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by Rwilliams
Sun Oct 04, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: A Long Term Project
Replies: 57
Views: 19251

Re: A Long Term Project

Got to looking at the valve hand wheel castings on the turret valves. They are just smaller versions of a standard design that was popular on both sides of the big pond it seems. A simple yet elegant design that looks as good today as it did a century ago.
by Rwilliams
Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Lathes
Topic: grizzly gunsmith lathe tail stock won't lock tight.
Replies: 33
Views: 3808

Re: grizzly gunsmith lathe tail stock won't lock tight.

I found the same style of small anchor block located under the tailstock of my new Jet gear head 1340 lathe when it arrived. Same anchor block was used for the steady rest no less. The anchor block was perhaps half the length of the tailstock base and when tight, would allow the tailstock to move wi...
by Rwilliams
Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Help with water pump - no pressure
Replies: 10
Views: 1425

Re: Help with water pump - no pressure

What scale is the locomotive? All boiler feed water supply lines should be as free flowing as possible with as few right angle bends as possible. The 1/8 diameter tubing is definitely part of the problem. Straighten out the supply line from pump to the check valve as much as possible and use at leas...
by Rwilliams
Sun Aug 30, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Reading deg min and seconds
Replies: 19
Views: 2358

Re: Reading deg min and seconds

With some careful evaluation, it was discovered that the rotary table had a sump for oil and a drain plug. We removed the drain plug and it was dry of oil. Not a good sign, no wonder it would not rotate when the table clamps were all loose. Filled the sump with a thin machine oil and let it marinate...
by Rwilliams
Wed Aug 19, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Leaf spring, blue temper stock sources?
Replies: 20
Views: 3308

Re: Leaf spring, blue temper stock sources?

Long ago I watched a friend install a well worn blade on his bandsaw. He then got out his small angle head grinder and proceeded to quickly remove the teeth that remained on the blade while the blade was in operation. A great show of sparks. He than began to stop the saw and check the width of the b...
by Rwilliams
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Build Log
Topic: Nickel Plate 762
Replies: 37
Views: 11047

Re: Nickel Plate 762

Jack, The very late model compressor governor was often noted for being easier to service than the earlier model pump governors. They were also known for being more reliable with fewer road failures. By that time in development of the compressor governors, Westinghouse had finally figured out what w...
by Rwilliams
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1" Little Engines Atlantic/Pacific Guidance
Replies: 10
Views: 2105

Re: 1" Little Engines Atlantic/Pacific Guidance

Mike, From what Dick Finn he told me he keeps in on display at the museum in the winter months and then takes it up to the monster track in St. Croix for the summer. Once the good weather is over with, he brings it back to the museum. With the current Covid conditions, no telling what he is doing wi...
by Rwilliams
Sun Aug 16, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Valve stem question
Replies: 3
Views: 1364

Re: Valve stem question

Appears to be a sight glass valve stem that has a built in restriction for some unknown reason. Appears to be an aftermarket manufacture based on the threading job of the stem where it mates with the bonnet threads. Any calcium or rust deposits should be cleaned out on a regular basis instead of usi...
by Rwilliams
Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: 1" Little Engines Atlantic/Pacific Guidance
Replies: 10
Views: 2105

Re: 1" Little Engines Atlantic/Pacific Guidance

The steam supply piping on the LE prints will make the locomotive operate nicely. In rebuilding a 1 inch pacific into a northern design, I saw where some improvements in the steam supply might improve the performance of the design. A new boiler was required and a slightly larger dry pipe diameter wa...
by Rwilliams
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Live Steam
Topic: Nathan D.V.7 Lubricator
Replies: 11
Views: 2644

Re: Nathan D.V.7 Lubricator

Dick, At one time I had made master patterns for shooting wax and making two wax terminal check valves of the Nathan design. Howard Gorin cast them for me and I have no clue what happened to the master patterns. You might reach out to him and see if he still has them and has any castings in stock. F...
by Rwilliams
Sun Aug 09, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: 3-in-1 Metalworking Machines
Topic: replacing lathe bearings on 9729
Replies: 10
Views: 1773

Re: replacing lathe bearings on 9729

Replacing headstock bearings can be more important than we often realize. Long ago a friend had a used home shop lathe with plenty of hours on it but never abused. He began to notice a minor vibration in the machine and soon the part being cut began to show some minor irregular micro chatter marks. ...
by Rwilliams
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Milling Machines
Topic: Reading deg min and seconds
Replies: 19
Views: 2358

Re: Reading deg min and seconds

WhategO, The rotary table in question would probably be easy to sort out if the missing handle on the right side of the right handwheel were where it belongs. The fact that the handle is long gone and the entire crank/shaft assembly to make the table rotate will not move at all. Makes us believe the...