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by ALCOSTEAM
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: 1911 Project
Replies: 19
Views: 1131

Re: 1911 Project

10 years ago I did a 1911 from an unmachined raw stainless frame. It took two starts over several months to get it done and together. Certainly not a project for just anyone. It ended up being one of those things I just had to do. Got a few more frames that might get done someday. A real sense of ac...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby
Replies: 108
Views: 20200

Re: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby

some years back one of our local pawn shops got in a large lot of mainly Starrett stuff. I got to look thru it but the pawn shop had decided to list it all on fleabay. They were delusional they would get close to new price for everything. For years going to live auctions and sales I had found that e...
by ALCOSTEAM
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Phase converter questions
Replies: 11
Views: 1659

Re: Phase converter questions

I built a large static add a phase to run a 7 1/2 hp motor on one of my bigger lathes but then got a 10hp motor and converted the static to run the10hp as a rotary add a phase. While not true three phase, going to the rotary setup is far superior to just a static unit. I have put a few VFD's on othe...
by ALCOSTEAM
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A Little Machining Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 1552

Re: A Little Machining Problem

Can you reach inside the smokebox with a right angle drill and make your holes
by ALCOSTEAM
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Regauging pressed on wheels
Replies: 14
Views: 2763

Re: Regauging pressed on wheels

I have made long thin HSS tools that I could get behind the wheel in the lathe and trim the axle behind the wheel down to the size that the wheel needs to move back alittle more. Once you have clearance go to the press and give it a push right around the center of the wheel. If they are cast wheels ...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun May 05, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: EE Product Updates - 5/3/19
Replies: 16
Views: 4357

Re: EE Product Updates - 5/3/19

FLtenwheeler wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 10:59 am
3/8" Penberthy injectors are still available.

Tim
This I already know
by ALCOSTEAM
Sat May 04, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: EE Product Updates - 5/3/19
Replies: 16
Views: 4357

Re: EE Product Updates - 5/3/19

Do you think you will be doing an injector bigger than the 1/4" size. Between larger locomotives, steam tractors, and other steam driving things I think there would be a decent market for a 3/8 and maybe 1/2".
by ALCOSTEAM
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Soft Start for Lathe?
Replies: 54
Views: 10510

Re: Soft Start for Lathe?

If its a single phase motor you could be having the start switch sticking once in a while. The start windings draw a good bit of amperage that is NOT included in your motor nameplate ratings. It could also be a start winding beginning to fail. The high inrush and large magnetic fields can jiggle and...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam Turbine Question
Replies: 10
Views: 2556

Re: Steam Turbine Question

My first guess would be that the expansion due to the heat from the steam is causing it to bind up somewhere. Was it technically made for steam or just a model of a steam turbine? Expanding steam can get a turbine spinning real fast, this being brass makes me wonder if it was ever intended to be pow...
by ALCOSTEAM
Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: Mark Gregor
Replies: 2
Views: 1955

Re: Mark Gregor

This is the first I had heard of his passing. There was talk about some of his equipment being for sale of recent but no explanation of why. Lee Wright was a good friend of Marks and he built quite a bit of Marks equipment and helped on building his railroad. Hopefully someone will come along with m...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Mounting a square piece between centers
Replies: 18
Views: 3103

Re: "Mounting a square piece between centers

If you have a mill I would set up the piece and indicate it in and then center drill, repeat other end.
Or if you have a collet set up there is always using a square collet.
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: McMaster carr part number
Replies: 16
Views: 3601

Re: McMaster carr part number

I have always followed the rule that if you have a 5/16 injector, run 3/8 lines up to the injector. 1/4 injector go 5/16 lines. The larger the water supply lines the less effort it takes the injector to draw water in.