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by Bill Shields
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: flatcar brake rigging
Replies: 13
Views: 1116

Re: flatcar brake rigging

Steve:

Shoot me a direct e-mail and I will return some drawings...but it may well require that you make new trucks...
by Bill Shields
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 'Engine wash" and shiny brass?
Replies: 23
Views: 1265

Re: 'Engine wash" and shiny brass?

clear coat is only as good as the preparation, and generally does not like high temperatures. FWIW for cleaning (the little that I do) -> I use kerosene sprayed with an air sprayer. for really dirty areas, I use blowdown steam straight from the boiler.. keeping clean and 'easy on paint' are not nece...
by Bill Shields
Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: The Junk Drawer
Topic: To Goat or not to Goat?
Replies: 23
Views: 951

Re: To Goat or not to Goat?

we have & use goats and they are very hardy critters that need little in the way of vet maintenance....as in the last time we had the vet out here for goat maintenance was to put down the old guy that was just plain old and couldn't get around any more. MAYBE if you have a contained herd it is d...
by Bill Shields
Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Machining Split Bearings
Replies: 7
Views: 542

Re: Machining Split Bearings

do it all the time with Loctite...

also put an air line at the chuck / collet to keep things cool...or flush coolant if you have it.

another way is to put a radial pin in each bearing and in the fixture. Drill the bearing through the diameter before you saw it in half (old car bearing trick).
by Bill Shields
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blower
Replies: 41
Views: 2031

Re: Blower

Joe Tanski has an old hand held vacuum cleaner that he uses with an inexpensive speed control ...for coal or fuel oil on the same loco. The speed control is very nice to have, but you can 'get by' without it if the blower is set up for one loco. What I do for my multiple coal / propane locos is inst...
by Bill Shields
Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Blower
Replies: 41
Views: 2031

Re: Blower

I use a granger blower

1TDN2

made an adapter to cover the inlet and stick down in the stack.

40 years old, still running
by Bill Shields
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Video question, where to mount a propane control valve
Replies: 21
Views: 951

Re: Video question, where to mount a propane control valve

I put my propane control valve INSIDE the water tank and ran the lines in / out.

the valve handle comes out the top of the left hand leg where it is easy to reach.

can do pictures if you need more explanation
by Bill Shields
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Brake shoe material
Replies: 14
Views: 902

Re: Brake shoe material

if you think about it - aluminum is really a better material to use for brakes than bronze

Granted it may not last as long as bronze, but will work a lot better for stopping
by Bill Shields
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Aligning Front Tubesheet
Replies: 22
Views: 1720

Re: Aligning Front Tubesheet

I don't like to start with leaks With copper tubes, you may need to roll just a little bit more. MEASURE the ID of the holes that are leaking and see if perchance you didn't quite roll them the desires...8% or so. The alternative is to let it sit with water in it and expect the leaky area to 'rust u...
by Bill Shields
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Looking for Kozo A3 Driver Castings
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Re: Looking for Kozo A3 Driver Castings

A J Reeves in the UK will most likely have something that will fill the bill.

The castings may be a little less money, but by the time you pay shipping, cost may well be very close to the same.

John's castings are very nice.
by Bill Shields
Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Scary!
Replies: 32
Views: 2041

Re: Scary!

brass degrades under high temperatures...so tender is low on the list of priorities (cold), but still a good move....

Dianne:

don't worry about the injector..if it doesn't work you can stick in another one....sad but true
by Bill Shields
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Scary!
Replies: 32
Views: 2041

Re: Scary!

Dianne: Good for you...however -> inspecting or not, would recommend replacing anything that screws directly into the boiler (before any valve) if you are not 100% sure it is bronze. I have seen blow-down valves blow completely off a running loco -> after passing a hydro test less than 6 weeks prior...

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