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komet163b

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Weeden #3 first run after refurbish
« on: February 04, 2021, 03:55:04 pm »
Good afternoon from Brooklyn...Really good!

  I purchased a Weeden #3 from a seller on Ebay, a dirty non-runner.
The engine casting and S/V casting were loose and unsealed to the boiler.
An o-ring worked for the S/V and a custom flat washer was cut for the
engine casting.  JB RTV sealant was used as a sealant for both items.
I gave it 24hrs to cure.

  In addition, the inlet steam-port in the engine casting was blocked and
needed to be cleaned out.  I used a tiny drill and expected mineral dreck
to come out, but some casting metal bits came out and then there was a hole.
I think it may never have run properly.

  Finally, I polished the boiler as it really needed it.  The engine castings,
painted/coated with stove blacking were pretty darn clean and unscratched.
The S/V was also in nice shape, and amazingly, has the little lead stopper
that sits in the S/V fitting.  The original weight is missing, darn.

  The chimney and whistle parts are missing, but I'll come up with originals
or apropos replacements.

  The base has a bit of the original paint and is not rusted, so it stays as-is.
The firebox had a 1" square bit of surface rust and was generally nasty, so I
vigorously rubbed it smooth and relatively clean.  Since it was still pretty
black, it stays that way.

  Finally, I loaded it with water, set it over one of my home-made alcohol burners,
listened to it steam up, and away it went.  Pretty good runner.  On you tube now
but it will be replaced with one of my highly-produced 'What we have here' videos.
Very happy results, and the proof is on video!

https://youtu.be/XBCmGk8T7Ws

Happy steamer,
Wayne

 



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Re: Weeden #3 first run after refurbish
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2021, 04:47:09 pm »
Very nice Wayne,  you certainly have that looking and running well.
Bruce
St. Paul Indiana , USA

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Re: Weeden #3 first run after refurbish
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2021, 06:35:17 am »
Nice job Wayne.

These early Weeden Engines are devils to get running again.

komet163b

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Re: Weeden #3 first run after refurbish
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2021, 10:46:54 am »
  Thanks for the compliments.  The engine almost started by itself.
The flywheel moved a bit, I pushed a bit, and there it was, purring
along.  Now for a chimney and whistle-cap.

Keep on steamin',
Wayne

 

 

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