Dan, James and Karina came over, and we tested the Turntable Ladder. There were just two problems in all the testing – the engine was under-performing, to the extent that it would sometimes hardly run and also almost boiled on a 1-mile road test, and we once got the ladder stuck almost fully extended. That tuned out to be a fatigued return spring on the pawl release lever, which meant that the safety pawls were permenantly engage on the ladder rungs. This was sorted by using a piece of elastic to retract the pawl to get the ladder down, and then a replacement spring was made.
All the Walkers had a turn up the ladder, which means that Karina is probably the youngest person to go to the top of a wartime 60-foot ladder!
Subsequently, we found a number of problems:
- The advance/retard mechanism on the engine was siezed solid, and the engine was running retarded.
- The radiator was probably clogged, but has been flushed out for good measure.
- The head gasket is blowing a bit to the outside world, and possibly substantially between two adjacent bores. This will need looking at, but not till after the Nottingham event.
- The rocker cover was leaking oil.
We then took the K2 and Dennis Trailer Pump to Crich 1940s weekend (just for the Monday), having got the pump running for the first time since a major rebuild at 9:30pm on the previous evening!
We did a number of runs through the tramway village, and a couple of demonstrations with the stirrup pumps and the Dennis pump. During the parade, it was nice to overhear in the crowd, “Here comes the fire engine – its our favourite”.
Dan, James and Karina, with Paul and Ryan, and Fran and myself were present.