- Jan 26, 2021
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- Lake Orion, Michigan
Well.. nothing was connected to the steam throttle. There was a lever but it was free of anything. As far as drawings, there are none. I have a feeling that this was an engineers project but there are some things that were mass produced looking at the lettering on the valve chest.Personally, I would trust the design. If intended as a whizz thing to entertain, it won't be connected to the steam throttle. But if designed as functional, then well lubricated, without sloppy bearings, it should function. So "suck it and see" is my best suggestion. Or reverse engineer by doing all the calculations of the drive train, forces, masses, levers, etc. A set of drawings would help this task!
Mechanical governors can be more complicated than they appear. But the ones in hit & miss engines are pretty simple in operation, getting you down pretty much to the mathematical complexity of the thermostat in a stove.Mechanical governors are more complicated than they may seem. It took a mathematician of the genius of James Clerk Maxwell to explain them properly, in his paper "On Governors", of 1868.
Hi Joe.Well.. nothing was connected to the steam throttle. There was a lever but it was free of anything. As far as drawings, there are none. I have a feeling that this was an engineers project but there are some things that were mass produced looking at the lettering on the valve chest.
I just love old engines like this. There is a full scale engine at the Renolds Museum in Witaskiwin, Alberta. The flywheel is two stories high. The operation is slow but watching it operate is a reminder, not all engines have to run at high RPM to be effective. Thanks for reminding all of us of a simpler method and times.Picked up this engine over the weekend and after a couple of hours of cleaning and rust removal it looks pretty good. I need all the info I can get on it so please feel free to comment.