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by Bill Shields
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PB Blaster is Snake Oil
Replies: 56
Views: 6828

Re: PB Blaster is Snake Oil

automatic transmission fluid and acetone works very well
by Bill Shields
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steam-operated cylinder drains
Replies: 13
Views: 1301

Re: Steam-operated cylinder drains

I am here...where are all of you on this cold and blustery Thanksgiving day (OK...not in Canada)…. I use the Nixon type of cylinder cock which are similar to what is above. http://www.mehrs.com/misc.html : Steam Operated Cylinder Cocks You need to check the fits of the O-rings shown in the drawing a...
by Bill Shields
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Turning radius
Replies: 3
Views: 744

Re: Turning radius

do you have a CAD system available to you?

it is actually easier to draw than explain

you need to know the fixed wheel base, the side-2-side play in the axles and the 'nominal' rail spacing.
by Bill Shields
Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cast Iron Steam Water Pump
Replies: 11
Views: 1047

Re: Cast Iron Steam Water Pump

either option will work...been there done that on several occasions.

Advantage to bronze sleeve and O-rings is that you can virtually forget them.

If you don't like pressed in liners, you can always glue them in with high-temp Loctite (done that also)
by Bill Shields
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cast Iron Steam Water Pump
Replies: 11
Views: 1047

Re: Cast Iron Steam Water Pump

I have honed cast iron bores to size and they are still rough on O-rings.

'tis the nature of the beast. A thin bronze liner is well worth the effort.
by Bill Shields
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Cast Iron Steam Water Pump
Replies: 11
Views: 1047

Re: Cast Iron Steam Water Pump

steel is one thing....cast iron another
by Bill Shields
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Jet 1336 PBD Lathe
Replies: 30
Views: 12058

Re: Jet 1336 PBD Lathe

I had exactly the same thing happen to my Select 1024 -> but it was with a QTCP attached and a cut-off tool dug in and "off with it's head"

the marketing of Taiwan machines under multiple names was/is not limited to the 1980's - they are still doing it
by Bill Shields
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Harpur/Allen Mogul Smokebox Configuration
Replies: 5
Views: 921

Re: Harpur/Allen Mogul Smokebox Configuration

soft balls are generally not a good idea unless you have a broad, flat seat at a 45 degree angle....even then they are short lived.
by Bill Shields
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Using a steam indicator
Replies: 40
Views: 3901

Re: Using a steam indicator

the water filled pipes restrict the pressure changes which come VERY QUICKLY....and give very funky readings as a result.

You have the same problem with very small pipe connections to / from a 'model' indicator.
by Bill Shields
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Harpur/Allen Mogul Smokebox Configuration
Replies: 5
Views: 921

Re: Harpur/Allen Mogul Smokebox Configuration

slick but not very useful as a feedwater heater considering that it is not actually in the flow of hot air..

yes it will add temperature to the incoming water but...is it worth the nuisance?
by Bill Shields
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Ed Perry
Replies: 9
Views: 1341

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: 1341

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...