I bought this project about 18 months ago. A man from Idaho started it over 20+ years ago & lost interest in it. The boiler was about 1/2 built & some of the castings were machined. The wheels were rolled & welded together but no spokes or assembly. All but 3 of the gears were machined. I sent the boiler to a shop to have the main tube & the steam dome welded in by a certified welder. I made a crimping tool to in stall the 16 flew tubes. I had to finish the axels & drive line parts. Some of the engine castings were started. It has been a fun project to work on!That's quite a project. How long since the start?
Are you asking about the way I installed the flews? The main boiler tube 9 1/2" was made from a seamless boiler pipe. The flews were made from 1" -14 ga. seamless tubing (McMaster-Carr), taper rolled & then crimped over with a crimping tool bit I made to fit in my air-chisel. This procedure took at least 12 hrs. to complete & my hands felt like pins & needles for a few days. I have pictures of the crimped in flews in the original post.Can you describe or show pictures of how you rolled the tubes and the tube roller you made