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Ramon Wilson25/02/2010 16:18:01
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Following on from experiencing the Nova bursting into life I thought it would be interesting to have a go a designing a diesel based around the 2.46 ED Racer of the 50's/60's.
I borrowed an old Mk4 from a friend and scaled it up by a factor of 1.266 which brings the capacity to approximately 5cc.
The drawings were laid out on copier paper in the traditional way - with a pencil using a piece of Contiboard as a drawing surface - 'CAD' drawing (Contib'd Aided Design!)
Two blocks of ally were obtained and the chipping began - 221/4 ozs. per block to start, 31/2 to finish. Quite a bit of swarf!.
I did two to hedge my bets incase of a mistake - and yes, if you are wondering -the keen eyed may spot a subtle difference but ostensibly they are both suitable for use so now the next stage can begin - Crank shafts - two piece as in The Nova as so far this has stood up well to the torque swinging a fairly large prop. These of course will rev much harder but with a smaller prop.
Some asked for some pics so here are a couple,
Rather than fill the site albums up more pics of the the machining stages can be seen here
if you care to visit. They haven't been captioned yet but I will at some stage.
Now, it's time to clean up that swarf!!!
Regards - Ramon

Edited By David Clark 1 on 26/02/2010 08:05:57

Rob Manley25/02/2010 17:51:31
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Very impressed with the quality of work so far.  Its always fun to cut a complex shape out of a boring solid block,  It looks like a very pretty engine.  Please keep us informed of progress. 
V8Eng25/02/2010 19:09:48
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This reminds me, I have an old ED 2cc Competition Special with prop driver section broken off the crankshaft. You might have just inspired to me restore it.
Very impressed with your work so far.

Edited By V8Eng on 25/02/2010 19:17:07

Alan Worland25/02/2010 20:27:16
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Nice work and good progress, I suppose the time it takes to setup - you might as well make more than one!
Years ago at a model engineering exhibition there was a chap who was making five 71/4 in gauge locos! He said as it took most of the time setting it all up he thought he would get the most out of it!
LADmachining25/02/2010 21:51:39
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Excellent work Ramon!
Keep us posted on your progress!
Ramon Wilson27/02/2010 12:18:48
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Thanks for your interest and kind comments.
I'm hoping to get these bead blasted soon but in the meantime will get on with the crankshafts though as perhaps you see I am a little side tracked at the moment!
Back soon with this though.
Regards - Ramon
Speedy Builder527/02/2010 12:36:34
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What a super engine - I had one when I was 14, comp special and Hunter 3.5 - Oh yes and an Ed Bee which was converted by ED at Molsey to be water cooled.  Allways wanted a Taplin Twin - 2 x ED Hunter cylinders.
Good luck
Ramon Wilson27/03/2010 23:53:12
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Robert - my third engine was an ED Hunter - KK Pacer - clipped the concrete and cracked the crank case all round the bearing housing . I renovated an old Taplin Twin some time ago. It was in a very poor state but once finished it totally lived up to it's image and started so easily. I sold it on, something I really do now regret.
As suggested I thought some might like to see the latest bits tackled - the crankshafts and backplates.
The crankshafts are 'two piece' - the smaller 1/4" inner shaft, turned from an 8mm caphead bolt which is Loctited into the outer. The outer, which includes the web and crankpin, is from EN24T left in the soft state. All turned between centres after Loctiting

The backplates are machined from solid and proved an interesting part to make. I'm planning on getting all the ally parts made before tackling the internals.
The images on the link have been added to to and captioned.
Hope these are of interest
Regards - Ramon

Ramon Wilson13/04/2010 22:42:40
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Hi again,
Managed to get a bit more done over the last week or two and as a couple of you did ask to keep you up to date on progress here are a few pics of current state of play
The first two are one engine 'mocked up' - 'dress rehearsal' if you like. No bearings are fitted at this stage as the cases still require bead blasting.

And this shows the other bits to do the second one.
Pistons, liners and contra pistons are next which will just leave the comp screws  needle valve assemblies and rotors to do.
Does anyone know where I can puchase a small amount of the green 'Oilite'
oil filled nylon to machine the rotors from. Failing that I have some black 'Nylatron' - does anyone have any experience using this for this application? I also have some Tufnol which has been used for this part in other designs. Any thoughts?
With the spring like conditions finally here I'm afraid that other love - the garden - will have to take precedent at this time of the year but I'll get on with the rest of it as soon as I can.
Regards for now Ramon

LADmachining14/04/2010 10:28:08
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Hi Ramon,
Fantastic work!  The engines are coming along very nicely!

Regarding the oil-filled nylon, a quick search on eBay brought up:-
Should be enough to make the rotors with.  The price isn't extortionate, either.
Ramon Wilson14/04/2010 13:33:18
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Thanks Anthony, I had searched but hadn't given Ebay a thought. Piece duly ordered at very reasonable price shame it was round bar but then you can't have everything!
Thanks again - back soon -  Ramon
duncan webster14/04/2010 21:11:14
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Very impressive, now all you have to do is publish details of your cross slide drilling gizmo, which looks really useful
Alan Worland14/04/2010 22:19:57
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'Hats off' to you Ramon, superb looking workmanship!
Circlip15/04/2010 12:11:31
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Many years ago (Oh, L, drag up yer zimmers), One of my design components was molded in Nylon. Part of the brief for the finished item was that it should be flexible and collecting them "Out of the mold" prooved that the darned things exhibited the flexibility of cream crackers.
  "Ah" said the tecky rep, "Thats cos they're fresh out of the mold and haven't had time to absorb any water, in 24 Hrs they'll feel different again, you could boil them in water to speed up the process"
  Since we wanted another component to slide inside a slot molded into it, some bright spark () suggested "What about boiling them in oil??" 
  As it was handy, and also due to be changed, they got a bubbling in the chip pan and despite the stink, EVEN after washing and drying them, the flexibility AND the lubricicity was obvious.
  I wouldn't advocate using Flora or Vigin Olive Oil, but a standard Nylon 6 suitably "Cooked" in an appropriate lubricant may get some out of a tight squeeze (Pun intended).
  Keep having to post this for re-oiling "Oilites"
  Regards  Ian.
Ramon Wilson15/04/2010 21:23:18
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Thanks Ian,
Until I read of this material in Dave Parkes I/C topics in ME I was not aware of it's existance. He recommends it for this application in his designs and I thought I would go ahead and try some. Having ordered a piece after LAD's link (it arrived today) I have 'googled' it and found that it is particularly recommended for heavy loading in low RPM situations!
I'm now thinking that the design of this rotor with it's substantial radial cutout may lead to distortion at the anticipated rpm. I will make one just to see but am thinking that I will revert to using Tufnol as this has been tried and tested in this situation.
Had a really good day at Myford's open day today, spent to much - as you do - but very happy
Thanks for the kind comments but the drill spindle will have to wait awhile I'm afraid!
Regards - Ramon

Edited By Ramon Wilson on 15/04/2010 21:25:05

Ramon Wilson20/04/2010 22:46:12
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Had a good session on my friend Lee's bead blaster today and finally got the cases and backplates done along with parts from a couple of other rebuilds.
Heres how they look now
I can now build the bottom ends up though I think I will wait a bit until all the parts are made. Liners and pistons next and an attempt at that anodising.
Regards for now - Ramon
Terryd21/04/2010 06:47:55
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They look lovely Ramon,
I can't wait to see the finished article.  I'm especially interested in your anodising results when you get round to it,  and considering your skill and persistence I believe that it will be a superb job.
Ramon Wilson27/04/2010 22:46:39
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Hi again,
Spent an interesting couple of days making the pistons and liners. As said elswhere it was decided to make one from cast iron and the other from a 'tough steel'. The cast iron was an offcut and has an exceptionally close grain - much finer than the continuous cast bar I have. Shame there wasn't more for the pistons. I have no idea of the steel - it came from a largish stud - 1-1/4 dia by a foot - 'surplus to requirements' from offshore days. Probably of American manufacture the end of the stud was neatlly marked ie engraved not punched - 'CR 8 S  7' Whether that relates to the grade I have no idea.  
It turned reasonably well and gave a good finish just have to see how it stands up to the task now.
The cutter(s) for the ports - three were made just incase (just as well) -  came from 2mm thick GFS. Heat treated and tempered light straw the first two did not stand up to the steel liner both wearing quite quickly despite low speed. This was put down more to insufficient backing off so ensured this was better on the last one and left it hard and untempered as well. Slowest possible speed and 'Bingo' - sailed through !    
Piston material came from a slab of continuous cast bar - this was rather than waste the larger diameter round bar 'in store'. Hit a 'snag' tonight when lapping the first piston to go into the liner. Just realised in time as I was beginning to think I had left rather too much on for lapping that I was trying to fit it to the wrong (and tight) end of the liner! I think I may have caught it in time, it is still quite tight at the very top of the bore but won't really be able to tell if the compression is good enough until it's assembled If one bore had been made slightly larger and that done first then it could have been used for the smaller - must keep that in mind ???.
Not far to go now - hope this is still of interest
Regards - Ramon
Terryd28/04/2010 06:57:16
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Hi Ramon,
 great to see your progress and hear about your problems and overcoming them.  I can't wait to see the final products. - My breath has never been so bated.  In fact if you don't get on with that anodising soon I may keel over for want of oxygen, 
I have been very busy over the last week or so and haven't had time to get out and play with my Rivers but hopefully this weekend..................
Ramon Wilson 128/04/2010 22:18:22
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Hi Terry
'and there I was thinking that rap on the fingers had put you off
You might be interested in how this goes!
Had better success with the second piston today. I confess to 'taking a shortcut' (I know I know)  last night and lapped the piston down with a very fine stone. It transpires the pistons had distorted very slightly when machining the internals and lapping that first piston to the liner revealed it's ovality. Took the time to bore a simple piston lap today and the second is a big improvement. The first is possibly usable - it is a very tiny amount - but if it proves not to have reasonable compression it may be salvageble by 'growing it' with heat and re lapping - failing that its another piston. This time though I shall not finish turn the OD until after the insides!
All the parts are ready for anodising and I have all the neccesary except some green dye. Having spent some time looking I have not found anything so far that 'fits the minds eye'. In that case it might be blue!
Regards - Ramon
PS All pics are up to date on here

Edited By David Clark 1 on 27/05/2010 16:04:36

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