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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2016, 06:27:17 PM »
Nice progress David. Looking good!!

Bill

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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2016, 07:40:39 PM »
Hi Dave

Glad to see you're back on front line service ..  :ThumbsUp:

No doubt it will be a nice engine after you've sorted all it's little foibles. It appears to be water-cooled ??

Some rather interesting Stirling engines at Midlands MEX last Friday, including a Van der Graaff generator running off one.

Good crack of a spark about every 20-30 seconds ...  :zap:

Dave   .....  ( :headscratch: Ruddy Daves, snided out with 'em. Never had this problem when we had proper Flit guns .... )




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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2016, 10:48:34 PM »
Roger, Bill.
 Thanks Chaps!  :)

Thanks Dave.
 Yes, it is water cooled, though said to be leaking.....  :ShakeHead:

Electrickery. Going crack, every few seconds?? Not for me, or mine!  :paranoia:

I blame Royalty, for the excess of us, around our age. One of 'em gave up the throne for love, sometime before we were born......  ^-^



Managed to get some Boris work done, over the past week.

I'm used to catching up on household, gonna do's. But, after all this, "almost crocked" time, I'm having trouble with, whatabout's, whenyergonna's, and havyerforgotten's.......  :facepalm2:

A piece of 1/4" brass, spigoted/ screwed to the end of 8mm dia bar.......




6mm, far end. 4mm, this end. 110mm apart.......




Taper turn. Mill little end flats........




That looks better, to me........




Graphite piston. Roughed out, and parted off. (Most of the mucky work done)......




Thanks for looking in!

David.

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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2016, 11:26:23 PM »
David,
My wife just recently started statin but she does need it to reduce cholesterol, exercise & diet didn't do the trick. I must admit I don't know much about Sterling engines but I decided I wanted to build one for my uncle that would run on the top of his wood heater as a fan. Phil lent me a book called Steam and Sterling. In it is Moriya that drives a 10" fan. It suggests using asbestos as a gasket. Any suggestions as to a replacement? Would this run on a stove top without the alcohol burner.
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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2016, 11:39:36 PM »
Art, depending on thickness, check your local auto parts house for head gasket material. Jerry Howell specifies and supplies something called fiberfrax for his Sterling's, and may sell it as well. His family runs his website now. For thicker applications, consider something like phenolic.

Bill

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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2016, 02:52:05 PM »
I've got a bit behind, with the write up...... :Doh:


Delrin mandrel, to mount piston.......




Held on, with M6 caphead. Finish turned, until it almost enters the bore. Mucky stuff!




Six inch rule. Supporting reversed emery cloth.



Polish the outer end o/d, until the piston enters the cylinder. Then, polish the centre section. allowing it to enter some more.

Then finally, polish the skirt area. Allowing full length entry to cylinder.......

Obviously, both hands needed for polishing control. I needed my left hand for the camera!

Reversed emery cloth is used for polishing graphite.
Fine emery cloth. Correct way around, for brass etc.

The steel rule backing, gives much better control, than fingers....

Thanks for looking in!

David.
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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2016, 02:57:32 PM »
I slotted and cross drilled/ reamed. The clevis.......




Drill/ tapped M4 through. Reducing shank to 6mm dia, to locate in piston......




That looks better, than original........



This afternoon, I finished the piston/ cylinder fit to each other. Then sleevelocked the cylinder liner in place, in the original cylinder.

Assembly, tomorrow. Wonder if we'll have a runner, soon?   :thinking:

Thanks for looking in! 

David.
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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2016, 03:50:33 PM »
Hi Dave

Of course we'll have a runner soon. Alternatives are not an option.   :ThumbsUp:

Bit heroic doing this today?  Too flamin' parky here. Abandoned my shop antics after about 15 mins. and indulged in a bit of radiator cuddling.

Dave

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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2016, 04:20:59 PM »
Reversed emery cloth is used for polishing graphite.
Fine emery cloth. Correct way around, for brass etc.

The steel rule backing, gives much better control, than fingers....

I hold it round a 10" smooth file. Steel rules have a nasty habit of getting a sharp edge from running scribers up and down their edges.

I would have said typical Yorkshire man but then realised that you can't be from Yorkshire as you didn't mention about only buying one grade and as it wears out using it instead of wasting money buying the finer grades  ::)

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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #24 on: November 06, 2016, 04:47:06 PM »
Hi Dave

Of course we'll have a runner soon. Alternatives are not an option.   :ThumbsUp:

Bit heroic doing this today?  Too flamin' parky here. Abandoned my shop antics after about 15 mins. and indulged in a bit of radiator cuddling.

Dave

Hello Dave.
 Progress should take it's usual course.  ;)

My first line was. "I've got a bit behind, with the write up...... :Doh:"
I'm copy/ pasting from another forum. So.....  I've still, not caught up with all posts, as yet. That particular "today", was last week, sometime.......  :shrug:

Though, I have drilled/ tapped the flywheel, in record time, this afternoon. Cold out there!  :-\
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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #25 on: November 06, 2016, 05:01:30 PM »
Reversed emery cloth is used for polishing graphite.
Fine emery cloth. Correct way around, for brass etc.

The steel rule backing, gives much better control, than fingers....

I hold it round a 10" smooth file. Steel rules have a nasty habit of getting a sharp edge from running scribers up and down their edges.

I would have said typical Yorkshire man but then realised that you can't be from Yorkshire as you didn't mention about only buying one grade and as it wears out using it instead of wasting money buying the finer grades  ::)

Jo

Scriber, Jo?  :o
  D'yer know, I can't remember the last time I used such a weapon! Though, I do have a couple of nice, carbide pointed ones, on the bench. Ready to leap into action, should they ever be needed.......  ;)

Emery cloth? I never mentioned my preferred method, as I thought, everyone works that way...... Don't they?  :headscratch:

I had a thrifty Yorkshire upbringing, including apprenticeship.
 Moving back to Derbyshire, almost 50yrs ago, really opened my eyes as to how the other half live.....  :Lol:
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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #26 on: November 06, 2016, 05:19:33 PM »
Here is some progress, from last Friday. Dave.

Finished piston/ rod assembly........




Commence assembly.........




Not happy with the offset scotch yoke, link. It wants to bend the  unsupported displacer shaft.......




Now, we just need a flywheel.......




I have a suitable casting. Though, it is made of unknown bronze. Rather tough stuff!  :hellno:

That is a 4" dia chuck. I like to make my machinery work hard, when necessary.........




The belt had done 3 years, since I modded the lathe to lower the gearing. Can't grumble!  :shrug:

All good Engineers have a spare! It was up and running, after 20 mins fumbling. But, I'd had enough, for one day........   ::)

Thanks for looking in!

David.
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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #27 on: November 06, 2016, 10:30:10 PM »
Finally got the flywheel, proof turned. Sufficient to be in balance.......

Put a small light under. And, after a few seconds.........

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUDvX5kEnQw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUDvX5kEnQw</a>


It's a great feeling!  :whoohoo:

David.
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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #28 on: November 06, 2016, 10:56:38 PM »
Very nice, David. Very nice. Congratulations on a job well done.

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Re: Bodging with Boris........
« Reply #29 on: November 07, 2016, 06:21:09 PM »
Thank you, Pete.....  :ThumbsUp:
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