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by jscarmozza
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 47
Views: 8121

Re: Suspension problems

Performance update with the spring loaded heart rockers is that I didn't see much more improved performance, pulled 7 cars and still experienced some slip on start up and on grades. Much better than it was before I started making the adjustments, but It will never pull like a Pacific.
John
by jscarmozza
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 32
Views: 4224

Re: water glasses

Bill, the sight glass turned out good and was straight forward to make. After grinding the lathe tools and making a trial piece to get the moves down and flush out the bugs I was able to make the two end pieces, including silver soldering, in an hour. Just waiting for the high temp o-rings and angle...
by jscarmozza
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 32
Views: 4224

Re: water glasses

Bill, is there some type of port in the center pilot to allow steam and water to fill the glass? It seems like a snug fit between the end fittings' ID and center pilots' OD. Also, is the lateral hole in the end fitting 1/4" on the top end fitting and 5/16" on the bottom end fitting? I see the note b...
by jscarmozza
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 47
Views: 8121

Re: Suspension problems

I'll let you know how it performs Bill.
John
by jscarmozza
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 32
Views: 4224

Re: water glasses

You anticipated my followup question, I wouldn't have figured that out if I live to be 100. Thanks Bill.
John
by jscarmozza
Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 47
Views: 8121

Re: Suspension problems

In an effort to get as much as I can get without taking the engine apart I did a variation on Mike's spring replacement for the solid heart rockers. I haven't run the engine with them in place yet, but they seem to redistribute more weight to the drivers. I included a photo of the solid rocker next ...
by jscarmozza
Wed Jun 19, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 32
Views: 4224

Re: water glasses

Bill, what seals the glass in the Van Brocklin design?
John
by jscarmozza
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 32
Views: 4224

Re: water glasses

I'll drill them out a little and see if that helps, thanks David.
John
by jscarmozza
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 32
Views: 4224

Re: water glasses

David, Alignment is definitely a problem, the sight glass taps were both made on the back sheet instead of one being made on top the boiler, and they aren't parallel. Straight out, no good; 45 degree bends, worse; 90 degree bends, close; but now space and interference become an issue. The old sight ...
by jscarmozza
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 32
Views: 4224

Re: water glasses

There was a 3/16" diameter glass on the engine but the bleeder valued leaked so badly I couldn't get an accurate boiler water level. I wanted a larger diameter replacement but all I could find was a 5mm and I'm very dissatisfied with it, glass shears as soon as I go past light finger tight. Would li...
by jscarmozza
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 32
Views: 4224

Re: water glasses

Does anyone know of a source for 1" scale sight glasses? Thanks.
John
by jscarmozza
Fri May 31, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blue Gem Coal
Replies: 6
Views: 1625

Re: Blue Gem Coal

Dan, I was talking to Adam today and he tried a bag of blue gem in his engine and had the same experience as kbarnett above, heavy smoke and it fouled his flues.
John