The cylinder block has taken some thought. The single cast iron block bolted to the boiler forming a seal felt difficult to achieve at this scale.
My solution is to create a saddle with an upright backbone that becomes the mounting plate. This part can then be silver soldered to the boiler.
This saddle part is shown with the green cross-hatching, the boiler shell with orange cross-hatching.
This is the roughed out part sat on the traction engine
firstname.lastname@example.org (Jun 25, 2021)
I've been machining the cavity around the Burrell cast iron cylinder.
however, my first task was adjusting the HV4 rotary table to remove any play. Not mentioned in the instructions, so I had to find out for myself:
I found I had to:
1. rotate the worm drive out of use so the table can be rotated by hand
2. loosely tighten the caphead bolts, not too tight or the table won’t rotate
3. adjust the grub screws so that you can just feel they are bottoming out
4. tighten the caphead bolts, I tighten one and then the opposite one.
5. if you cannot rotate the table then backoff slightly until you can
6. adjust the grub screws to be tighter and so back the washer off
7. you can now use the leverage to feel for play in each direction
8. go back around steps 4 to 7 until the table has no play, but can still rotate
Home-PC (Jul 13, 2021)
Making the parts and assembling the steering bottom end has been quite enjoyable. The worm and wheel are working really well, a really good snug fit.
I can now turn the steering wheel and the steering drum rotates. Now I just need to add the chains and I will have a working steering system.
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