party and it was not even a childrens party.


Its also good exercise for dad.

Roy

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Hanging about in the Hout Bay Harbour

This was about a week back, since then the yacht has been into the HBYC boat park, had its bottom paints renewed and is back in the water on its marina berth. The yacht was this years class winner so well done to all those involved as crew.


Click on the picture to enlarge it, the camera was a Canon G11 digital.

Tojan the boats owner had a nasty fall off a ladder I think, thats him with the floppy hat near that rear of the boat and holding the rope, he damaged both of his wrists and is on sick leave for the next six to eight weeks I am told, hope your better soon Tojan!

Roy

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Anton Anrieth Groote Constantia pediment restoration at the old wine cellars.

We have been visiting the wine farm named Groote Constantia for decades, this art work has never looked better!

The most famous work is by Anton Anrieth, its remarkable, magnificent!

Circa 1791.

Anton signed up to the military and that got him out of his native Germany, shipping to the cape.


Click on the pictures to enlarge them, the camera used was a Canon G1X digital, this shot was
 on a 4 x tele shot, which is a disapointing maximum.

I can advise visting early rather than late when the place can become really busy with tourists.


The main house is to the left of the camera and really worth the visit when your in Cape Town.

Roy

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Ford Bantam 1600 XLi poor service quality.

An update:

Friday 17th of October and Craig the workshop service manager of Mekor Ford in Claremont phones me to discuss the problem, after discussion it was agreed I would take the car to him on the following monday, which I have just done.

We went for a drive and Craig told me the Ford Bantam 1600 XLi motors are all the same and that the fuel control system on my car is normal, so is the noise from the final drive of the transmission he added.

If what Craig tells me is true, its obvious to me that Ford of South Africa have produced a lemon with this design, was this the reason Ford stopped production in 2011?



Rather a lack of it.

This very low kilometer Ford Bantam was sold  by the Tygerberg Honda dealer and with a pre delivery check on 81 items, I know this as it was sold to myself.

The drive home soon had me wondering what was wrong with the car, inspection showed that the passenger side steering arm ball joint was badly worn. At home and grasping the nearside road  wheel, it was easy to move it side to side and be able to feel the loose ball joint,  yes they did 81 checks and missed that, so did the required roadworthy guys which of course I had to pay for.


The picture was taken on the Constantia Wine farm route and Groote Constantia, the Capes Oldest wine farm?





I also found that the fuel injected engine had a control unit problem, the engine revs just go up and down when you change gear, I saw 1800 rpm on idle once.

The Honda dealer is part of the Ford dealership and sent the car to Claremont where the Ford dealer is, the control unit was removed, cleaned and put back, who attended to the ball joint I do not know.

The car was then delivered back to me, the idle speed was no different so this time I took the car back to Ford in Claremont myself, they fitted a new control unit?

The problem is the fault is still there, I thought a modern car engine was plugged into a computer and checked that way?

Last night I decided to sell the car as its horrible to drive, today Mekor Ford service department phoned, spoke to jean  and asked was all well with the work they had done?

Jean told them the truth and then asked would you like to speak to my husband? the caller declined.

Seems to me both Tygerberg Honda and Mekor Ford in Claremont need to re think customer service.

Why bother with Ford service when its so poor?

Roy

A Hillman Imp for sale in South Africa?

I was asked for a price on this nearly forty eight year old classic Singer Chamois and looking at the values in the UK used those, then added in our ultra weak exchange rate and came up with a number.

The engine is close to a Sunbeam Sport standard and does go quite a lost faster than a normal Hillman Imp, the price reflects the sport additions of course.



I was asked this question today and the only car I may offer ( and may not) would be the 1967 Singer Chamois we have owned for over twenty years.


A price? I have no idea, would it be as it is and the engine is perfect, starts first time even after standing unused for two weeks. The car can and is used as a daily driver when we have decent weather.


Restored will stack the numbers up but these cars are worth the cost and effort these days.

The car as seen has a lowered an monte carlo stiffer road springs and 13" wide rims, also the front brakes are converted to Ford Fiesta disks, they would all be removed and the car converted back to standard and 12" rims and tyres with the normal drum brakes.

Spares are imported normally from the UK, a recent load was flown in and the air charge was rather massive, many parts are here though.

 Not a pair of opening Hillman  Californian coupe vent light windows, I have just had UP deliver two from Ireland, the total cost was GBP140 plus Vat, when the parcel was opened only one was correct as the other one was from the standard saloon!

So it goes, another one and from England was collected by TNT today, with one more being sent from Scotland we should end up with a matching pair soon, at least my Imp car parts contacts are many.

This is the way we need to ship now, with the SA Postal Service on its knees due to continued strike acctions, the only safe way to get your order is to use a courier service, a British Seagull part posted months back just never arrived.

Below is the route some Imp Californian windscreen rubbers are taking right now:

Via TNT, last week we used UPS.

16 Oct 2014 04:46:34 London Heathrow Hub Shipment Received At Tnt Location 
16 Oct 2014 03:37:28 London Heathrow Hub Pre-arrival Customs Clearance In Progress 
16 Oct 2014 01:56:53 Northampton Hub Shipment In Transit. 
16 Oct 2014 01:55:00 Northampton Hub Shipment Received At Transit Point. 
15 Oct 2014 21:17:00 Exeter Shipment In Transit. 
15 Oct 2014 18:17:41 Exeter Shipment In Transit. 
15 Oct 2014 18:17:36 Exeter Shipment Received At Origin Depot. 
15 Oct 2014 14:32:11 Exeter Shipment Collected From Customer 


Roy

Saving Eskom electricity tarrif cost by using a thermos flask?

Saving you money, saving you time, after a week of trying the air pot method I am sold on the idea just on the time it saves, never mind the money.

This was on my mind a few days back, we save gas on the boat with a thermos pump pot so why not do the same here at home? I have just checked a few web sites, some use a rate of R1.00 per kwh and another uses R1.50, so who is correct? Check Justins take on the subject below.

One issue thats not mentioned is the saving of time, time is money kind of thing and waiting for a kettle to boil cost both the electricty and your time!

Eskom is the South African power utility.

Thanks for those numbers Justin.

Roy



Roy it's a good idea - the Thermos is WAY more efficient than a kettle - mostly because one boils approx 2x too much water every time kettle is used.

So I would estimate the saving at about half of the current usage.


Electricity costs about R1.60 per kwh in Cape Town (one unit = 1 kwh). A kettle uses about 1.5 kw. So estimate how long it runs for every day - example if used say 8x per day, 2minutes each, that's 16 minutes. In a month that's 480 minutes, or 8 hours. At 1.5 kw you have 12 kwh. Total cost is 12 x R1.60 = R19.20. Thermos halves the cost approx, the saving is in the order of about R10 per month? I would have expected more..... see if these assumptions fit your case.....

Our kettle and half full, which is about what we boil each time took three mins, two secs, to boil! So the saving will be fifty percent larger?

There is one catch of course, we have the pump pot so the cost right now will be nothing, Jean says we paid R350 for it years back, so what do they cost today? you then need to build the cost of buying one into your sums.


Roy

The idea is proving to be a winner, excepting the reaching out for the kettle still continues when we want another cuppa! its far faster using the airpot and even some hours after filling with boiling water we still get a hot drink.

Just in today:

Hi Roy and Justin,

Well, I suppose any saving on mains electricity charges is a worthwhile venture but you would need quite a large and well insulated flask to store the amount of tea we get through every day as we brew a teapot each every time and get two cups each from these.

My largest flask is just one litre unless I count the Air Pot that is quite big but is not completely sealed so would lose heat and as you know the water must be at boiling point to get that proper cup of tea?
For instance in Joburg you never get the kettle to boil at 100 degrees C due to the altitude so you never get a decent cup of tea. Some people have been known to hold the lid on and block the spout to add a little pressure just to get the water to as close to 100 C as possible.

That saving would equate to about 60 Pence. It would be greater here as our power rates are higher at around 15 Pence a unit. They have just dropped our electricity bill from £85.00 to £65.00 a month as the price of oil falls and even fuel has come down a little, I'm buying diesel for £1.30 a litre now on special at the supermarkets, not too long ago it was £1.45 a litre.

Notty, UK