Work Party

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A beautiful sunny January day bode well for some winter flying but the overnight rain saw pay to that with a drive up the field leaving deeper & deeper water filled ruts as we progressed. So it was clearly going to be a scrub – time to fix up a few bits round the club so it’s all spick & span when the weather brightens up.

Clearly you can’t have a proper gliding club without a tidy row of white painted tyres in front of the hangers.

The work party sets to it with Jeff strimming & others painting like a well oiled machine

The work party sets to it with Jeff strimming & others painting like a well oiled machine.

The chairman spots one tyre not painted up to British Standard & is understandably distraught

Horror of horrors, the chairman spots one tyre not painted up to British Standard & is understandably distraught.

Fortunately by working through our extensive photographic surveillance the guilty culprit was soon identified. Caught red handed in the the middle of a piece of shoddy work

Fortunately by working through our extensive photographic surveillance the guilty culprit was soon identified. Caught red handed in the the middle of a piece of quite shoddy work.

We are all about rehabilitation at Channel Gliding Club, so were delighted that this particular miscreant did so well in his retraining that he actually won the ‘More Paint On Me Than The Airfield’ competition

We are all about rehabilitation at Channel Gliding Club, so were delighted that this particular miscreant did so well in his retraining that he proudly won the ‘More Paint On Me Than The Tyres’ competition.

A pair of hardy lumberjacks were located working hard at one end of the field. Though the trainee looks particularly poorly equipped

A pair of hardy lumberjacks were located working hard at one end of the field. Though the trainee looks particularly poorly equipped.

Sadly this long shot of Dave creosoting the hangers was photobombed by someone with a strange beard that apparently looked like an unemployed Corsican fisherman. Watch out out for him in the future he looks like trouble.

Sadly this long shot of Dave hard at work creosoting the hangers was photobombed by someone who looked like a bearded unemployed Corsican fisherman. Watch out out for him in the future he looks like trouble.

Well with the extraordinary success of the day we all got a bit light headed and in the last hour of sunshine Jeff, Greg, SteveP & myself decided the it could be time to attempt the club’s well known ‘Impossible Task’.

We like to have one activity the is just about guaranteed to be insurmountable to use as a reference, a litmus test if you like to see if the gods of gliding are truly going to be on our side for the forthcoming season.

To this end we have taken one broken down ATCO 8/32E lawn tractor that a selected stream of mechanically minded people have looked at it, prodded it, poked it & finally pronounced it broken, seized, stuck & beyond all hope. To make sure there is no error we have then towed it in a seized state to a corner of the airfield & left it outside in the rain for 6 months to be doubly sure it was impossible to run. Plus a few plants were allowed to grow up through it just to be extra, extra sure.

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The lesser know Thirteenth Labour of Hercules.

Well there was no stopping us, we set about it like whirling dervishes, disconnecting belts, bypassing the starter solenoid, removing the recoil assembly, rotating the crank with a spanner, squirting petrol straight in the carb, jumping her with the Land Rover – then lo if she did not only burst into life. Stunned by this auspicious event we dropped her into gear & drove her in a circle all be it in reverse only – one miracle at a time . She is now sitting resplendent back in the hanger as a harbinger of the great thing to come.

Steve Chapman

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4 Responses to “Work Party”

  1. Jim Lambert Says:

    The deities of Briggs and Stratton are exceeding powerful…

  2. Jim Lambert Says:

    It just occurred to me while sorting through my wardrobe….I have quite a few RAF/Navy style long sleeve work shirts, many of them unused, various chest sizes from about 38 inches to 42…. anyone interested?? Free to seriously hard working volunteers! Or a tenner to the rest of you…Stop hitting me!
    Also many outgrown overalls and jeans etc, I will not see a 36 waist again….
    I’ll bring a pile of stuff down to next work day if poss!!
    Jim Lambert

  3. Steve Chapman Says:

    Not sure you will get Paul out of his paint splattered overalls Jim. He’s very much dwelling in his Jackson Pollock period. However I’m sure those of us with a somewhat less artistic bent would be most grateful.

  4. jim lambert Says:

    Hi guys! There’s a heffalump in the room, and it’s winch shaped…. good news, the truck brakes work. Less than good is the axle that drives the drums. Anyone got any knowledge of the history of the beast? Axle type especially!!
    Might have to do an axle swap at some point, in a perfect world there would be one available to bolt straight on. Finding the exact same item looks difficult, but there’s a lot of twin wheel axles out there. Quick weld of the diff and one drum can be used… more work on another axle will permit a twin drum operation again!
    The current axle needs a rebuild before it self destructs…. pinion bearings and drive flange are well worn. Loctite might work for a while….
    Just my opinion of course. Tool boxes at the ready though… Jim

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