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Old 03-20-2010, 02:14 PM   #1
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Well, I'm at the boat this weekend, getting her ready for sale. So I can't stop poking around the American Hoist & Derick steam donkey that is displayed at the marina. I'm taking lots of pictures and making lots of notes. The thing is mostly complete but rusted solid. I can't help thinking what a great project it would be, but I don't know if I have enough years left in me to get to it. I think I have seen a model on line somewhere but can't find it.



If anyone is interested, I'll post some of the detail photos and some drawings from time to time. If anyone knows of a set of plans for this let me know.

Here is the first drawing. This is the big end of the con rod and is exactly the same as the cross head end. What do you call this type of connection?



By the way, as rusted as it is, I found about half of the two dozen grease cups could be unscrewed by hand and still had grease in them.

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Old 03-20-2010, 02:36 PM   #2
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There is a similar engine modelled by Steve Peirce at

http://www.floridaame.org/

Click on Gallery, then click on External Combustion Engine Models. The donkey is in the third row down on the left.

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Old 03-20-2010, 02:53 PM   #3
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You might give this a look.

http://www.powells.com/biblio/9780941653695

https://secure.villagepress.com/stor...tail/item/1229

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Old 03-20-2010, 03:15 PM   #4
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I have a copy of the vp book if you have any questions .
If you want to build one well worth the $12
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Old 03-20-2010, 03:24 PM   #5
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Also "Donkey Engine by Roy Ozouf" started in the 1988 issue of Modeltec magazine, I have all issues of this series.
Roy's has a piston dia of .592 compaired to the 1" of the above mentioned engine. Just more FYI.

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Old 03-20-2010, 05:49 PM   #6
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I believe Live Steam also ran an article many years back.
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Old 03-20-2010, 06:06 PM   #7
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HI,
take a look at http://plan-ahead-designs.us/
I bought the plans they are well made.

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Old 03-20-2010, 06:28 PM   #8
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Patrick welcome
please post and intro in the welcome area tell us about yourself your shop and your interests aspirations and accomplishments in the hobby.
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Old 03-20-2010, 07:06 PM   #9
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This is incredible!! In November I was visiting my daughter and her family in Hillsboro, Oregon and we took a ride to the coast on highway 26. There is a place called camp 18 and they have a lot of steam and gasoline powered logging equipment. I was very impressed and intended on going back and getting some detailed photographs and build one. I did not realize that VP had a book on one. I am going to order it and start it after I complete my steam tractor and my Topsy Turvy and..... well you get the point. I would sure love to see someone decide to build one and post their progress during the build cycle. This board is the richest source of information and I cannot express how much I have gotten from others posts during their build. Takers
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Old 03-20-2010, 08:44 PM   #10
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Another book that would be of interest to those that want more info on steam donkeys is a hard cover book by Merv Johnson, "In Search of Steam Donkeys" Logging equipment in Oregon. It's put out by Timber Times, Inc. P.O. Box 219 Hillsboro, OR 97123.

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