condition, Conservation, Significance, treatment

Working on the Hooper body

by Nathan Pharaoh on 2 September, 2016

Nathan Pharaoh and Ian Stewart removing the rear landaulette “hood” for full examination, documentation of its construction and decisions on treatment.

In the last six months we have been working on the body and interior of the Daimler – involving a lot of dismantling, a lot of close inspection and a whole range of decision-making.

Continue reading “Working on the Hooper body”
Conservation

Still here and wishing you all the best for the Christmas and New Year holidays

by Vicki Humphrey on 23 December, 2015

The Daimler project has been a bit silent recently. I would like to say we have been working on being mysterious but that would be only part of the story. As you know we work on a lot of different objects and we have had to give the Paddle Steamer Enterprise a lot of TLC lately. We are also proud to report that the National Museum’s Model T Ford Truck – the Aeroplane Jelly truck – is now on display in Canberra airport. And it is getting a lot of visitors. Continue reading “Still here and wishing you all the best for the Christmas and New Year holidays”

condition, Conservation, treatment

Testing Testing

by Nathan Pharaoh on 27 March, 2015

Ken Houlahan and Ian Stewart securing the starter motor to the engine.

Shortly after the installation of the engine’s crankshaft, the team here at the National Museum got busy bolting on the auxiliary engine components with the aim of reuniting the vehicle’s engine to the newly treated chassis.

But before the engine is installed, we need to carry out a few leak tests and pressure tests. Continue reading “Testing Testing”

condition, Conservation, History, treatment

The Queen is in town

by Catrina Vignando on 12 November, 2014

When the Queen Came to Town, poster

It was 1954, post depression, post World War II and the visit of the young and beautiful Queen Elizabeth transfixed the nation. Continue reading “The Queen is in town”

condition, Conservation, treatment

Testing, testing

by Vicki Humphrey on 16 October, 2014

Lowering the crankshaft into place

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. Continue reading “Testing, testing”

Conservation, Fundraising campaign

More love for the Royal Daimler

by Catrina Vignando on 25 September, 2014

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. Continue reading “More love for the Royal Daimler”