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by Lopez Mike
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: A lovely engine with an interesting bit of history.
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: A lovely engine with an interesting bit of history.

Total heresy but I'd probably whittle it out of aluminum (no problem making lots of chips!), press in some hardened inserts and then anodize it in some completely obnoxious color. I wonder if you can anodize so as to make it look like steel? What color is steel? Silver? Which brings up another quest...
by Lopez Mike
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: A lovely engine with an interesting bit of history.
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: A lovely engine with an interesting bit of history.

Beautiful connecting rod. Makes me want to replace the cast aluminum one in my Strath.
by Lopez Mike
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: British Rivet Manufacturers?
Replies: 9
Views: 189

Re: British Rivet Manufacturers?

I'm really curious about what makes a rivet suitable for boiler work. Every steel rivet I've seen or used was made of low carbon steel. Needed to be in order to be expanded (set?) and a head formed.

Inform me please. Massive ignorance here!
by Lopez Mike
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: British Rivet Manufacturers?
Replies: 9
Views: 189

Re: British Rivet Manufacturers?

Not to be too nosy but what do you need rivets for? As is says at that point in the video, "Electric welding put most of the rivet makers out of business." And for good reason. There is a good deal more to making a decent boiler joint with rivets than just setting them properly. I strongly suggest N...
by Lopez Mike
Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Boat paint
Replies: 2
Views: 144

Re: Boat paint

I wouldn't worry if it had lead in it. The danger is if you eat it or breath it. Unlikely that you will eat it (I hope!) and the only way you might breath it would be during sanding. A respirator and a wash down after sanding will deal with any exposure. I suspect that it is ordinary oil based stuff.
by Lopez Mike
Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:04 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: digital steam engine indicator
Replies: 62
Views: 28878

Re: digital steam engine indicator

There is just such a thing on the front of many car engines. A ring with all of the notches and a sensor that tells the car's black box when to send juice to each spark plug and when to activate the fuel injectors. You local wrecking yard can be your friend.
by Lopez Mike
Fri Mar 29, 2019 3:29 am
Forum: Welcome
Topic: small steam engine?
Replies: 11
Views: 501

Re: small steam engine?

Gearing up will be a good thing as the 5A will be having a hard life if you turn it up too high. Slow is peaceful.
by Lopez Mike
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Welcome
Topic: Hello from Massachusetts!
Replies: 30
Views: 1129

Re: Hello from Massachusetts!

Gee, Ron. If there is enough grunge in your water to make the check valves stick, think what the inside of your boiler must look like!! I know. Blowdowns. Jabbing at you aside, I have had a glass fracture from old age on an autoclave boiler. Electrically heated and using tap water makeup. Amazing bu...
by Lopez Mike
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Welcome
Topic: Hello from Massachusetts!
Replies: 30
Views: 1129

Re: Hello from Massachusetts!

With a bit of low cunning you can save yourself a lot of machine work by buying rod stock that is already the right diameter. Drill rod is very accurately sized and smooth. No need to harden it. Also, look into alternative materials for piston and valve rods. Ground finish non-corrosive material lik...