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Barcom



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How many engineers remember doing a ring change on the bottom pistons?
· Date: Wed, 30 January 08 · Views: 388
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raybnz
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Registered: September 2005
Location: Hamilton nz
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Thu, 31 January 08 14:14

Getting into the liner and grinding off the wear rings to allow the bottom piston to slide out when being lifted. Then taking calibration measurements of the liner. Would still enjoy doing that kind of work.
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john1950
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Registered: June 2007
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Thu, 31 January 08 15:54

Remember getting this job a few times as I at that time was thin as a rake! Once as a Jun Eng, we had to remove bottom piston when a bottom end bolt sheared whilst crossing indian ocean causing havoc in the crankcase luckily crankcase doors held. Chief's love of welding came to rescue when he made a temporary repair, welding if I remember correctly the timing shaft after declining the Captains' offer of radioing for a tow. The Chief and Second certainly showed thier skill and knowledge then.
PS The temporay repair was still their when I left the ship some months later.
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Doxfordman

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Registered: March 2005
Location: Hobart, Tasmania
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Thu, 31 January 08 16:35

Looks like a J type Doxford? Brings back many happy memories.

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Barcom
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Registered: January 2008
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Thu, 31 January 08 17:31

John1950,

You had welding equipment on board? We usually had to wait until we docked near a more up-market vessel - like a Norwegian - and beg the use of their equipment. Ah, the days of bending HP fuel lines with a kerosene blowtorch while drifting somewhere off the north coast of New Guinea with ER temps pushing 140F.
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john1950
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Fri, 1 February 08 03:34

Barcom,

Even better the chief's second passion was _his_ acetylene gear. He loved to burn corroded nuts off rather than use a cold chisel!
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Stumps
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Fri, 21 December 12 11:37

And these days they would'nt have a clue and in this one thread several wrinkles on how to sort it out. That's what wqe're losing these days.
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