03/07/20 Fri. My diaphragm arrived yesterday afternoon, two
and a half days behind schedule so not bad. Today, I stripped down
the pneumatic governor, removed the old diaphragm (which had a split in
it) and replaced it with the new one. The engine now revs at a
more manageable speed. However, the overheating problem still
remains, in fact it's worse now and we were up in the 90's just 15 mins
after running the engine at 800rpm. Tomorrow will be a long day of
checking everything possible.
04/07/20 Sat. On checking the water level this morning, it
was down considerably. I topped it up again and fired up the
engine. It ran fine for an hour at idle revs, not going above 65oC,
then I put it in gear to load the engine and upped the revs to 1400, ran
it for a half hour and it stayed at 74oC.
I don't think the thermostat opens until 78/79oC
so it looks like it is just difficult to fill from totally empty due to
airlocks. I will do a bit more to it before being satisfied!
06/07/20 Mon. I had my haircut yesterday, it was driving me
nuts touching my ears! We walked up to the garage this morning at
6.30am and got some more diesel, petrol and ATF oil for the gearbox.
During the afternoon, I drained the engine cooling jacket again and also
the gearbox oil - which I then replaced with the new ATF. I have
put one or two photos on my 'workshop' page regarding the change of
governor diaphragm which you can see
here should you be interested!
07/07/20 Tues. Time for another moan! My elapsed time
from Gillingham count-up timer is no longer working as you can see
below. This is because Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, have
Windows 10 Pro version it is possible to enable scripts again, but for
me with the Home version, it is impossible. Why do Microsoft have
to be so bloody awkward!! I can't find any other way of making a
timer, it isn't possible with HTML code, so unless someone lets me know
of a way to write a new script, I will have to delete the one at the
foot of the page.
09/07/20 Thurs. OK, a bit of a mishap yesterday morning, we
were walking to the garage again to get another 20 litres of diesel.
My right foot slipped on a wet patch of slime across the pontoon and my
following (left) foot automatically came down fast to stop the slide.
It came down mid step and toes first - and crashed into the concrete,
making me say a few choice words. I should have gone back to the
boat immediately and put it in cold water, but we continued to the
garage and back with the diesel. That afternoon and evening were
absolute agony! I didn't get any sleep last night, and today I
have a big toe 75% bigger than it's opposite number, the nail is cracked
and the toe is rainbow coloured. The rest of my foot is also
swollen. So, today I didn't do anything except sit and read!
11/07/20 Sat. My toe is much better now, not hurting nearly
so much. I can't really walk or wear flip flops just yet, but I
can get around the boat! We lifted the dinghy up on deck this
morning - it's been in the water since pushing the boat over to A Dock
two weeks back, was full of water from the daily rains and the bottom
needed a good wash to remove marina dirt and barnacles.
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