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1890-1915 Weeden 16
« on: September 30, 2021, 03:30:37 pm »
The Weeden N°16 was produced between 1890 and 1915 specially for Sears.
And I had the chance to buy one recently and it arrived today.
first started by oiling everything up and lose the stuck safety valve spring so it would function again .
Always safety first.

But when I did put water in the boiler, it soon became obvious that the water gauge was leaking and the steam pipe between boiler and motor was completely blocked.
So I had to unsolder the pipe from the boiler to be able to push through a thin steel wire to unblock the dirt that was blocking the pipe.

Once that was fixed I turned my attention to the water gauge, carefully unscrewed the fastener nuts, and removed what was left of the old sealer gue that was complete gone.
Made two rubber o-rings and some copper liquid gasket sealer to close that delicate seal.

Problem with a lot of these Weeden engines is that they where so cheap made, and pressed together, that they are very fragile to work on.
Lead was used so when you're restoring a Weeden alway think twice before using heat.
Often with Weeden this can leed to real dilemmas to get them fixed.

The engine I bought still did had its original burner, only the, as Charlie pointed out to me, cork lid that's suppose to be in the filling hole has gone.
Quite dangerous having a cork lid, if you ever have a Weeden burner of that design and you want to use it, always drill a small hole in it, so the upbuild pressure of the heated alcohol can get away.
Otherwise the chance of turning your engine into a fireball is very high.
I set the original burner aside and used my universal gas burner, much safer and easy to control.

Anyway, after fixing its issues run its and made a video of it, enjoy…

"Das lied schläft in der Maschine"
(the song sleeps in the machine) lyrics Einsturzende Neubauten song "Nnnaaamm"


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Re: 1890-1915 Weeden 16
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2021, 04:13:42 pm »
Fantastic! Thanks for sharing, Danny.


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Re: 1890-1915 Weeden 16
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2021, 06:15:06 am »
You did a great job with that early weeden. I have experianced 1st hand the burner dilemma you speak of!


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Re: 1890-1915 Weeden 16
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2021, 08:35:16 am »
Hello Danny,
A very successful restoration and a worthy presentation of the Weeden.
Thanks for showing.
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Re: 1890-1915 Weeden 16
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2021, 12:14:08 pm »
   Thanks for the well done video. Nice to see the little Weeden in steam.   
Cheers Bob, I collect mostly German steam stationary engines.


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Re: 1890-1915 Weeden 16
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2021, 01:02:52 pm »
Loved the movie, Danny! Though some models are endearingly cheesy, I always think of Weeden as being responsible for bringing toy steam to the masses. Nice work! (Also, some great slide guitar.)



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Re: 1890-1915 Weeden 16
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2021, 04:15:57 pm »
Well done Danny!

A very nice job on the video.



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Re: 1890-1915 Weeden 16
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2021, 06:46:52 pm »
Thanks for sharing that video, it was well done. Congratulations on a very interesting addition to your collection.

I was wondering if Weeden made any other engines with that unusual valve. I have a mental image of what might be going on in there but i would be interested to know just how it works.



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Re: 1890-1915 Weeden 16
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2021, 12:39:18 pm »
Engine similar to No.7

Valve mechanism explained here:

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Re: 1890-1915 Weeden 16
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2021, 06:37:40 pm »
Very nice, Danny. I do like your #16...!


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