Yes.. some of you had given up on hearing about what actually caused that failure of a Chinese Horizontal in Fiji?
Our friend and fellow DIYer Noel Douglas had been focused on other tasks, and was finally able to inspect those bushings, and guess what? Yes, we’ve seen it all before.
The oil feed holes were there in the block as required. The holes in the bushings were there as well, but the understanding that the two need line up? well.. that was missing.
I have theories as to how this happens, and one is managers manage and those below them are simply grunts or less in their eyes. I do beleive when a mechanical Engineer in some cultures comes home with dirt under his nails, his mother cries.. how is it she raised just another mechanic? The divide? Educated people don’t have grease under their finger nails. Managers sometimes make the decisions as to whom are qualified to put an engine together and how. Just how hard could it be to drive that bush in the hole? We’ll have the lad whose only previous job was slopping pigs in the country do it cheapest..
And yes.. this is the same mentaility we see at the DOE, just how hard can it be picking winners and losers? So I am not picking on Chinese….. or am I ?
Here’s Noel’s email to me.. but do remember.. Chang Fa is a company, but many put that name on the engine they assemble, since we request it!
Just arrived back from Australia and quickly on the job again.
Took that Idler gear shaft ( also the shaft the crank handle fits ) out and found the problem.
The guy who fitted the cast iron bush in to the block did not align the oil hole in the bush with the oil hole provided in the block.
I have also found the same problem with a second 1115 ChangFa.
It looks like I am going to have to check this out with every new ChangFa before putting them to work.
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*** I close with this thought… you remember that joke.. where the Dr. tells the Mother… yes.. your Son is fine, but I have a bit of bad news.. your Son will likely grow up to be an engineer…. this of course is followed by the Mother crying.. her son to have dirty stained hands, and to be frustrated with management all the days of his life…. She sees the future.. hours of scolding him for soiling his clothes, while other kids practice staying clean, he’ll be crawling under the family car looking at what? And taking every greasy thing apart to look inside..
How rare it is to find highly effective managers who also have the Interests and some even the credentials of Engineers?? Yes… you guessed it, they are most often members of our DIYer tribe. Noel Douglas, and Soon Wah Lee.. I think they are in that rare group of people who manage well, and wrench well too 🙂
Thanks Noel.. you run more hours that most in the world today… , your Island is like our endurance test lab.