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This piece arrived here 12 years ago. Our friend Bill acquired it and had it shipped here in early August 2012.

The pictures will tell a lot of the story.

One breadboard end missing from the wood base.

Several Rivets had corroded away. I replaced and nickel plated them.

A major road block was me not locating a good wood worker to make the necessary repairs to the wood. I not only had him repair it but also had him reproduce a few extra wood bases.

It feels good bringing this project to the home stretch.

A few of you may remember...
Some years after it was safely stored here at the Office of Steam, some slimeball who lifted the eBay pictures and description ran some fraudulent Craigslist ads claiming he was located on one of the tiny islands off the coast of England. Alexinsuffolk let us all know about it when he asked me if I thought it was a good buy and if it was likely real or fraud.


I will begin with some pictures as it arrived.

Gil


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Now for the recent photos...

I still need to locate a new blowdown valve as the one that came with it has terrible threads. I know I have one here somewhere.

I removed nearly all the rust from the firebox and chimney stand lip. With an eye towards leaving the original paint alone rather than repainting where the paint is mostly good, I applied Gun Blue to the exposed clean metal which makes it a lot easier on the eye.

Used 2 new site glass blocks along with all the 1950's parts and I believe (and hope) it is leakproof.

Installed a new adapter nipple to connect the feed water tube to the boiler.

Put an extra bend in the feed water tube to make up for the board being narrower when it was pressed together to make up for the shrinkage over the last 70 or so years.

The decal is just resting there. I destroyed one after a soak while trying to remove it from it's backing.

Enjoy!

Gil


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Man that Shines ................... That Truly SHINES!!!

.... and I ain't just talkin' about the plating either!
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Came out very nice
Congrats Gil

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Man that Shines ................... That Truly SHINES!!!

.... and I ain't just talkin' about the plating either!
Thanks, Daniel!

I thought the wood might be too shiny. However I do like that look. I can add a coat of semi-gloss clear at anytime if needed.

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Man that Shines ................... That Truly SHINES!!!

.... and I ain't just talkin' about the plating either!
Thanks, Daniel!

I thought the wood might be too shiny. However I do like that look. I can add a coat of semi-gloss clear at anytime if needed.

No, I'm not talking about any shiny finish of any part of it ..... I'm talking about the whole deal, and SHINE is not meant to refer to any reflected light, but only to the stellar qualities of the whole package, the overall beauty that lights up my eyes!!!
"Information is not knowledge, Knowledge is not wisdom, Wisdom is not truth, Truth is not beauty, Beauty is not love, Love is not music: Music is THE BEST...   
Wisdom is the domain of the Wis (which is extinct). Beauty is a French phonetic corruption of a short cloth neck ornament currently in resurgence..."
F. Zappa ... by way of Mary, the girl from the bus.

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Man that Shines ................... That Truly SHINES!!!

.... and I ain't just talkin' about the plating either!
Thanks, Daniel!

I thought the wood might be too shiny. However I do like that look. I can add a coat of semi-gloss clear at anytime if needed.

No, I'm not talking about any shiny finish of any part of it ..... I'm talking about the whole deal, and SHINE is not meant to refer to any reflected light, but only to the stellar qualities of the whole package, the overall beauty that lights up my eyes!!!
I am pleased to bring forth the light!

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Just a spectacular restoration, Gil! Bravo!
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A great example of, "If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well"
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Excellent restoration! It shines in many ways!
Give us this day our daily Steam
And deliver us from Diesels
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Just a spectacular restoration, Gil! Bravo!
Thanks for the kind words, Jim!

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A great example of, "If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well"
Well stated, Frank. Thank you!

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Excellent restoration! It shines in many ways!
Thanks, Bret!  I appreciate the kudos.

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Excellent work, Gil! Theres nothing finer than a riveted boiler 50!
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