Frankly most of the work I have been doing has been cosmetic – cleaning, sanding, treating, painting, varnishing. The big boy things, for example, the skegg and the engine have been handled by people who know what they are doing.
Today I determine to open up the fuel tank and clean out inside sludge, supermarket chariots, old bikes etc.
I persuade myself that it would be much better to soak all the potentially moving parts in WD 40 before trying to unscrew. I mean you would not want to snap copper fuel lines , er would you? So I avoid doing big boy stuff for another day and get on with the usual.
I used to get glass bulbs for Victorian table lamps from Christopher Wray lighting in London. It may be difficult to find the right size.
Happy 2018! Thanks for the lead. I will look them up. Are you still a working man?
No – finally retired. We live on the Essex coast and have a 12 ft dinghy which has a gaff rig. The bigger boat went when my business spluttered to a halt 6 years ago. You should join the “Old Gaffers Association” a merry lot much into sea shanties etc. – but also a mine of information on gaff rigged boats.
Have the lamps got a makers name and model name/number?
The fuel tank is a bit concerning. Old metal tanks can become quite fragile if left empty for long periods – pinholes can appear. Perhaps replace it with a modern plastic variety – there seem to be a lot available over in Blighty.
I opened the tank today and hooray it is plastic!