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by reubenT
Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OT: Building in isolated location
Replies: 630
Views: 173566

Re: OT: Building in isolated location

I'd love it. I have 80 acres here in TN since 1986, rough mountainside with springs and timber, very little level, been harvesting timber ever since at a rate of $4,000-10,000 per year. Starts a half mile off the main road and is almost a mile long with thousands of acres of rough land beyond, caves...
by reubenT
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: steam truck
Replies: 3
Views: 1789

Re: steam truck

finally got a camera, need to figure out how to use it and move digital pictures around. I've done a little with pictures but not enough to get proficient at it. Been working on the project steady. Boiler is finished and got the truck frame lengthened by 18" this afternoon so everything will fit. I ...
by reubenT
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Butt joint advice.
Replies: 12
Views: 4217

Re: Butt joint advice.

Find a sturdy form with the right curve to it, piece of heavy curved metal. A little tighter curve than the boiler if working it cold. clamp the edge of the form in a strong vise along with the metal to be formed, and hammer it down to match the form. Heating the work piece to forging temp would hel...
by reubenT
Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: steam truck
Replies: 3
Views: 1789

steam truck

they call them lorries over the pond. But this one aint no lorrie. My original idea was to build my own engine, and almost had everything done, but it got shelved for awhile. In the mean time I ran into an engine on ebay and got it, so that takes precedence. An Acme built Westinghouse design, vertic...
by reubenT
Sat Nov 12, 2016 11:57 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: USE YOUR IMAGINATION
Replies: 17
Views: 3913

Re: USE YOUR IMAGINATION

Some think they have to exactly duplicate the original full size versions to be happy. Others are perfectly happy being their own design engineer and changing things as they go along. Just like antique car rebuilders, some have to replicate the originals as close as they possibly can. Others take th...
by reubenT
Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:02 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: finally back to work
Replies: 2
Views: 1866

Re: finally back to work

OK, great. I was hunting but didn't think to look there. In the mean time I've reconfigured the piping a bit to take the potential strain off the fittings, and set it up with ordinary steel fittings. They've done OK for me at hydraulic pressures before so I suppose they'd be OK for 200 psi steam. I ...
by reubenT
Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Boring another hole larger
Replies: 7
Views: 1815

Re: Boring another hole larger

I've used a lot of balls with wallowed out holes, long as they stay tight they work fine. But for the heavy duty gooseneck hitch I put on a one ton truck, I welded the ball flange in just to be sure it wouldn't work loose. It was in a one inch thick transformer base plate I found at the scrap yard. ...
by reubenT
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: finally back to work
Replies: 2
Views: 1866

finally back to work

on the steam stuff. Making all the boiler parts, about ready to weld er up. I'm modifying the design slightly to fit the stuff I have to work with. It's the ofeldt style water tube boiler. 10" steel pipe in the middle with lots of coiled boiler tubing welded in the sides. Instead of the round end ca...
by reubenT
Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Boiler steel source
Replies: 26
Views: 9528

Re: Boiler steel source

I just use whatever good steel I can find at a scrap yard locally, however with something as potentially hazardous as a boiler I like overbuilding them. I have a 1/2" thick x 14" pipe section I plan on turning into a small welded fire tube boiler, with tubes that have working pressures of around 500...
by reubenT
Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Museums, Factories, Etc.
Topic: east broad top railroad in Rockhill Furnace PA
Replies: 0
Views: 7045

east broad top railroad in Rockhill Furnace PA

Full lineshaft machine shop with small foundry and several narrow gauge locomotives. Ceased business in the 50's, Whole place sold to salvage company, Info at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Broa ... al_Company
by reubenT
Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Steamed Hams
Replies: 28
Views: 12567

Re: Steamed Hams

It would be interesting to get a steam tractor or truck going, install radios and go steam mobile. Go camping and keep batteries charged with the wood fired steam engine.
by reubenT
Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: toys
Replies: 18
Views: 4442

Re: toys

I wouldn't need the certified boiler, long as I run it privately. But I do believe in super safe, and in my opinion ASME standards are a bit low. I like them over built. I did about 2.5-1 belt drive reduction to get the 3 L V6 auto engine speed down to equal the diesel. But have some slippage under ...