Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. My name is Steve and i am the lucky owner of a John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. I built her over three years with the help of my father, father-in-law and two children. She was launched in August 2007 at Queen Anne's battery marina in the barbican area of Plymouth. This blog is a record of our voyages together around SW England.
Arwen has a YouTube channel of her own. Search "plymouthwelshboy".

Saturday, 2 June 2012

I wish I had come across this lot when we were stripping 'Stacey'. Wouldn't they have made life easier?

 Although the blog is about Arwen, 'Stacey' occasionally slides in.  She is gorgeous but a little minx. She can be sweet natured one moment and an evil so and so the next.

Take recent events. We discovered a stress fracture and when we gently poked it - a piece fractured. We've cleaned off all the paint and the piece seems OK. However, what caused the stress fracture? Moreover, how do we reattach it? It will need welding but this is an aluminium headset; and of course there is the issue of the paint. We don't want a respray but won't heat from a mig weld blister the paint and powder coating?

sorry about the blur - the nikon doesn't seem to like close ups
You can see where it has broken off so how do we fix it?

In the meantime, another problem is emerging. the front brake functions perfectly with the wheel off. Put the wheel on and pull the brake handle and the brake applies. Let go of the handle and it doesn't return. You have to push it why is that?

We are discussing whether to keep the original speedo or put in a new one. We are leaning to keeping the faded original but repainting the worn off numbers.

We still have to work out which wires go where on the headlight rear as well, but the end is in sight....well it will be when we have solved the brake issue and the fracture stress.  Any tips or advice, as always, very welcomed.

In the meantime the troublesome gap seems to now be this big and I think that is the best we will get it

If you have any thoughts or suggestions we would love to hear from you 


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