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jeastwood
04-21-2005, 05:03 PM
Finished the beam engine, an Elmer Verburg design:

http://home.teleport.com/~leemark/images/beam1.jpg

http://home.teleport.com/~leemark/images/beam2.jpg

And Thrud, they're not TOO blurry this time! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//tongue.gif

Runs OK, got it going pretty slowly on about 3-4 psi. Lots of very small parts; #60 holes cross drilled through 1/16" brass rods.

My silver soldering skills need to be developed a bit.

It's really too bad that "Elmer's Engines" is out of print; a real gold mine of about 50 little engines, all out of bar stock. If any of you have any contacts in the publishing world, it would be nice to find out how hard it might be to acquire the rights to republish this little gem. Maybe Neil could pick it up for Village Press?

Regards,

Jeff E.

WJHartson
04-21-2005, 05:14 PM
Nice job on the engine Jeff.

Joe

laddy
04-21-2005, 05:23 PM
heY,

Great job!! I have been searching high and low for a copy of Elmer's Engines but to no avail. Any chance of a copy of the plans?? Great Job!! Fred

G.A. Ewen
04-21-2005, 05:39 PM
That is a beauty!!! I would like to know where to get the plans for it to.

LG
04-21-2005, 06:58 PM
Elmers engines are now on Yahoo Groups
Elmers-Engines-1
Elmers-Engines-2
Elmers-Engines-3
Elmers-Engines-4

dvk
04-21-2005, 09:14 PM
Very Nice job.

andy_b
04-21-2005, 10:11 PM
dang! that's a cool little project. what diameter is the flywheel? any places to borrow a copy of this book so i can make a copy of it?

also, pardon my ignorance, but where is the air inlet? i haven't been around a lot of these, so i don't know where to look.

andy b.

tattoomike68
04-22-2005, 12:24 AM
nice http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//smile.gif

jeastwood
04-22-2005, 02:10 PM
Hey, thanks for the comments. Here are some answers to questions:

LG provided pointers to a yahoo group where the plans are available on line. The legality of whoever scanned these and posted them is, er, debatable.

My engine, "Beam", is #24, available in the Elmers-Engines-2 group.

The flywheel is 3" diam. The plans have it milled out to make spokes, but I kind of like the solid disk look.

The air inlet is on the outer side of the hexagonal cylinder/valve column; not visible in the photos. It's just a hole into the valve slide bore; I use a friction fitting to hook up the air compressor for running.

I was able to borrow a copy of Elmer's Engines from the San Jose public library via Inter Library Loan. I just did a search; here are the 6 libraries WORLDWIDE that have a copy:

SAN JOSE PUB LIBR SJP
DC LIBRARY OF CONGRESS DLC
MI CADILLAC WEXFORD PUB LIBR EI3
MI GRAND RAPIDS PUB LIBR EXR
MI MID-MICHIGAN LIBR LEAGUE EZZ
SD BLACK HILLS STATE UNIV


If you decide to borrow it, this info may help:
Elmer's Engines
Elmer Verburg
ISBN: 096216710X : LCCN: 88-64204

It shows up quire rarely on eBay, and goes for big $$$.

Take care,

Jeff E.

DFMiller
04-22-2005, 02:27 PM
Wow,
That is neat!!!!!!!!!!!
Nice Job!!
I agree that is the kind of stuff that would interest me. Sign me up for a copy of the book.
Dave

Al Messer
04-22-2005, 09:28 PM
Jeff, that is a very good looking job.

RPease
04-23-2005, 07:09 AM
Excellent Jeff........

Interesting (at least to me) thing about Elmer's book.....HSM had an ad for it in Mar/Apr 89 issue. I think it went for around $40 (don't have access to that issue right now to check). As far as I know, the ad was never repeated. Maybe Elmer died and didn't repeat it or Orchard Press (publisher IIRC) didn't.

Wish I'd been into the hobby then and bought about a dozen of them.....they seem to be worth their weight in gold.

Regards......Rodg