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by ALCOSTEAM
Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Possibility for a 2.5" scale dynamo
Replies: 12
Views: 569

Re: Possibility for a 2.5" scale dynamo

I don't think it would be all that difficult to arrange for a 10 to 1 or even better gear ratio to get your impeller up to a better speed and keep the motor down in a safe range of operation. Most likely one would have to make their own gears. I have had this type of project on my mind for a number ...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Graziano SAG12
Replies: 43
Views: 1450

Re: Graziano SAG12

I meant to add you need to edit your info to include at least a general location.
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Lathes
Topic: Graziano SAG12
Replies: 43
Views: 1450

Re: Graziano SAG12

Having pictures and even some better information and I am sure you will be back in business. No reason to scrap a lathe over a small transformer.
by ALCOSTEAM
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: rotary table
Replies: 10
Views: 6253

Re: rotary table

I have 3 rotary tables, an 8" Yuasa, a 14" Troyke, and a 20" Troyke. The most used is the 8" but when needed the others have come in handy. The 20" lives on a die lift cart when not in use, the other two I use the overhead hoist to move them. The 8" almost always has a 6" chuck bolted to it. I had m...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Run out of steam pressure after 100 feet
Replies: 25
Views: 3301

Re: Run out of steam pressure after 100 feet

It sounds like the timing could use some work and if the video of it where the smoke is going back into the stack is of it actually in reverse it sounds really off in timing. Stephenson valve gear should be capable of being timed to run the same in forward as in reverse. You need to ensure your wate...
by ALCOSTEAM
Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Grand Scale Railroading
Topic: Little Toot Railroad
Replies: 2
Views: 1029

Re: Little Toot Railroad

Clint used to stop by the shop once in a while when he passed thru the area. Amazingly Jim Adams in the video was age 100 in 2013. He is now 106 and has unfortunately been moved to a nursing home earlier this year. Jim retired off the Illinois Central railroad in 1974 after 33 years of service as a ...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: 1911 Project
Replies: 42
Views: 6787

Re: 1911 Project

Glenn if you are looking for raw unmachined slides let me know, I might be able to spare one or two.
by ALCOSTEAM
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: 1911 Project
Replies: 42
Views: 6787

Re: 1911 Project

10 years ago I did a 1911 from an unmachined raw stainless frame. It took two starts over several months to get it done and together. Certainly not a project for just anyone. It ended up being one of those things I just had to do. Got a few more frames that might get done someday. A real sense of ac...
by ALCOSTEAM
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby
Replies: 126
Views: 30301

Re: The home shop machinist, health of the hobby

some years back one of our local pawn shops got in a large lot of mainly Starrett stuff. I got to look thru it but the pawn shop had decided to list it all on fleabay. They were delusional they would get close to new price for everything. For years going to live auctions and sales I had found that e...
by ALCOSTEAM
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Phase converter questions
Replies: 11
Views: 2049

Re: Phase converter questions

I built a large static add a phase to run a 7 1/2 hp motor on one of my bigger lathes but then got a 10hp motor and converted the static to run the10hp as a rotary add a phase. While not true three phase, going to the rotary setup is far superior to just a static unit. I have put a few VFD's on othe...
by ALCOSTEAM
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A Little Machining Problem
Replies: 7
Views: 1904

Re: A Little Machining Problem

Can you reach inside the smokebox with a right angle drill and make your holes
by ALCOSTEAM
Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Regauging pressed on wheels
Replies: 14
Views: 3395

Re: Regauging pressed on wheels

I have made long thin HSS tools that I could get behind the wheel in the lathe and trim the axle behind the wheel down to the size that the wheel needs to move back alittle more. Once you have clearance go to the press and give it a push right around the center of the wheel. If they are cast wheels ...