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by Kevin_S
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Resizing cylinder bore
Replies: 5
Views: 1213

Resizing cylinder bore

I have an older RRSC American that needs the cylinders resleeved. The plans I have call out for a 1.75" bore. The newer ones call out for a 1.5" bore. What would be the pros and cons of boreing the new sleeves down to the smaller size. Yes I know I will use less steam. I also plan on making new pist...
by Kevin_S
Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: paint job
Replies: 26
Views: 3528

Re: paint job

No, he meant Alodine. Alodine is a chemical etching, protective coating that allows paint to stick to it. I see the problem why your paint did not stick, you used mineral spirits which will leave an oily film, use acetone instead or even denatured alcohol. Also with the acrylic enamels make sure you...
by Kevin_S
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:35 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: CP-173 and RRSC 440 - Throttles
Replies: 35
Views: 4066

Re: CP-173 and RRSC 440 - Throttles

Yes, his name appears all over the boiler drawing.
-Kevin S.
by Kevin_S
Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:18 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Winnipeg Electric Company Streetcar 356
Replies: 92
Views: 13980

Re: Winnipeg Electric Company Streetcar 356

Dianne, what really works good is plain old yellow wood glue and follow with a pneumatic nailer and for the small bits get a micro pin nailer. They are like a 22 gauge pin that can be about 1/2" long.
-Kevin S.
by Kevin_S
Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Fabricating A Steam Dome - Take 2
Replies: 33
Views: 4333

Re: Fabricating A Steam Dome - Take 2

If you use poly filler (Bondo, which is a name brand) for minor imperfections should be fine. One thing you want to make sure first is that you sand the metal first before apply the poly filler. At work I play with some high temp poly filler, it is I think rated for 600*F I will have to find the spe...
by Kevin_S
Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:27 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: just for laughs
Replies: 10
Views: 1472

Re: just for laughs

John, I also used to go to Frank's too. I even went to high school with Frank JR.
-Kevin S.
by Kevin_S
Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: new West Valley baby consolidation now in steam
Replies: 45
Views: 5024

Re: new West Valley baby consolidation now in steam

Kyle, the engine originally ran on coal, the original owner was getting up in age and had started switching it over to propane. We kept it propane although we had to reconfigure the burner to get it just right. And yes the domes are filled with lead, which gives great traction on these little engine...
by Kevin_S
Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: new West Valley baby consolidation now in steam
Replies: 45
Views: 5024

Re: new West Valley baby consolidation now in steam

Kyle, yes there was O-rings in the pistons, that's what my friend Matt had in his when he got it. Also the 2" cylinders are steam hogs but they will run on very little pressure. We have since sleeved the cylinders down to 1.75" which offered a nice balance for the engine.
Hope this helps.
-Kevin S.
by Kevin_S
Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: new West Valley baby consolidation now in steam
Replies: 45
Views: 5024

Re: new West Valley baby consolidation now in steam

Kyle, the engine were designed as a group project where each person was in charge of making a particular part/s for the engine. Although a couple where sold to help fund the project.
-Kevin S.
by Kevin_S
Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: HELP! LE American eccentric straps
Replies: 22
Views: 1761

Re: HELP! LE American eccentric straps

Dianne, the rods that go to the top of the regulate reverse while the bottom regulate forward. Do you by chance have any plans for your American? They are valuable in helping setting up the timing of the engine, as they will get you set up at a starting point.
-Kevin S.
by Kevin_S
Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Finger nail polish
Replies: 11
Views: 1692

Re: Finger nail polish

Are we talking nail polish it self or nail polish remover? Because nail polish remover is acetone not lacquer thinner. Nail polish is lacquer based paint.
-Kevin S.
by Kevin_S
Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:53 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Checking Timing on LE American? - CONFUSED!!!
Replies: 32
Views: 2871

Re: Checking Timing on LE American? - CONFUSED!!!

Ok Dianne, you will need to take the valve covers off to time the engine properly. With the cover off put the engine in full forward and roll or rotate one side into the top dead center position. Look where the slide valve is located, you should have the slide valve just bearly start to show the adm...