my first running engine

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  1. Sep 14, 2016 #1

    werowance

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    well, I finally have success with an engine. some may remember my failure a while back with a bj cicada that I never could get to run. I decided to back up and try something easier. I decided on elmers #25 wobbler. an I have success.
    I learned a few neat tricks along the way, like using locktight to combine duplicate parts ( I made 2 engines) so I could cut and drill both at the same time then heat to separate. I learned that broken drill bits can easily be removed from aluminum using boiling water and alum from your spice cabinet. it disovled the bit without hurting the aluminum - that was pretty awesome.

    I left the shaft a bit long so I could add a pulley later and did not angle cut the sides of the cylinder because for some reason I just don't think that looked good. I might cut a radius or round them over but I didn't like the 45deg angle cut like the plans showed so I left it square for now

    I have a video, just need to figure out how to post that to. its running on about 15 psi just using a blow nozzel according to my junk regulator

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  2. Sep 14, 2016 #2

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    here is the video...I hope anyway

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6E4EmbyHrk"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6E4EmbyHrk[/ame]
     
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    Great little engine. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. Sep 15, 2016 #4

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    Very nice ! So rewarding to see your project finally run . Just a little reminder to loose the ring around machinery .Will save you from a lot of pain if it gets caught .
     
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    Werowance--Congratulations!! Feels good, doesn't it. That was my first engine also. There is nothing that compares with the thrill of realizing that you have made a real, running engine.---Brian
     
  6. Sep 19, 2016 #6

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    Built a base for it and ordered a Midwest boiler kit for it. Wanted to make my own boiler from scratch. I understand the type of copper and silver solder and such. But I was not comfortable making a safety valve without first having seen one. So thought it best to do a kit one first View attachment ImageUploadedByModel Engines1474297184.450669.jpg
     
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    Well done....clem:thumbup:
     
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    And here it is on real steam

    Not overly excited on the boiler kit but it makes steam. Was just expecting more. Really a safety valve. This one relies on the hose popping off. Which I tested and works. Bet it makes about 5 to 10 lbs only

    https://youtu.be/1qJl7mwghV4
     
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    Nice job. Runs good on steam too.
     
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    Good work, well done :)
     
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    engine with boiler all done and mounted on sheet of aluminum and the wood board is ashe coated with bar top epoxy

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    Hello looks like a nice quality job. Best regards Tony Wright pufango!
     
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    Nice clean build. Well done.
    John
     
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    NICE job/cool:)
     
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    Thank you
     
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    That looks like a quality job. I have made a few engines over the years and I am always so pleased with myself when they run for the first time, like I won a Gold medal or something. A big thank you to my old metalwork master for introducing me to small steam engines.
    Thanks for sharing weowance.
     

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