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I once had a fellow steamer send me a D32 to try and refurb it...after taking off dozens of tiny screws and nuts, one look at the state of the boiler and I put it all back as I got it and shipped it back to the owner...I simply could not tackle such a mess without tools I didn't have.  My opinion of Wilesco build quality took a hit for sure.   

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The D-32 really is a lot of work to take down to bits!
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Those boilers really look NASTY, and I agree that there was a problem with the flux, or the solder composition itself, but don't believe that was the only problem. Looks to me as though there was a problem with the composition of the brass that was used for the boiler itself as well.

Looking forward to seeing these returned to service after being rebuilt as they really should have been built in the first place!
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Hi Daniel, There was also a problem with some of the brass tubing.
When I had one the pipe from the eccentric driven water pump was full of pinholes.
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Looking forward to seeing the replacements for these disasters!
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Hi Daniel, There was also a problem with some of the brass tubing.
When I had one the pipe from the eccentric driven water pump was full of pinholes.

How very sad ... a fabulous looking engine, and Wilesco's Flagship model, but somewhere in middle management or the supply chain, the end customers were seriously let down.
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This thread is bringing back my D32 nightmares. They are just a bugger to work on.
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I took mine all to bits. Lucky for me the boiler was fine. It was an exstensive project.
I think I have OCD??

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any progress on this ?
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