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Post  Tim Watson on Thu 06 Feb 2014, 4:29 pm

If you move the rear canopy support substantially forward, when making the roof (as can be seen in the pictures of ex Mayor on Steam Scenes) then the feast crane ironwork could simply lift out of the tender for gaining easier access. I would strongly recommend a large roof cut out for ease of access when driving and also to enable viewers to see the working engine. With the rear roof supports further forward it may or may not make the engine controls a little more reachable, especially with the feast crane removed - perhaps if you were doing a road run. However, the pulleys at the bottom might be a bit of a hindrance.

As you are making an excellent copy of Ex Mayor, I'd be inclined to go for it!

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Post  Robfishman on Fri 07 Feb 2014, 2:36 pm

Thanks Tim.

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Post  Robfishman on Sat 15 Feb 2014, 12:24 pm

After much deliberation we have officially choosen the name for the Engine.


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Post  lynnr on Sat 15 Feb 2014, 12:55 pm

Lovely

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Post  bjwlancashire on Sat 15 Feb 2014, 1:35 pm

Not Ex-Mayor then?

What's the significance of your chosen name Rob?

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Post  Tim Watson on Sat 15 Feb 2014, 2:46 pm

You won't be disappointed with the quality of the Steamplates.

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Post  MrStationHouse on Sat 15 Feb 2014, 11:38 pm

Looks good, what are the overall dimensions?

How many are you having and where are you mounting them?

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Post  Robfishman on Wed 19 Feb 2014, 1:37 pm

Sorry missed these replies.

Brian - thought about calling it ex-mayor, then mini mayor but both may cause confusion. Then thought of Mayoress. Then asked for suggestions and got some great ideas, was suggested I named it after a friend of ours. Long storey but this is what she thought her name was as I liked it. When she applied to renew her passport she got a letter back to ask for proof of change if name. Turned out it was not hyphenated, and all these years she never realised.  

Thanks Tim - the ones I have seen have looked great, and Steve has been very helpful.  They are in manufacture at the moment, will post image when the come in.  

Simon - have gone for two, they are o/a 30mm x 167mm. Two possible locations in mind, either fitted to additional brackets fixed between boiler bracket and exciter platform, or to the exciter platform itself.  Once they are here Ill look to see where best to fit them.

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Post  Robfishman on Thu 20 Feb 2014, 8:05 am

Text from Interlink......next kit on way so will pick it up on Saturday.

Edit.....was kit 13.  Very Happy 

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Post  Robfishman on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 1:23 pm

Yesterday picked up Kit 13 from the courier, and today I got to work putting it all together.  I hope I have done enough to get all the faces flat and smooth but guess it will be a while before I know for sure.

No packing, and until I fixed the studs in I put them in backwards, therefore ensuring none were missed off when thread lock used.


Cylinder & components. by Robert R&N, on Flickr

Pistons, or more correct the piston rings were a pig, the HP piston went in lovely but needed bigger hands for the LP.   Got it in in the end thought.


Cylinder & components. by Robert R&N, on Flickr

Managed to drop the brass screw and it went under the washing machine, will have to dig it out later in the week and fit.


Cylinder & components. by Robert R&N, on Flickr


Cylinder & components. by Robert R&N, on Flickr


Cylinder & components. by Robert R&N, on Flickr


Cylinder & components. by Robert R&N, on Flickr


One question though, all the studs seem a little long, so will need to be cut down, did everyone else fine the same thing?


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Post  lynnr on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 1:44 pm

Hi

I has to cut all mine shorter. Made a Jig to hold the and hack them to same length.

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Post  IanL on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 2:12 pm

Hi Rob,

Looking very good you have been busy. Fitting the piston rings I ended up borrowing a set of ring compressors from the local garage. Worked a treat but I did have to file a bit off both sets of rings as they were too big for the bores.

The studs for the end cylinder end plate it was just the eight longer ones that I will have to cut down to fit dome nuts if I had used the conventional nuts then it would not have been an issue.

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Post  Robfishman on Sun 23 Feb 2014, 2:19 pm

Thanks Lynn

Ian

I had to do the same on both as well.  The LP didn't need much removing but the HP needed a bit more to get them to fit.

Still got some packing to do (on the piston glands) and a bit of painting.  Valve covers will be sent off for plating (I don't think they will fit in my tank).

I haven't fitted the boiler cladding yet, and I may have just made this a bit more tricky but decided it was probably easier to put the cylinder etc together on the bench rather than when its fitted to the boiler.

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Post  bjwlancashire on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 2:35 am

Rob

A completely assembled cylinder block is a very heavy lump to be trying to place on the boiler over two protruding studs!1

I cut all my studs, valve covers, cylinder end cover and also the block studs themselves to only leave around one thread visible as I was not using dome nuts. I tried it but they looked stupid on Blackbeard!!!

Piston rings we fitted by hand ( LP was four hands), one of the two needed the slightest filing on the end to get it to fit in the bore. Interestingly, on my second block one ring needed a tiny bit more off too.

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Post  highpressure on Mon 24 Feb 2014, 9:55 am

Very brave fitting the rings now!! I'm sure they wont have to come out but both myself and Andy left it until all the setting of the weighshaft and valves etc were finished just in case you want to take the pistons out. I think Andys might have only gone in this side of Xmas!! As Brian said dont make an already heavy lump even heavier!!!

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Post  Robfishman on Sat 01 Mar 2014, 6:45 am

Name plates have arrived and look fantastic.


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Post  ChriX on Sat 01 Mar 2014, 8:33 am

Wow they do look great Rob.

Can I ask; what's the colour on the inside of your manstand/tender. Is it Alfa red from Craftmaster?

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Post  Robfishman on Sat 01 Mar 2014, 9:08 am

Thanks Chris, they came from Steamplates.co.uk great service and a really helpful chap to deal with.

The RAL code for the enamel I've used  is 3001 (signal red), not sure how close this is to Craftmaster's Alfa Red but a call to Adam will give you the answer.  btw Alfa have at least 7 colour codes for the Alfa Red, all slightly different so be careful to stick with one supplier and code.  Been there, got the t-shirt.

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Post  ChriX on Sat 01 Mar 2014, 11:28 am

Thanks Rob, I have already bought a small tin of the Alfa red engine enamel from Craftmaster, I was just hoping it will look as good as yours does! We shall see...

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Post  Robfishman on Sat 01 Mar 2014, 1:19 pm

I'm sure it will Chris.

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Post  Heavyhaul on Sun 02 Mar 2014, 9:43 am

Hi Rob,
Love the name plates they look great, thinking of getting in touch with steam plates for my nameplates.

May I also take this opportunity to say what a marvelous job you are making of your engine, can't wait to see it in the flesh when it's completed. Keep up the good work.

Best regards
Steve.

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Post  Robfishman on Mon 30 Jun 2014, 4:15 am

We have been a bit quiet on the forum recently, quite a bit has been done, but all have been small jobs left over from the big push in the run up to February, mainly painting.  The Cylinder has now been bolted into position.

The fitting of the steering has started and like Lynn and others a small spacer (2 thin washers) were needed to get all lined up, need to get the chains and fittings blacked before fitting, which I hope to do during this week.  Tempted with black nickel as others have done, not yet decided.

More lining here to be true to the Ex-Mayor scheme, even though unless you get on your hands and knees it will never be seen!!

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Post  Tony King on Mon 30 Jun 2014, 4:45 am

It's all those "little touches" that you can't see straight away that turn a good engine into a "Great Engine"  Very Happy 

Keep the pictures coming Rob, we're all getting "picture withdrawal symptoms" here!! Particularly with an actual "EX MAYOR" engine like yours!!

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Post  Robfishman on Fri 11 Jul 2014, 9:41 am

Last weekend I set about blacking and fitting the steering chains, all now fitted but may need adjustment in the future. Once the steering wheel arrives I can do the necessary adjustment.

Steering fitted by Robert R&N, on Flickr

Steering fitted by Robert R&N, on Flickr

Back of the gear has also been lined as seen in the image. I forgot I had done both sides till posting the photographs.

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Post  Robfishman on Tue 16 Dec 2014, 2:14 pm

Logged on today for the first time in ages and all the topics were red.  Has been great seeing what everyone has been up to while I have been away and to see lots of new build starting.  

As for me, well I've not done a great deal over the last few months and have a couple of kits backed up, but hope over Christmas to get out in the workshop and crack on with the build.  Fortunately I finish on 18th and don't go back to the 5th so lots of time to get caught up a bit.  

Since the steering I've bolted down the cylinder and carried out the modification, although still have to sand flat the insert and finally fit it, as you can see this may take a while.

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I have also put together the slide bars etc. and the assembly is ready for fitting once I have fitted the crank.

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