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    LTD Stirling

    Buying one of the cheap heat guns from HF was one of the best things I’ve done. No more torch, no more waiting until my wife is away to use the kitchen oven, and all the convenience of just plugging into the wall for power!
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    LTD Stirling

    Having made an earlier piston out of graphite, I found a nicely rounded piece of HSS with about 1 degree of face relief and no top relief got me close to a good finish. To get the perfectly smooth finish I was looking for in and almost airtight sliding fit, my final “sanding” was done with a...
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    WTB 7 inch metal shaper, Atlas 7B, South bend or others

    I’d LOVE to see your 36” Cincinnati at work! My little Atlas 7B is such a pleasure, and the beautiful sound - “swish-click, swish-click” as well as watching the bright blue chips curling off is visual music at its finest! That big shaper must be an absolute joy to see in operation! John W
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    LTD Stirling

    Very nice!
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    LTD Stirling

    Better still, go on fleabay and look for a graphite and glass dashpot. I bought about 30 of them in a package deal years ago in several different diameters and lengths. Just do a little surgery to suit your needs and voila’, power cylinder with NO leaks! John W
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    LTD Stirling

    I REALLY like that flywheel! Is that aluminum, cast iron, lead? Lots of inertia to pull it through the rest stroke!!! John W
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    LTD Stirling

    Wherever it ends up, I’ll be following Tim! :) I built my LTD last year and gave it to my 8 year old grandson. I had it running on ice packs, and when I finally got it going, it was quite a celebratory moment! I look forward to seeing your plans and the finished engine running! John W
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    Merryweather Fire King - a novice build

    I’m really enjoying this build and I can’t wait to see it under steam and pumping! Having been a fire engineer/driver tasked with fireground hydraulics calculations and operations, steam powered apparatus always piqued my interest!
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    Modified Henry Ford Engine

    Thanks! I’ll check my clearances again when I get home from this road trip. I considered alcohol, as naphtha (as described from Henry’s notes from the time) is more than likely far more volatile than the blended gas we get today. I’ve been running Coleman fuel, and like you, have gone down to...
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    Modified Henry Ford Engine

    Thanks, but I’ve tried going rich, lean, and all, points between! As you know, the carburetion (?) setup on the engine is FAR from ideal and is a Devil to get balanced. One drop is too big, the next drop is too small, too big and it won’t run, too small and it won’t run, when it finally gets...
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    Modified Henry Ford Engine

    You mentioned that your piston is looser. Any idea on what the final clearance was? I was wondering if that’s why mine gets so hot that it causes 3rd degree burns to the skin if you touch it after a minute of combined run time.
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    Modified Henry Ford Engine

    I’ve had quite a bit of trouble getting my copy of Henry’s engine to run for more than a few seconds. It also gets VERY hot in those few seconds as well! Could it be that my piston clearance is to tight? here’s a video of it running, please don’t pay any attention to the mess in my garage...
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    Merryweather Fire King - a novice build

    To those folks, I always ask “When are you going to finish painting that engine?”, or “Will you finish painting it when you get some more money?” 😆
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    Merryweather Fire King - a novice build

    Glad to hear from you Norman, and keep those annual rotations around the sun going please! 90 and still kickin’:D
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    Merryweather Fire King - a novice build

    This is a really great looking project Bob. I just saw it for the first time and your work looks great. As far as the “fire engine red”, being a retired 42 year firefighter, is there any other color to paint a fire engine? Nice work! John W
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