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by TriangleTom
Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: And Now for the Twin
Replies: 80
Views: 28525

Re: And Now for the Twin

Love these posts! How are you planning on attaching the cylinder supports to the bedplate?
by TriangleTom
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Anoraks Corner
Topic: Quiet on here?
Replies: 31
Views: 8488

Re: Quiet on here?

I think a lot of the reasons that young people aren't joining the hobby have to do with a simple lack of awareness that it even exists. I myself only discovered it after speaking to some exhibitors of old launch engines at a traction engine show here in Oklahoma, and I can't imagine that's a terribl...
by TriangleTom
Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Quad versus twin compound
Replies: 12
Views: 4096

Re: Quad versus twin compound

I've been looking at the Simpson Strickland engines for a while, and I was lucky enough to come across this quote on the Elliott Bay Website "At 175 lbs. boiler presure the company claimed 10 indicated HP, and at 250 lbs., 14 HP. At these high pressures the engines suffered wear and were noisy, but ...
by TriangleTom
Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:56 am
Forum: Sales and Trade
Topic: Iron Chief is for sale
Replies: 5
Views: 2913

Re: Iron Chief is for sale

I'll second what Mike and Fred have said, it was actually stumbling on your website showing the Chief's build that drove me in to the hobby.
by TriangleTom
Thu Aug 22, 2019 2:54 am
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Electrical system for boat
Replies: 35
Views: 11910

Re: Electrical system for boat

I just sent Beckman an email asking how many amps it draws. Somewhere I got the impression that it was around five amps. Just spent an hour getting a 1.5 inch pipe nipple loose. The dolt who assembled the power plant used a schedule 40 one and by the time I had it in my hand it looked like nothing ...
by TriangleTom
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: Electrical system for boat
Replies: 35
Views: 11910

Electrical system for boat

For those of you who have an electrical system, what are you using to charge it and how much battery capacity do you run? An automotive alternator seems like an option, but given the low speed and reversing nature of our engines, is this workable?
by TriangleTom
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: Oil burner consumption
Replies: 30
Views: 6483

Re: Oil burner consumption

Quote: "On a related subject, how do we think that total boat weight is related to fuel consumption? My reflexive response is that is should be directly related." In my personal experience and observation, they are directly related, more work requires more fuel and water. You and I came at the prob...
by TriangleTom
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: General Steamboat stuff
Topic: Where Fred goes when he dies.
Replies: 4
Views: 947

Re: Where Fred goes when he dies.

Interesting the different paddle configurations, some were mid-ships and some MUCH further forward, I suspect they would have had a bit more difficulty with that last manoeuvre. Nice one Mike! Speaking of different configurations, why is it that sidewheelers prevailed in Europe while sternwheelers ...
by TriangleTom
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Technical - Engines and Boilers
Topic: American Walking Beam Engine
Replies: 25
Views: 13516

Re: American Walking Beam Engine

A little off topic, but what are the advantages of using poppet valves in a walking beam engine?
by TriangleTom
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Technical - non Engines and Boilers
Topic: I'd need help with my lathe v-belt drive
Replies: 9
Views: 1932

Re: I'd need help with my lathe v-belt drive

Are there any rough spots when you turn the motor by hand? What comes to my mind is that when loaded with a sideways pulling force on the motor shaft, a bearing that may already be going bad is stopping the whole motor from turning.