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Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« on: February 21, 2021, 09:11:31 am »
Hallo,

after introducing myself here in the forum a few days ago, I would like to introduce you to one of my Doll & Co. steam engines. I am trying to restore a piece of their old shine to old Doll steam engines that have been gnawed by the ravages of time over the past 90-100 years. Some of my machines were only preserved in fragments and it took time to replace the missing parts. I would like to start today with the introduction of my Doll & Co., model no. 344/1, from the 1920s. First 3 pictures of the condition of the machine when I received it.



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The machine was missing the burner, steam pipe, water level screw, safety valve and chimney. Safety valve and steam whistle were in my collection. I found the chimney and the water level screw after a long search on ebay. The collar nut for the safety valve had come loose in the boiler and was no longer there. I found the right part at a dealer for model steam engine accessories on the Internet and soldered it into the boiler. I carefully cleaned all painted parts with gun oil. You can see the result in the following pictures.


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If you liked my article, I will introduce you to more machines in the near future.

Many greetings

Jürgen

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Re: Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2021, 09:28:51 am »
Very nicely done Jürgen 👏

I will be looking forward to seeing more of your engines
Nick

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Re: Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2021, 11:09:16 am »
Thanks for the flowers Nick.

Jürgen

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Re: Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2021, 04:49:11 pm »
You did an amazing job on that Jürgen!
Love how you´ve managed to bring that smokey paint scheme back to life as well.

This engine is one of my favourites, as far as the "little ones" go. Pretty cool feature having that "gearbox" on there, to suit a wider variety of accessories speedwise.
Cheers
Jan
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Re: Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2021, 05:09:19 pm »
Hello Jurgen, you did a beautiful job bringing that Doll back to it's formal glory.
Are you sure your grandparents didn't buy that new and finally gave it you?  :D
Nice job.
To steam or not to steam, that is the questi,,,,,,Ah shut up and "Steam it, like you mean it."        Tommy.

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Re: Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2021, 10:59:09 am »
Thank you for the big compliments Jan and Tommy.

@Tommy

Are you sure your grandparents didn't buy that new and finally gave it you?

A little story about it. I would have been happy if it had been like that. One day my old aunt (my mother's sister) who is now 84 years old visited us. When she saw some of my steam engines, she said that her father, my grandfather, had also owned such a steam engine. Unfortunately, I never met my grandfather Fritz because he lost his life in Stalingrad (Russia) during World War II. So he couldn't leave the steam engine to me either. During or after the war my grandmother sold the little machine. She stood there alone with 3 young daughters and often did not have enough money to buy groceries. The proceeds from the sale of the machine came in handy. The sale of the small steam engine helped to alleviate the hunger of 3 small children.

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Jürgen

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Re: Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2021, 12:33:29 pm »
I'm sorry to hear of your families plight. That war hurt a lot of families. Sorry I brought it up
in a joking manor.
To steam or not to steam, that is the questi,,,,,,Ah shut up and "Steam it, like you mean it."        Tommy.

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Re: Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2021, 12:55:11 pm »
Do not worry. I already got the joke. As I read the lines, all I could think of was the story. In any case, I think it's nice what the steam engine was ultimately good for.

Kind regards

Jürgen

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Re: Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2021, 04:24:03 pm »
What a wonderful job on the Doll you did.
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Re: Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2021, 11:25:50 am »
Great Job!

Sounds like you have a few more restorations to share with us.


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Re: Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2021, 10:57:17 am »
Sounds like you have a few more restorations to share with us.

You're right. It continues on the weekend. During the week I am very busy at work. There is also restoration work on old steam engines. ;D  :D

cheers Jürgen

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Re: Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2021, 02:14:14 pm »
Hello friends of steam

Today I would like to introduce you to another of my Doll steam engines. From the 337 series, model no 337/4.

I received the machine in a relatively poor condition :o  and did my best to restore it to the glory of earlier days.

First of all, I have to say that I'm a bit confused about the serial number. A Doll Series 337 is listed at Ventix Pages, which is not listed in the Schiffmann catalog. On the other hand, there is a series 334 in the Schiffmann catalog that is missing in the Ventix Pages. The machines listed under the two serial numbers in the two different sources are identical. Both sources are extremely reputable.

http://www.ventix-pages.de/doll/D-Dampf/D-Hauptgruppen/D-Liegend/d-liegend.html

From now on the machine has the model no. 337/4 for me because I first identified the machine using the information in the Ventix Pages.

The first 5 pictures show the condition of the machine when I received it.

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Here are some pictures that I took during the restoration. Unfortunately, I failed to take a picture of the condition of the base plate below the unit base. There was an indefinable mass of sawdust, oil and partially dissolved paint. I carefully lifted the dirt off with a spatula and cleaned the affected area with thinner. The original paint could no longer be saved there, so I repainted the area with wine-red paint. The remaining area of the base plate was cleaned with Ballistol. The basic color of the base plate is wine red. A black marbling is applied over it. I removed further damage to the paintwork on the base plate as best I could by carefully dabbing on burgundy and black paint.


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The following pictures show the restored machine.

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That's all for today.
Have a nice weekend and stay save

Jürgen

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Re: Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2021, 02:56:58 pm »
...and here i sit, with my trusty screwdriver and two cans of spraypaint, feeling like a hero because i restored a Jensen  ::)

You Sir are a magician, that engine looks amazing!!!

Very well done Jürgen, very well indeed  :)
Cheers
Jan
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Re: Doll 344/1 in new splendor
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2021, 03:33:23 pm »
Hello Jan,

Your words put me to shame. I am convinced that the man with the screwdriver and the spray paint can do wonderful restorations as well. Anyone who deals with the subject as intensively as you are certainly able to do appropriate work. We both know that there are many attempts with errors before success. If it is successful, that has little to do with magic. Rather, it is the experience in dealing with the materials that brings us success over time.

Cheers

Jürgen

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Very nice restoration indeed! I hope to see more of your work.

 

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