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by Greg_Lewis
Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: 3/4" Raritan 2-4-0 build.
Replies: 133
Views: 8173

Re: 3/4" Raritan 2-4-0 build.

I agree with John above. Considering the circumstances under which you are working, there is no reason not to use Loctite. There are some members of this forum who badmouth Loctite, but if you follow the directions , there is no reason it will not work with the loads a live steam locomotive will put...
by Greg_Lewis
Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Museum of Obsolete Drafting Technology
Replies: 45
Views: 6345

Re: Museum of Obsolete Drafting Technology

... One bit of advice. Do not buy substandard measuring instruments. You can work only as closely as you can measure. That's why I never advise the use of calipers for critical dimensions (I use them regularly, just not for anything critical), be they vernier, dial or electronic. How can one hope t...
by Greg_Lewis
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Magnetic gears?
Replies: 3
Views: 96

Magnetic gears?

Hi folks. A friend sent me this video of magnetized gears that don't touch. Looks interesting. Do any of you know more about this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76yRObMIwa0&t=1s
by Greg_Lewis
Wed Mar 03, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Curious what everyone else does after a swarf filled day
Replies: 21
Views: 634

Re: Curious what everyone else does after a swarf filled day

I come in, change to my "house" shoes, and plop down in the big chair with a cuppa' tea and a cookie. I've been told that having a beer gut can be useful when bending over a piece of machinery. It gives you a cushion on which to rest as you work. :D So which comes first, the tea and cookie or the b...
by Greg_Lewis
Wed Mar 03, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Curious what everyone else does after a swarf filled day
Replies: 21
Views: 634

Re: Curious what everyone else does after a swarf filled day

Jack's story reminds me of a time many years ago when I had a Model A Ford. I had pulled the head and a stud broke off even with the block. It was rusted in and there was no way I could get it out. I asked around and was told to take it to Big Floyd. After finding out how to find Big Floyd, I towed ...
by Greg_Lewis
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Curious what everyone else does after a swarf filled day
Replies: 21
Views: 634

Re: Curious what everyone else does after a swarf filled day

I'm with Jack. When I finish a particular phase of a project I put away all the tools that won't be used again that day and do a quick cleanup. Sometimes a cleanup will be motivated by too much stuff on the workbench. At the end of each work session all the tools get put away and the counters cleane...
by Greg_Lewis
Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Ground clearance
Replies: 8
Views: 768

Re: Ground clearance

Below are some images of the prototype. Here is a quote, in typically wordy form of the era, from one of my references, Locomotive Cyclopedia 1925: ------ "The importance of equipping the modern rigid underframe locomotive tender with efficient anti-friction side bearings is now generally recognized...
by Greg_Lewis
Tue Mar 02, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Ground clearance
Replies: 8
Views: 768

Re: Ground clearance

The clearance allows more freedom of movement. By having almost no clearance on one truck and about 3/32 on each side of the other truck, the car will be stable yet the trucks can move better with variations in the track. Since the springs in our trucks are required to operate over a far wider range...
by Greg_Lewis
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Nickel Plate 762
Replies: 67
Views: 28703

Re: Nickel Plate 762

JBodenmann wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 10:58 am
The old Bozo in the photo isn't me it's my evil twin brother. :lol:

AH HA! See, I knew it! There ARE two of him. He's admits it. That's how he gets all this stuff done. I thought I heard a thump in the supposedly empty shop when I visited some time ago.
by Greg_Lewis
Mon Mar 01, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Elesco feed water heater
Replies: 12
Views: 577

Re: Elesco feed water heater

Greg the drills were getting stuck in the copper from too slow of a RPMS. I corrected that and continued on my way. Now I'm just finishing up the water passages. Good to hear. Looks like a fun project. I’ve done that. Walked away Usually shortly after banging a digit with a hammer or some similar o...
by Greg_Lewis
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Elesco feed water heater
Replies: 12
Views: 577

Re: Elesco feed water heater

If the drills are grabbing take the sharp edge off the tips just a little with a stone or honing stick.
by Greg_Lewis
Sun Feb 28, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Museum of Obsolete Drafting Technology
Replies: 45
Views: 6345

Re: Museum of Obsolete Drafting Technology

When you look at a drawing from 100 years ago you quickly have a lot of respect for the draftsman that made it. I can't imagine getting down to the last line and having the pen blurp ink onto the velum.