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by Bill Shields
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Flexible steam tubing suggestions?
Replies: 1
Views: 200

Re: Flexible steam tubing suggestions?

flex tubing in that size is very tough to find...like you (or maybe because of my age...longer)...been looking off and on for a LONG TIME in my industrial career where we dealt with nasty fluids and pressures) and never really found something suitable at a reasonable cost (or at ANY COST). I have su...
by Bill Shields
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 1622

Re: water glasses

you are correct...the glass sits in the groove between the piece of tube and the housing and you 'notch' the center pilot as needed to allow water to flow...or press it in place, then DRILL THROUGH the water fitting...whatever works for you. I put the pieces in with Loctite (imagine that :D ), then ...
by Bill Shields
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 40
Views: 3624

Re: Suspension problems

if it works it works. I have seen the 3/4" hudsons with just rollers on a flat surface and the heck with the centering....
by Bill Shields
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 1622

Re: water glasses

it was the first thing i had to learn to do when i created one of these glasses. Unfortunately BvB as a few years gone by then, but somewhere, in the back of my mind, years of lapping mechanical seals came to mind...and where there is a blacksmith there is a way....
by Bill Shields
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 1622

Re: water glasses

an o-ring on the face of the glass....fits in the groove between the body and the 'center pilot'. All force on the glass is along its axis...VERY DIFFICULT to crack without really trying! glass has to be very square and very smooth...the solution for which is so stupid as to be obvious.. wrap the gl...
by Bill Shields
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Suspension problems
Replies: 40
Views: 3624

Re: Suspension problems

I wonder how much 'centering action' comes from the spring rigging?...not that it is really a worry on our models. On my 3/4" Hudson, I took out the rocker and put in a roller, running on the same rocker ramp...not necessarily for better traction but because i got tired of looking for (and often rem...
by Bill Shields
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Help With Milling Problem
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: Help With Milling Problem

I am with Harold on this...I have cut similar items in half with a 1/16" cut off wheel in a 5" hand grinder after finding out they are hard all the way through...and sometimes brittle (depends on who made them...) -> and attacking them with anything other than carbide tooling in a very rigid setup i...
by Bill Shields
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: water glasses
Replies: 29
Views: 1622

Re: water glasses

You might want to consider doing it with a glass like this on a 1" reconstruct I did a few years ago: You can attach it anywhere via some copper tubing to the top and bottom new water glass and fire doors after rebuild.jpg the glass sits on 2 o-rings, no nuts. The through bolt holds it all together....
by Bill Shields
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: weird RR machine
Replies: 11
Views: 565

Re: weird RR machine

it's a track inspection car...today it would be called a 'speeder' the black wheel just right of center is the clutch mechanism..it contacts the flywheel at different diameters to change the 'output' speed. Today it would be the equivalent of a CVT (snowmobile) transmission. willing to bet that the ...
by Bill Shields
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Worn pulleys/ additive metal
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Worn pulleys/ additive metal

i think that you will find that if you can find someone to do this, the cost will far outweigh the replacement $
by Bill Shields
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Watch out for the herd of Camels-0-4-0 Camelback history
Replies: 20
Views: 4007

Re: Watch out for the herd of Camels-0-4-0 Camelback history

if you want iterations of the camel, here is one..

stretch the chassis a bit, add a leading truck and a lot of propane burners;

Jim stuart at the throttle, me sitting in the back reading the signals for him
jim driving.jpg
steaming bay 1.jpg
by Bill Shields
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Worn pulleys/ additive metal
Replies: 10
Views: 351

Re: Worn pulleys/ additive metal

you don't want to spray metal on these low end pulleys.