8:30 am, 11 May 2016. Turbine ready for dismantling.
Main shaft end cap removed then the end bearing is pulled away
Ted Stowell removing the rubber coupling (added in the 80s rebuild)
Thrust bearing assembly removed leaving the gland follower in place
Ted offering encouragement to the final two vane shaft bushes
As the front cover was forced away the control shaft snapped
Front cover finally free
Turbine shed opened to allow lifting access
A first view of the runner
2pm and time for lunch
The control vanes are rusted to their shafts which are fixed to the backplate
A couple of hours later the control links are removed. These will be fitted with bushes and reused. The flanges of the two driven vanes are quite a bit larger than the opening. This is going to be a problem.
A previous owner of the mill calls in for a cup of tea
Cutting away the linkage studs to allow a little more room for removal of the vane assembly
Ted and Gary removing the backplate
Removing the main shaft bearings and rear gland follower
More grinding to stop the vane assembly catching
One side of the vane assembly is clear but the other is jammed behind the cover
With great difficulty and a lot of hammering the vane assembly comes free
The runner came running out
It's now after 10pm and Ted's van is finally loaded. Ted leaves at 11pm on a 300 mile journey to his workshop in Shropshire where these parts will be restored to 'better than new' condition.