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A voyage of discovery, by Captain CPAP !.

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Re: A voyage of discovery, by Captain CPAP !.

Post by Sleep2Snore » Thu May 30, 2013 5:13 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIyZfjC3Dq8

Never heard of a Lomax, had to look it up.
Is this the right machine?

Sometimes the head gear shifts and you get a leak, just adjust and back to sleep :)
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Post by Mr Mouse » Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:21 pm

Hi S2S,

Yeah that's a Lomax all right, they are based on Citroen 2CV running gear. Some are even made on the original Citroen chassis, mine is on a spaceframe chassis though. It has the original rip roaring 602cc 2 cylinder horizontally opposed engine, which once wound up should see it good for around 90 mph.

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Post by Sleep2Snore » Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:46 pm

8) Nice machine though :)
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Post by Mr Mouse » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:28 pm

Well I just thought i would mention that I had another 3 monthly review on Wednesday, the first since getting my humidifier. Papworth were so pleased with my progress that they have extended my review duration to 6 months at a time now !

Cheers, Gerry. :D

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Post by Mr Mouse » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:28 pm

Well Guy's & Gal's I thought it was about time i got back on here, as soon as the weather picked up I have been off at every available opportunity riding my motorbikes. Something I just didn't have either the energy or inclination for before my diagnosis & treatment started back in March, so one could say I have been making up for lost time.

I must say as we have had a pretty good run of weather it has meant I haven't had much time for anything else, hence my lack of input on the forum of late.

I even managed to attend a local steam rally last weekend where I displayed a couple of my stationary engines, this involved my first camping expedition with my cpap machine (more about this later).

Cheers, Gerry. :)

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Post by Sleep2Snore » Thu Sep 12, 2013 11:41 pm

What good weather is for, MCs.
Look forward to hear of your camp out.
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Post by Mr Mouse » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:14 pm

Stage 1, the preparation.

As promised here is a run down of my first camping trip since my diagnosis, I was booked in to attend the 40th Haddenham steam rally with a couple of my stationary engines. This was due to take place on the 2nd weekend of my 3 week holiday, the idea being that I would prepare the engines before attending to make sure all was well.

First job was to build a charging trolley to run off one of the stationary engines, the idea being that I would use a car battery & Resmed adapter to run my cpap machine over night. A fully charged battery would run the machine one night then be recharged during the day for use again at night, in order to get the maximum usefulness out of the battery I had already decided to forgo the use of my humidifier for the rally duration.

The trolley consisted of a wooden frame, a set of 4 cast iron wheels mounted on 4 steel axles with an alternator from a Mk5 escort & a car battery. After doing the woodwork I turned up 4 axles on my lathe & fabricated the axle support brackets, these were then attached to the trolley & the cast iron wheels fitted to the greased axles & retained with split pins.

A square steel tubular frame was fabricated to hold the alternator & was bolted to the trolley, a control panel was fabricated & fitted to the steel frame to hold the necessary switchgear. A flat base made out of 3/8" plywood was screwed to the trolley to carry the battery, it was then wired up.

This all took a lot longer than expected & I had only foolishly allowed a couple of days for this, which actually took the best part of a week. Which put me a bit behind schedule as I still had to finish re-building my Crossely 1040, I have done a lot of work on this engine including sourcing a new cylinder liner from the states & having a batch of head gaskets made in Thailand. However it only took me half a days work to get it back into one piece, only to find out that the expensive magneto rebuild of 2 years ago had failed & I had no spark.

Over to plan B then, the other engine I had entered was my Villiers WX11 WAT from 1947. This engine was running just fine when I tucked it away in the garage last, so I decided to spend a bit of time (best part of a day) re-plumbing it to make it look nice. When this was finished I put in some fresh petrol & cranked her over, but to my disappointment she would not fire up. So back to basics & check the spark first, found a lovely big blue spark at the plug. Checked for fuel in the carb, float bowl full of fuel. Checked timing, all was well. But she didn't want to know.

You can imagine how I was feeling at this point, so I decided to drag my old Wolseley WD1 out from the back of the garage, this old girl has never failed to start all the time I have had her. I took the top off the float bowl & filled it up with petrol then replaced the top & swung her over, much to my relief she fired up straight away. But my troubles weren't over yet as the fuel tank developed a leak last time out, despite my best efforts to seal her up she still had a small leak. So I had to fit a smaller tank off an old lawnmower, this of course required the fabrication of a couple of new brackets. But at least I had an engine to take along even if it wasn't either of the ones in the program, so engine loaded onto the trailer & the car packed I made the 30 mile journey to the rally site.

Second installment to follow soon.

Cheers, gerry.

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Post by Sleep2Snore » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:57 pm

Such fickle things old engines :?
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Post by Mr Mouse » Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:58 pm

Stage 2, arrival on site.

After a pleasant 30 mile journey across the villages I arrived on site Thursday afternoon around 5pm, a little later than expected as I was aiming for midday.

I was lucky enough to find a pitch next to some mates of mine already on site, the original plan when I sent off my entries was to spend the weekend in a tent. However one of my mates from work lives in the village where the rally was taking place, he has a caravan & kindly offered to bring it on site for me to use for the duration. Never one to turn down a bit of luxury I gratefully accepted his kind offer, so it was that I found myself sitting in the caravan at 7pm with a cold beer from the fridge & my dinner cooking away in the oven.

Fantastic & what could possibly go wrong ? well dinner consumed & several cold beers later I decided to get an early night. It was around 10pm & the prospect of spending the night in a real bed rather than in a sleeping bag on an air bed was most welcoming, whilst getting ready I made a terrible discovery although I had packed my cpap machine & adapter & battery to run it but I had forgotten my mask !

Well one night without won't be too bad will it ? if I hadn't had a few beers I would have made the 2 hour return journey to pick it up but this just wasn't possible.

What followed can only be described as the worst nights sleep I can remember in a long time, I couldn't get comfortable & kept waking up during the night. In the morning I had an awful foggy head which I'm sure wasn't down to the beers the night before, after some breakfast I drove home to get my mask & a few other things I had forgot to pack.

Another reason for going home was to pick up one of my sons who was coming with me but had a prior engagement Thursday evening, so it was nice to have a bit of company for the weekend.

After getting back on site again we spent most of the rest of the day in the caravan as it chucked it down with rain all day, at this point we were very glad of the caravan as opposed to the tent.

Next installment, Saturday & the rally begins !

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Post by Mr Mouse » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:17 am

Hi Guy's,

Here is a picture of my 1939 BSA Silver Star outside the "Revved up cafe" on the seafront at Walton on the Naze last Sunday, it was a 100 mile round trip & the old girl ran well all day.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... 048%2C1536

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Post by Mr Mouse » Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:58 pm

Stage 3, The first day

Woke up this morning (Saturday) to find the sun shining & all was dry outside the caravan, when my son woke up we decided that today we would have a cooked breakfast & save the serial for another day.

So after cooking breakfast & consuming it & a coffee outside the caravan it was time for the general public to be let in, the rest of the day was spent keeping an eye on the Wolseley whilst consuming the odd beer or three & chating to interested parties about my engine.

There were a few people came over to chat who I had known in a past life & it was good to catch up with them again, the dear old Wolseley ran faultlessly all day & did a great job of charging up the battery I was using to run my cpap machine.

I even managed to leave a mate of mine in charge of the engine for an hour or so whilst we had a good look around the site & made a couple of purchases, around 6pm most of the visitors had gone home & the site came alive for the evenings entertainment.

There was a stage outside the beer tent & during the evening the whole area was lit up by the lights of the showmans engines, there were belly dancers & other types of dancing girls on stage. But by far the best entertainment of the night had to be Dr Busker, if you havent heard of him look him up on youtube. It's a brilliant act that I would describe as a theatrical cross between folk music & the Barron Knights, the first time I saw this act it had me in tears of laughter. Saturday night was also a good chance to catch up with some more mates for a chin wag about bikes & engines, it was just before midnight before I got to bed & I have no idea what time my son got back although rumour has it that he had to have a piggy back ride to the caravan.

Next installment, Sunday.

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Post by Sleep2Snore » Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:35 pm

Your son had a good time as well then :lol:
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Post by Mr Mouse » Thu Feb 27, 2014 2:49 pm

Stage 4, The 2nd day.

Oddly enough I was up way before my lad this morning, Sunday is usually the busiest day of the rally & today turned out to be no exception.

After breakfasting on serial & coffee it was time to fire up the engine again, the dear old girl had run all the previous day on just over a gallon of petrol. It wasn't long before the poor unsuspecting public were let in, shortly afterwards 3 of my mates from back home turned up & as it was a warm day I was able to get them a nice cold beer from the fridge.

The day seemed to whiz by & after the general public started to disperse the trophies were handed out, a mate of mine won the best engine in show award with his big Ruston Hornsby. We were going to pack up & go home but it turned out there had been a bad accident on the main road out of the village, everyone was gridlocked & going nowhere for hours. So my lad suggested we stay another night, quite a few people elected to do the same. we still had beer & food left so had a most relaxing extra night away from home, it also meant we would be around Monday morning when Rog came to pick up the caravan.

So to sum up my first stay away from home with my cpap machine was a success apart from the first night, which was my own fault. Would I try this in a tent ? probably not.

Cheers,

Gerry.

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Post by Mr Mouse » Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:12 pm

Hi Guy's & Gals,

Last week I had my first 6 monthly review at Papworth, it turns out they were very pleased with the readings on my cpap machine. My bp was a bit higher than they were happy with, but they said I had lost 6 pounds since my last visit. Despite a couple of minor issues with my mask leaking a bit & the strap cutting into the back of my neck they were happy enough to put me onto an annual review.

They did give me a new strap as they said they can harden up with age, also gave me a new mask seal. I have fitted both of these & they seem to have sorted the issues for the moment, when I asked about the life expectancy of sraps & seals I was told some people can go as little as 4 months & others make them last a year.

Cheers,

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Post by Mr Mouse » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:36 pm

Hi Folks,

Well just 12 days ago it was my first anniversary on cpap, it doesn't seem like a year ago. My only current issues are that I seem to be going around most of the time with a blocked up nose, which is nothing to do with a cold or the flu. Any ideas guy's & gal's ?

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Gerry.

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