2019 to many of the working group will be remembered as the year where it seem'd every working day was either another riveting session or drilling, reaming & preparing for one! But with no surprise after spending the first part of the year finally squaring up and setting up the frames, with over 200+ rivets to put down the theme for the year was set! Over the year and with each regular monthly working day the group, by the end of the year, had successfully riveted up the main frame assembly and rear Dragbox, a major task in itself, & finally made a rigid foundation from which to start building up the rest of the engine from!
Offsite, having sent our valve rods to Statfold Barn, these received attention being re-metaled and machined back to drawing. On site under the trusted eye of the machine shop foreman Steve Heckford the fettling jobs of matching the valve chest cover to the new block was undertaken with preparations being discused and made for machining out the valve face relieving grooves in the new year. Meanwhile our volunteer machinist Ian Furgeson, over the school breaks, has been hard at work completing a multitude of tasks for the project including the manufacture of a machining jig for re-machining the eccentrics round which followed shortly after, manufacture of new piston rods & cotters to suit as well as re-machining the piston heads, machining the blast pipe casting to finish as well as a multitude of other re-bushing and machining work!