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Member postings for Garry Coles

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Thread: Painting
26/01/2020 07:40:23

Thanks everyone.

25/01/2020 11:21:25

No, it's just ordinary sheet steel that EKP supplies. No zinc involved.

25/01/2020 10:36:49

Hi, I'm going to be priming some of the parts of my 2 in scale D & NY Traction Engine that i'm building. Some of the sheet steel plate has a grey finish to it, and is very hard to get off. I was wondering if this has to be removed before I prime. (The primer I am using is Phoenix Precision 2 pack etch primer.) It seems to be part of the protection for the steel plate when it comes out of the foundry. Can anyone advise me please.


Thread: Broken drill bit in hole
10/12/2019 17:47:11

Thanks for the reply Brian.

I saw someone using Alum, but that was on a steel part. I was not sure about using it on copper.


10/12/2019 17:37:53

Hi, angry I have just broken a 1.6 mm drill bit in hole that was to be one of the two threaded holes for the fire door hinge in my copper boiler. The first hole was all good. But the second hole was going alright, then snap. no I was taking it very slowly as I know that copper can be a bit grabby.

Can anyone give me some ideas please on how to get round this problem. frown I've snapped the odd drill or tap over the years, but never this small. I've googled the problem, but they all seem to be about much larger bits.



Thread: injectors
04/11/2019 18:38:39

Thanks for that. I thought you must, but my plans only mentioned the steam supply valve.


04/11/2019 17:52:27

Hi, This might be a stupid question and I might get a stupid answer. But why does the water to the injector not drain the water from the tank when the steam supply is off, or do you need a another shut off valve in the water supply line as well as the steam supply line.


Thread: Back issues
22/10/2019 08:54:10

Thanks Jason, I will have a look.

22/10/2019 07:38:31

Hi. Can someone please tell me how to get hold of some back issues of a ME magazine form 21st June 1991 and onwards. On page 691 of that issue is an article about the building of the 2in scale D & NY traction engine, which I am currently building.



Thread: Water level indicator
01/10/2019 07:40:54


30/09/2019 20:12:18

Hi, I'm building the D & NY in 2in scale, and I'm now building the tender and bunker water tank. In the text it states that the boss on top of the tank for the pump return also incorporates the water level indicator, I seem to be missing something. frown How do you see the water level or know how much is in the tank???

Some body please explain this to me as this is my first traction engine build.


Conffussed Garry in windy and wet Jersey.

Thread: Half round brass beading
28/09/2019 07:38:42

Thanks for the advice. I will soft solder the beading. smiley

27/09/2019 10:23:53

Hi, I was wondering how to attach half round brass beading to the edging of the bunker of my Traction Engine. dont know The size will be 1/8 or 3/16 brass and the bunker is steel. Do you silver solder it or soft solder it or is there another method, ie a metal glue. Silver soldering will require a lot of heat on the bunker steel for such a small strip of brass,


Garry in sunny Jersey cool

Thread: Water pump dimensions
21/08/2019 09:12:34

Thanks for the help Jason. yes

20/08/2019 22:26:09

Thanks for the replies.yes I will now go ahead with 1/4" offset on the eccentric. The eccentric dimensions on the drawing are wrong then. Thank god for that. I've fabricated the body, but did not start on the eccentric yet. smiley

20/08/2019 17:44:24

Hi, On my 2 in D & NY Traction Engine that i'm building I seem to have a problem with the water pump dimensions. That or I missing something. The water pump plunger is described as 3/8" bore with a stroke of 1/2" . When I look at the eccentric drawing, the offset from the centre of the drive shaft to the centre of the eccentric is shown as 1/2" To me that gives a stroke of 1". If that is right, then the plunger dimensions are wrong because at a 1" stroke the graphite packing on the plunger will come out of the bore. Of course, I could be completely wrong. So can any one help me please.

Cheers Garry

Thread: Fire door
05/08/2019 10:47:32

Thanks for the replies. And thanks MichaelR I will use this one. And thanks JasonB, but my fire hole is round not oval.


05/08/2019 07:44:13

Hi, Some help please. The traction engine i'm building (D & NY in 2in scale) dose not have any drawings for the fire door. I was wondering if anybody can send me some dimensions etc. I know I could work some thing out myself, but things like the vent holes in the door would be a guess.

Thanks Garry

Thread: Live Steam Models
15/07/2019 12:24:55

Hi JasonB, you forgot to mention a certain Brunell supplier that I have on going problems with. Tha'ts why I am asking.

15/07/2019 11:54:26

Hi, Please can any one say if the web site called Live Steam Models are ok to do business with because I have had problems with suppliers before and do not want to be caught out again.


Edited By Garry Coles on 15/07/2019 11:55:24

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