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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #975 on: June 13, 2024, 03:45:02 PM »
Shaped the cavity on the first slider, cut it off the bar, then did the other the same way:

Some more shaping on the other sides, and they are ready for lapping...

After that will be making the valve rods, adjusting nuts, and glands. But, that will all have to wait for Monday, next few days have another event coming up that takes priority to playing in the workshop.
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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #976 on: June 13, 2024, 03:49:15 PM »
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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #977 on: June 13, 2024, 06:40:46 PM »
You made short work of those valves, Chris.  Nice work!  :popcorn: :ThumbsUp: :popcorn:

Hope you enjoy your other event too!

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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #978 on: June 13, 2024, 07:21:34 PM »
Good job on the cylinder and slide plate.
Enjoy the time.

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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #979 on: June 13, 2024, 08:40:24 PM »
Thanks guys!!

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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #980 on: June 13, 2024, 11:30:38 PM »
Okay, MORE proof that my shop elves are embezzling from the shop accounts - now they have hired a gnome to do the floors!

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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #981 on: June 14, 2024, 02:44:23 AM »
That guy looks JUST like Ned, the head gnome in my shop. I'll ask Ned if he has any relations that just got a job in your area.... :Lol: PS hide the oils and paints!  :thinking: :shrug:
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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #982 on: June 16, 2024, 10:27:43 PM »
Back in town, here is a hint of what I've been doing the last couple days... More pics and videos soon, as soon as the guys up at the museum get them posted...



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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #983 on: June 17, 2024, 02:20:16 AM »
 :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: I can almost hear the clanking and squeaking from here!  :Lol:

Did Mario Andretti accept the driving invitation yet?  :Lol:
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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #984 on: June 17, 2024, 03:09:38 AM »
:ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: I can almost hear the clanking and squeaking from here!  :Lol:

Did Mario Andretti accept the driving invitation yet?  :Lol:
He was climbing up into the cab when our engineer spotted him, and threw him out into the creek!   :Jester:   We HAVE (jokingly) discussed that at full throttle with no log sleds we probably COULD break the tracks loose and drift the Lombard on dirt, at least till something broke! Like our necks when the museum director caught us...   :LittleDevil:   


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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #985 on: June 17, 2024, 04:01:09 PM »
 :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: Wise to get those intrusive thoughts about drifting Lombards out in the open, early... :Lol: What could possibly go wrong? (not sure I have enough paper fer the list)  :ROFL:

Re the Abrams - I wonder how long it took the electronics technicians to reset all the conflicts in the track speed / transmission monitor / GPS sensor systems after that little ride!
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« Reply #986 on: June 17, 2024, 04:04:58 PM »
Okay, back in the shop after the trip up to Maine over the weekend to drive the steam and gas Lombards at the logging museum for their first summer event. Great fun!  On the way up, stopped in to see Ron Ginger at the WW&F Railway Museum to see him and the progress they are making on a new passenger coach and a locomotive, and on the way back stopped in to visit with 'Steamer' Dave, who had helped me greatly with the Sabino and Ohio engine builds. I'll be posting some videos and pictures that others took at the event once they are done editing and posting the videos.

So, back on the Kearsarge engine: next up was to make the valve rod glands. As my usual method, am using o rings around the valve rods, and a two piece gland. Started out with some offcut chunks of bar from the 'scrap' bin, chucked up in the 4-jaw and drilled/counterbored the holes for the rod and the o rings. Then moved the chuck over to the rotary table on the mill, and drilled the mounting holes: one set on the outer ends to hold the gland bases in place, and an inner set to hold the gland caps.

Milled the ends of the base down thinner, then did the same steps on the other base.


Took a short length of round bar, drilled the rod hole through and turned in the little step that will press into the o ring on the first cap. Moved over to the rotary table, and drilled the clearance holes for the mounting screws to match the bases. Then milled the sides in to form the tapered wings:

After parting off the first cap, repeated the milling steps on the second and parted it off. The leftover bit of rod, with the holes in it from the actual parts, then became a handy holding fixture to finish off the bases on the mill

Here is one set screwed onto the bottom of a steam chest, with the blank for the valve rod in place (o ring is in there too)

There will also be a bracket/arm coming out to support the valve rod against rocking, need to make that still.

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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #987 on: June 17, 2024, 05:41:07 PM »
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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #988 on: June 17, 2024, 06:35:02 PM »
Nice work on the glands, Chris!  You're making good progress!  :ThumbsUp: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Re: Kearsarge Windlass Engines
« Reply #989 on: June 17, 2024, 06:42:17 PM »
Thanks guys!  Its going to be hotter than a dragons nostril outside this week, so a good time to stay inside and play in the shop.   :cheers:

 

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