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    During the Christmas holiday I finally had some free time in the shop to work on one of my own projects and not customer jobs, kind of my Christmas gift to myself. I've had a steam engine casting kit that I bought at the GEAR's show back in 2005. I started working on it on the 24th, and had it running on Sunday the 28th. I spent Christmas day at my mother in laws house so I didn't get anything done that day but the rest of the time was productive.

    I did all of the lathe work with the exception of the gland nut on my 7x12 mini lathe. I did the gland nut on the CNC lathe as it made threading to the shoulder much easier and I really didn't feel like dealing with the change gears on the mini lathe.

    The engine ran the first time I put the air to it. I still have a few finishing touches to put on it such as cleaning up the casting flash and painting, which I will try to get done by the 1st of the year.


    I know it doesn't compare to the engines some of you guys build but I had fun building it.
    Last edited by Mark Hockett; 12-29-2008, 04:36 AM.
    Mark Hockett

  • #2
    Nice little engine.

    I wish i had the chance to spend that much time in the shop over the holiday, too much visiting, now i'm getting rumours of decorating the living room

    Happy new year

    Dave
    If it does'nt fit, hit it.
    https://ddmetalproducts.co.uk
    http://www.davekearley.co.uk

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    • #3
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      Originally posted by Davek0974
      Nice little engine.

      I wish i had the chance to spend that much time in the shop over the holiday, too much visiting, now i'm getting rumours of decorating the living room

      Happy new year

      Dave
      Dave,


      How about suggesting that the living room be decorated with model steam engines? If you don't ask, it's an automatic NO!

      Bill
      Bill

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      • #4
        Nice little engine you have there. I think you did alright. And it started on the first attempt? Your ahead of many of us.

        rock~
        Civil engineers build targets, Mechanical engineers build weapons.

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        • #5
          Nice job, now you need to build something that it can run.
          It's only ink and paper

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BigBoy1
            Dave,


            How about suggesting that the living room be decorated with model steam engines? If you don't ask, it's an automatic NO!

            Bill

            He He

            It was hard enough persuading SWMBO that we needed the working beam engine and single cylinder vertical engine on the bay window shelf

            Dave
            If it does'nt fit, hit it.
            https://ddmetalproducts.co.uk
            http://www.davekearley.co.uk

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Carld
              Nice job, now you need to build something that it can run.
              Carld,
              I would like to build something that it can run but I am drawing a blank on what to make, got any good ideas for something that could be useful in the shop? I left a stub from the crankshaft sticking out on the flywheel side so I can add a pulley to drive an accessory.

              Here is a picture of the freshly painted engine,


              I still have to make the air inlet and outlet fittings which will be a 3/16" X 40 tpi tapered pipe thread. I am going to make a tap to cut the threads in the engine and while the lathe is set up for that I will make the fittings. The lathe set up for tapered threads is just a matter of answering a few questions on the CNC menu. I wanted to make the fittings on new years day but the lathe was pumping out production parts all day.
              Mark Hockett

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              • #8
                You need to make a nice boiler for it now!

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