Pity we missed the Victory Show. Workshop and Logs instead

Given a K4 that was boiling over on short trips (we used 5 gallons of water getting back from Rauceby last weekend), we decided that we had better do some workshop maintenance on Saturday. The cylinder head was removed, cleaned up, gasket replaced, and put back. We also removed the fuel tank, painted it, and painted all round it, and replaced the seal that leaked when you filled the tank. We are also improving the filler plumbing, as the long horizontal section of filler pipe means that stops at petrol stations are always very slow.

A few days ago, we took the radiator off, and had it professionally unblocked and flushed out. Luckily it did not need a re-core, but they said it was well blocked. Whilst it was all in bits, we took the opportunity of some cleaning and painting of the areas around the engine bay. It is now ready to go back together again. Looking at the radiator grill reveals a number of plates that cover the holes left by the removal of the Barton Pump, probably in the 1950s. We have been told that the removal of the pump was a cunning ploy to get the vehicle re-designated a ‘special vehicle’, rather than a pump vehicle, which meant that the government would fund another pump vehicle.

Then on Sunday, our churchwarden asked for some help getting a log out of the stream in the churchyard. So out came the Goddess. It was a good excuse to get it out again…

About lowdhamstation

I am a director of a small (and very technical) business, a committed Christian, a Reader (and preacher) in my local village church, husband to my dear Frances, am interested in heritage railways, and heritage fire engines. I currently run a group that displays wartime and early post-war fire engines at 1940s re-enacting events and steam engine rallies. O yes, and vintage cars and motorbikes, and we live in a Victorian railway station.
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One Response to Pity we missed the Victory Show. Workshop and Logs instead

  1. rhys says:

    The most usefull tool in the box, the big green thing.

    Can’t help but think there is something really obvious wrong with the K2.

    You have cleaned out the rad – you can fill it with caustic and leave it for a few days before back fluching, that helps too.

    Is there some blockage in the engine itself?

    HTH

    Rhys