BSW Fasteners for Heritage Rail – Great Western’s 4079 restoration

Thomas Smith Fasteners supply many private & heritage railways throughout the UK.

We recently supplied the Great Western Society at Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire, with BSW (Whitworth) bolts and nuts for a fantastic project to restore a member of the iconic Castle Class 4-6-0, the 4079 ‘Pendennis Castle’.

No.4079 ‘Pendennis Castle’ was the seventh of 171 Castles built and was completed at Swindon in February 1924.

4079 heritage rail fasteners

 

After a long and distinguished service in which she outperformed many larger competitors, ‘Pendennis Castle’ was withdrawn in 1964, and sold for preservation. In 1977 the locomotive was sold to Hamersley Iron in Western Australia for use on excursion trains on the company’s ore-carrying railway.

In Australia, she was looked after by the Pilbara Railways Historical Society and worked many excursion trains, with her final steaming in Australia taking place in October 1994.

With an operational future in Australia looking uncertain, in early 2000 the Great Western Society agreed to arrange and pay for the repatriation of ‘Pendennis Castle’ and to restore her to full operational condition.

The Great Western Society have very kindly provided us with this photographs of the rebuild featuring our bolts, nuts and fasteners.

Here is a front view of the locomotive, the boiler & smokebox have yet to be fitted.

4079 great western front fasteners heritage rail bolts

Below is a buffer assembly attached to the buffer beam.

buffer assembly bolts fasteners heritage rail

The below photo shows where the smokebox is attached to the saddle.

bolts smokebox saddle rail

Great Western also use our fasteners for bolting pipe flanges together and general engineering purposes.

For more information on this iconic restoration, visit Didcot Railway Centre’s 4079 page. Many thanks to the Society for providing us with these photographs and information.

Thomas Smith Fasteners supply a wide range of standard and special imperial fasteners in BSW, BSF, UNC and UNF threadforms, along with a full range of metric. Contact sales on 01942 520260 or email at sales@thomassmithfasteners.com.

Large Pyramid Bolt Manufacture for Vintage Traction Engines

large unc pyramid bolts long length

These 1″ UNC x 24.1/2″ long pyramid bolts were recently manufactured in our onsite workshop and were supplied to a manufacturer of vintage traction engines for wheel refurbishment.

To complement our range of standard fasteners and fixings, we hold extensive stocks of semi-finished bolt blanks, enabling rapid production to meet customer requirements. We are also able to manufacture non-standard, special fasteners from scratch – our onsite workshop capabilities include forging, CNC machining and threading.

Most materials, grades and surface finishes are available.

For more information, contact us. If you’d rather speak to someone, call our technical sales staff on 01942 520260 (Wigan) or 01698 826464 (Glasgow).

Welcome to our new Apprentice Ben Moran!

thomas smith fasteners apprentice - NVQ

All of us here at TSF would like to welcome our new apprentice Ben Moran, who has joined the Warehouse department.

Ben is undertaking a 12 month apprenticeship scheme, and we are pleased to sponsor his study towards NVQ Level 2 in Warehousing.

Currently, Ben is undergoing training in warehousing, kitting, stamping, engineering and quality control.

 

Classic Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Restoration part 7

The car was assessed by the new repairers in my garage at home in late December 2013 and it was agreed that the car be transported to their place and they would start work early in 2014.

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The engine was taken out and stripped down. The block and head have been pressure tested and are fine. This is a great relief as cracks in either of them would have been a major problem.

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The problem that caused the oil/water mix has been tracked down to the failure of the oil/water common pump unit. The bearings had disintegrated and the shaft was flopping about. Also internal gears had badly scored the inner casing.

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While the engine was out the radiator has been re-cored, serviced and returned looking as new! Whilst the engine is out all things that need the engine to be out will be repaired, eg new engine mounts, an aircon condenser unit will be sourced as the original is missing. More to come on the engine and car rebuild in the coming months.

Part 6 -Bodywork, oil & water issues

Part 5 – Replacement door sills and exhaust

Part 4 – Alternator, driving on the roads

Part 3 – Engine, front wing, braking system, MOT

Part 2 – Car history

Part 1 – Introduction

Online shop – free shipping on UK orders over £100

This is just a quick notice to let our valued customers know that our online shop now includes free shipping on all UK orders over £100.

buy fasteners online bsf bsw unc unf metric

Bolts, nuts, washers, screws, rivets  and fixings can all be ordered online, and threadforms include Metric, BSF, BSF, UNC, UNF and BA. Also available is our popular range of assorted fastener kits.

mixed fastener kits - assorted packs of fasteners

Please note that the online shop is just a small part of our range. We carry many more items than we are able to list online, and can also manufacture specials to customer specification.

Please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Classic Ferrari 365 GTC/4 Restoration part 6

ferrari 365 gtc/4 restoration

The plan for 2013 was to replace the boot lid and start to make good the bodywork. Contact was made with HMG paints in Manchester who analysed some of the paint from the car in their laboratory and mixed an exact copy mix which they supplied in both a touch up canister and in a tin suitable for spraying.

The summer of 2013 turned into a nightmare. The car started to use water and soon it was noticed that the oil and water were getting mixed.

ferrari 365 restoration oil & water mix

Little compression on the cylinders, the future looked bleak. The mechanic said that it must be the head gaskets but wouldn’t predict which bank was involved. Other sages said that it could be the combined oil/water pump or the head gaskets or a cracked block.

Ferrari-Oil-Water-Mix

A decision was taken to take out the engine, rebuild as required and fit a new clutch at the same time. My mechanic was already committed for the following year but he kindly put me in the direction of a Ferrari and race preparation garage in Holmes Chapel who directed me to a specialist classic repair place nearby. When first visiting there, they were finishing off a full restoration on a 365 2+2.

 

Here are links to the articles in this series:

 

Part 6 -Bodywork, oil & water issues

Part 5 – Replacement door sills and exhaust

Part 4 – Alternator, driving on the roads

Part 3 – Engine, front wing, braking system, MOT

Part 2 – Car history

Part 1 – Introduction

Problem Solving – M12 x M10 x 55 Reducing Studs

reducing stud, shoulder stud, step stud

A customer recently came to us for help – they had a part with an M12 internal thread that needed connecting to a part that had been mistakenly manufactured with an M10 internal thread.

Part of an M12 bar was machined down to M10 using a CNC in our onsite workshop to create these M12 x M10 x 55 long reducing studs.

Alongside our extensive range of standard fasteners and fixings, we hold stocks of semi-finished blanks and also offer forging and machining to the customer’s exact specifications.

We can provide a 24-hour turnaround service for urgent requirements.

Contact us on 01942 520260 (Wigan) or 01698 826464 (Glasgow) and our experienced technical sales staff will be happy to help.

Situations Vacant – Industrial Fastener Distributor in Glasgow, G72 0JP

Thomas Smith Fasteners has a vacancy for an all rounder/fastener engineer in a long established fastener distribution company.

You will need:

  • Good understanding of all types of fasteners and thread forms.
  • Knowledge and experience in the fastener industry preferred.
  • Interested in Mechanical Engineering and Industry.
  • Computer literate.
  • Good telephone manner.
  • Driving Licence.
  • Ability to get on well with people.
  • Formal qualifications preferred but time served experience acceptable.

Part time or flexible hours considered

Wages to be agreed.

Details on the company to be found at www.thomassmithfasteners.com

Apply in confidence for an application form to Tim Garton, Owner, at tim.garton@thomassmithfasteners.com

TSF Glasgow helps Commonwealth Games squash teams

TSF Glasgow was featured in the Hamilton Advertiser this week after stepping in to help two Commonwealth Games squash teams – see the article below:

thomas smith fasteners glasgow commonwealth games kit