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by daves1459
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: BR55/G8.1 Locomotive Project
Replies: 33
Views: 2959

Re: BR55/G8.1 Locomotive Project

Hi, Does anyone chamfer the edges of the firebox plates? Firebox Chamfer 1.png Thanks Ian I do on boilers with flanged end plated, but not in the mud ring area. I chamfer the plate flange edges from the top of the mud ring up to the crown sheet. The purpose is to keep the water leg flow area as ope...
by daves1459
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?
Replies: 38
Views: 3491

Re: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?

The following may offer some reference for those wishing to try trepanning the center out of a steel plate. What is shown in the pictures is a A36 plate 1" thick 12" square. The corners of the plate were cut off so the plate would swing over the lathe bed and held in a 10" 4-jaw chuck. What I'm maki...
by daves1459
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Necessity of hardened crank pins on 3/4” scale
Replies: 49
Views: 6494

Re: Necessity of hardened crank pins on 3/4” scale

I have never worked with pre-hardened 4140 so can not comment. Although I have found annealed 4140 not the most pleasant metal to machine. Annealed 41L40 is readily available and with the lead in it machines very well. It heat treats about the same a standard 4140. LaSalle has another version of it'...
by daves1459
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Necessity of hardened crank pins on 3/4” scale
Replies: 49
Views: 6494

Re: Necessity of hardened crank pins on 3/4” scale

If I may, 12L14 is un-heat treatable. It is screw machine stock. The miniature nuts and bolts we buy are made from 12L14. The "L" in the designation stands for lead which acts as a chip lubricant during machining. Lead melts around 550 degree F and vaporizes around 1,100 degrees F. With red hot temp...
by daves1459
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Silver Soldering Leaf Springs
Replies: 14
Views: 1993

Re: Silver Soldering Leaf Springs

The silver solder you want is "Easyflo-45". It is available at all welding shops and you can probably find a troy ounce on Ebay. Easyflo-45 has the lowest melting temperature of all of the readily available silver solders at 1130 degrees F plus high fluidity and joint penetration. It has cadmium in ...
by daves1459
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: New york style pump
Replies: 11
Views: 1913

Re: New york style pump

I believe I have the drawings your looking for. PM me if you want to arrange for a set of copies.

Dave
by daves1459
Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Hydrostatic Lubricator Casting Source
Replies: 13
Views: 2476

Re: Hydrostatic Lubricator Casting Source

I know nothing about the Hydrostatic lubricators. Does anyone have a useful schematic, which might be posted here, that may help those in the same situation as I? Is it mainly for external running gear, or can it be used on cylinder valves? Scotty Review the attached three files and you'll have a p...
by daves1459
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Hydrostatic Lubricator Casting Source
Replies: 13
Views: 2476

Re: Hydrostatic Lubricator Casting Source

Thank you all for replying and your excellent suggestions. I had thought of machining the parts and then soldering. Although I was unaware of the availability of hollow copper spheres. The spheres eliminate the problem of creating the outer surface contour of machined parts. I can envision a four pa...
by daves1459
Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Hydrostatic Lubricator Casting Source
Replies: 13
Views: 2476

Hydrostatic Lubricator Casting Source

Can anyone suggest a possible source, lost wax or otherwise, to make casting of the hydrostatic lubricator condenser as shown in the attached sketch? I'd like the casting to be brass and to be able to polish the "bulb" portion after machining is completed. Most dimensions are negotiable if necessary...
by daves1459
Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: 3-in-1 Metalworking Machines
Topic: 30" 3-in-1 Metalworking Machine Base
Replies: 2
Views: 1282

Re: 30" 3-in-1 Metalworking Machine Base

I got one of these for my shop: https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/H-4996/Steel-Workbenches/Mobile-Welded-Steel-Table-60-x-30?pricode=WA9796&gadtype=pla&id=H-4996&gclid=CjwKCAiA5o3vBRBUEiwA9PVzahVNDtlqoNOvD2-JeiRJySiOj9NFfBrbiaDwww9KEAHfzT6VmXSbzxoCZCMQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Here's another supplier...
by daves1459
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: 3-in-1 Metalworking Machines
Topic: 30" 3-in-1 Metalworking Machine Base
Replies: 2
Views: 1282

30" 3-in-1 Metalworking Machine Base

Can anyone direct me to a supplier of good quality stands or bases, preferably with casters, for a 30" 3-in-1 sheet metalworking machine?

Thanks, Dave
by daves1459
Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Draft plates
Replies: 6
Views: 1441

Re: Draft plates

I believe I can shed some light on the draft plate also sometimes called a smoke box baffle. When an arch is fitted into a fire box the hot gases pass over the upper edge of the arch and along the upper surface of the fire box or crown sheet just as intended. However, with out the draft plate these ...