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Post  Lady Martha on Tue 07 Jul 2020, 11:03 pm

Hi All. I'm a newbie to the STW family just starting out on my adventure with a 4.5" Foden SWB. How many others are currently building one of these and how far along are you with yours.

Thanks Mathew.

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Post  atomenter on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 7:57 am

Hi Mathew
Welcome to the gang.  I built my SWB a few years ago and welcome any queries on the build and running etc.  Have fun it's a great build.
Regards
Tom
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Post  Lady Martha on Thu 09 Jul 2020, 9:58 pm

Hi Tom. Thanks for the welcome and offer of assistance if required. I am sure I've seen your foden in a YouTube video of summerlee steam fair last year. Did you do a build log during build noting any issues that arose. Thanks Mathew.

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Post  atomenter on Fri 10 Jul 2020, 7:22 am

Hi Mathew
Yes I kept (and still do) a log of the build and all the running and shows attended. I also keep a note of total distance travelled going to the shows and a steaming log. It helps as the memory starts to go!!
Awra best
Tom
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Post  Lady Martha on Sun 12 Jul 2020, 6:55 pm

Hi Tom.

Hope you don't mind me picking your brains. I have done a dry assembly of kit 1 today and have a few questions/issues

I assembled the chassis rails to the cross members first followed by installing the boiler cradle.

1) I managed to fit the r/h chassis rail to the boiler cradle, with it flush on the front face and the top face with no issue. When I came to fit the opposite side it didn't line up at all. I had to pull the chassis rails together about 30mm and pull the cradle back in line as it was out by about 50mm. Did you have the same issue as this or do you think there is an issues with my kit.

2) Should the rear cross member sit flush with the rear of the chassis rails, as mine is stepped in by about 5mm.

3) The top plate on the rear towing bracket has 3 holes which match up with 3 holes in the chassis rails. Am I correct in thinking you use the front and middle holes on the top plate and the middle and rear holes on the chassis rails to attach as the description and illustrations supplied and a bit vague.

Thanks for your assistance on this.

Mathew.

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