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Stuart ST steam plant

Edrock
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Edrock
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Joined: June 30th, 2017, 8:01 pm

February 11th, 2018, 2:14 am #1

Restored this barn find Stuart ST steam plant a few weeks ago. My goal was to clean it up without removing the patina that shows it's age.
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As it was from the barn. Missing it's chimney
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Needing a cleaning. Oiled it and ran on air. It kicked right over and ran smoothly.
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Even had it's original fuel tray in usable condition
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Made a prototypical chimney,carefully cleaned then repainted the firebox.
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Ready to power a launch. Maybe a copy of a Stuart Hensley.
Last edited by Edrock on February 11th, 2018, 3:25 am, edited 1 time in total.
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magpie38
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Joined: November 11th, 2009, 9:40 pm

February 11th, 2018, 2:54 am #2

great that you are keeping the patina, very well done
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txlabman
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Joined: May 24th, 2017, 2:25 pm

February 11th, 2018, 2:58 am #3

Pictures not showing. 
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Edrock
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February 11th, 2018, 3:26 am #4

Figured out the picture problem.
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jkbixby
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Joined: January 9th, 2014, 3:11 am

February 11th, 2018, 11:29 am #5

That looks like a great restoration especially the chimney - must have been a bear getting that formed correctly! Nice work!
Regards,
Larry
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Celsius 100
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Joined: August 31st, 2009, 12:31 pm

February 11th, 2018, 11:33 am #6

What a difference a clean makes.
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txlabman
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Joined: May 24th, 2017, 2:25 pm

February 11th, 2018, 11:37 am #7

Well done! I love the patina too. 

Have you run it on steam yet?

Are you considering converting to a bix type burner?
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Edrock
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February 11th, 2018, 4:30 pm #8

The chimney was a challenge. Put it in vice and compressed it till I could get a wood former in it. Then finished shaping with a wood block and hammer. Had to add a ring at the bottom to cover about an 1/8" gap around it.
Have not run it on steam yet but do intend to make a ceramic burner and tank for it. Was thinking of integrating the burner into the original fuel tray. Am happy with the results and the patina. Now it needs a boat. 
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Burnmafingers
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Joined: July 27th, 2009, 8:30 pm

February 13th, 2018, 8:21 pm #9

You have done an excellent job on removing the neglect while maintaining the patina and your new chimney looks great.
What diameter pipe did you use or did you form it from sheet?
Hope you took care when working on the asbestis base.
Fwibble

Monty
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OLLY
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February 13th, 2018, 9:49 pm #10

Hi. any chance of getting the burner dimensions to make one for a look alike plant
cheers
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