A New Dawn

A New Dawn – by Chris McIntyre When a devastating fire ripped through Burnside Motor Works in Dalbeattie on 23rd December 1921 it turned a young car designer’s cherished dream into a financial nightmare in the space of just a few hours.

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Setting the Scene

Several exchanges by phone and email by the various parties interested in recreating the Skeoch Cycle Car culminated in a meeting that took place at Edingham on Thursday 22nd February 2018.

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March 2018 – Scoping the rebuild

It becomes apparent that the items left to kick-off the Skeoch project are less complete than anticipated. The 9 copy drawings do not completely describe the car, there are significant component details missing – such as axles, steering and brake details. The Beardmore Precision engine is short of a magneto, a carburettor, a needle valve […]

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April 2018 – The Shed gets title to the Skeoch

On 7 th March Geoff Allison & Alan Mazza travelled to the home of Archie & Betty Sinclair (the daughter & son-in-law of James Skeoch) in Helensburgh where they were met by Fiona Sinclair who handed over the letter transferring title of the whole Skeoch project to Dalbeattie Men’s Shed, at the same time parts […]

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May 2018 – Famous Visitor

Attracted by the Skeoch project the Shed had a famous visitor on Thursday 24 th May; Sir Billy Connolly, with a film crew from 7Wonder, recorded a piece for the upcoming Billy’s travelogue around Scotland.

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June 2018 – Frame Assembly

On receipt of the side frames from Paterson Engineering the basic frame was assembled , allowing measurements to be confirmed for the design of the Gearbox rear support, chassis drop arms, running board & rear spring supports – drawings of these parts were sent Patersons for laser cutting from 6mm mild steel plate.

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July 2018 – Bulkhead supports

Drawings for the bulkhead supports added to the Paterson Engineering job list. Removal of the engine cylinder head allowed the crankcase seals to be tested – they failed – confirming the need for a complete strip down and rebuild. A strip down of the gearbox is started in the Shed, and suitable recycle hardwood (ex […]

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August 2018 – Going electronic

A new member, Dave Higginbottom, has brought computer aided engineering, CAE, skills to the project. Dave is building up a virtual Skeoch and converting the imperial aluminium casting drawings into metric CAD drawings and .stl files. The virtual Skeoch can be viewed from any angle on screen, assisting layout and confirming measurements.

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September 2018 – Ford Model T Club visit

Members of the UK Model T Ford Owners Club visited the shed on 20 th September with 5 vehicles. Inspection of both the Fords and the Skeoch prompted lively discussion around similarities and differences in the two designs, it is possible that some Model T parts can be adapted to fit the Skeoch and Richard […]

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October 2018 – CAD design and drawings

Professional supporters make valuable technical contributions. CAD design and drawings of the most complicated aluminium part,the engine & gearbox support together with CNC files and an aluminium billet are with Alan Young Engineering, Auldgirth for CNC Machining.

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November 2018 – Technical support results

Early in the  month Danny Melville of Hexagon Metrology visited the shed with state of the art 3D scanning and metrology equipment. Danny 3D scanned the Skeoch radiator badge & the Model T Ford front axle, he also accurately determined some key dimensions on the engine and gearbox: The engine/gearbox support is back from Alan […]

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Skeoch Supporters

Dalbeattie Men’s Shed wishes to acknowledge the following without whom the Skeoch project would not be possible.

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