A Sad Tale in 2 parts

Part 1…………….The Morris Minor Woody went on a trip to Dubbo NSW about 1400kl via Sydney got to 20 kl from Orange and tossed the Rear main seal this dumped the oil then sized the motor, this did size the gearbox and caused a rear axle to break.. I am at home and the poor little beast is still in the dead of winter at Dubbo 1129kl away via the New England highway..

Part 2…………..I left for about 10 days on that trip and in that short space of time anything and everything went wrong with the Aquaponics and I lost over 50 of my Jade perch 50m from where I type this…on a Happy note I will not need as much fish food to grow them out now!!!!!!!!

Wicking Garden Beds

OK : So if you don’t know about these things? here is a crash chat…take a bathtub fill in the plug hole ans seal it then lift the tub above the ground and toss in some 100mm ag pipe cover this and up all the sides with geo-textile or weed mat (my case)drill a hole 5in ( 125mm) up the side and another 6in (150mm0 for heavy drainage (like in Heavy downpours of rain) then cover the ag pipe with loose weed mat and fill to 5in 125mm with corse sand now cover the sand with a 2nd layer of geo-textile or weed mat up over the sides.This is now topped off with a good topsoil mix.

So 1 bathtub with 2 holes for water fill and flood relief.

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Now the start of these are 100mm (4in) agg pipe laid in a large ring around the bottom of the tub, mine I joined the ring with joiners as they were on hand and as I cut 2 I had another section that just took up space in the bottom these are used as a clear run of water within the sand layer,Airrig1_tn

the weed mat is laid over so the sand will not seap down and fill the 100mm ag pipe

Airrig2_tn you will notice here that there is a 50mm fill pipe.

now the weed matAirrig3_tn Airrig4_tn So now 5in of sand ..(wet it down so it will pull down around all the sections of ag Pipe.

Put in the sandAirrig7_tn Then another layer of weed mat


Now this next  step is not mandated but I laid down 50mm grass clipping left a week in a plastic drum and then 50mm of hay that I had run over with the catcher mower to make it fine.Airrig9_tn Airrig10_tnnow my soil mix was 10 shovelfulls of a cow and lake mud that mixed with lawn clippings was about 4 years old this was added to 1 x 55 kg bag of good potting mix

IMG_1341_tn This was done last Sunday and on the Monday I planted out some 4 leaf stage Luttuce

the whole bet was then milched with mowen straw.

That was #1 test bed will load up test bed #2 tomorrow.


Aquaponics since Xmas 2014 to Feb 9th

The project had 30 Gold Fish running around in it working to get it settled in.

When it was first filled with water I put 20liters of fresh Cow Shite as a kicker for the bugs…

So along came Jan 2015 and mid month 100 Jade Perch fingerlings were dropped into the 2000liter ponds/tanks.

so here are some videos of things as they went.




And Now A QUESTION for anyone is this normal.


You cannot stay in the area of the pump at all

A Tail of 2 Cars that got a lot of Change update 11th feb 15

Ok so way back I started a thread here about doing 2 cars that by the end of a few days became 1 Car  (( A Red 1 )) well that car now joins a Bentley Body hanging on the wall from back in 2003.

The Bentley like the Red 1 just met a brick wall as what I wanted from them, they would never had made the grade.

So this is a new Detailed Car as someone has waited long enough, sorry Mate I don’t have a name for Her yet or if even a colour.

I took the 5lt 4 pot ( built at the start of “A Tail of 2 Cars” ) laid it on the desk and designed a full chassis to go around it

IMG_1103_tnIMG_1104_tn IMG_1105_tn IMG_1106_tn IMG_1107_tnIMG_1109_tn IMG_1108_tn  IMG_1104_tnIMG_1111_tnIMG_1112_tn IMG_1113_tnI had 7 photos of how the chassis was made but iTunes sorted out how to get rid of them, So it was a section of 1/2 inch square that was forged into the shape I wanted then cut right down the middle so that both rails are the same.

The rear springs are my own design and still need to be wire wrapped so they stay together at speed.

So that was my last few days ! what did you get up to.

See Ya Tony

OK Sunday 8th I have made a video that shows what the still photos never show 3D…real.


Monday the 9th Feb 15….

so this took me 5 hours today..Every car that is not air cooled needs a radiator So looking at the beast I took a  few distance points and starting with a sheet of copper,

I designed what looked right for the monster on the bench and sort’a looked like the old (REAL) cowel Hanging on the shed wall IMG_1121_tn IMG_1122_tn IMG_1123_tnIMG_1124_tnIMG_1126_tnIMG_1127_tnIMG_1128_tnIMG_1129_tnIMG_1130_tnThis grill is the stainless stuff that keeps them out.


Dam a real radiator from a fridge (I Think)IMG_1134_tn Just cut out a chunk and whittle it down to size.

IMG_1135_tnIMG_1136_tnIMG_1137_tnNow it looks the part behind the grill.

IMG_1138_tnto hold it in as I have to join Alloy,Copper and Steel I ran a wire through the grill grabbing the center bar, a twist or to keep it snug then bent to go through the cooler and grab the 2 center down tube’s.

IMG_1139_tnIMG_1140_tnNow back to the car and with a large tent peg make with the welder an upper and lower set of (Rubber) hoses.

IMG_1141_tnIMG_1144_tnIMG_1145_tnIMG_1146_tn3 rivets on both sides and the extra length on both sides of the cowl met dead on underneath (talk about Kama.

IMG_1147_tnwell that was 5 hours.

Funny thing this stuff I started about 2pm it was daylight and then it was dark and I needed a torch to take the last few photos at 7pm, yes I know that is 6hr’s but I did sit and think a fair bit but it was all fun and time stops.


So it’s the 11th today and I missed yesterdays post…ok…here..

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So at present the chassis is 22 inches long and it is an old final drive Chain.that was it.

Wednesday 11th

Sorry no photo of a bit of tin with lines all over it just after it was cut in about what looked like where it should have been…That is I wanted the cab floor,firewall,leg well and a nice comfy seat all with a hole for the gearbox tunnel .

IMG_1165_tn IMG_1168_tn IMG_1172_tn IMG_1173_tn IMG_1175_tnIMG_1176_tn IMG_1177_tn IMG_1179_tn IMG_1180_tnSo that plus 2 fillings at the Dentist was a day.




Storm V’s Bloody Big Hill

I live in the shadow of a very big hill Mt Tinbeerwah‘ is a 265m high volcanic plug just inland from Noosa, Queensland Australia.11-12-2014 10-35-33 PM11-12-2014 10-41-36 PM

On the map above 1 and 2 in yellow are the climbs on the cliff face and I live in the middle of the of the 2 white lines at the top middle of the map.

So today we had a standard set of summer storms come through, ( 1 just a week or so back did 600 million $au damage to Brisbane (our states capitol about 1 and a half hours south)).

But we have a secret weapon this hill..

watch the video and get to know and see How.


Rocket Stove Mass Heater and where You are going Wrong

So you figure that you are correct in you R.S.M.H. well watch and just see if you are.


I do hope that in your case this may have been a waste of a moment in your Long Life, if not then I hope that i have helped sort out a small problem or shown you another idea in the growing of the knowledge of Rocket Stoves and there place on this planet.


4th December 2014

2 Cars now 1 update Sat 18 /25th Oct

 So I am a day late, blame all the concrete.

So it took to Friday to get my act together and get back into the start on the bodies made on Tuesday.

In the good old days I used real car panels but a Merc nigh on killed me when the panel went up in smoke and the stuff used in sound deading was very toxic, so now I use nice safe new steel.

Pictures new steel and an old pattern of the cockpit from there it gets to be what is in my head at that moment, this body ,I decided to make like an old rivet job and i had some sections cut from old computers so a few more cut outs and then …BIG MISTAKE….

I have not counted how many rivets I did yesterday and there are just as many to go before the paint job.

Thus the 2 cars now 1 cause I would go mad if I did 2 the same (but Different) right now.

so cut rivet and then fold over a chunk of old oar then weld and grind the seam behind the driver and put on the body lower frame.next was the dash and then I started the copper tube that will be the leather tuck/roll on the metalwork around the cockpit.1234567891011121313 1415161718192021222324

So there you have it 1 week gone.

And that Motor well it was going to be WAY to big to be usefull , so I will work out some thing else for it …Even a Tractor …1 day. Tony

Another week of which 3 days I concreted while the paint went off.

The box of bits that were to be the motor ended up way out of scale so that was shelved along with a motor for a Morgan.

A bit was done this week Bodywork, Copper/Leather cockpit edge, Clean, Prime, Paint, Grill, Copper Surround,Rad Cap, Exhaust for Straight 8…8 into 4 x 2 then…

and a start on the Front wheel stuff, Some pictures are needed at this point.

282930313233343637Yes all those Rivets I got in 1986

38it will go faster

394041Crim safe…cut trim and add a Kangaroo

“It’s made in Australia.”

43444546Yes way out of scale.

47Oh and Headlights.


Well that was fun, love the shape of the pipes.

See You Next post.

2 Cars The Tail Of

A long time ago as an artist I made model Racing Cars from any of the stuff I did collect.

Now I have been asked to build 1 more along the same lines “Thanks Ian”, but looking around here

(at home) I find that of what I made I can’t forgive myself for not keeping one of two that I did build.

These are those two cars.There was the RED one


And a Yellow one


leather strap

Both were the top end of Detail, and took far longer than the few days needed to build a standard.

So I am going to build Two cars.

Right here over the next month or so.

I will update this post every week with the how and when and they will be Yellow and very much along the same lines.

Ian gets first pick and the Tinker gets the other.

Well that was a fast week it is Friday night allready and with all the other stuff in life not much happened in the fixing the shed side , But in the job of the Cars I did manage to get ahead of my self and figured that what the heck do it right …so instead of a body first and then the rest was made to fit why not build a motor and then work outwards (you will notice that neither of the above cars have motors).

So first off you need to dig into 18 years of junk and kept stuff (yep started collecting in 1996) I wanted stuff that would build a motor or two from way back…thinking big 4 or 6 cylinder great big 5lt type stuff, air cooled ? whatever so that ment a day just going through draws and buckets…you get the picture.

take a bucket load of old rusty parts , toss into a cement mixer add some concrete blend and water and you get IMG_0963 Dam that went messy quick but after an hour or so, pour it out wash the bits then blow torch them dry FAST or they rust again IMG_0965so …

A;….Push Rods….B;….Front of Motor….C;….GeneratorIMG_0968

D;….Belt Idler….E; + F; Inlet Manifold….G;….Carby….H; +I;…. Air filter IMG_0970OH and Q;….Carby Spring Return….

R;….Wire and Rods, misc Motor and Carby Sections.

J;….Starter Motor….K;….Both sides Engine Crank Shapes….L;….Bell Housing….M;….Gearbox….N;….Crash Box Gear  Selector.IMG_0972

O;….Exhaust Pipes….P;….Exhaust End,  still need a middle pipeIMG_0973so the picture of the Exhaust end was not to great so I will show you another that gives away where it came from ( Love Woolies Sales)IMG_0966so One Complete Motor allmost.


That’s about 11 inches long, mite be a bit big, rethink time me thinks.