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Re: The Beeleigh Mill, Woolf compound engine.Maldon, Essex.
« Reply #930 on: April 22, 2019, 02:13:18 PM »
They have been doing more restoration work on this engine and it
 now revolves freely using the motor and road wheel on the flywheel. They have also repaired one of the bearing caps that was broken. They glued it together with epoxy resin and then drilled two holes through it and inserted pins and profiled to shape to be almost invisible. At the moment they are continuing to restore the corn grinding Hirst to complete the restoration although it will be some time before and if they can run the engine on steam!!

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Re: The Beeleigh Mill, Woolf compound engine.Maldon, Essex.
« Reply #931 on: August 17, 2019, 04:53:50 PM »
there has been more work recently on the Beeleigh restoration...making gaskets for the steam chests and cylinder heads  also putting rope gaskets around the lower exhaust ports to the condenser.

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Re: The Beeleigh Mill, Woolf compound engine.Maldon, Essex.
« Reply #932 on: August 17, 2019, 04:59:44 PM »
They have also made a trough st stop water getting into the flywheel pit to keep the flywheel dry. also the condenser jet valve mechanism has been restored...

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Re: The Beeleigh Mill, Woolf compound engine.Maldon, Essex.
« Reply #933 on: August 17, 2019, 06:49:23 PM »
Nice to see them copying your model in large scale...  :Jester:




Looks like great progress on the mill, great to see! 




Never seen rope used as gasket, why rope?

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Re: The Beeleigh Mill, Woolf compound engine.Maldon, Essex.
« Reply #934 on: August 17, 2019, 08:10:31 PM »
Hi Chris, Rope ? There is quite a large gap between the exhaust port and the table that connects to the condenser . This does not necessarily have to be so steam tight as the steam has finished most of its work in the cylinders and the condenser has given it a bit of extra 'pull'.. Also the cylinder casting and the entablature casting are not planed and turned exactly flat to give a good mating surface. Also the cylinders have to be fitted and adjusted to line up with the beam so there has to be a bit of Rocking movement to adjust these parameters. Once the cylinder block has been lined up using small wedges to position it, the space can be in filled with a mixture of iron fillings red lead and urine to make a sort of cement !!! I will find some photos and drawings to make it clearer...Some photos showing the gap and also the sheared off bolts before restoration !! Also the two exhaust ports each side of the casting . This was done to even up the asthetics and also the casting process ?? The two pieces of rope are under these ports.

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