The CAD models for both LHS and RHS castings and Machined Models are finished. These are now ready for a final general check and checking of the required Machining allowances (RMA) for the casting model. This will be done in cooperation with Chris Sheppard before they are sent to the foundary for checking and approval.
Following on from this process, the 2D machining drawings for both the LHS and RHS blocks need to be produced from the 3D model. A 2D preliminary drawing has been produced which, fortunately, matches the original Ashford drawing!
Other progress at the moment includes plenty of cleaning and painting including the reverser covers, which it is hoped will be on display at the AGM also.
Ian Furguson has finished the machining of the fitted bolts which will fix the cylinder block to frames, once we are ready to fit the new cylinders!
Our main priority at the moment is to get the cylinders progressed which will need to be funded from the funds raised by the project. We are always looking for new friends and supporters to come on board, so if you know anyone who would like to help us, please point them in our direction, it would be much appreciated.
The estimated cost for casting and machining the cylinders has not been received yet, but it expected to be in the region of £15,000 for a completely machined cylinder block. Transport will also need to be financed!
Clive D. Emsley
Chairman - The Fenchurch Fund
Project Manager - PROJECT 27
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