Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by alsfarms » Thu May 02, 2019 8:52 am

I am after another "Tip" that relates to the Locomobile project, but not directly. If I need to get a custom crankshaft built, where would be a good place to go?
Al

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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by F12MAC » Thu May 02, 2019 2:43 pm

Moldex in Detroit. Cheers Pete

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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by alsfarms » Fri May 03, 2019 2:59 pm

Hello Pete,
Do you have any experience with "Moldex" or just know that they build crankshafts? I do appreciate your reference.
Al

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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by F12MAC » Sat May 04, 2019 4:05 am

No not personnely,but from friends that have. Top quality product!

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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by alsfarms » Sat May 04, 2019 8:53 am

Hello Peter, Could you share a referral to your friend that has used Moldex for a new crankshaft? I would like to speak with him about his Moldex experience.
Al

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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by alsfarms » Sat May 04, 2019 8:55 am

Hello Again,
You could send me a PM to keep your friend and his information private if you would like. That would be a great "Tip" of the day.
Al

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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by alsfarms » Tue May 07, 2019 7:06 am

Slightly off subject, but I will mention it anyway, as a Tip of the Day. History is being repeated in Utah this week with the 150 Reenactment of the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Point Utah. This is a piece of American History that has been a blessing to all of American, which is the completion of the first coast to coast railway. I will be spending Sat. basking in American History at Promontory point with most of my family, who will be traveling in for the event. We are also going to stop at the Ogden Central train station and checking out the largest steam engine built in America, the Big Boy steam engine number 4014. This engine was just restored by the UP repair shop in Cheyenne Wyo. I have seen the Big Boy before when they were towing it to Cheyenne from California, up the main line, right through my home area. What a piece of magnificent engineering! If you have not, you need to check out all that is on You Tube regarding the Big Boy restoration. It gives me the urge to restore and build an early Locomobile steam car. I am going to give a try at a You Tube posting of the first run of the 1909 Locomobile engine, if I can figure it out. So here are the Tips of the Day, If you get a chance, enjoy the 150 Year Golden spike celebration and check out the restored Big Boy steam engine. Lastly I will ask for a "Tip or Advice" on posting a You Tube clip on this forum.
Al

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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by alsfarms » Wed May 08, 2019 7:53 pm

I am going to do some work on the Locomobile valve cages. I will post three pictures of what they are and look like. I need a "Tip" or "Advice" on the best tool to use to facilitate removal with no damage to the piece. The hex shaped cap is 1-3/4" across the flats and the octagonal cap is 2-1/2" across the flats. I want to use a 6 point and also an 8 point design to allow for a better fit on the valve cage and minimize the damage. I am thinking a striking wrench. What does everyone else use?
Al
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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by alsfarms » Thu May 09, 2019 6:58 am

I am looking for a spanner/striking wrench similar to this unit shown. Both six flat and eight flat with the dimensions shown above.
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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by alsfarms » Sun May 12, 2019 1:08 pm

I have learned that Timken makes a drop forged hubcap removal tool that may work and be suitable to remove the valve cage caps. That is my "Tip" for this day.
Al

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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by alsfarms » Sun May 12, 2019 1:17 pm

Here is a picture of a couple of options that may work to assist with removing valve cape caps that have been stuck in place for many years. Any thoughts?
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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by alsfarms » Tue May 14, 2019 8:50 pm

I need a "Tip" for a good source for a few smaller pieces of Mahogany wood from which to build my Locomobile spark plug wiring looms. The pieces I need can actually be more or less left overs. The size should be 2" x 1/2" x 2', three of them. See the attached picture. This pair is from a six cylinder single spark Locomobile. My unit is a four cylinder, (so shorter in length) but is two spark, so I need an extra piece to separate the two spark plug runs.
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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by alsfarms » Tue May 14, 2019 8:51 pm

Second picture of the same piece.
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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by alsfarms » Tue May 14, 2019 8:52 pm

Last picture of the same unit.
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Re: Rebuild Improvements for Reliability 1909 Locomobile

Post by alsfarms » Wed May 15, 2019 7:01 am

Update on the Mahogany spark plug wiring loom. I have found a pair of suitable support brackets that I can modify and use as a pattern to have new perfect fitting support brackets for the Locomobile. As this project moves along I will update here. The "Tip" for the day is to keep progress moving, though small.
Al

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