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by reubenT
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: I.C. Engines
Topic: spark plug manufacture
Replies: 11
Views: 8969

Re: spark plug manufacture

That's OK, It's still on the agenda to do but the doing of it gets delayed. It's an experiment I need to run with custom plugs and a really high energy ignition system, I'm thinking I will modify a cylinder head of a small engine and make an extra large plug hole for a custom plug. I will consider a...
by reubenT
Thu Dec 05, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cylinder Borning
Replies: 20
Views: 835

Re: Cylinder Borning

Not hard to bore single steam cylinders on an ordinary metal lathe. As long as there's not a lot of bulk of extra metal on the casting in the way of mounting them on the bed. There's a couple ways of doing it. One of them would do quite large cylinders for the size of lathe.
by reubenT
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Made a shop press
Replies: 27
Views: 2350

Re: Made a shop press

I made one years ago to press dozer pins and bushings with a 50 ton hand jack. Just a section of heavy H beam with a few things welded to it. It sits in the shop and gets used occasionally. Then I got a 3 ton arbor press from grizzly for doing keyways in bores with a broach set. It sees more use tha...
by reubenT
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: The slow evoltuion of a long term plan
Replies: 16
Views: 6678

Re: The slow evoltuion of a long term plan

I got kinda the same thing going on in my own way. A slow evolution taking some years to develop. But the need for doing an engine swap in my old track loader inspired me to get the overhead lift installed. I have a 30x60' pole barn shop with dirt floor, the lathes and milling machines occupy the fa...
by reubenT
Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: press fit lube?
Replies: 21
Views: 1015

Re: press fit lube?

Just thought I'd comment even if it doesn't help the current job, about 15 years ago I used a spray lube named kano aerokroil to assemble all the pins and bushings in a set of caterpillar track chains. It worked significantly better than WD40. I was using a hand pump 50 ton bottle jack, some of them...
by reubenT
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: Casting and foundry work
Replies: 1
Views: 2056

Re: Casting and foundry work

It's dirty work. But I like dirty work, the dirtier it is the funner it gets. Well. I just do it because of what it will create. I have this wired urge to go bigger with it. Up to maybe a capacity of several hundred lb iron castings. I don't think it'd be hard to do. Just takes a bit larger furnace ...
by reubenT
Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: combination engine
Replies: 11
Views: 1637

Re: combination engine

Looks like I'm gonna have to do a V twin steam engine first. After moving my steam truck again I decided the westinghouse engine really isn't suitable for it. So I need a replacement engine better suited to driving the truck without dumping oil with a little end tilt. The old engine needs to run sta...
by reubenT
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: combination engine
Replies: 11
Views: 1637

Re: combination engine

I hope my vessels are in decent shape, I wouldn't want to blow one. It gets dark early nowdays, I come in and don't have anything better to do than kill time on the puter. Been watching youtube iron foundry videos. At least I got the roof on the shop addition today. next gotta move things around and...
by reubenT
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: combination engine
Replies: 11
Views: 1637

Re: combination engine

It's something I can't get out of my mind. It's just a little challenge to my mind that can't be avoided. I suppose the only way to rid myself of the idea is to build it, it would be useful, although by far not the most important thing to do, so it'll have to be done on the side of the main jobs of ...
by reubenT
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby
Replies: 126
Views: 30398

Re: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby

Too many young fellas addicted to video games, and all manner of other useless garbage time wasters. Someday they may come to regret it, but then they probably won't be smart enough to realize why they missed the boat in real education. I've heard rumors in the last 30 years how USA schools are grad...
by reubenT
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Casting & Foundry Work
Topic: casting in the third world
Replies: 16
Views: 4127

Re: casting in the third world

I notice the videos of foundry work in India, the workers wearing sandals, sometimes shorts. Sparks flying, I'm sure they get their burns. man power is cheap and plentiful there. The only burn I got while wearing sandals was when the furnace blower kicked a hot coal out and landed on my foot. LOL! y...
by reubenT
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Antique Stationary Engines
Topic: New engine- need help
Replies: 10
Views: 10251

Re: New engine- need help

Looks like a crack in the head. But cracks in cast iron can be brazed. Usually have to knock it out, grind the surface to fresh clean metal and fill the larger crack with brass. It would have to be far worse condition that that one to not be worth repairing. But even then, most anything is rebuildab...