You've built a very nice looking engine. I like the low rpm idle. Sounds great.
This might have been used to operate a reciprocating pump, such as a small water supply pump.
That's my best guess.
Something like this collet fixture might work well for your application.
Noel, when I use two keys (or one key), the key comes with...
Noel, why do you consider using two chuck keys dangerous?
Oil level could also be a factor.
Steve, the Black Hills show is a small show, but the models on display are as nice as anything you'll see at NAMES or Cabin Fever. The vendors...
Steve, welcome to the group. It's a good bunch.
What line of work were you in before you retired?
Congratulations on a job very well done.
Also, thanks for all the effort you put into your very educational build logs.
There is also a South Bend group in the Practical Machinist forums.
Looking good. I believe you've got this CNC work figured out.
Very nice looking rods!
Very nice work. With the changes you are making to your setup, the second run should go well.
Things slip and it can get exciting. It's...
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