Getting Fired Up: 1928/1929 1-1/4 HP Baker Monitor VJ

Peter Rooke adapts a water pump for the Baker Monitor VJ — Part 2 of 4

| February/March 2015

  • 1-1/4 HP Baker Monitor VJ
    Baker Monitor VJ
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • The pump as delivered
    Pump when delivered.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Soaking nuts and bolts to help release them
    Soaking nuts and bolts to help release them.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Cleaning the threads
    Cleaning out the threads of the connecting piece.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Using the hub puller
    Using the hub puller to put pressure on the pump rod.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Restored gland fitting
    The restored gland fitting. The sleeved section is just visible.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Pump head removed
    Pump head removed.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Bottom gland with repair piece
    Bottom gland with repair piece prior to welding.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Temporary wrench
    A steel bar with a slot serves as a temporary wrench.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Drill with flap wheel on extension
    A drill with a flap wheel fitted to an extension piece.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Flange after initial cleaning
    Flange after initial cleaning and first touch with blue.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Cleaned flange
    The flange after cleaning with a large area of contact. A weighted wrench (just visible at lower left) was left in place for several days to ease the side plug.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Rubber gasket for the spout
    The rubber gasket for the spout assembly was held in position while the central hole was cut.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • The drain tap on the mandrel
    The drain tap on the mandrel while the threads are cleaned off.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Waterspout tap hole
    Waterspout tap hole showing the degree of rust.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Machining the tap mounting surface
    Machining the mounting surface of the tap.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Clean tap mating face
    Cleaned up tap mating face.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Adapted tap
    Adapted tap.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Finished tap in place
    Finished tap in place.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • New base plate
    New base plate and water connection.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Flap valve with weight
    Flap valve with weight.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Piston plunger with new link
    Piston plunger with new link.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Completed piston pump rod assembly
    Completed piston pump rod assembly.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Fitting the gland packing
    Fitting the gland packing.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Completed pump bracket
    Completed pump bracket.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • The original pump bracket
    The original pump bracket.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Welded new clamp
    Welded new clamp.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Spacer washers and new bolts
    Spacer washers and new bolts.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Bent shift rod
    Bent shift rod for pump gear eccentric.
    Photo by Peter Rooke
  • Finished pump
    Finished pump.
    Photo by Peter Rooke

  • 1-1/4 HP Baker Monitor VJ
  • The pump as delivered
  • Soaking nuts and bolts to help release them
  • Cleaning the threads
  • Using the hub puller
  • Restored gland fitting
  • Pump head removed
  • Bottom gland with repair piece
  • Temporary wrench
  • Drill with flap wheel on extension
  • Flange after initial cleaning
  • Cleaned flange
  • Rubber gasket for the spout
  • The drain tap on the mandrel
  • Waterspout tap hole
  • Machining the tap mounting surface
  • Clean tap mating face
  • Adapted tap
  • Finished tap in place
  • New base plate
  • Flap valve with weight
  • Piston plunger with new link
  • Completed piston pump rod assembly
  • Fitting the gland packing
  • Completed pump bracket
  • The original pump bracket
  • Welded new clamp
  • Spacer washers and new bolts
  • Bent shift rod
  • Finished pump

This is the second in a four part series on Peter Rooke's restoration of a 1-1/4 HP Baker Monitor VJ. Read part 1 for the beginning of the restoration, and part 3 and part 4 for the rest of the restoration.

A water pump was needed to complete this restoration. The style of pump needed was not generally available in the U.K., so the plan was to use a regular hand pump and adapt it to work with the Monitor. Surprisingly, a pump similar in style to the original was on eBay, made in the U.K. under the Climax brand name and manufactured by Thomas and Son (Worcester) Ltd. This is believed to be the only type of pump made in the U.K. in the “American” style.

A badly-rusted pump was expected, and when it was delivered, did not disappoint. At least the body was intact.

As the pump was stripped down, all the nuts and bolts were wire brushed and soaked in penetrating fluid. This had no effect; the nuts refused to move and a couple of the bolts were sheared. The rest of the nuts had to be sawn off but even then it was not possible to punch out some of the bolts and they had to be drilled out.



It proved easy to remove the pump rod connector from the flat piston bar, but the pump rod itself had to be sawn off before it was drilled out of the connecting piece. The threads were cleaned using a small steel pick, then a tap.

Once the pump head was removed the full extent of the rust damage to the pump rod was visible.



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