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Old 08-17-2009, 05:37 PM
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Just wanted to show off Dad's shop. We've been in the machine shop business since about 1975. We're located in Eaton, OH. Steam engines have always been a part of our family. Our fathers and grandfathers are our mentors. We have occasionally repaired engines but most of the restorations have been our own projects.
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Andrew,

Where are the photos of the Baker restoration?? How much needs to be done to swap the boilers, etc?

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I'll try to use this thread for the Baker restoration. We've been busy with shows so it's been on hold.

We're currently replacing the flues in a half scale engine that is suppose to go to a show in September so that is at the top of the list currently.


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A quick update: the model is all finished. We replaced the small half inch pipe plug (that was stuck) with a 3/4" pipe plug, welded up the bottom section of the flue sheet (since we were already welding in the tank bung for the 3/4"plug). Then we replaced all the flues and rolled and installed a new bottom section of the smoke box. I have several pictures that I will add ASAP

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We have most of the Baker disassembled. We have been amazed at the condition of everything that we hace taken apart. The crank pin still shines like chrome! All the pet cocks are free(turn easily with your fingers). The cylinder is like a time capsul. Upon removing the cylinder head there was no rust It looked as clean as an engine that would've run this year. Once broke loose the packing gland nut for the piston rod unscrewed by hand. This engine spent it's very short working life heating a mill pond in Michigan. I don't believe that it ever ran anything under load. All of the babbit bearings in the valve linkage still have the marks in them from casting against a newly turned shaft (0 wear). So far we have been very pleased. Disassembly continues and should be completed shortly. We welcome anyone who wants to stop by and visit/take a tour

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In this picture you can sorta see how thin the pipe coupling that was welded to the flue sheet for the clean-out plug was getting.


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First breath of fresh air!


This is a view through the hand hold above the firebox. Yes there is a little dirt/scale but other than that it looks new!


This last picture sort of shows the delima we have with the paint scheme. What ever Dad decides is ultimately what it will be. It appears that it was repainted at the factory. I've never seen another Baker that had green pinstripes on top of red paint. It appears that it was painted blue and yellow first then red and green. Due to the fact that the pinstripes are right on top of each other it leads one to think that it was repainted by the same person or crew.
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