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Thread: Using two torches
06/04/2021 15:34:50

Another (desperate ) solution at the last knockings on a Maid of Kent boiler and the gas bottle is freezing up, is to enlist a helper to grab hold of the top of the bottle and give it a continuous good rocking. (from experience )

Thread: Digital back issues
04/04/2021 21:21:13
Posted by Bob Mc on 04/04/2021 20:39:20:

.... (James)... its a Scottish thing.....

a Scottish King, surely.

Thread: Flash Steam
04/04/2021 20:59:07

Better as PDF, sorry no linkies


04/04/2021 20:20:20

Here is the article from May2000 ME4119

See my album Steam Car

Edited By Meunier on 04/04/2021 20:21:09

Edited By Meunier on 04/04/2021 20:56:00

04/04/2021 17:11:37

Purely by chance, I had been reading ME from 2000 and there is an article with diagrams of this very car.
Will check if OK to scan and put the pages in my album (copyright and all that ).

Thread: There may be a delay in some deliveries ...
29/03/2021 19:11:31
Posted by larry phelan 1 on 29/03/2021 13:51:15:

I wonder is the Captain reading "Situations Vacant" ?cheeky

I assume that, just as when entering ports worldwide, the ship is under the command of the local pilots, who instruct the ship's crew..

Thread: Low head Cap Screws
29/03/2021 15:40:25
Posted by Mike Poole on 28/03/2021 15:40:22:

/.... Big end bolts on a performance engine are usually close to the limit of their specification and the advice to replace during a rebuild is not to be ignored..../


Something which caught me out on the starter-motor on MrsD's mk1 Cortina in the early '70s. Go to start and Brrrrrp/Brrrrp/Brr-engage and start. I became quite adept at replacing the Bendix gear on the motor, 20mins job.
Wasn't until many years later I read a piece which mentioned that the motor-mounting bolts were 'stretch-fitted' on original assembly and after removing/re-using could not be relied upon to not stretch further in service.

Thread: Boxford spindle runout
24/03/2021 19:42:40
Posted by AJAX on 24/03/2021 17:10:30:

I thought they were one and the same thing, but I'm probably using the wrong terminology. This is what I have

No, that's great for marking metal for layout/scribing/cutting lines/ centre-punch dots etc.

I have had the tube of this for 50yrs and not used up yet. marking blue, generally available from various suppliers.
The slightest coating of this on one part and move the two parts together and see where the blue has been removed from one part, this is the 'high spot' that needs attention.

edited to add - confirmation to keep off fingers - use a cotton-bud or similar

Edited By Meunier on 24/03/2021 19:44:14

24/03/2021 15:48:22
Posted by AJAX on 23/03/2021 22:10:17:
Posted by old mart on 23/03/2021 17:43:20:........

I have a good taper and layout blue.

Just picked up on your comment, you don't want 'layout blue' you need engineers/marking blue


Thread: watchmakers lathe accuracy
17/03/2021 13:47:19

Slightly different, 'what's my line' and wonder if there are any remaining "sagger-makers bottom-knockers" still working in the Potteries ?

Ligne also = French/Swiss measure of diameter of watch movements, also 'French Inch'


Thread: Antikythera solved ?
12/03/2021 20:43:21

Perhaps MichaelG, Neil and others may be interested in this piece from BBC today.



Thread: S275 steel machinability
01/03/2021 15:20:57

In SW France, without mail-order and associated postal costs, I can only find S235JR at the local metal distributers.
Identical to S355 used by Thor except with 0.22% carbon instead of 0.23% for S355, it bandsaws/drills/taps/mills OK.
Haven't yet turned any. All usage so far has been able to cut under the surface. Finish reasonable.

Thread: Messages received
25/02/2021 15:34:11
Posted by Grindstone Cowboy on 24/02/2021 17:26:18:
Posted by Meunier on 24/02/2021 14:07:44:

W10/Opera, made new sub-folder under 'ModelEngineer' folder called PM's, opened up individual PMs I wanted to preserve, right/click, add to Bookmarks, select PM folder, click Done.

Happy to be proven wrong, but I think all you've done there is create a link / shortcut to the webpage where the PM is. Once the forum software changes, I suspect they may disappear.


Do not think I will be proving you wrong. Further consideration confirms your point, have saved them individually as PDFs to a 'PMs' folder, at least the text will be archived.

24/02/2021 14:07:44

W10/Opera, made new sub-folder under 'ModelEngineer' folder called PM's, opened up individual PMs I wanted to preserve, right/click, add to Bookmarks, select PM folder, click Done.

Thread: boring bar
23/02/2021 20:42:57

Last year purchased some Hoybide tips, the vendor informed me that Hoybide has been integrated into the 'Total Carbide' group.

Edited By Meunier on 23/02/2021 20:43:22

Having said that, memory was stirred, as part of the purchase came several cutting tools, including one -
Komet boring bar "BOO 35310", 70mm long, major dia 7.98mm on round portion, across flat 7.47mm, reduced portion with one drill-type flute 6.38mm. I couldn't find such a small torx key but a spare tip overlaid coincided and measured 6.06mm in digital caliper jaws (like measuring 50p coin only with six sides )
The box of tips marked Hoybide Ltd 'PD05 200802 SW/P25M'

Edited By Meunier on 23/02/2021 21:23:41

Thread: Train snowplough at work in scotland
21/02/2021 15:53:51
Posted by Grindstone Cowboy on 20/02/2021 22:35:35:

They do steam-powered ones as well, as can be seen at around 2 min 10 sec in this excellent film.


Thanks for that Rob, really enjoyed that. As well as Barbados (good pics of valve motion ) at 3:17 sure I saw Mallard and 3:20 could that be Springbok ?

20/02/2021 18:47:32
Posted by Colin Heseltine on 20/02/2021 16:36:01:

I must admit I was quite surprised how few comments I had on my Resurrecting a Stuart 10V. Having said that the comments I did receive were extremely helpful. In turned in to much more of a basket case that I expected but came out very well in the end after major surgery to the cylinder. Well major surgery as far as I was concerned maybe not to others.


Colin, guilty as mentioned, I really enjoyed reading about your restoration/detective story, just as I followed DocG's V10 build but did not comment. In this case I would happily have clicked on 'like' but, tending to be a trifle verbose I rarely comment. Kudos to you and a tardy 'well done'

Edited By Meunier on 20/02/2021 18:48:43

Thread: A Marine Condensing Engine
20/02/2021 16:21:31
Posted by ChrisH on 20/02/2021 11:59:59:

quote....Funnnily enough, all the time I was at sea I only once saw a marine steam recip engine, in 1964 in a drydock in Cardiff, but never sailed with one.
Chris /Quote

Although a land-lubber, I was lucky enough to see one working at close quarters, late 60's to early 70's in Istanbul.
My colleague and I were working there for a few days and found a free afternoon while waiting for replacement electronic kit sent from London. The local office manager recommended a ferry trip from the Golden Horn up the Bosphorus to the mouth of the Black Sea. The ferry called at every landing up the West side and returned via every landing on the East side. Entertainment was provided by the locals using it as a bus service, bringing aboard and later disembarking with goats/sheep/head-carried platters of yoghurt and market-garden produce.
I asked one of the crew if it was possible to visit the engine-room and was duly escorted below and introduced to the Engineer, possibly the first time a passenger had asked to visit. Was amazed, firstly by the heat, and to find a triple-expansion steam engine, supplied with steam by a coke-fired boiler. The engine was in pristine condition, unlike the floor, I suppose boiler firing on the run might be a bit tricky.
Have enjoyed reading this thread, good luck all

Edited By Meunier on 20/02/2021 16:25:43

Thread: Clarke / Warco Major Milling machine drawbar self ejector
16/02/2021 20:18:59
Posted by mechman48 on 16/02/2021 18:13:26:
quote Same arrangement on my WM16 gear head version, I believe the same on the WM18 gear / belt versions.


/quote Not on my 2019 WM18/gear head George, perhaps that's because it's an R8 taper.

Thread: Steam engine , to start a steam engine
16/02/2021 20:12:19

Nice find Steve, is that barring engine a full-size double-10-V ?

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