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Heater Valves

So Judy and I have decided that the time has come to sell the old homestead and move to the sticks. We have pretty well had it with the traffic and the way our neighborhood is changing. We are only about 150 meters from Yonge St in the middle of North York which is one of the suburbs of Toronto.

I just went out to the street and took these two photos of the signs on the first buildings I came upon. signs-2.jpg


I must say I have a better understanding of why the French in Quebec have their “French Only” sign law although, I vehemently disagree with that. However…I digress….

As we have only ever owned one house and therefore never sold a house this is all a new experience.

The GMDS has commanded that the house has to be emptied out and all the junk disposed of so the house can be “staged” for sale. Of course by “all the junk” she really means all my stuff. Now I admit I do have a tendency to be a little bit of a “pack rat” but hey, when someone needs something I’ve probably got several, in various colours, in fact several in each colour but, if you need it,  …….. I’ve got it.

This of course means I have to sort through all my “stuff” and I have a lot of pretty neat stuff.

For example I’ve got a little cannon that someone gave me which is actually a pencil sharpener; now I don’t actually use pencils any more but ….. well….it just to good to throw out.cannon.jpg

I’ve got a tin whistle, tin-whistle.jpg

I always wanted to learn to play the tin whistle, but ….well…..frankly I’ve got a tin ear and it doesn’t work with the tin whistle I guess. 

I’ve got some old tobacco tins,baccy-tins.jpg

and a piece of Cherub MkIV log

log-splice.jpg, I’ll bet you don’t even know what a Cherub MkIV Log is… well you can find out here: I’ve got another piece of the log as well but I’m not quite sure where that is. My Dad was the commander of some mine sweepers around New Zealand during WWII and he scored this log when a Panamanian freighter tried to cut across their bows out in the Hauraki Gulf. I can’t throw that out!!

I’ve got a pivot pin from the clutch in AHX12, my good friend Ian mounted it on a block of wood and presented it to me because this little part cost us a class win on the 2003 Targa Newfoundland.clutch-bit.jpg

I’ve got a “KING OF THE ROAD” car lamp, in fact I have 2 of those lamp.jpg

and there is my Durant hub cap, durant-cap.jpg

and that phone jack adaptor that I meant to take to New Zealand this winter to give to my brother in law Ian who lives in Abingdon U.K. because I’m pretty sure it fits a U.K. phone jack…he must need it.fone-jack.jpg

Did I mention the genuine NOS Wipac reverse lamp from a Mini reverse-lamp.jpg

or the wooden Yogi I bought on the beach for less than 1 cent on my first trip to Bali,yogi.jpg

and then there is the spare battery for my first video camera. vid-battery.jpg

The camera is long gone so I suppose the battery should go too but …you see….. you aren’t meant to put them in the garbage so I haven’t quite figured out what you are meant to do with them.

And then of course there are the heater valves. ….. Oh yes; the heater valves…heater-valves.jpg

These are genuine Smiths heater valves, I have about 3 dozen of them……but I’m not actually sure what they fit.

Fortunately I found a solution on where else…. eBay …yes, I found and bought an old Smiths catalogue which, I should mention, is so big it almost takes up more room than the heater valves, so that I can identify the heater valves, then sell them on eBay, and then sell the catalogue and be RICH!!!!

Well, one of the types of heater valves was in the catalogue and I actually sold the one I had; another was in there as well but, it only fits a Commer Cob II, if you don’t know what that is don’t worry, you aren’t alone, and there aren’t a lot of people out there restoring Commer Cobs, let alone the Mk II version which, by the way, uses a different heater valve from the MkI and the MkIII. Mind you I did find a picture of a Commer Cob in my Dumpty Book of Motors which is on my bookcase.commer-cob001.bmpWhoooo …37 HP…I think I know why no one is restoring one!!!

Unfortunately the other types of heater valves, each of which I have about 30 weren’t in the book!!

Now all this stuff was just on one corner of my desk, and I’ve got the rest of my office, the store room, my workshop and the garage to clear out.

Better get on with it!!!!    Fortunately it is only a single car garage…which is another reason why we are selling the house…  






Comments (3)

  1. The heater valve in the top of your picture looks like the one I installed on my BT7 last year.

  2. Single Garage – tick. Downsize for smaller house and bigger (car) storage – me too. Waaaay too many items that ‘will be useful one day’ – oh yes. You chimed in on so many levels. Thanks a lot. By the way the phone jack doesn’t suit the UK.

  3. Well Michael – the only thing is if you move to the sticks, where the heck are you going to get your fresh hot Falafel, Shwarma and Kebab?

    Amazing that they can get a 4 cyl motor to do as little as 37hp on the Commer Cob! I think lighting a drop of gas on my concrete driveway will produce more than that!

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