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 and filter/cap for the pilgrim oil lift system. The Burman gearbox is missing a side casing and start sprocket/arm, the clutch looks well worn and the 4 wheels are modern pressed steel handcart wheels and of dubious load bearing/drive capacity.

The Beardmore ‘Precision’ engine.

The engine and the steel handcart wheels.

On Sunday 11th  March, two members (GCA & RGG) were invited to Dr Neil Oliver’s workshop in Castle Douglas where after browsing the drawing copies Dr Oliver handed over a list potential contacts for parts that might be suitable for the Skeoch re-creation. Later on Thursday 29th March two members(GCA & GFT) attended the Borders Men’s ShedFest at Galashiels where contact was made with Borders Shedders involved with rebuilds and ownership of Model T Fords & Austin 7s – both of which may be suitable donor models to the Skeoch project.

On the positive side the project (which will be funded by cash ring-fenced from normal Shed accounts) received small donations from Martin Shelley and Colvend Golf Club to kick-start our dedicated Skeoch fundraising. Shed members also raised funds by selling commemorative dye sublimation printed mugs at the Easter Saturday Coffee Morning.

Skeoch coffee mug printed on our Dye Sublimation printer.