Alex wrote:Martin must be away, or in a pensive mood as he would have leapt into this thread.
Spookily enough Alex both options applied (you know me better than I do it seems.
Ah!! The 1334......I've repaired and serviced 100's (probably 1,000's truth be known?) in my time. The first one I remember was in the workshops of what is now John Lewis in Reading way back in 1966. I was shown step by step how to take them apart, clean and grease the bearings and reassemble. So confident was I at that first lesson that when I got home I demonstrated my new-found talent in front of my mum and dad in that I took their
1334 apart and reassembled it before their very eyes, and it still worked OK!
At the time I recall my dad looking over my shoulder asking "are you sure what you're doing there son?"
I replied "Yes dad, I'm an engineer now!"
His reply was a little more profound, and I really didn't appreciate fully at that precise moment in time, was: ....."you've got to walk a mile in my shoes first boy!"
His statement dawned on me some while later but still gives me many fond memories of days gone by...... and it all started for me and the lifelong career I chose by simply taking a Hoover Junior 1334 apart!