Re: 1899 Locomobile diff brace
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Date: February 10, 2008 11:33AM
The weak points in the Locomobile engine hasn't been the unribbed cylinders but the weak cross heads, and the crank shaft. Look at the Locomobile parts engines avaiable on eBay and see what parts have been ruined. Also ask the Locomobile engine rebuilders. Both will tell you where the weak points are in the Locomobile engine. 200 PSI is about as high a steam pressure as you can safely expect the engine to last at. It will run at a little higher pressure but not for long. At 220 pounts, from a stand still, the Locomobile can lift it's front tires off of the ground. Merv, your next Question 2: "What is the correct method of putting my baby to bed?" If you are running your Locomobile every week, the drill that I use for our Stanleys is: when you know that you are putting the steamer away, you shut off the fuel to the burner before you even get it to your driveway and run on the stored steam until you have it parked in your garage. This clears the exsisting fuel in the burner. Do a double check to be sure that all fuel valves are off including your pilot light. Top off your water tank. After the burner has had at least 10 minutes to cool and there isn't any fire in the burner, do a blow down of your boiler to dump the solids that have accumulated during the day's run. Blow down until all of the water has left the boiler, and now just clear steam has started to come out. Shut the blow downs off at this time. On the Stanleys, the steam gauge will still be registering over 100 PSI when the water has finally left and you shut off your blow downs. Open your steam chest but keep the throttle pinned closed. As the boiler cools, the boiler will siphon it's self full of water from the water tank. The steam left in the boiler will condense into distilled water. I now do all of the little things that have to be done before the next outing with the steamer. If I do not have time to do them at this moment, I will write out a list and do them later.
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 02/10/08 07:24PM by SSsssteamer.