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Allora Heritage Weekend: 25th and 26th of January 2020

Scotty 2

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Hello all
It's on again on the 25th and 26th of January, The Allora Heritage Weekend. Come one, come all.
The visitors will be able to see what some of their entry fees goes towards. Last year a donation was made to help with the restoration of the Pringle Cottage (fantastic museum in Warwick which is about 15kms away) Fire Engine by the people running the week-end long event, the Warwick Veteran and Vintage Vehicle Club. It'll be there for everyone to see the progress so far.

Hopefully the weather will be kinder then last year. Gees it was hot.

Cheers Scott

 

Scotty 2

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Hello all
Just an update on the Allora grounds. We were supposed to have a working bee this morning but, bugger me sideways, the grounds where the engines go was too wet to setup. 75mm of rain in 2 days. Unbelievable seeing we're in one of the worst droughts in white history.
The Showground staff have the place looking very nice. They've been irrigating the grass for a fair while now and the place is green. They even have to mow the lawns on Wednesday.
It's all looking good for this coming week-end and it seems the temperatures will be low 30's.

Cheers Scott
 

cobbadog

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WOW Scotty, hope some of it went to your place too. Might just have to move the engine compound 4 inches to the right to get away from the wet spot.
 

asw20

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Hi Scotty, spoke to the mate today - he is not bringing his Blackstone (although he is coming down, just for the Saturday).
Due to this and the possible (likely?) wet conditions I will be bringing the little Inter ute to carry the little Inter 1 1/2 M.
I look forward to seeing you blokes on Friday morning, hopefully early enough to get a spot near you for my engine. Not bringing the caravan this time.
Can't wait, Jarrod.

P.S. : I did get the Ronnie going last night after your advice about the snifter spring location, thanks.
 

Scotty 2

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Hello all.
Moving the compound was mentioned Cobba. 400m, not 4". No shelter at all at the suggested alternative so it wasn't mentioned after the initial suggestion. She'll be right, you wait and see. Setup is happening on Wednesday arvo or Thursday morning. We couldn't be lucky enough to get more rain.

Bring the Ronny too Jarrod. The more, the merrier. You'll probably even find a newly made cooling tank in one of the compounds. (insider info there). Oh hang on. Your Ronny is hopper cooled isn't it?

I still haven't worked out what engine I'm taking. I might just take a chair and camera and enjoy the green grass and admire the machinery I haven't had to swear at. That would be relaxing I reckon.

Cheers Scott
 
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asw20

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Hmm...needs a bit more than a hopper repair...fuel tank still needs attention. Soldered up the obvious leaks (cracked solder from having something dropped on it), but opens up like a collander as soon as it starts. Rest assured it will be at a subsequent outing. I'm on the lookout for an exhaust now, but no rush; theyre about.
As money will be tight after Allora (hoping for a few goodies at the swap meet), I'm aiming to make progress on existing engines this year, no new projects for a while (got the "big" lathe going now - there's no stopping me!).

Cheers, Jarrod.
 

cobbadog

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Hope the weather is in your favour for your rally Scotty but then it can piss down for a month to settle the dust. We have actually had a few days of steady light rain which has soaked in just right and late today a thunderstorm with some run off which dropped the temperature by abour 12' to being far less humid and comfortable. I will actually have to start up a lawn mower on the week end.
 

Scotty 2

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hoping its dry i will be a visitor with 3 other follers GL E 17 LISMORE
Look for a cranky, short, fat, bearded bald bloke sitting under the awning of an old silver and blue caravan and say gidday. I can't say what engines to look out for yet because I don't know what I'm taking yet. I better do something about that today.

I was down at the grounds yesterday and things are firming up nicely. And it's green as. A very pleasant change from the last few years.

Cheers Scott
 

cobbadog

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Sounds good then 'Grumpy" so keep feeding the grounds viagra and it will firm up just right. I guess you will be there tomorrow in the setting up too.
 

Scotty 2

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I guess you will be there tomorrow in the setting up too.
Hello all
The engine compounds have been set up and all that's needed now is to raise the dog wire when they're filled up.
Rope is around the spots where people have asked to be reserved.
The place is looking a picture. The even mowed the lawns this morning.
Showers of rain are about but they're light so there should not be a problem during the week-end......but bring a tarp just in case.

Cheers Scott
 

Scotty 2

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Hello all.
The weather is great (though a bit muggy for us inlanders) and the grass is green. It's overcast at present so that unrelenting sun of years gone by may be held at bay.
People are coming in in numbers. Trucks, tractors, engines and cars are arriving in regular monotony.

The swap meet is already happening. I've already spent my weekly allowance. Lucky I've saved up for the swap meet for the last few months so more treasures to come home I hope.
I better find a spot to park Mrs Wobbly today. May not be room tomorrow.

Cheers Scott
 

cobbadog

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Who is Mrs Wobbly, I forgot? What new toys have you found that needed to follow you home?
Glad the weather is onside so far for the Rally and hope it stays that way. Have you eaten all the hot chips yet?
We had yet another thunderstorm yesterday afternoon which after 42'C was very much wanted but it only cooled off to an overnight temp of 30'C which is outside my comfort zone when the power went off for 4 hours from 7.30pm last night. So I struggled for ages trying to get some sleep with no luck until it powered up again. I had the generator running the big freezer and the main fridge so at least we could have a cold drink and fortunately having LPG stove we could still have our cuppa. So only 32'C and more storms on the way so they say.
 

Scotty 2

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Hello all
Another rally has come and gone.
Lots to look at, lots to see running and lots to hear about.
People started turning up in force on Thursday and everyone commented on how good and green everything looked.
The exhibitor numbers were down, probably due to weather forecasts of rain. The swap meet numbers were way, way down. 10 minutes over there and job's done. Again, probably due to forecasts.
No rain Thursday or Friday but Saturday coped a fair pizzling in 2 showers. 10mm the first and 54mm in the second. People were running everywhere to get shelter but I did not hear one complaint about the rain. I think everyone was just pleased it rained. During the big shower I simply hopped into Mrs Wobbly, made a couple of sambo's for dinner and had a nana nap until the rain stopped. What more could I do? I think there was a book running to see which engine was going to be the last one running during the storm. A few ran the distance.
Mrs Wobbly is our old caravan before anyone thinks otherwise.

Anyways, the rally was another success and the usual BS was discussed each night over food and drink so nothing really had changed. It was good to see the 'regulars' and great to see, and meet, new exhibitors who came to Allora to see just what all the fuss is about.
Again I didn't get a chance to take many pictures but others may put some up.

A big thank you to those who turned up to exhibit. Without you good people there would be nothing for the paying public to come and look at. The exhibitors are why this particular rally is as successful as it is.

Now before any rumours get about. The Allora Heritage Week-end is on again next year. Nothing surer.

Cheers Scott
PS: I personally cannot thank a few of the visiting exhibitors enough for the help they gave to help setup for the start of this rally. You know who you are. Your help was truly appreciated and without your help things simply would not have been done. So cheers fellas.
 
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Scotty 2

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Hello all
As mentioned, there were a couple of showers that went over Allora on the Saturday. One dumped 50 odd mm of rain over the rally grounds.
I had our little engines set up next to the annex of Mrs Wobbly and a lot of the run off off the annex went over the little red Barlow...but she made a valiant effort to keep running through a lot of the rain. After the rain was over I simply wiped the magneto, plug and lead and away she went again.
One of the after effects of all this water was the little Barlow sank into the ground. Tiny wheels added to a little vibration and down she went it seemed.
I didn't notice much I as over in the next engine compound seeing how everyone got on in the rain and Tiny said....look over there. The little Barlow had a list on her. She's going over. So I went back over and she stopped. Goodo. I thought she flooded as the fuel bowl was at an almighty angle. But no, the list simply allowed all the fuel to be used. She only sank down on one side and the timber on the trolley was the only thing stopping her down down further on that one side by the looks.
A pluck out like a thumb out of a plum pie, some more fuel and away she went again. What a champ.
She was nearly the smallest engine there and the only one to sink I think. That Murphy fella again I reckon. Lucky she was small and not one of the other bigger engines there. They'd still be there I reckon.

Sadly we are not allowed to use a hose or bucket here in town so I can't wash the mud off. Sounds weird doesn't it.

It was a great week-end 😊

Cheers Scott





 

john gilbert

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Sure is a nice looking small Engine but that is a hell of a big fuel tank on it. I doubt it would be original size. Cheers, John
 

Scotty 2

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Sure is a nice looking small Engine but that is a hell of a big fuel tank on it. I doubt it would be original size. Cheers, John
I'm open to authenticity and it seems as though you know something I don't. What size is the fuel tank supposed to be and how/where should it be mounted? Is the colour OK?
Cheer Scott
 
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