The first steaming of "Valiant"

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The first steaming of "Valiant"

Post  TimV on Fri 10 Mar 2017, 1:34 pm

It went quite well for its first steaming. Gauge glass cock was leaking - that is the hissing sound on the video. I had various other small leaks here and there. The clack valves for the water pump and injector started blowing back but then they seemed to seal again so I'm going to leave them and try and steam again and see what happens. If they blow back again I will have to lap them in. Also when I tried the safety valve on compressed air it leaked like a sieve so I dismantled it and lapped it in. By doing that I didn't know what pressure it would lift at. It got up to 180lbs in steam and they didn't lift so I've taken them off when cold and tightened the nut a quarter of a turn. When I steam it next I will see if that is right. The blow down valve leaked. I took the valve chest cover off to set the valves when hot. Also I marked the positions of the reverser slots.

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Post  Mark the spark on Fri 10 Mar 2017, 2:13 pm

very nice but don't worry about leaks to much you will get them fixed
steam engines are like plumbers you get free leaks with every one
how slow can you get it to turn over that's the real test
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Re: The first steaming of "Valiant"

Post  Steve H on Fri 10 Mar 2017, 2:36 pm

Sweet!!
Looks great
Steve H Very Happy
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Post  TimV on Fri 10 Mar 2017, 10:23 pm

Thanks Mark and Steve.

Ive made all necessary adjustments etc,,, and am going to have another steam up tomorrow Very Happy
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Post  the governer on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 6:36 pm

Mate, I'm soooooo envious, Valliant, so it must be a he, he is looking "the business", congratulations Tim, I can smell it just watching. What's your first public steaming?
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Post  Robfishman on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 6:42 pm

I always find watching the engine turn over to be quite hypnotic. Stunning and you should be really proud of your achievement. If looks fantastic and sure to turn heads when out and about.
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Re: The first steaming of "Valiant"

Post  TimV on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 7:44 pm

Thankyou Mark and Rob for your comments. Not sure of first rally Mark as will be rallying the Garrett this year, I'm probably going to have Burrell out and about for next years season, but will b doing lots of steam ups at home !!

Cheers Tim
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Post  Jim the Shovel on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 8:00 pm

Wonderful job. One to be most definitely proud of Tim.
I think I quite like the look without the motion guards.
Like to see all the mechanical bits and bobs.

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Re: The first steaming of "Valiant"

Post  TimV on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 8:18 pm

Thanks Jim, the motion covers are in the last kit, I will fit them but will also make them easy to remove for maintenance and cleaning duties !!
Shouldn't be long before yours is running on air ?

Cheers Tim
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Re: The first steaming of "Valiant"

Post  Jim the Shovel on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 8:45 pm

Don't know about that Tim. I'm so far behind.
Was looking at my bible earlier and there's only six kits to go.
That's one reason I haven't posted many pictures. There's not much that is finished.
I'm going to have sit down and write a list and tick them off.
Good game innit.

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