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Not as sorry as I was to sell it after it was rebuilt. The rod let go at the big end, and folded up in the piston, there was a small chip to the bottom of the barrel liner, otherwise no (at least visible) damage. I made a wooden blank of the surviving rod and a foundry cast another for me, and did m...
I would imagine it be more due to the centrifugal nature of the impeller forcing water to the engine more than water pressure on the inlets. Perhaps if the inlets were smoother (or larger) it might make some difference. On the other hand how hot does the exhausted water get ?
The 'bitza' did me proud, traveled several hours up and down the Murray River. Did not miss a beat, started first pull every time. Land speed recorded was 5kph upriver and 10kph with the flow. The tiller extension was donated from 'croweater' after he used it on 'Seagulls on the Murray'. [attachment...
- Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:10 pm
- Forum: General Topics
- Topic: Seagulls on the Murray
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I'll finally have the opportunity to see if my Seagulls will have enough power to go UPSTREAM on the Murray River ! Next weekend the Victorian Woodenboat Association will have their "Weekend Away" at Moama on the Murray. I'll have my Bitza and ever reliable 40+ along . The Bitza is a 1955 ...
- Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:37 am
- Forum: Wanted
- Topic: V-strut for Skeletal bracket
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I was looking at one of my broken alloy struts and noticed that there is a 25 x 6 half threaded rod with a convenient slot in the end. I assume that the casting was drilled and tapped for the pieces to be fitted. I guess it makes sense as that point takes the most stress and a brass rod would be str...