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by SteveR
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Driver machining order
Replies: 15
Views: 751

Re: Driver machining order

Well, I did mine a bit different than everyone else, but they seem to function correctly. The procedure that I wrote down was for my Allen Consolidation and goes like this. Mount driver face out in 4 jaw chuck with inner edge of the rim centered as well as possible. This will define the cleanup groo...
by SteveR
Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Gluing brass to aluminum
Replies: 8
Views: 968

Re: Gluing brass to aluminum

Which surface does the glue not stick to? That's a surface preparation problem. Removing oils and roughening the surface may help.

Or does the glue break? Then you need a stronger adhesive. Try a 2-part epoxy.

SteveR
by SteveR
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Temporary Trailer-Engine haul
Replies: 35
Views: 6055

Re: Temporary Trailer-Engine haul

I rented a full size Ford Expedition last October in Philly and strapped down a 1" LE 0-6-0 and tender to a piece of track on a piece of plywood in the back. Used Home depot tie down D-rings bolted to plywood with straps over the top and through the drivers/frame. Added 8 steel drivers and castings ...
by SteveR
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: From the ground up
Replies: 53
Views: 8528

Re: From the ground up

Build something that you can expect to finish in 1,000- 1,500 shop hours. You'll learn a super-huge amount about machining, fitting parts, welding, etc... on the smaller locomotive. All of that learning will translate into building your dream locomotive later on. Then in just 2 or 3 years or so, yo...
by SteveR
Mon Apr 01, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Allen Consolidation vs Ten Wheeler
Replies: 5
Views: 2318

Re: Allen Consolidation vs Ten Wheeler

I'm currently building the Consolidation so I can speak to it by looking at the 10 Wheeler web pages. Couple of comments and questions: 1) The 2-8-0 lead truck is equalized with the rest of the rigging - it it also on the 10 Wheeler? If no, then the 10 Wheeler is easier. 2) The 2-8-0 Baker valve gea...
by SteveR
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:44 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: VERTICAL TURRETT LATHE (CNC)? NO WAY
Replies: 19
Views: 4627

Re: VERTICAL TURRETT LATHE (CNC)? NO WAY

Idea for a poor man's VTL: Put a VFD on a rotary table and put on a mill? You would have to run oil coolant through it instead of the normal oil at least. What would the tooling be? Stationary fly cutter?

Thoughts?

SteveR
by SteveR
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: WHO NEEDS CNC?
Replies: 60
Views: 14325

Re: WHO NEEDS CNC?

Dave's work shown here (and that chucker is a real beauty) isn't really a good comparison to what CNC really brings to the table; the ability to run multiple axes simultaneously. In the video here, we see the lathe cutting in a single axis each time. On a manual mill, we (I) cut one axis at a time. ...
by SteveR
Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: unique water pump
Replies: 55
Views: 7519

Re: unique water pump

Troll. Agree with Bill.

SteveR
by SteveR
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: unique water pump
Replies: 55
Views: 7519

Re: unique water pump

Radient energy is a force we can't feel or see or measure with normal instruments because it's perfectly balanced, and yet it occupies all of space and has massive power potential just by unbalancing it a little. OK - but if we can't measure with normal instruments, we need some kind of gizmo to in...
by SteveR
Mon Jul 23, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Could I get an idea on what different sized mills can hog?
Replies: 13
Views: 2747

Re: Could I get an idea on what different sized mills can hog?

What Fender said. If you haven't used a roughing end mill, do this first. A high benefit/cost ratio.

SteveR
by SteveR
Mon May 28, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Nuby question
Replies: 9
Views: 2233

Re: Nuby question

If machining cast iron outer surfaces with sand and grit, I try to clean as I go. If aluminum or bronze or brass or steel, then I will clean up when there is stuff starting to end up on the floor or when I change over to a different material. I segregate ferrous (4.5 - 5gal cans) from aluminum (1.5 ...
by SteveR
Wed May 09, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Live Steam Marketplace
Topic: Show of Interest - Walschaerts Links - 1" Scale
Replies: 13
Views: 3592

Re: Show of Interest - Walschaerts Links - 1" Scale

Hi Mike,
To answer your question, I might take a set or two or even three depending on the price.
thanks,
SteveR