My name is Tom Bryant, and welcome to my blog. I live in Wiscasset, Maine, and the Header above is a view from my front yard.
Although I currently live in Wiscasset, my roots are in the town of Knox, in Waldo County. Cudworth Bryant and his wife Sally were the first settlers in the Town of Knox, way back in 1799 and were parents to the first child born in that town. However, that “first child” could not have been John Cudworth Bryant, as alleged in the genealogy link, to be found below, because John Cudworth Bryant was born in 1798, before the family moved to Knox. The “first child” was almost certainly Sarah Bryant, who was born circa 1799 and died circa 1825.
My uncle Joseph H. Bryant is known around the country for such things as the Bryant Sander, and the Bryant Stove Works. If you’re ever in a Cracker Barrel Restaurant Gift Shop, you will probably see an antique wood stove on display. All of those have been restored at my uncle’s Stove Works in Thorndike, Maine.
My uncle no longer makes the sanders, but here’s a link to the Stove Works:
It’s a fascinating place, and well worth your time to take a tour of his museum, should you be in the area. It’s only about a half-mile, as the crow flies, from the Common Ground Fair.
My cousin, Clayton Bryant, Joe’s son, builds custom chandeliers.
On that website, you can find a link to some Bryant family genealogy:
I’m a Mechanical Engineer, with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, both from the University of Delaware. I also hold a PE license from the State of Maine, but that’s currently in “Retired” status, so I can’t really practice Engineering anymore. I retired in 2008 from Bath Iron Works, after having spent about 35 years working in industry, first in the steam turbine field and later in shipbuilding. I dabble in automotive repairs, mostly on Volvos, especially those having D24T (TurboDiesel) engines.
I purchased my first Volvo, a 1958 PV 444, in May of 1968, and I’ve been driving, and repairing, Volvos ever since. I have since owned a 1965 122S wagon, which I drove for 16 years, and a second 1958 PV 444, as well as one 1984 245 with D24 engine, and too many 700-series with D24T engines to count. I currently own a 1985 745 with D24T, a 1987 745 with B230FT, a 1990 745 with B234F, and a matched pair of 1984 764s with D24T engines, both of which are currently off the road, but undergoing that interminably long “restoration” process.
My long exposure to the PV (444) and Amazon (122S) series taught me a few things about SU carburetors and led me to offer rebuilding services for those carbs. I’ve rebuilt hundreds of SUs for Volvos, Triumphs, and MGs, as well as other makes, for people all over the world. The only complaint I remember ever getting was that a pair wasn’t clean enough. Well, duh…. at that time, the customer was supposed to do the cleaning before sending them to me. Although I now have an ultrasonic cleaner and no longer ask that the customer clean his carbs, it sure boosts my spirits when he does.
My first blog posting (other than this intro) will be about rebuilding one such pair of SU carburetors. Actually, that’s the whole reason I started this blog: to make my knowledge of SUs available to others. But I expect I’ll be sharing stories about other oddball repair jobs, too, in hopes that others can benefit from my experiences.
Much to my chagrin, my wife owns a 1999 Saturn, which she inherited from her mother. We may have occasion to post a few things about that vehicle from time to time. In fact, I already have a story to tell about the fuse box in that vehicle, but it’ll have to wait until I get that SU post completed.
32 JBS Way
Wiscasset, Maine 04578