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by Fender
Fri Apr 03, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tender Build Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Tender Build Advice

Note that if you use an impact hammer to set the rivets, it is important that the hammer be “exactly” perpendicular to the surface, to avoid denting the sheets. Also, dial down the pressure to the minimum that will set the rivets. As with getting to Carnegie Hall, practice first!
by Fender
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tender Build Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Tender Build Advice

Looks great, Bill!
by Fender
Thu Apr 02, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tender Build Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Tender Build Advice

I used soft iron rivets on the steel tank, using an air impact hammer with a bucking tool on the back side. If using a hammer and rivet punch/set, you’ll need a third hand for the bucking tool. With some practice you can put them in pretty fast. When doing a long riveted joint, put a rivet in at eac...
by Fender
Wed Apr 01, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Tender Build Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 647

Re: Tender Build Advice

I’ve made tender tanks, but not the Allen tender specifically. Assuming it will be riveted together, get some scrap material and practice on riveting it first. It’s not difficult to do, but you can throw out your first attempts, instead of having to look at it from now on.
by Fender
Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Who Sell Economy Butterfly Fire Box Door
Replies: 23
Views: 2109

Re: Who Sell Economy Butterfly Fire Box Door

rkcarguy wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:53 pm
Best off find castings if possible. The few parts I've tried to fabricate from plate/bar that see high heat like a firebox have all warped badly.
The outer fire door shouldn't get that hot if it has an inner shield with an air space between the door and the shield. See attached diagram.
by Fender
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Who Sell Economy Butterfly Fire Box Door
Replies: 23
Views: 2109

Re: Who Sell Economy Butterfly Fire Box Door

Just saw a message from Tom Artzberger that was forwarded by a friend, and Tom is offering the clamshell doors again. It uses lost-wax castings and is an 18” door in 2.5 scale. From patterns originally done by Ulin.
by Fender
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Who Sell Economy Butterfly Fire Box Door
Replies: 23
Views: 2109

Re: Who Sell Economy Butterfly Fire Box Door

JBodenmann wrote:
Wed Mar 04, 2020 9:24 pm
Hello My Friends
Anyone have a drawing of this door?
Jack, do you mean the butterfly or the clamshell door?
by Fender
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Reaming vs. Drilling Holes In Tube Sheets
Replies: 38
Views: 10051

Re: Reaming vs. Drilling Holes In Tube Sheets

One thing that can make rolled-in copper tubes leak--is low water in the boiler. Low water is definitely not good, but if it happens, you will lose steam pressure, and it puts out the fire.
by Fender
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: O. Winston Link
Replies: 10
Views: 1526

Re: O. Winston Link

I was very impressed with Link's photography. In the 1970s, I acquired a large box of big flashbulbs, a 4x5 camera, and set up a relay system to allow multiple flashbulbs to be fired simultaneously, in an attempt to emulate his work. For some reason, railroad employees have reason to become suspicio...
by Fender
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Machining Cylinders - How to Do?
Replies: 21
Views: 2535

Re: Machining Cylinders - How to Do?

Lathes in the early 19th century didn’t even have DIALS, and locomotives were nonetheless built!
by Fender
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?
Replies: 38
Views: 3714

Re: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?

In a more recent publication, I see average surface (of the tread) Brinell Hardness values of 321 to 363, depending on class of service.
Mild Steel averages about 120 BHN.
by Fender
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?
Replies: 38
Views: 3714

Re: Most cost efficient way to get steel tire blanks?

Chris,
My point was that traction is only desirable for driving wheels. Harder wheels for cars and engine trucks should result in lower rolling resistance.