View Full Version : Hello from New Zealand.

01-08-2013, 01:25 PM
Hi everyone, having a quick browse at some stuff and came across this site and here I am !
Quick intro - I run a motorbike engineering business (originally aircraft fitter with British Aerospace) that I'm looking at expanding with addition of metal blasting / polishing and maybe plastic vacuum moulding. Being basically poor and tight !! I'm looking at building the machines I need + I ENJOY doing 'stuff'
Currently I have a small Hercus lathe (basically an Australian Southbend copy) this is in need of a refurb but not too bad considering it's age and past history. (Ex school machine)
Welding, I gas weld, braze and arc / tig. Would like to teach myself gas aluminium welding and also sheet metalwork (to make panels, petrol tanks etc).
Hopefully I can pick up some usefull help along the way and make an interesting contribution in return.
All the best for the coming year.

01-08-2013, 01:32 PM
Welcome to the site.

01-08-2013, 01:53 PM
Hi from Tauranga. Where are you living?

Mike Burch
01-08-2013, 05:12 PM
And Hi from Kerikeri.
Welcome! This is a great site, with quite a few NZ members.

01-08-2013, 05:18 PM
Welcome, hope you are not in the heat wave i hear about in the news.

01-08-2013, 05:29 PM
Wilcome! If your into aircraft, motorcycles, machining & welding I think you should be King! :rolleyes:

01-08-2013, 08:33 PM
Hi all, I'm down in windy Upper Hutt.
I'm into anything mechanical, esp cars, bikes, planes, steam engines and farm machinary.
Current projects include 3 motorbikes (road special, race bike and classic trials), also looking at building a couple of industrial polishing motors, a big sand blast cabinet and couple of other things. Going to be busy year !!

The Artful Bodger
01-08-2013, 09:16 PM
Hi, I am in Ashburton but until recently Owhiro Bay (Wellington), have you been along to the Constructor's Car Club? They are a great crew and meet at the Vintage Car Club rooms at the end of Jackson Street, Petone.

01-08-2013, 09:35 PM
I dropped them an e-mail just before xmas to see about going down, I'm looking at building either a sports car (not a kit) OR a road legal 50's / 60's grand prix style car. Not really done much with cars so that should be fun !! Heaps of bike specials so i'm sure i'll pick it up. What could possibly go wrong ?

01-08-2013, 10:27 PM
Welcome! I'm in Seattle, but spent much of my life growing up (never suceeded) in Chch.

Yorshireracer- please fill in you actual location in your profile!

The Artful Bodger
01-08-2013, 11:23 PM
If you want to build something for the road you really do need to know about the CCC as they played a big part in ensuring the rules and regulations were written so that we could do that.

I built three cars for the road, including one of Alex MacDonald's TG roadster kits. One of my earlier efforts in, as far as I know, still on display at Southwards (a tiny little roadster with wicker work body).

01-09-2013, 03:16 PM
I got e-mail from them last night. Going to go to next clubnight.

01-09-2013, 06:06 PM
Hi all, I'm down in windy Upper Hutt.

I lived in Wellington from 1971-78. Never knew that Upper Hutt was windy too -- thought all those southerlies got blown out in the city skyscrapers.

You are not far from the Fell Locomotive in the Featherston Museum. Have you seen that?

The Artful Bodger
01-09-2013, 06:47 PM
I got e-mail from them last night. Going to go to next clubnight.

Good, I hope you have a great time. If you met Patrick please say hello from John, mention the Wicker Wonder so he knows who you are talking about!;)

01-09-2013, 09:31 PM
Going to CCC clubnight in Feb all being well.
Haven't been to Featherston museum yet, keep driving past ! same goes for Southward car museum.

The Artful Bodger
01-09-2013, 10:20 PM
Feb at the CCC is usually 'skite night'...


01-10-2013, 03:23 AM
Hiya from NE Thailand near the border with Laos.
My olde shop in England was called PSP Engineering Services, the PSP stood for Precision Surface Preparation, basically metal finishing. We would bead blast anything, wet and dry, polish anything, prep anything for plating. Basically the metal finishing paid the bills to enable me to run the motorcycle shop. In 15 years, no matter how many employees, how much turnover, i never paid any end of year tax, hence never made a profit. But.. we all had nice bikes, good holidays and fantastic tool chests! And i went from renting the workshop property to buying it. The blasting side had a Guyson dry blaster, could fit large 6 cylinder heads in it, the wet AD blaster could take m/c c/cases and 4 cylinder heads, and we had a huge new (forgotten the name - nothing but trouble) abrasive sand blast cabinet that could take m/c frames. All running off a fantastic HPC rotary screw compressor via an HPC drier.The polishing shop had two 3hp polishing spindles and and a 4" 3 hp belt linisher - now that was dirty work.
Welcome and regards,

01-10-2013, 04:13 AM

You really must spend an hour or two in the Fell Locomotive Museum at Featherston. There's a thread about it here:-


If you do go, I’d ask you to do me a favour. In the thread above there’s a photo of a display case containing sectioned steam fittings. I was very impressed by their quality, but failed to note who made them. I suspect it was Gresham & Craven, but would be grateful if you could check.

Another 'must', to the north of you, is the amazing Tokomaru Steam Museum. Phone before visiting, to make sure they’re open.

01-10-2013, 01:03 PM
Thanks for all the info guys. The Tokomaru museum is a new one on me ! I'll check out Fell museum at some stage over summer.
I'm looking at the blasting /polishing to expand the business. Stuff I specialise in (pre 90's Japanese bikes, specials and classic trials) is fairly limited here so need another income source and there are a LOT of old cars and hot rods here. I'm just doing rounds of the clubs at moment to gauge interest.