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I was going to start a new thread/post on the Freelance Mill engine but don't quite know how ?? so here are a few more photos so far...... If someone could let me know that would be cool............Thanks

Willy,
To start a new topic all you need to do is:

1) Go to the sub-forum where you want to start your new thread.
2) Click on the "New Topic" button circled in Red in the picture here.


Then give your topic a name, and type your post just like any other reply.

Good luck!
Kim
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Machines, Tools and Fixtures / Re: I did a bad bad thing......
« Last post by steamer on Today at 05:01:01 AM »
Ok the cat is outta the bag. Looks great so far. That's okay, go ahead and make me feel bad  :stickpoke: :stir: :lolb:

Cletus

Nah buddy, I just need to do something to keep my head on straight.     17 hour day today.....

Dave
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Vehicles & Models / Re: Chris's Marion 91 Steam Shovel
« Last post by crueby on Today at 03:24:14 AM »
Thanks guys, I am definitely getting more comfortable with the 3D software, am going back and forth with the photos, zooming in, taking measurements from them and the laser scans, working my way along from part to part. There are a Lot of parts, but fortunately lots of them are repeated. I'm doing my best to document everything, the drawings are all at full scale for now, will take a copy later and scale it all down for the model, but first priority is a set of plans at full size dimensions. If it was not for the 3d systems, these two projects never would have happened!
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Vehicles & Models / Re: Chris's Marion 91 Steam Shovel
« Last post by Flyboy Jim on Today at 02:58:42 AM »
I'm drooling over those CAD pics!! I don' t think I have seen that level of detail before.

And the proper term is "dip stick". I grew up with earth moving as Dad was with CAT.

Many years ago I went to the coast in California where a guy had a steam shovel that he and his friends fired up a few times a year and dug around the guys sand pit. I actually got to work the thing and dig for about a half hour. They let anyone who wanted to try it out, do it!!!

I don't think there's enough pop corn between here and New Zealand to feed the crown watching this build.

Pete

Pete.........like you, I'm really impressed with Chris's drawings. He's drawing steam shovel parts and I'd still be back at the "stick figure" stage myself!  :wallbang:

Jim
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Introduce Yourself / Re: Bio
« Last post by Flyboy Jim on Today at 02:51:45 AM »
Yes Jim Burlington Northern. It was interesting / exciting. In 1978 there were still several branch lines and was fortunate to work some amazing old wood trestles. I was only 17 yo but all I had to do was say I was 18 and fill out a one page application. I worked my way up and was fortunate to operate a wide variety of cranes and pile drivers......Events moved along and slowly began working on the water. Tugboats mainly; generally sailed as Mate / 2nd captain......This is a wonderful site full of much wisdom and experience in the modeling steam world....I can't wait for the mornings come around to get out into the garage (shed).....I am very much it the learning phase and seem to build every thing about 3 times to get it right....Education is never without a cost  :)

Sounds like you had a really interesting career.

You're right on the money about this forum. I'm new at machining small engines (actually any machining) myself and this site has been a wealth of information, help, and encouragement and all in all just a fun place to hang out.

I, as well as others, would love to hear more about your projects as well as your shop. Plus we love pictures.  :)

Jim
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Chatterbox / Re: Talking Thermodynamics
« Last post by steam guy willy on Today at 02:39:54 AM »
Hi MJM thanks for this new info.....I did hesitate when trying to make a superheater  as i thought there might be problems with this design !! I was wondering if the superheater pipe was inside  the boiler heater sheath would this work ,a bit like a locomotive superheater that is actually in the fire box.As this sheath is at the same temp as the water it is boiling it is not at a much higher temp??
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I was going to start a new thread/post on the Freelance Mill engine but don't quite know how ?? so here are a few more photos so far...... If someone could let me know that would be cool............Thanks
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Willy,
Go here for lots of info, links, etc. for South Bend Lathes:

http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/south-bend-lathes/

If that doesn't yield the information you need then contact me directly. I know the 9" family pretty well.

Pete

Hi Pete i sent you a message but could not attach photos so here they are   Serial No 118877   ????  and gearbox No is  4447
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Introduce Yourself / Re: Bio
« Last post by Marlyn Spyke Maul on Today at 02:06:19 AM »
Yes Jim Burlington Northern. It was interesting / exciting. In 1978 there were still several branch lines and was fortunate to work some amazing old wood trestles. I was only 17 yo but all I had to do was say I was 18 and fill out a one page application. I worked my way up and was fortunate to operate a wide variety of cranes and pile drivers......Events moved along and slowly began working on the water. Tugboats mainly; generally sailed as Mate / 2nd captain......This is a wonderful site full of much wisdom and experience in the modeling steam world....I can't wait for the mornings come around to get out into the garage (shed).....I am very much it the learning phase and seem to build every thing about 3 times to get it right....Education is never without a cost  :)
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Vehicles & Models / Re: Chris's Marion 91 Steam Shovel
« Last post by 10KPete on Today at 02:05:07 AM »
I'm drooling over those CAD pics!! I don' t think I have seen that level of detail before.

And the proper term is "dip stick". I grew up with earth moving as Dad was with CAT.

Many years ago I went to the coast in California where a guy had a steam shovel that he and his friends fired up a few times a year and dug around the guys sand pit. I actually got to work the thing and dig for about a half hour. They let anyone who wanted to try it out, do it!!!

I don't think there's enough pop corn between here and New Zealand to feed the crown watching this build.

Pete
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