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Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« on: May 02, 2017, 09:04:32 PM »
A model of the 1905 Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss valve engine that can be seen at the Grand Rapids Museum in Michigan.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGzPLd4MU2g" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGzPLd4MU2g</a> 

I bought the drawings and the very last set of castings from Dennis Howe of Historic Models & Reproductions just before he retired.  For the avoidance of doubt this is a BIG model - the machined flywheel is nearly a foot in diameter!

Gratuitous casting shot for those with a penchant for that kind of thing:
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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2017, 11:16:31 PM »
Gratuitous casting shot for those with a penchant for that kind of thing:

 :lolb: :lolb:
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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2017, 11:33:27 PM »
Gratuitous casting shot for those with a penchant for that kind of thing:

 :lolb: :lolb:

Now I wonder what kind of deviant would be into such a thing.?  :LittleDevil:

 :ROFL: :ROFL:

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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2017, 11:52:42 PM »
This is a very nice model when finished , Dennis did a great job on bringing the engine to market .Jeff

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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2017, 01:25:48 AM »
Wonder what the shipping was for those hunks of iron.   ;D

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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2017, 06:01:46 AM »
Thai is going to be an interesting project Simon.  Will surely follow along when you start it.

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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2017, 07:32:11 AM »
Nice castings, interesting crosshead guide... :thinking: I think I saw some Jaffa's just now but it is difficult to truly appreciate them without handing them and seeing the drawings  :embarassed:

I rather like that full sized flywheel, I will have to have a think about it, it has a rather thin rim  :noidea:

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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2017, 07:43:48 AM »
Don't think you will get that flywheel onto the Boley, best pass the castings to the local orphanage.

Look forward to following progress.

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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2017, 08:49:08 AM »
Yes the flywheel is going to be interesting - will have to beg some machine time on something with a decent swing - perhaps better stock up on Jaffa cakes!

My mindset was to do a working Corliss valve model and there are only about three on the market,  I liked the trip gear on the Lane and Bodley and the only downsides were the shipping costs and the size of the flywheel.

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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2017, 10:25:05 AM »
Impressive looking castings Simon, that should keep you busy for a week or two.  I look forward to seeing the result.
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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2017, 11:28:37 AM »
Thanks Jim!

Would be nice to have a chat one lunchtime if you fancy it.

Simon.
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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2017, 01:03:05 PM »
I seen a problem with the flywheel size also, so I plan to offer the flywheel finished for modelers who don't have a larger enough lathe to machine them . I will also offer the crab claws as a finished item which are cut out on a WEDM  .
I'll be watching your progress .

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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2017, 08:20:04 PM »
A start has been made!

After the flywheel the next biggest chunk is the cylinder block casting so have made a start cleaning that up beginning with the end faces - been a while since I machined any cast iron and had forgotten how nice it is to machine and how messy it is!

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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2017, 09:09:11 PM »
I finished cleaning up the faces of the block in the mill then switched to the lathe to bore the hole for cylinder sleeve - close to capacity on the bed length!

Simon.
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Re: Lane and Bodley 400hp Corliss
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2017, 09:36:13 PM »
Why does the bore need a sleeve?