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Hi Charlie, Yes, I sent him a link to the video.


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Today I spent a little time taking this neat little steam plant apart.


It required heating up old solder joints to separate the pipes for removability (is that a word?).


Once apart, I cleaned the boiler and the metal plate that holds it all together.


Then the fire grate got some cleaning.


I learned the square box under the steel plate is a water well as I suspected.
Unexpected was a bit of sophistication in the form of a float mechanism that would tell the operator how much water remained in the feed water supply tank.


Below is a short video along with some pictures of all the components.


https://youtu.be/8d1lgD6-WSQ


It almost looks organized...!


I lost this tiny pin. After taking the engine outdoors for a little more cleaning, on the way back in, I noticed the pin for the eccentric rod had gone missing and it is truly small.


I got lucky.....  I remembered wiping up a lot of crud on the work table where I was cleaning and picking up said crud with a paper towel to be deposited in the rubbish bin. I went there, found the paper towel all crunched and opened it slowly and carefully to avoid dropping the specs of crud. There it was.... among specs of dirt bigger than it. As I said, I got lucky this time.


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Next are pictures of the boiler and other components.




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St Paul Steam

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that plant is turning from a sows ear to a real gem Gil, fascinating stuff.
Bruce
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Impressive restoration Gil - well done!
Regards,
Larry

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Superb transformation!

Clearly a high end home build originally.

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Its looking great Gil.

And a fun challenging project.

Thanks for the detailed pictures, video and descriptions.

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Great work so far Gil

Really glad we got to see more of this engine than just the Craigslist ad.

Any plans to fire it? Will this be a keeper? or a project to move on?
Nick

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Great work so far Gil

Really glad we got to see more of this engine than just the Craigslist ad.

Any plans to fire it? Will this be a keeper? or a project to move on?


All is possible.

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Next, I will clean the base better.


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The cast steel base is now cleaned and gun blued. The pictures below show it in a mock-up ans by no means near completion but is enough to give you the vision.

Enjoy!

Gil


First..... a reminder of where we started:


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And now.....

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MasonvilleEngines

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Great vision given!

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Looking GREAT Gil! Sure is fun watching this project  ;D
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Thats quite the transition, looks good.
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Fantastic Gil.

Its great seeing your restoration skills. 🤠

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Coming along very nicely Gil !
Will be looking forward to see it completed...and back in action  :)
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