25th February 2011
David Young, true to his word, is busily overhauling the chip shop gas engine (as we shall now refer to this Robinson X type as). He has replaced numerous studs and has carried out some other work to the now stripped down engine.
Below: The engine as it arrived on David’s bench on Tuesday…
Below: And the engine earlier today! The final finish will be ‘Manchester Red’, applied in high-build engine enamel from the Craftmaster range.
Below: Here is a period trade advert from around 1913 (a guide for chip shop friers!) showing how Robinson specifically pitched themselves into this market. We have been unable to find a chip peeler like the one shown, but are having a later example restored for the chip shop. With the period tiling and restored ranges, it will be a wonderfully evocative period space – and the smell should bring customers in droves!