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Detroit Lubricators

Post by JBodenmann » Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:17 pm

Hello My Friends
I am making up a gaggle of Detroit Model B, 32 Pint Lubricators and would like to include the little name plates on the outside of them but can't find a good photo. The top one seems to be "INSTRUCTIONS", etc. The lower plate has "DETROIT LUBRICATOR CO.", "DETROIT USA", and the model number. If someone could provide a good photo of these plates it would be most helpful.
Thanks
Jack

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Re: Detroit Lubricators

Post by ken572 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:13 pm

JBodenmann wrote:Hello My Friends
I am making up a gaggle of Detroit Model B, 32 Pint Lubricators and would like to include the little name plates on the outside of them but can't find a good photo. The top one seems to be "INSTRUCTIONS", etc. The lower plate has "DETROIT LUBRICATOR CO.", "DETROIT USA", and the model number. If someone could provide a good photo of these plates it would be most helpful.
Thanks
Jack
This is all I could find right now. :roll:
I will keep my eyes open for more :wink:
The American Lubricator 1876.jpg
ken :)
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Re: Detroit Lubricators

Post by makinsmoke » Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:05 am

Jack,
Would this have been on a locomotive?

I have access to a couple of lubricators but I do not know what the Type B 32 pint looks like.

Brian

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Re: Detroit Lubricators

Post by JBodenmann » Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:15 pm

Hello My Friends
Here is a photo of the Detroit casting.
Jack
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Re: Detroit Lubricators

Post by Fender » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:32 am

Jack,
Don't know if this helps or not, but I found this in the 1925 Loco Cyclopedia. This is actually a Detroit flange lubricator.
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Re: Detroit Lubricators

Post by JBodenmann » Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:54 am

Hello My Friends
Thanks for the info. Enough was scraped together to get the name plates in progress. Tiny details like this should be there but don't have to be perfectly correct. The important part is that they are there! Projects can grind to a halt when too much effort is put into splitting hairs. I believe in gettin' er done. More effort was put into the mechanism of the pumps. The main pump body's (internals) are made of aluminum bronze the cylinders are 932 bronze. The crankshafts are hardened steel along with the cylinder pivot pins. Stainless pistons, check valve balls, and springs with little banjo fittings out the back. Also a functioning sight window for oil level. As usual it took a bit longer to pull this off than predicted. Design took a bit of time and then fixtures had to be made for holding and machining. This was more like watch making than model building. The internals were designed to fit into both the Detroit Model B and also the Nathan DV7. 10 LBS. of nuts and bolts in a 5 LB. bag. When the DV7 castings are available a gaggle of them will be made. I'll post some pictures of the finished lubricators. Too much fun!?
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Re: Detroit Lubricators

Post by ken572 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 2:05 pm

This is the last of what I could find. :D

AMAZON
http://www.amazon.com/Mechanical-Lubric ... B00275HEIW
Catalog 361 Genuine Detroit Model B Mechanical Lubricator Type 361 for
Automatically Lubricating the Valves, Cylinders, Auxilaries, Guides, Hub
Liners and Other Parts of Steam Locomotives Paperback – January 1, 1930
by Detroit Lubricator Company (Author)
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This catlog was prepared to explain the design & operation of
"Genuine Detroit" Model B Locomotive Mechanical Lubricators.
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The locomotive world Aug 1911 (32p)
See top of page 17
https://ia600800.us.archive.org/28/item ... ch.edu.pdf
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http://wn.com/mechanical_lubricator

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Re: Detroit Lubricators

Post by JBodenmann » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:28 pm

Hello My Friends
Here are some photos of a finished lubricator.
Jack
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Lubricator2.jpg
LubricatorBack.jpg

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Re: Detroit Lubricators

Post by SilverSanJuan » Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:10 am

Those are incredible! I think you're secretly using a "miniaturization ray" on the real parts. ;)

Seriously though, that is some stunning work. :)

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Re: Detroit Lubricators

Post by nkprr175 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:04 pm

I'm going to ask the question does it work well? Where can you purchase the kit if you wanted to buy one?

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Re: Detroit Lubricators

Post by Dan Willey » Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:43 pm

Very nice Jack!
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Re: Detroit Lubricators

Post by Asteamhead » Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:51 pm

Great, year 2014 is starting fine by posting such nice watchmaker's work!
Might be of interest, how many pistons are working to independent deliveries in each lubricator?
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