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Old 10-17-2016, 09:08:33 PM
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This spring I picked up what I thought was a innocent, unique engine from western PA. The 4HP Myrick project was my introduction to hot tube engines. I guess, you could say after I got it running on Labor Day, I needed a new project and had eyes on a big engine.

Flash forward to Saturday and my first visit to the Coolspring show. Woke my little dude up at 4AM and headed west. He approved and I guess you could say I got a "little" something to feed the addiction. Mostly all there, just missing a bearing cap. We welcomed home the 20HP Reid project, much to the head shake of my wife as I pulled into the driveway.

I'll try to keep this thread updated along the way as I am sure I may have a question here and there. Just like my first hot tube engine, this is definitely my first with something of this magnitude. Cant wait to get it going but it will take me some time. You can see the wagon running gear I plan on mounting it on in the back ground. So, follow along, offer suggestions, whatever you choose. Hopefully this is a fun ride.
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Old 10-17-2016, 09:32:27 PM
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Default Re: Project Thread: 20HP Reid Engine

Oh, it will be a fun ride for sure! It is a lefty and has the bolt flange for attaching the clutch which makes it what they called the Sisterville style - in case you didn't already know. I hope you got the main valve and mixing valve as well. There are a couple good fellas on this site that will fix you up with some dandy repro chimney parts. Your helper sure looks happy!
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Default Re: Project Thread: 20HP Reid Engine

Thanks Bill. I did not know that. I had read something about that in the archives of G.E.M. but I will check into it for my reference.

From my initial discussions with the seller, all of the parts should be there except for a main crank bearing cap. There had been a few parts that had been reproduced but I am seeing everything, including hot tube parts in the pile. I'm not as particular about originality as I am about making it run. That's goal #1. We'll make it pretty later.
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Old 10-19-2016, 06:11:09 PM
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If you plan to put it on that cart with the rubber tires, you had better think of some kind of support for the frame when you run it! These engines are not balanced well, and you will get a resonant bounce from the engine as it runs. This bounce will be accelerated by the rubber tires! These engines were designed to be mounted on a heavy solid surface. in your case, if mounted on rubber, you will need to support the frame on good solid jacks or support to prevent it from becoming a real hopper!
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One area I may need some advice from you guys on is the Babbitt bearings on the crank. Initial inspection shows they aren't bad but the lips on the inside are a little rough and the were pressing out. I would probably get by just leaving well enough alone, but while its apart, I was thinking maybe a new Babbitt should be poured? I have no idea how to approach that so any advice would be welcome. Not urgent; I'll be reading up on this.
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Old 10-23-2016, 08:25:15 AM
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Default Re: Project Thread: 20HP Reid Engine

Congrats on your new engine and welcome to a fun and interesting hobby. And I thought I was the only one who got the famous "Wife Headshake" lol. I have a 15 HP Reid that is a work in progress. I agree with Andrew about the rubber tired cart. I built one for my engine but if I had to do it all over again, I would not have wasted my time and effort. If you plan on taking her to a show or two when you get her running, then a 2 axle trailer is the way to go. Like Andrew said, these engines were not made to be portable at all. Most were mounted on concrete in a well house where they amazingly ran 24 hrs. a day, 365 days a year. Even mounted on a trailer, a running Reid will need to be blocked up so it doesn't shake the springs of the trailer to death. If it's strictly a stay at home engine, then find a place you like and mount it on some oak timbers with a nice wide base and you will be fine. My opinion, if there is no serious play in the flywheel bearings, and there is some wear left, I would not mess with the bearings. I'm sure other members will chime in and give you their opinions. Keep us all posted on your progress. You will find all the help you need here.
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Thanks Peter. I had discussed the bearing topic with others and it seems I may be over thinking the issue a little. With proper lubrication and the limited run time this engine will see, these could last a long time. I am just usually over cautious not to take any short cuts.

With Halloween coming up next weekend, I received the "get that engine off of the trailer" request from the wife because the trailer is needed to haul kids around the neighborhood. So, with some engineering, it is up on its wagon. For now, the wagon was the best option I had found available for the money so it will be on there at least through the winter as a way to move it around. I will need to maintain some form of mobile setup for my John Deere A to move it around. Space is limited so if its not easy to move, it usually creates issuesIf I decide to make that its permanent home, I'll definitely consider a way to block the trailer up for running it.

Appreciate all of the input. Its kind of the same as other engines, just on a much larger scale so details get magnified!
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From my initial discussions with the seller, all of the parts should be there except for a main crank bearing cap.
Have you found that bearing cap yet? I was working on my engine pavilion this weekend and happened to think of your post - checked around & found a pair. It appears that your pics show the one you have has the babbit indicator tabs which mine does not. Shoot me an e mail if you want to discuss it further. Bill Klein
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Was going out of town for a few days so I wanted to put some tension on the charge piston to see if that would help work it free. Started putting pressure on a I hear a small "pop". Guess it wanted to come out and I wasn't going to argue! Cylinder bore looks pretty good; once I clean out the critter's collection.

I guess my one question here is, do you hone the charge cylinder walls? With not much heat and load, you wouldn't get the same break in that a regular cylinder would, correct?
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I would guess that the charge cylinder, because I think it doesn't have a lot of pressure on it, doesn't have to seal as perfectly as the power cylinder. Cylinder wall finish is probably not that important.

Now, I open up the forum to someone who actually knows something about the subject.
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