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rleonard

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A new British Iron Project
« on: March 05, 2012, 03:00:14 AM »
This nice Ruston Hornsby 3CR Elevator engine was owned by Jim McIntyre in Indiana.  He has moved on to other projects and the engine has landed at my shop.









And finally home, safe and sound



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Re: A new British Iron Project
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 11:20:24 AM »
Looks great Bob
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Re: A new British Iron Project
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2012, 02:00:13 PM »
Look'en good! ;) Thanks for the pics.
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Re: A new British Iron Project
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2012, 03:32:37 PM »
Whats the rated HP/ rpm of that beauty, Bob?  The size of those flywheels sure is impressive.  I'm sure it will be gem when you're done with restoration. 


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Re: A new British Iron Project
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2012, 04:10:47 PM »
The CR, which is basically identical to the model 3XHR weighs about 3000 pounds, and is rated 17 HP at 370 rpm.
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2012, 05:37:12 PM »
370 rpm! That explains the giant flywheels. It must sound marvelous.

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Re: A new British Iron Project
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2012, 01:28:15 PM »
I have run the engine for short times.  Without a major foundation, it tends to move along.  I am designing a steel base for the engine and generator similar to the others I've built.  Now looking for the S15 X 50# I beams that are needed.

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Re: A new British Iron Project
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2012, 11:05:50 AM »
With the Bamford project winding down it is time to direct attention to the Hornsby.  The drive will be a M section poly-V belt over the flywheel to the generator head.  With arrangement I can have a 7.2:1 speed increase in one stage and run the engine at 250 rpm. 

Here is the pulley that I made and a Lister flywheel mounted on the generator shaft.  The flywheel is probably 200 lbs and should help smooth out the power.   



Craigslist score.  A Milwaukee magnetic base drill.  I need this for the framework.



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Re: A new British Iron Project
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2012, 10:44:43 PM »
I use one of those drills at work Bob. Adjust the head on its base for maximum ridgidity...you will see what I mean.

I am getting my head around a cart for the CY. I have a matching set of heavy wagon wheels, 30 and 36 inch dia. Stub (well not so stub) schedule 80 axles welded into a channel and threaded on the end for a cap to hold the wheels on. Tapered bores in the hubs so I will make tapered bushings and weld them onto the pipe. Dado the underside of the timber to accept the channel and to disguise it and bolt the channel through the timber in 2 or 3 spots.

Plan on making my own fuel tank from a big pipe with the end caps being flame cut plate and welded on. I can get fancy with that because thats our work, CNC flame cutting. Maybe I will make them tall to gravity feed and just weld a tiny angle iron foot onto it to bolt onto the timber.

At least thats TODAYS idea... Maybe I'll make a steel frame  ::) Good luck on your cart or skid. I 'aint doing anything yet 'cause you'll change my mind when I see yours. You putting the air tank on and going with the Carter rad ?  The HR engines were tank cooled except in the elevators as per my email...did you get it ?

Sorry to hijack...wanted to stay on topic
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Re: A new British Iron Project
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2012, 04:13:09 AM »
Here are some pictures of progress.  

Here is the generator with the M6 poly V belt pulley and a Lister flywheel mounted to the pulley.





Ready to mount the shaft and bearings

« Last Edit: June 28, 2012, 04:21:15 AM by rleonard »
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Re: A new British Iron Project
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2012, 04:18:40 AM »
Assembly



The belt tensioner is not yet complete.  I could only get the belt hand tight, but that will be fixed soon.

Here is a video clip of the first short test run.



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Re: A new British Iron Project
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2012, 11:43:39 AM »
Nice progress. Sounds like it is at your target rpm. Were you able to slow it the 100 rpm by means of the external governor adjustment only ? I see the umbilical cord, are you going to plumb in the receiver ? ( thats a heavy bugger itself huh)
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Re: A new British Iron Project
« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2012, 11:53:01 AM »
Bob, top notch work as usual. If you ever use that mag drill sideways make sure you use the chain!
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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2012, 05:26:25 PM »
Very nice and quiet too. Load that baby up and let's see some smoke. :angel:
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« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2012, 11:02:53 AM »
I got the belt tensioner built.  A simple jack screw to slide the generator base back. 

Did a short test run and found that the belt chirp is the idler pulley.  I have some belt dressing here somewhere and will try that.  Could not find it yesterday.  104 in the afternoon so I retreated inside for the afternoon.

Generator works fine.  Frequency holds within .25 hz but I have not placed a load on it.

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