It is an urban myth that The Society of Civil Engineers once petitioned the makers of "Yellow Pages" concerning the following entry:
"Boring": See "Civil Engineers"..........
Presumably, young, hip, trendy and interesting single Civil Engineers were finding it was having a downward pressure on the number of members of the opposite sex who wanted to go out with them.........
Anyway, that's not what this post is about at all......
But it is about boring.
And being bored....
(And may actually be boring for all I know, but no-one's making you read this rubbish, so you've only got yourselves to blame.......)
Actually, to be precise, it's about "honing", but that word carries with it little in the way of latent comedic potential.
For Roger and I have been honing-out the cylinders of the replacement TA14 engine to plus-10 thou.
This will enable us to fit the new pistons and rings.
Once this is done, reassembling the engine should only be a couple of day's work.
(Something tells me I'm really going to regret typing that...........)
The honing, however, is taking forever.
We are using a Draper honing tool mounted in an electric drill.
The honing stones are 120 grit for the 'rough' hone.
We have, after three days of back-breaking effort, managed to rough-hone two of the four cylinders.
We've got number three cylinder to about plus 6 thou, which means we're half way down the gudgeon pin on the trial piston.
It is a cold, uncomfortable and thoroughly joyless task.
Progress, at times, seems slower than that of vegetable growth, and it is tedious in the extreme....
And when we've finished rough-honing all four cylinders, we'll have to change the stones for the 240 grit ones, and fine-hone the last couple of thou off to allow the pistons to run with the rings set at the correct tolerances.
So there you have it folks!
Two old bores getting bored boring the bores!
Happy Christmas, everyone.
I'm off to straighten my aching spine with a very large gin and tonic and a lie-down.
Back in January.
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