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by ALCOSTEAM
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler Tube Question
Replies: 7
Views: 417

Re: Boiler Tube Question

I will also second the tube roller advice. Swaging is a last ditch effort if you cant get a roller in the tube. Years ago I attended the auction of a closed heat exchanger/ pressure vessel builder and picked up a good selection of mostly T.C. Wilson rollers. I have bought new ones also from T.C. Wil...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?
Replies: 38
Views: 1205

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

I would highly doubt you would ever wear out DOM tube unless you are running on bar stock rail and then it will likely be an owner or two down the road. I have put tires on some old wheels, they were larger than 4.75". DOM tube is expensive, more than round stock cut offs or having rounds cut out of...
by ALCOSTEAM
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Wash my locomotive
Replies: 7
Views: 573

Re: Wash my locomotive

A friends father used to own a mechanics shop. In there parts washers they used a product called Stanisol which I believe was just Stoddard solvent.. It was also fairly cheap if you brought your own containers to get it in bulk. Last I went to buy some it was no longer available they want to sell yo...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Wrapping Split Bolts: Rocket Science?
Replies: 14
Views: 4108

Re: Wrapping Split Bolts: Rocket Science?

Split bolts are a pain in the butt, but they are cheap. This is what I use for splicing in panels and J-boxes. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Polaris-1-0-14-AWG-Insulated-Tap-Connector-Black-IT-1-0B/303578418?mtc=Shopping-VF-F_Vendor-G-D27E-27_11_TOOLS_And_ACCESSORIES-Generic-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-TOOLS_A...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1" Scale UP Northern and Other Locomotives
Replies: 3
Views: 1048

Re: 1" Scale UP Northern and Other Locomotives

I do believe its his Big Boy 4019 and the Northern 844 that are now on display at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden. There are very nice pictures on the museum website of these two models . The article lists other models he built, possibly the museum has those or knows there whereabouts. https:...
by ALCOSTEAM
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Timken 1111 (four aces)
Replies: 17
Views: 3092

Re: Timken 1111 (four aces)

Broadway Limited has just released an HO scale brass-hybrid model of the NP A-3 locomotive, very close to the 1111 (later the NP 2626.) https://www.broadway-limited.com/paragon3np4-8-4northern.aspx RussN The first ho brass engine I ever bought is a NP 4-8-4 one of the NJ International Custom Brass ...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Tender at auction
Replies: 6
Views: 1150

Re: Tender at auction

and the 25% buyers premium is just ridiculous.
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Compressors on Ebay
Replies: 5
Views: 1393

Re: Compressors on Ebay

Mike do you know who had them?
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun Dec 29, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Compressors on Ebay
Replies: 5
Views: 1393

Re: Compressors on Ebay

sure wish that was a Sandley twin. 51 watchers now
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun Dec 08, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: My 12" 4 jaw has gained weight.
Replies: 23
Views: 2945

Re: My 12" 4 jaw has gained weight.

Actually this HF hoist is rated at 1300 using the double line. I tried it single line first time I used it.... I think if I could get it mounted to a fishing pole I could set a hook with it, crazy fast. A couple of times I have hooked a small chain hoist to the HF hoist to make it easy to do small a...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun Dec 08, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: 3 jaw chuck
Replies: 29
Views: 4196

Re: 3 jaw chuck

When I bought my first lathe almost 30 years ago I got the "best" lowest grade chucks the guy was willing to let go of. In hindsight it would have been far better to of negotiated a better price and left the old wore out chucks and bought the best new I could afford at the time. I finally bought new...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: My 12" 4 jaw has gained weight.
Replies: 23
Views: 2945

Re: My 12" 4 jaw has gained weight.

Some years back I built a traveling hoist over the two biggest lathes I have. I used two pieces of medium depth 20' unistrut spaced 4' apart and have a Harbor Freight 1300lb lift electric hoist on a carriage that can travel the length of that unistrut as well as almost the 4' spacing. Unistrut makes...