Mid 1930's Jensen Big Power Plant I Fixed Up For A Friend (with video)

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Mid 1930's Jensen Big Power Plant I Fixed Up For A Friend (with video)

redryder
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Joined: December 8th, 2007, 2:55 am

March 14th, 2018, 3:38 am #1

The owner had this great piece shipped here when he bought it in 2015. It's a good thing he was in no hurry because it took until now for me to finish the project. It was missing the chimney stand so I made one by filling in the cord hole on a slightly newer one.
We thought this was all it needed beside a correct cloth cord which I will add soon. 

After making the chimney stand, I placed the engine and stand in a box and marked it. Then I carefully stowed it away on a shelf for safekeeping until I had time to finish it. The back burner is where it landed and I rediscovered it a couple months ago. I let my friend know I had found his project engine and would get after it when time allowed. Fortunately he was in no hurry for it.

On removing the heater for inspection, I noticed the tube for the cartridge heater was looking like the point it was fastened to the end cap was not looking great. A quick test would show some leaks so off came the boiler for repairs. This one has a rare 3" riveted boiler and it is soft soldered. I called up the owner to get his permission to try to repair it. He said go right ahead and his thinking was that the worst case is he would still be where he was already so nothing really to lose.

Below are some pictures and a video.

Enjoy, 

Gil


This is what the heater tube looked like.





I cleaned the offending areas by carefully attacking it 
with a diamond point dremel tool and a very steady hand.




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redryder
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March 14th, 2018, 3:43 am #2

Here's a video and a few more pictures...

I recommend the video in HD on full screen.

Enjoy,

Gil








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Nick
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Joined: December 15th, 2007, 5:40 pm

March 14th, 2018, 3:53 am #3

Great video and repairs. Sure makes plenty of steam! Happy Birthday too!!
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MrDuck
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March 14th, 2018, 5:03 am #4

A fine old beauty.
Et in Arcadia Ego
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martstb
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Joined: October 9th, 2014, 4:27 pm

March 14th, 2018, 5:10 am #5

great repair, its a very nice piece that runs really well, the colour combo gives it a smart appearance
as well
Martin

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jkbixby
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Joined: January 9th, 2014, 3:11 am

March 14th, 2018, 10:26 am #6

Looks like you did a great repair job Gil - a fine looking and running engine!
Regards,
Larry
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txlabman
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March 14th, 2018, 11:21 am #7

Another great save Gil and another great video!

Thanks for sharing. 

I always learn something from your posts and videos. 

And, most importantly, Happy Birthday!

I hope you make it to the NAMES show and we will have an opportunity to visit in person again. Still looking forward to getting to the Office of Steam this spring. 
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Mattbod
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March 14th, 2018, 3:45 pm #8

Really nice I would like one of Jensen's collector engines one day even though I prefer fire to electricity for the boiler (just seems more evocative and traditional). That is a fine old engine though. Must have taken some finding.
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