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by Bill Shields
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Ed Perry
Replies: 9
Views: 665

Re: Ed Perry

these boilers (pictures taken about 10 years ago) were all being built on donations
by Bill Shields
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Ed Perry
Replies: 9
Views: 665

Re: Ed Perry

I cannot imagine any reason why a person would want a copper firebox in a steel boiler..especially when the copper probably cost more than my house, farm and all the equipment combined. pictures of two full-size steel boilers with new 1" thick copper fireboxes being installed copper firebox in steel...
by Bill Shields
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Surface plate lapping
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: Surface plate lapping

The last plate that I had reconditioned was done by 'Rock of Ages'.

I know that Starrett also provides (or used to) that service.

In reality, you are most likely going to have to crate it up and ship it off. Places that provide this service are not as plentiful as car dealers.
by Bill Shields
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stress Relieving
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: Stress Relieving

the difficulties of straightening are proportional to how crooked it is and what tolerance is required.

I would put a center in one end and a follower rest behind the lathe tool and have at it and pray that it stays straight.
by Bill Shields
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: OMG, Kamikaze bugs!
Replies: 9
Views: 633

Re: OMG, Kamikaze bugs!

and garden hoses left out....
by Bill Shields
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: OMG, Kamikaze bugs!
Replies: 9
Views: 633

Re: OMG, Kamikaze bugs!

a screen on the water inlet is never a lost cause
by Bill Shields
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Weight Distribution Question on a Live Steam Locomotive
Replies: 10
Views: 545

Re: Weight Distribution Question on a Live Steam Locomotive

The only way to tell is as suggested since we really do not know how the equalization settles out
by Bill Shields
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam space.
Replies: 6
Views: 596

Re: Steam space.

Ever see how little 'steam space' a full-size Niagara ran with...considering that it didn't really have a steam dome????
by Bill Shields
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Rebuilding Engines and Timing Valve gear.
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Re: Rebuilding Engines and Timing Valve gear.

Steve: If you use the FULL EDITOR & PREVIEW you can ATTACH most anything. Thanks for sharing this... I am a few months past dealing with something similar regarding a Southern Valve gear. I ended up just locking the main drive axle in a fixed vertical position...as did the fellow who built the model...
by Bill Shields
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Weight Distribution Question on a Live Steam Locomotive
Replies: 10
Views: 545

Re: Weight Distribution Question on a Live Steam Locomotive

put a lifting fork under each wheel that is a 'teeter totter' so that you push DOWN to lift the wheel. arrange this so that the pivot is a fixed distance from the where the fork lifts the wheel....and you have a fixed position to: add weight to the 'push down' end of the teeter totter until the whee...
by Bill Shields
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Pump
Replies: 42
Views: 2257

Re: Pump

because it can?????

perhaps better than going to the rear (from an engineer's standpoint)….

This has migrated to what it is...perhaps to support the concept of 'you can never have too many ways to put water in a boiler'.....
by Bill Shields
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Suggested method of machinng
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: Suggested method of machinng

I would do it in a Swiss type (or Turn-Mill machine), but then that is how I think.