<< December 2018. I started extending my workshop. One of the reasons I'm doing this, since buying the Packard Ambulance this time last year I've struggled for space inside my workshop, yes I know, too many vehicles, ? this is why I put the Model A truck up for sale last year, which never sold ! SO, in Novemember I made the decission to extend the workshop.
So, Having firstly knocked the scalloding tubing into the ground in 3- places I made up the framework, then cutting out the bottom of the steel door frame, I welded that into the Steel tubing making the door fit okay and lock up, then, bringing the steel cladding up to the front to sheet over the tubework .
Having moved the front of the building forward, I started on the side of the Workshop, by removing the old blue sheets and putting them alongside the fence (Left) then started knocking it the legs into the ground plus putting the scaffolding framework to hold it all up, this left my workshop open to the elements.
Next job, was to Concreate a catch tank below (underneath) the oil tank, this is to catch any spillages that might accure ?
Having bought 64 concreate blocks I started cementing them in place hence to seal off the oil tank from the rest of the workshop.
This is just in case there in a fire inside, this should protect the tank from any flame,
So it's now 29th December and this is where I'm at at the moment, once I've bricked this wall to the roof I'm not that far from finishing the extension ?
January 3rd 2019........yep it's 2019.....HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Six of us took the Two trip boats "Electra and Richard" down to Dry Dock at Stourbridge for their two year inspection and a re-paint.
Starting out from Parkhead after a full charge overnight we left at 9am, weather was dry and cold, about Plus 4 deg c today.
We tackled the 25 locks with no problems, the trip boats made it down there under their own power, taking it easy all the way, they both arrived at the Dock for 3pm.
7th January 2019 Canal and River Trust start stipping down Blowers Green Lock for repairs which should last about three weeks.
The stop gate leaked very badly plus the walls leaked water back into the side of the boats, it used to sokak our passingers in our trip-boat !
So, they fitted a new Cill whith a new rubber seal across the bottom across the gate, then later mortered up the brickwork chamber to seal up the leaks and cleaned out the bottom of the lock chamber of rubbish. they finished on
Having painted everything I set about moving the shelving racks from one side of the workshop to the other.
This was harder than it sounds, as they had been in place for about 30 years, you can imaging the stuff that was dumped on these shelves ! Hence to say there was plenty of rubbish, after moving the racks, I gave them a coat of white paint before putting the items back on.
I used to keep my Anvil outside because of the lack of room inside, but I got wet sometimes when I wanted to bash something in the rain !
So, I cemented some concreate blocks together as so to get it off the floor, save's bending my back you see !
BUT this proved dificult to lift the VERY HEAVY ANVIL on the Pedistal.
As luck would have it I put the block and tackle around a scaffolding pole which was strong enough to lift the anvil into possition, mixing up some concreate at the same time, that's that fixed in place now.
It just needs painting up now.
Friday 25th January. Trip-boat start's to come back from Stourbridge
On Friday 25th January we had to move the Trip-Boat from the Stourbridge Dock.
Pauline Farnell started the tow even thou we had charged up the trip boat it was going to take 3 days to get the boat around the LONG WAY because of the canal stoppogies up the 16 locks at Stourbridge.
So, we started off by towing the boat from stourbridge going to the 4 locks at Stourton, we drove the trip-boat down onto the Staff's and Worces canal going towards Wolverhampton, by the end of day we got the both boats as far as Swindon lock where we moored them both up for the night.
Day 2 Saturday
Having driven to Swindon with the crew, we got on the boats and got going through the many locks ahead, having to get two boats through one lock takes more time, but we were doing it, the weather had been kind to us so far, Friday was quite mild, today was a bit windy, but dry (so far ?) after getting moving at 10am we pushed on, by about 12 midday we were into the flight of 3 at the Famouse Bratch Locks with no problem.
By 4pm it started raining, we had reached our planned destination today at Compton, where we moored up for the night, then driving back home dropping crew off on the way.
Day 3, Sunday
The weather had turned for the worse, it had rained all night, as luck had it, it stopped by 10am were we all met up at the bottom lock to meet the trip-boat coming up on it's own power, the wind had picked up a lot, yes it was 50 mph gusts at times !
Which made it VERY COLD indeed !! But we pushed on regardless, by 1pm we had reached the top of the 21 locks where the trip-boat carried on. Then at 3pm I had a phone call of HELP....we are stuck and out of power !!! So, getting Bittell fired up at the Portal, we motored on along the Old Main Line towards Wolverhampton until we found them STUCK in a place called BILSTON, So afer quickly winding Bittell around, I got the tow strap on the Trip-boat and pulled it back to the Portal.