Continuing adventres with an Albion clutch system ...
!966 Albion "Chieftan" in french garage
The offending clutchplate
First time I could see the engine from this angle !
Since being towed into a french garage things have progressed and regressed on the mechanics front.. luckily with the aid of an old french garagist whose let me squat his inspection pit and use his tools and know how replacing the worn out clutch was fairly staightforward.
Also thanks to Frank a scottish albion collecter, who made a detour on his family holiday two years ago, i had a new clutch plate to put in place withthe old one ,worn down to the rivits on one side.
But having stupidly shot the piston from the clutch slave cylinder across the garage forecourt I'm now waiting for a new seal kit to arrive from the uk, which would normally be 3/4 days , but there seems to be a widespread delay as its up to 8 days for the moment..so will have time to explore Montelimare.s industrial zones even more !
There's not much to do when it snows virtually every week here in the foothills of the french alps near to the town of sisteron (advertised as 'The gateway to Provence' but really a piss stop going north to grenoble or south to marseille !!)
So amuse myself cutting up nearby dead oaks and the feeding them into the Morso woodburner that helps keep me warm inside the 1966 Albion Chieftan ex furniture lorry that I rescued from a uk showman after serving for 20 years as his fairground shooting gallery.
Once the five months of fruit picking is over I can relax and watch the world go by until it starts up agin in mid-may ... ah thats the life !