Well, it must have been MONTHS, about 6 or 7 months since I last peeked at the Terrier project which is now struggling to be seen under rags and junk on the bench. I nipped into the shed for what was supposed to be a very strict ONE HOUR, but it took all that time just to re-acquaint myself with where I'd got to last time - so the second hour was spent measuring bushes and springs and such like to see if the wear was acceptable - it's not. Darn. I also had a rummage through the brown jiffy bags on the shelf, and found a set of brand new clutch plates that the very nice Joe Gray from Shetland sent me last year (he's had them in his shed for I don't know how many years!), and then ceremoniously unwrapped the box that Ex-Pressy Bill had sent me a few weeks ago. I'd peeped in the box when it first arrived, but was under strict instructions not to open it fully in the house. And now I can see why! Two rear suspension units, for a Terrier of course, all greased up and covered in stuff that Mrs BC wouldn't want on the carpet or even the kitchen table. Some parts of those will be salvaged and added to the new gaiters I found in one of those brown jiffy bags....bought them at Stafford and sort of, erm, forgot I had them - but between them, they will add up to two usable units.
This little stint in the shed was on the morning of a Grampian Classic bike club night, so I thought I'd take one of Terry's wheels along to the club, just for opinions and maybe advice. I plonked it down on the table while our man Tom set up his astronomy equipment for his talk. Captain Bill advised that the wheel is perfectly serviceable, never mind the few slightly bent spokes, and another member, Alan H, very kindly offered to take it home and blast the old chrome off for me, so that I can - you guessed it - paint it. Nothing wrong with a painted rim. It's a budget measure, and as we all know, we're living in budget measure times. So that's great, the sprocket appears to be ok too, although given a big pot of cash I'd rather buy a new one to go with my new chain; I suspect one will appear on my Stafford shopping list, along with a pick 'n' mix of nuts and bolts, and oh, there was something else I had to get while I was there - can't remember it now though.
74 days til Terry goes to the Shetland show....yikes!!!