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    Yesterday, 05:56 PM
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    Yeah, I know. I said I was done with this but "Idle hands are the devil's workshop" my grandma used to say---...
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    Yesterday, 04:11 PM
    I like that little electric belt sander a lot. I too thought of buying a pneumatic one, but firing up the compressor and unrolling hose all over the...
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    Yesterday, 02:13 PM
    I have given up totally on cordless drills, because when the batteries die, they are just too expensive to replace. All of my drills now have a cord...
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    Yesterday, 02:04 PM
    No matter how hard or how easy you tap, if the moving jaw on your vice can "kick up" at all as the vice is tightened, it won't matter. The tap serves...
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    Yesterday, 01:14 PM
    MichaelP--I'm sure you are right. If I had a hundred of them to make, I would do exactly what you suggest. For two, this worked quite well.
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    Yesterday, 12:47 PM
    When I designed the hexagon shaped manifolds for my twin steam engine, I wanted them to have "domed" ends, so I designed them that way. Now it's...
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    Yesterday, 10:06 AM
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    Bluechips----nice to hear from an old HAMB member. I loved every minute of my hot rod building days, much as I am now enjoying my machining.--Brian
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    11-20-2017, 09:24 PM
    When I worked for Volkswagen of Canada, many of the drawings I worked with originated in Germany. What a mind blowing experience, after working 30...
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    11-20-2017, 09:04 PM
    That cone tells you whether the drawing is right hand or left hand projection.
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    11-20-2017, 12:51 PM
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    And this, gentlemen, is THE END! The manifolds turned out very nice, the engine runs in forward and reverse, the project is completely finished....
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    11-19-2017, 08:29 PM
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    I've silver soldered as much as I dare. This goes into my citric acid pickle solution now and sets overnight. Tomorrow I will "dress" the ends of the...
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    11-19-2017, 04:32 PM
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    Just a little bit of Loctiting/soldering/hole plugging/polishing, and the beast will have manifolds.
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    11-19-2017, 12:25 PM
    Bobslad--I also sent away for one of those "Throw your voice--be a ventriloquist" things. When it arrived it was a little piece of tin with some kind...
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    11-19-2017, 11:44 AM
    A very well thought out and presented article. Good camera work and easy to comprehend.---Brian
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    11-18-2017, 08:39 PM
    I just had another one of my stories published in Our Canada magazine. It is a true story from the 1950's, and gives a bit of insight into the...
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    11-18-2017, 05:44 PM
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    I have a bunch of hexagon brass rods 7/16" across the flats which my friend gave me last year for fixing his motorcycle sprocket. I think they will...
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    11-17-2017, 06:55 PM
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    It sets in the garage under my wife's bedroom----Not mine.
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    11-17-2017, 04:51 PM
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    Nah--I've made it thru 71 years without blowing myself up or burning myself badly. No boilers for me. Compressed air does fine, costs me nothing, and...
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    11-17-2017, 02:04 PM
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    I see that my first post on this engine was on the 4th of September. That's two and one half months of my life that demanded work on the engine just...
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    11-17-2017, 11:32 AM
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    In order to cover some of my cost of materials in this build, I will exchange a complete set of my drawings for a $25 Canadian donation.
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    11-17-2017, 10:06 AM
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    Okay kiddies--Here we go!! A running and reversing, all bar stock engine. Thank you so much to all of the forum members who stepped up and offered...
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    11-16-2017, 07:37 PM
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    Today we had success. The engine ran on both cylinders, forward and then reverse. It's not video worthy yet, but it certainly made my old heart go...
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    11-16-2017, 02:19 PM
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    Progress report. I have everything back together but the cylinder closest to the flywheel is still acting quite wimpy. I need a break from this...
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    11-15-2017, 08:20 PM
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    AWRIGHT!!! We've-got foreword and reverse working on one cylinder. Hooray Hooray---Happy Dance. :D:D:D What a wrestle!--Spent a very large portion of...
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    11-13-2017, 07:54 PM
    For "several drums" It isn't going to work. and although "evaporust" works, it wouldn't be cost effective for the quantities you seem to have....
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    11-13-2017, 05:58 PM
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    A short video of the complete Stephensons reversing linkage on my engine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84W3HiL-je4
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    11-13-2017, 05:36 PM
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    A gentleman on a different forum has shown me the error of my ways. It isindeed correct that the stroke of the steam valve is what determines the...
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    11-13-2017, 01:07 PM
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    Here is a short video of me practicing my Canadian Newfie accent and demonstrating the working of my first stage of reversing mechanism....
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    11-13-2017, 11:44 AM
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    Thank you gentlemen-My knowledge of steam engine valve setting so far, extends to the eccentric position relative to the crankshaft and the slide...
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    11-12-2017, 09:21 PM
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    Up until this point, I have been reasonably sure of what I was doing---as in "Okay, I've done all of this stuff before, so I'm not covering new...
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July 7, 1946 (71)
About brian Rupnow
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I am 69 years old, a design engineer by profession, and an amateur machinist.
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Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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I build hotrods as a hobby, and have been involved in custom cars and drag racing most of my life.
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I am a design engineer with 50 years experience designing prototype machinery and factory automation

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