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  1. I've used the 3M fineline tape and the Bugler tool. The fineline tape is the most accurate, sure way to do it, but it is very time consuming, laying all the tape down, trimming the corners with an X-acto knife and I use an airbrush with thinned down Oneshot paint, so the tape has to be masked off further out. It works really well, but it's hours and hours of prep for a few minutes painting and tear off. As trimacar points out, it leaves a rough burr along the edge of the stripe. It's one inch wide with eight 1/16" pull out strips, so many combinations of line widths can be made. A
  2. Glad you guys liked it, I seen it and it was remarkable to say the least. Someone mentioned they appeared to be well off, in the 20's most people were before the crash. My Dad told me when he was a kid in the early 30's they used to scrap out beautiful cars that sat for so long the tires rotted right off, people couldn't afford the gas or to make any repairs and there was no one around with any money to purchase the car. That was probably the fate of a lot of prewar cars. Ply, Hopefully the cat will forgive us both. As you know, they don't live with us, we live with them. Our old T
  3. Great old home movie of what travel was like in 1929. Lot's of old towns and Cars on the roads among other strange vehicles.
  4. As Frank wrote, it would be unlikely that both are stopped up and stopping the engine at the same time, one engine bank would still be trying to run (very poorly). There may be another inline filter from the tank, or possibly it's stopped up inside the fuel tank. It sounds like the fuel flow is restricted.
  5. Take it to a machine shop and have them cut the threads internally, any manual or CNC lathe can do that. They'd probably do it for 20 bucks or a box of donuts. A good assortment of a dozen donuts has very high value in a machine shop. If it's just brass, a person could make their own tap of mild steel too. Lathe cut external threads and then cut flutes like a tap.
  6. It starts right back up and runs about the same length of time? And it does this repeatedly? That sounds like a plugged fuel filter, as somebody already suggested above.
  7. It happens when it's hot? Also have a look at the ignition coil, it may be breaking down in the heat. -Ron
  8. Sitting idling and cutting out? Cutting out around corners? I would be looking at water in the fuel first. Try some Drygas/Heet. Some of the 60's/70's? Dodges and others had the fuel filler out on the rear fender facing up slightly and were bad about allowing rain in. I've seen people replace carburetors, change fuel filters etc etc and a two dollar bottle of Heet fixed it. My Dad always said "carburetors get 90% of the blame and they are 10% of the cause" -Ron
  9. Thanks for the input everyone. The steel shot looks like a good process. I went with the easiest route for me right now and that was: 1 part flour 1 part salt pour in vinegar until its a thick paste. These parts were very badly oxidized with 120 years of build up. The long bronze piece had a thick green crusty coat. The smaller part was blackened with oil and heavily oxidized. I applied the paste all over the surface and let it sit for about an hour, then I started working it with a fine brass brush, which resulted in a good scrubbing, rinsing it all off and t
  10. Hey fellas, I'm refurbishing some 120 year old steam car parts, oilers, valves etc which are bronze and some are heavily oxidized. I looked around on the web and there seems to be no real consensus on how to clean these parts. I can sandblast them, but the problem with that is they look brand new with no patina at all and it takes years for them to brown up again. Any tricks of the trade anyone care to share? Thanks, Ron
  11. I've been shipping stuff regularly for about 25 years, here is what I've learned. If it is an item that is irreplaceable, and loss is not an acceptable occurence, drive it there, trust none of the parcel or freight companies 100%. USPS is very reliable, but their tracking system is not. Often it will have inaccurate information. If your package appears in limbo, it probably is and here are some possible reasons why. Never hand write addresses on packages and/or pay at the USPS counter, you and the person at the counter can read your handwriting but their tex
  12. The cars were in the possession of someone else who is now deceased, they were not in his name, they are on someone else's property. They are new enough that they were titled to someone which ownership is likely bound by an estate, those VIN numbers are registered to the previous owner. The property owner is not sounding willing to have them removed. I'd say the possibility of getting a clear title to these vehicles is slim to none, and even if successful, it's going to be expensive (to do it the legal way). I would definitely get a clear title before investing one dollar in them.
  13. Grier, Yes, if I recall correctly, those are odd size threads. The common for them, pitchlead is 24. 1/4-24 5/16-24 etc. I've joked that apparently Mason and Locomobile only had one set of change gears for the lathe - 24 tpi. Searles? Yes, I've ran across that persons name doing research on early steamers. I'll look back over some of the books I have and see what I can find. I'm thinking it was in "American Steam car pioneers" by John Bacon. This is really a must read for anyone interested in that era of automobiles. It's most likely out of print, but used copies do sho
  14. Al, Thanks for the update and yes, please let me know. Grier, It's a judgement call on that sort of thing. You can definitely get away with a lot more on a steam engine versus a gas engine. The valve guides that you're talking about and the dims you've posted are what I would consider excessive and needing repair. Five thousandths difference would be at the out side of acceptability. The good news is that is an easy fix. Carefully run a .531 ( 17/32", I would refrain from going 9/16" ) reamer through, then get a 1/2 ID x 5/8 OD Oil-lite Bronze bushing
  15. Thats going to be hard to find, I do see panel seats from time to time, but the spindle seats didnt last very long. My suggestion would be to research and build one or have one built. There is a guy on Youtube with username Engelscoachshop, that can do the steam bending for the armrest and back. https://engelscoachshop.com/ -Ron
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