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Re: Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« Reply #60 on: April 01, 2019, 09:14:14 AM »
Thought of that, and there is no bolt. I have a 110 motor I may rig up, but I need to check rotation on that and maybe rig up a potentiometer to control the speed..
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« Reply #61 on: April 17, 2019, 01:06:58 AM »
The Battle of Wisconsin of 2019 has ended. Finally, after setting the points, a little gas in the spark plug hole, two pulls on the rope, the beast sounded off. We still fought each other for the next 20 minutes or so, but I figured the right combination out finally and it stayed running. So I let it run. Quickly opening the overhead door for fresh air, I bolted the head on and started moving levers. And it responded. It will take some getting used to, but it should be easy to get the hang of.

Two things I found tonight that leak. The In & Out cylinder. Built like the other cylinder I repaired, except it is welded to the head. So I will try to take that apart and replace the O-rings. The other is the gas tank. It looks like either a seam is leaking or possibly a small hole in the tank. I think I can get something to repair it with. Coat the inside.

Then, the only thing left is paint. I would like to be finished with this and have it back to Sheepscot for SWW for all to see, but that may be pushing it. I will see what happens this weekend.
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« Reply #62 on: April 17, 2019, 01:52:10 AM »
Mike,

Great job, again, as usual!  I hope you can get it painted and back at Sheepscot for the SWW.  I know I am looking forward to seeing it and perhaps you can find a time to give us a demo.

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« Reply #63 on: April 17, 2019, 11:34:09 AM »
Congrats, Mike, on getting the beast running.

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Re: Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« Reply #64 on: April 17, 2019, 02:57:09 PM »
If worse comes to worse, bring it to SWW so that we can help finish it.
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« Reply #65 on: April 17, 2019, 04:49:22 PM »
Good thinking John.. Probably only paint left at that point, which I have picked up already.
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« Reply #66 on: April 17, 2019, 08:25:20 PM »
If worse comes to worse, bring it to SWW so that we can help finish it.
I am planning on arriving mid day Wednesday and only have a two things I would like to do unless there are more pressing things to accomplish before the SWW. 

I can always have Start check me out on the proper operation of a paint brush.

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« Reply #67 on: April 17, 2019, 11:04:03 PM »
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« Reply #68 on: April 17, 2019, 11:08:22 PM »
It works!  Hooray! Good work, Mike.

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« Reply #69 on: April 18, 2019, 12:33:46 AM »
Thanks Mike.  I'm glad Maine vs. Wisconsin won, though hardly surprised.  A great addition to the WW&F ROW maintenance equipment.
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Re: Tie Changer Machine - Official Work Thread
« Reply #70 on: April 18, 2019, 12:45:55 AM »
I still need to make the other cylinder repair. But I took a few minutes and made this tonight before I take it apart, maybe Thursday night.
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« Reply #71 on: April 18, 2019, 02:45:02 AM »
Looking good Mike.  Thanks for making our track work easier and more efficient.
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« Reply #72 on: April 21, 2019, 11:42:56 PM »
With the help of my daughters boyfriend, I finished rebuilding the leaking cylinder last night. We installed it back on the machine, and he was very interested on how it works. So this afternoon, with Joe here, I fired it up. We ran the cylinders through the cycles, getting out the air. Joe was still scratching his head, trying to figure just what did what. So I pointed a few things out, fired it up and I ran it through again.

I have figured out that the cylinders were leaking from hard rubber O-rings, most likely caused by overheating the machine. There are specific instructions telling you how to avoid that.

We also discovered that the carburetor float must be sticking, because gas dripped from the carburetor as soon as I turned it on. I may try to clean it, but if not, someone can fuss with that later.
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