Testing, testing

Crankshaft test fit.

The much-awaited test fit of the crankshaft has happened. Ian Stewart has fitted it, checked and blueprinted the bearing oil clearances and the thrust clearance. All clearances have been set to standard Daimler specifications. The new main bearing has been line bored to suit these specifications.

Lowering the crankshaft into place.

Does it fit? - fingers crossed on the left hand!

The conrods have been closed and honed to suit the new conrod bearings, and have also been test fitted to the crankshaft. Looking good so far.

Putting the main bearing caps on.

The next steps will be to take it all apart again – oh yes! – now we know it all fits and turns, clean all components thoroughly and then do a final assembly with rods and pistons.
While Ian looks very serious and focussed in the pictures, he and the team are certainly very happy with progress.

This week we also met with our textiles and object conservators to start the process of planning treatments for the many components inside the Daimler body. First step in this process will be laying everything out on tables. Watch this space!

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A bit like Christmas

There was much excitement amongst the Daimler team when a large package arrived from Crankshaft Rebuilders – a bit like kids on Christmas morning.

The greatly anticipated new crankshaft had arrived. Ian Stewart and Ainslie Greiner had made a couple of visits to deliver the old, and to check progress on the new crankshaft. Ian Stewart went to Melbourne a few weeks ago to do the final check on the finished product and arrived back at the Museum grinning from ear to ear. And now it is back where it belongs. It was great to see Ainslie, who is no longer working with us, come to visit the new arrival. And thanks Ainslie for all the work you put into this.

Like all items arriving at the Museum’s stores it had to be checked for pests and hazards – as we don’t want to introduce any pests into the storage areas that might affect other collection items. After this, the crankshaft was carefully removed from the crate – it weighs about 30 kilos – and unwrapped.

This is a really exciting stage in the project. This billet crankshaft – machined from one piece of steel – is now ready to be test-fitted into the engine block. There is still a bit of machining required but this represents a giant step toward having the vehicle functioning again.

It really is quite a beautiful thing in its own right.

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More love for the Royal Daimler

Merv McDonald and Vicki Humphrey

Donation from DLOCCA for the Royal Daimler

The Royal Daimler Project might be over but the work and interest in car continues.

It was great to see so many members of the Daimler SP250 group at the Museum on Saturday. Travelling to Canberra from various parts of the east coast of NSW, all arrived to the Museums’ offsite campus in Mitchell to see the Museum’s Royal Daimler car.

The SP250 is a V8 sports model produced by Daimler between 1959 and 1964. According to Alan Hunt’s article in the book Travelling in Style Daimler and Lanchester and Australia, over one hundred SP250’s were imported into Australia. Continue reading

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Farewell to the Royal Daimler

A close up of the Royal Daimler chassis

A close up of the Royal Daimler chassis

The Royal Daimler has left the building!

After a short sojourn in the Museum’s Hall, today the Royal Daimler returned to the offsite conservation lab for ongoing work. Continue reading

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Thank you

In 2012, we set out to raise $60,000 by July 2014 for the Royal Daimler Project. It might have looked like a blue-sky target back then, but I am happy to say that due to the overwhelming support we have had from our Royal Daimler Conservation Partners, and all the Royal Daimler Project followers, we have not only reached our target, but we have exceeded our goal and have raised $61,863.80. Continue reading

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Movie matinee picture gallery

Audience, When the Queen came to Town premiere

Audience, When the Queen came to Town premiere


Maurice and Mat

Maurice and Mat

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Remembering an Australian legend

Sir Jack Brabham, bust on view at the National Portrait Gallery

Over the weekend I took the opportunity to visit the National Portrait Gallery to view the very impressive bronze sculpture of Sir Jack Brabham. Until I was informed by one of our Royal Daimler Project partners, I hadn’t been aware that it was on display. If you attend the Gallery, you’ll find Sir Jack very prominently positioned at the enterance to the main gallery.

Below is a transcription of the text panel that accompanies the Bronze, acknowledging Sir Jack’s incredible sporting achievements. Continue reading

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The Daimler Rolling Chassis

The Royal Daimler chassis is all chromed up and on display for a limited time in the main hall at the National Museum in Canberra.

With as much fanfare as we could muster, we made a short video of the chassis being set up for display by our registration team. Continue reading

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A Royal birthday celebration

When the Queen Came to Town Q&A

When the Queen Came to Town Q&A


And a good time was had by all. Around 150 people came to see the preview screening of When the Queen Came to Town, at the National Museum on 12 June as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations. This was a fundraising event for the Royal Daimler project and many came dressed in their fine 50s hats and royal regalia. Continue reading

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When The Queen Came To Town

Matinee Fundraiser for 12 June

Put on your royal finery and join us at an exclusive film preview that celebrates the 1954 Royal Visit!

Tickets are $25 and include a 1950s style afternoon tea and raffle with fabulous prizes to be won! All proceeds will go towards the Royal Daimler conservation project.

Screening on Thursday, 12 June from 2 – 3.30pm in the Visions Theatre at the National Museum of Australia.

Bookings are essential. CLICK HERE

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