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Tigerr

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Tigerr last won the day on May 6

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  1. You are right there are possible engineering fixes, if I had time and the specialist skills, and were not reliant on canal engineers. The thing is one needs to be in the right place, to make it work financially with the time and the skills cost. The time and cost of moving (towing) the boat 2/3 days to a yard with the right facilities, and the skilled labour, breaks not far off the replacement lump. For the difference - it makes sense to get a complete new power plant with all the problems sorted, and several years of boating confidence ahead. I am sick of worrying about noises from this engine for 3 years and sunk a load of cash into fixes in the last 2 winters with highly reputable engineers that in fact would have paid for a new engine. I am done with that way. I am also pretty unimpressed with the basic engineering of the Beta 43 of 1998 era - anyone can see the front end is simply a failure waiting to happen once you look at the bits - I am not an engineer but it is glaringly obvious this is a design failure at GCSE level. My engine is in fact very low hours - only 500 hours in its first 5 years. If I were running Beta I would be ashamed that my engines were falling to bits like this, so I could sell new engines to replace ones where a pulley thread failed. That is all that is wrong - a thread. It really is a bit shite. Shame on Beta I say, and take care all you other Beta owners out there - that front end is a weak spot and it may cost you more than £6k. Nasty business, but I guess good business for some.
  2. Does a low hours 1998 Beta 43 with 12v and 3.5 kw travel pack, new bearings, but in need of bench work have residual value? It seems a tragedy to me that for want of some threading on a crankshaft the engine is finished. But, I don't have the means to recondition it.
  3. An update - I know how interested you are! Have spoken to Beta and engineers. Ouch! There is no economically viable fix, given the factors of engine age, type, and location. Perhaps if I were at a yard with an engine bench on hand, but even then the cost of rebuild is close to a new short engine cost, and no guarantee of long term success. So, bite the bullet and put in a new engine and pots, which will all work properly together. With luck it will be a straightforward lift out and switch. No boating this summer though with lead-times.
  4. You are being distracted from the real heist going on at the top.
  5. Good old BJ tells it like it is - he's happy not to have a plan so we should all be reassured by that. Although Davis says there is a plan. I expect it is a bigly great plan, the best. So good he has not told Boris about it. Meanwhile May stands up and asks the opposition (that is the people she was going to crush in the GE) to send their ideas in, so she can 'get on with the job' in a string and stable way. IE she wants some of the shit flying off her fan to stick to everyone not just her team of hardy brexiteers. I say no! That shit is all hers, every last drop in the creek.
  6. Main act is Petula Clark. I understand they are fed up with having so many people there and decided to book someone who will make sure it less crowded.
  7. That's good - is this just a case of getting any old hospital silencer and weldor it in place or is there more to it? I was also wondering if maybe a square one would have to be made up to fit the hole - is that also feasible?
  8. I am anticipating having the engine out and while it is out might be a good time to make some changes in the engine room. Appreciate any advice on this: The boat has a huge hospital silencer running crossways over the bay. It is a pain - literally - if one wants to work on the engine. Originally this made sense as batteries were kept in the swim - but now batts are above in lockers, leaving a space in the swim. I have in mind the this space would be ideal for a silencer, of the right dimensions, this making access to the engine easier. Is that sort of thing feasible or very ill advised?
  9. Beta are going to get back to me - much hinges on the engine number apparently, as early models cannot take the 'fix' pack and as said, by the time it has been taken out etc - might as well have a new one rather than try and fix a 20 yr old compromised one. Ouch ouch. Might even be a chance to reorganise the engine bay. There is a huge silencer that gets in the way of everything which I would like to put into the swim space - if a square one of the right size was a 'thing'.
  10. That is similar to one I built. I found it was OK for going on the roof if I took the battery off - which was needed anyway for charging. Most important thing is a strong frame to cope with the torque of the motor and the weight of the battery. One of my early conversions was on a lighter aluminium frame mixte and it flexed so badly it was nearly unrideable! Plus - the bottle mounts can easily break with the battery (towpath bumps) so some secondary thermoplastic padding to hold the battery is a good idea.
  11. This is a most dispiriting read given my own Beta 43 pulleys are lying on the bilge floor. Too late for remedial action, the connection is 'mullered' as you say. Expletives all round.
  12. I have built a few of these using regular bikes and conversion kits available on the internet. There a many types of electric assist bikes and it is well worth thinking through what you want before buying. Some are bikes for non-cyclists, some are high performance vehicles. Some are gentle short range utility bikes and others powerful long range ones. As a rule the lower priced ones are built on bikes that are made of chinese cheese. For the towpath the best I have seen is a decent solid Halfords off-road hybrid with a powerful (500w) 36v crank motor and 15ah bottle mount battery. Bike costs about £3-400 and conversion kit about £700. Very easy to build up, or can be bought ready made from a company called Whoosh. I had one myself and it was a superb workhorse. Unfortunately it got nicked from behind my back while I was chucking balls for the dog! (I never found out what the top speed was as 25mph was well enough). Key thing was it had enough power to go up anything with ease. Effectively a moped. I also have an electrified Brompton which is superb as it folds so small, but it isn't great on rough towpaths.
  13. Thanks Granddad.
  14. I rather suspect that my winter investment with the yard in question will have no comeback, and as the boat is now effectively stuck at Cropredy a local trustworthy solution is needed. The cost implications of this are, I know, enough to make a man weep. On reliability - I always thought the beta 43 was reckoned to be about the most reliable lump out there, and much favoured by anyone not in the vintage market. I understand there are fixes, but also that on a beta aged 20 yrs - even a low hours one like this - a new short motor may in fact be where this ends up. Perhaps it was a mistake to change the name of the boat. Anyway if anyone can recommend a trustworthy engineer around Cropredy I am interested.
  15. Here is the latest. Just as we thought we had it sorted - The entire pulley drive shaft just fell off this PM. Clunk kerbang. Luckily within a few miles of the home base so didn't happen on the Thames in the middle of nowhere. So - looks like the problem was alternator drive related, and the known Beta 43 weakness. A shame as I spent a huge, huge amount of money last winter with a certain yard on the GU who reckon to be specialists in this having the whole lot looked at, and sorted out. I am now looking for a good engineer in the Cropredy area! I fear this may be an 'engine out' job but live in hope.