[Bell Historians] Re: Plain Bearings

Andrew Bull andrew.bull at t...
Fri Sep 24 09:14:51 BST 2004


Many years ago, when I first started looking after a Taylor installation on
plain bearings of 1902/7, I enquired of Taylors as to the correct means of
lubrication. I was told that agricultural castor oil was the correct
lubricant, and that this was fed through the small hole in the top of the
"hat" on the gudgeon cover. Inside the gudeon cover was a wick feed,
"stitched together in the form of a chinese jumping cracker". Needless to
say, the wick feeds were all hopelessly choked up with grease.

We thoroughly cleaned out the gudgeons and bearings, and I fitted sponge
wicks in the gudgeon covers. If the bearings were topped up about once a
month with a little gear oil, the bells would go extremely well.

Andrew Bull

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Offen [mailto:richard at s...]
Sent: 23 September 2004 10:22
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Subject: [Bell Historians] Re: Plain Bearings

--- In bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com, "George Dawson" <George at d...> 
> >
> > Not sure what I shall use when my current supply of old carpet 
runs out.
> Any
> > suggestions?
> Come round to my garage!!

Alternatively, orthopaedic felt works quite well - the type used to 
line finger splints etc. A local pharmacy should be able to get it 
for you.

This isn't a very 'historical' subject is it! Let's make it so: how 
many customs for the use of old bell bearing grease can we come up 

I'll set the ball rolling: At Bapchild in Kent, "bell coom", as it 
was known, was much sort after as an infallible cure for ringworm.

Any others?


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