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« Reply #340 on: Nov 26th, 2007, 7:08pm »
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The more you do, the better it looks. The quality of fitting and welding is first class.  I have worked on timing a couple of engines that didn't have valve gear fitted this well. How many passes will each staybolt take? My back hurts thinking about  it.  
 
Please keep up the detail pictures as much as you can. This is a real tutorial exercise in"'how to do it right".


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« Reply #341 on: Dec 3rd, 2007, 7:19am »
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I started welding the throat , last night.  I have  1 pass  on the entire throat.   I had to have  some help,  standing the boiler up. It is  prob  around  260 lbs  now.

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« Reply #342 on: Dec 3rd, 2007, 7:26am »
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Greg,  I don't  know about  hanging a shingle out  [boiler building], I would certainly  be willing to help another  live steamer  out,  just as so many have  helped me  in the  27 years that I have  been in this hobby.  Bruce  thanks ,  this project has deff  rehoned my welding skills a bit.  I can certainly  see a difference   in my welds  from my pratice welding  befor the boiler  project began.  Sng42 thanks  , glad u are enjoying  the  pics and  project.

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« Reply #343 on: Dec 3rd, 2007, 7:27am »
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« Reply #344 on: Dec 5th, 2007, 7:47pm »
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SnG42, I'm not sure  how many passes will be needed.  The other 3 boilers I built were all stick welded. This is the first boiler for me with the tig welder. I think it will be at least 2 maybe 3 passes.  Last night I welded  3 passes on the throat , I had to stop due to the large amount of heat being generated.  The plates will warp if your not careful. Ray III

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« Reply #345 on: Dec 5th, 2007, 7:49pm »
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3 passes

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« Reply #346 on: Dec 5th, 2007, 7:50pm »
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3 passes

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« Reply #347 on: Dec 5th, 2007, 7:51pm »
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3 passes

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« Reply #348 on: Dec 7th, 2007, 8:16am »
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   Ray,
 
   In my minds eye, I can already see you shoveling coal into that fire box.
I can smell the coal smoke from here, heh,heh,heh.
 
   Neat work, my friend..... Neat work.
 
   Bruce


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« Reply #349 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 8:22pm »
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Yes Bruce I can smell the smoke too.  It is nice to have the parts  coming together,  now it looks like a boiler ,after months of  making  seperate parts.   I ordered the copper tubes  yesterday.  They should be here friday.   There will be  21 tubes 1" od x  3'   long .  The boiler blow downs  also arrived today from railroad wharehouse, they look great.   I made the last weld on the throat  , sunday 12/16/07 .  I have a few pics of this to will post.  I then layed the boiler  on it's side, the fire box resting on the old milk crate, andthe barrel is sitting on a jack stand.  so far I have made  3 passes on the side sheet to barrel. Probably  3 or 4 more, then flip it over and  repeat on the other side sheet.  Ray III  


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« Reply #350 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 8:31pm »
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Ray,
I can't wait to see the obligatory hydro photo, with the needle pegged at about 350psi.  
 
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« Reply #351 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 9:13pm »
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here is a close up of the throat welds. 6 passes on the  throat to side sheet , and  9 passes on the throat to barrel.

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« Reply #352 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 9:15pm »
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Me too Greg. We are getting ever closerto that day. This pic shows the boiler on it's side.

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« Reply #353 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 9:17pm »
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this pic ,is a wider view of the throat.

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« Reply #354 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 9:20pm »
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   OH hell, my little pee pot project PALES in comparison to this. Those are some NICE welds BTW. You really inspired me last night. Thanks.
 
   Bruce


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« Reply #355 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 9:21pm »
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this pic shows the firebox ,and open backhead. once  I get the outside ofthe  outside sheets welded. I will remove the  firebox and run a seal pass on all of the joints , on the inside .  Then reinstall the firebox and begin welding the mud ring and all of those staybolts.  There are  52 stays , which is  104 welds.    

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« Reply #356 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 9:26pm »
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Bruce , it was nice to talk last night , and hear about all of your  projects down there, can't wait to see them for myself. This next pic shows the second pass  on the side sheet.  There are actually 3 passes now , but I don't have a pic yet.

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« Reply #357 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 9:42pm »
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This is the last pic for tonight. It shows the  boiler on it's side  with the tig torch .  I am waiting about  10 min in between passes. In the last  couple of weeks  I have  also purchased the pipe that will be used for the  dry pipes and the steam supply lines for the throttle and  turret in the cab, it is schd 80 1/2 pipe. My steam dome will be a schd 80 weld cap .  I am going to use a sealed steam dome.  There will be  no access in this dome. I thought about  making a dome that would provide access , but feel this is  not needed , since my throttle will be in the smokebox.  The raritan has a sealed steam dome .  That boiler is now 16 years old. a few years ago I was  curious about the condition of the barrel .  since the steam dome is sealed I took the safety valves out and lowered a grain of wheat bulb in and was able to see  quite well. I was also pleased with the condition of the barrel. There are many ways to skin a cat ,this is just my method. I also bought schd 80 pipe couplings that will be cut in half and welded  on the boler  for all  water inlets  blowdown sites ,and  washout  plugs.

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« Reply #358 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 10:34pm »
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This should make Ray feel so much better about moving his boiler around. This is the boiler that will eventually go on my C&O Greenbriar.  The front bucket on the tractor sitting behind the boiler is 5 ft wide to give alittle perspective of length and at somewhere around 2100 pounds its a beast to move even on a cart.  This boiler was built in 1947 in St. Louis and to this day has yet to have a fire in it.  
 
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« Reply #359 on: Dec 18th, 2007, 10:48pm »
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I continue to be impressed by the incredible craftsmanship. The choice of 1" tubes instead of 3/4" is really good. It looks like your firebox is about 10" high, 16" long and maybe 12" wide. I am curious about the ratio between the grate area and the tube cross-section and am guessing the tubes will be about 11% of the grate area. I would not want any less if you are burning coal. This thing ought to really steam! Thanks for the wonderful pictures.

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