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by PeterCraymer
Fri May 31, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay
Replies: 803
Views: 141538

Re: Building the 2.5" Scale Shay

I also used cork in layers. My jacket is made from sides of old Steelcase office furniture so the gauge is a bit heavier - maybe almost .062. It will take a thread for 4-40 if you dimple it first lightly with a punch. My bell has two 4-40 screws holding it down just to the jacket. The handrails on t...
by PeterCraymer
Mon May 13, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen 10 wheeler boiler
Replies: 13
Views: 2534

Re: Allen 10 wheeler boiler

I used 3/8 stays in original locations. No preference on the type of stay on the crown sheet. I built using the girders but only because that is what was on the print. I omitted a few flues because they were behind the blast nozzle and have had no noticeable effect. I will however use 3/4" flues for...
by PeterCraymer
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Valve for steam-operated drains?
Replies: 10
Views: 1833

Re: Valve for steam-operated drains?

I just plumbed in 2 valves. One allows steam to the line and cylinder cocks and the other vents that line to the atmosphere. Quick acting and just looks like one more valve on the manifold. Not prototype, but functional. You just have to close one then the other and then reverse the process to open ...
by PeterCraymer
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: A Real Dirty Job
Replies: 107
Views: 32467

Re: A Real Dirty Job

I have done similar to get nice clean faces on the wheels but used Scotchbrite to polish them. Then I have sprayed a clear coat over the now bare metal surfaces. This wont keep the rust away forever as it chips eventually and such, but it keeps the surface rust off and unless you leave it in the sun...
by PeterCraymer
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Temporary Trailer-Engine haul
Replies: 35
Views: 4504

Re: Temporary Trailer-Engine haul

If the trailer has a wooden floor and you are allowed to attach things to it, I have used 2x4's many times to make a set of "rails" and attach various tie down loops or brackets as a temporary transport. I have also made sets with wood that are not attached to the trailer or truck bed, but still use...
by PeterCraymer
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Jesse Livingston
Replies: 10
Views: 1675

Re: Jesse Livingston

Unka Jesse was a great source of information and generally a nice guy and willing to share. He liked to simplify things - meaning uncomplicate them even when building something odd or complicated! It's been a few years since I made it to any MSLS meets myself, but as a beginner in the hobby with eit...
by PeterCraymer
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Atta Boy for Eccentric Engineering Injector
Replies: 11
Views: 3468

Re: Atta Boy for Eccentric Engineering Injector

I will again give kudos to Anthony. I had an English style injector when I started and it wouldn't pick up unless the pressure was ABOVE 85psi. I worked fine up to popping pressure of 125, but below 80psi was a non-starter. Biggest issue was getting it to pickup. you had to tune on the water full, t...
by PeterCraymer
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Need 2 front mount bells and misc parts
Replies: 2
Views: 1129

Re: Need 2 front mount bells and misc parts

Go with the cheaper one!
by PeterCraymer
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Coal dust bricks again
Replies: 37
Views: 6987

Re: Coal dust bricks again

Don Saager uses the paper cups in part so it is part of the fire starter. He throws one or two in the firebox and then lights off the cup and viola - fire! He gave me a couple to check out once and they burn just fine. He makes them bigger than I would like for my Allen 10-wheeler but no issues at a...
by PeterCraymer
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Illuminating Water Glass?
Replies: 11
Views: 2704

Re: Illuminating Water Glass?

I copied the design from a friend and built one that is enclosed and holds a standard 1/2" redline glass. It was getting too much heat and was a bit hard to read after the stripes would get burnt, so I machined the back off of it and drilled and tapped two 1/4-40 holes in the side so I could insert ...
by PeterCraymer
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Engine stand
Replies: 16
Views: 3939

Re: Engine stand

Watch until these go on sale (about every other month) and you can get it for $279. It works pretty well. Always store in the down position as I have had mine drift down.

Peter