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Here are a few pics to go on with.
Tomorrow, I formally retire from the workforce and, as soon as we sell our current home in Sydney, will move to a small town in Bellingen - which is half way between Sydney and Brisbane.
It is an 8 acre property with a rather nice mud brick home and a good sized workshop.
 

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Just booked in the transport guys, for the move.
Two truckloads and a Franna crane should make some interesting pics.
Then the 500 Km trip north
 

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Finally have the workshop packed up and machines ready to load.
Was a bit more work than I expected, especially as I am supposed to be on "light duties"
Hope to get some pics to post soon
 

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Well, today was the day to relocate the workshop.
Lots of pics, so will add in no particular order.
The move went exactly as planned, because these guys had the right equipment.
Our driveway is rather steep, so it was not an option to use a forklift, hence the Franna Crane.
Not sure whether these are in UK or not, but are very useful as they pivot in the middle making them easy to get into tight spots. The crane itself weight 17 tonnes, and because we are lifting relatively light machines, the jib can be extended right out
 

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Second set of pics
 

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Lots of gear went on the two trucks, not shown here.
The job started at 7.30 am and finished just after lunch.
It will probably be at least six weeks before I can get to set up the new workshop
 

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For those interested, there are some more moving pics on the previous page ( page 11 )
Took a 500 Km drive up tp Bellingen in tha past few days, and did a little organizing of the new workshop.
Starting to look ok, with a bit more " working space "
 

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Have started to organize the new workshop, and will complete this over the next two weeks, when I next go to Bellingen.
I finally obtained a quote to have a third phase of power run to the property, and the energy provider wanted Aus $ 65,000 just to upgrade the transformer and run an extra cable ! Needless to say I did suggest what they might like to do with their quote and I have managed to buy a second hand Kubota 20 Kva three phase generator with only 283 hours on the clock. That will be delivered next Saturday and the Kubota tractor the following week.
I will post more pics on my return from Bellingen.
 

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$65,000??!!! Wow! Sorry to hear about your health troubles but glad you're on the mend. What a hectic year for you! Thanks for continuing to update this thread as I think I speak for all of us when I say it elicits just the right amount of fascination and envy! Keep up the good work!

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Thanks for all the posts and info.
Got a RS6 a few weeks ago and your info on bearing changes will help me a lot as the bearings are noisy.
Maybe just a good clean is all that is needed. Will only know when it is apart.
Also thinking that while the shaft is out to change to a multi 'V' drive system. Smoother and quieter.

Phil
 

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Hi Phill, not sure about changing to a V drive.
Whilst I had the shaft out, I replaced the original joined belt with a continuous belt - much quieter and smoother, plus I like the speed change action.
I did add a "modern" touch with the addition of a VSD, again, well worth the the extra effort. Cheers
 

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I had intended to post a few pics of the new workshop before leaving Sydney.
However I have had to move forward my moving date to tomorrow morning, so will have to delay posting of pics for a few weeks.
 

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Have not taken any new pics yet, because the workshop is still just packed with gear not yet organized.
We have had to spend most of the available time clearing overgrown vegetation with a back hoe as this needs to be done before the summer heat and expected "wet season"
Am really looking forward to wiring up the 20 Kva generator to a new sub board and getting the machines running.
Phill, did you go ahead with changing to a eve drive on your RS6 ? Have you posted any pics ?
 

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Have finally reached the point where I can continue the restoration of the Colchester.
Have rebuilt the apron and will start to assemble the carriage, cross slide and feed shafts.
Am trying to fit this in between maintaining the 8 acres of land through fires and flood, and building the small stone house for my son
I will take more photos soon and post these
 

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Have made a couple of interesting devices for the processing of Alpaca fleece and twined knitting
If I can work out how to do it, I will post description and pics
Would do this under a new thread - " Twisted "
 

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There has been a long gap, but can now refer you to my next project where you can see the Colchester- fully restored.
Have completed a few projects which require a little precision !
The thread is " Twisted "
 

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