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by Bill Shields
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Machining Rubber
Replies: 7
Views: 198

Re: Machining Rubber

I have found that frozen rubber is easier to machine (quickly)...after you figure out the coefficient of thermal expansion.

Grinding is really the easiest way, if you have the facilities to do so.

You also want to wear a mask since you do NOT want to breathe the dust that is created...
by Bill Shields
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3/4" scale Dinky
Replies: 12
Views: 692

Re: 3/4" scale Dinky

This is what the wheels look like with steel tires attached (I needed a slightly larger OD for my 1" project)
by Bill Shields
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 3/4" scale Dinky
Replies: 12
Views: 692

Re: 3/4" scale Dinky

I am using the Dinky drive wheels on a 1" 2-4-0 that I am building.

The Friends' castings are very nice.

I also have a complete set of drawings, which are also very clear.
by Bill Shields
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:58 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tips for a newbie
Replies: 17
Views: 849

Re: Tips for a newbie

you are headed in the correct direction with that thinking.
by Bill Shields
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tips for a newbie
Replies: 17
Views: 849

Re: Tips for a newbie

build something very simple first
by Bill Shields
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tips for a newbie
Replies: 17
Views: 849

Re: Tips for a newbie

Also consider the cost of storage / handling / transport of such a large loco.

It isn't something that you pick up and put in the trunk of your Toyota Camry and take to the track.
by Bill Shields
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 482 night run
Replies: 5
Views: 453

Re: 482 night run

WHAT...you have problems with a few holes burned in your clothing????
by Bill Shields
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Square jaws for round collets anyone attempt them?
Replies: 13
Views: 451

Re: Square jaws for round collets anyone attempt them?

WEDM of collets is a fairly routine process for shops that are set up to do it.

Ballpark price is $100 + the price of the blank collet
by Bill Shields
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Beryllium copper
Replies: 10
Views: 568

Re: Beryllium copper

Find someone with a Texas Nuclear metal analyzer and have them 'shoot' it for you if you want to be sure. Google 'TEXAS NUCLEAR ALLOY ANALYZER' I also have rolls of the stuff the Jim used for springs on his Atlantic. He cut the strips with metal snips, punched holes in them and CAREFULLY SEALED AND ...
by Bill Shields
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: wanted, coles power models pump plan
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: wanted, coles power models pump plan

I have a complete set, and since Cole's is out of business, I guess it is safe to make them available....and they do not say anywhere that they are 'copyright'.... They are of a size that I will have to pay someone to scan. 4 pages 11 x 30, dated Coles 1967. I got them in Ventura many years ago..com...
by Bill Shields
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Stiff throttle on Allen Mogul
Replies: 11
Views: 731

Re: Stiff throttle on Allen Mogul

Lots of good advice. Other suggestions - are the sliding surfaces bronze / brass or STAINLESS? Simply changing material from stainless to bronze can help if you are not in a position to put in a smokebox throttle (which can be a bear after the loco is built), you can replace the pull / slide throttl...
by Bill Shields
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Resurrecting the Major Grey
Replies: 1
Views: 424

Re: Resurrecting the Major Grey

coal running is difficult with these short engines...tough to reach in with a shovel around the coal bunker..hence the propane. The TORCH HEAD you describe works very well (I have a couple from that time period)...getting something up / under / in from the grate area on these critters is very diffic...