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by Builder01
Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Choice of prototype
Replies: 35
Views: 966

Re: Choice of prototype

At any price, I would not spend my valuable time building a loco for someone else. Life is short. Unless, all you want to do is build locomotives and are not interested in actually operating them. If this will speed up the construction of your locomotive, then why not;) Making more parts will never...
by Builder01
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Choice of prototype
Replies: 35
Views: 966

Re: Choice of prototype

A good example would be putting the flutes in the six rods for my loco. It was not simple to get them all to look exactly the way I wanted. Making six more, even if exactly like the first six, is not my idea of fun. I would rather use the time to move on the next parts to be made. At any price, I wo...
by Builder01
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Running a live steamer "1930s style"
Replies: 14
Views: 661

Re: Running a live steamer "1930s style"

Just put a couple of pillows at the end of the track! (wink)

David
by Builder01
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Engine rotisserie stand
Replies: 12
Views: 1010

Re: Engine rotisserie stand

Awesome! What's wrong with that? It looks great and I'm sure it works fine. Good work! I use mine all the time for inspection of the underside and especially for doing work. Also helps for cleaning up the underside after running.

David
by Builder01
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Engine rotisserie stand
Replies: 12
Views: 1010

Re: Engine rotisserie stand

Hmmm...... it may be difficult to adjust any misalignment if it is welded. On mine, everything is drilled and tapped and can be completely taken apart. I hope you are able to make your lift do what you need, I'm sure you will.

David
by Builder01
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Engine rotisserie stand
Replies: 12
Views: 1010

Re: Engine rotisserie stand

Hi John, On my stands, the bottom brackets were drilled and tapped into the uprights. I put these pieces together, checked with a square, and then clamped them together tightly before drilling right through both pieces with the tap drill. This assured perfect alignment and squareness. If your uprigh...
by Builder01
Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1" U in 1/4" copper tube
Replies: 22
Views: 1181

Re: 1" U in 1/4" copper tube

Fred_V wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:45 am
I've seen a video of trumpet making using pitch too.
Pitch is so they get the notes correct!

David
by Builder01
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Copper boiler water treatment
Replies: 16
Views: 1381

Re: Copper boiler water treatment

Bill,

Is this the copper boiler that ran for 50 years on city water? Looks quite clean all the way down to the foundation ring. Did the owner do yearly or every other year serious clean outs, or, just the normal blow down after running each day?

David
by Builder01
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Engine rotisserie stand
Replies: 12
Views: 1010

Re: Engine rotisserie stand

Glad you like it! The wooden beams that the buffers fit into are white oak with 4, #10 screws holding the top and bottom parts together. The holes that the buffers fit into are felted for a tight fit. This is plenty strong for my 1" loco. The wooden part is probably the part that you would make cust...
by Builder01
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Engine rotisserie stand
Replies: 12
Views: 1010

Re: Engine rotisserie stand

As for swinging the full weight of the loco, the mount is built in such a way that you can change the pivot point relative to the center of gravity. This way, when you remove the locking pin, the loco does not try to spin! But, a worm and wheel would work as well. With the crank, I can lift the loco...
by Builder01
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1" U in 1/4" copper tube
Replies: 22
Views: 1181

Re: 1" U in 1/4" copper tube

Yes, Cerrobend will do the same thing, and melts in boiling water for easy removal and to be used over and over. To assist during bending, you should first squirt some lube down the tube like LPS2. This keeps the Cerrobend from sticking to the copper pipe. If steam is going to go through a copper pi...
by Builder01
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Engine rotisserie stand
Replies: 12
Views: 1010

Re: Engine rotisserie stand

I have built a "rotisserie" type of construction stand for my loco as it quickly became much too heavy for me to keep turning it over to work on the bottom. Understand, that my loco is a 1" scale loco, not 1-1/2" scale. It is a fraction of the weight of the larger locos. The total weight is about 12...