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A 4hp REID project by John Burns


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Old 12-25-2006, 11:34:30 PM
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Building a Reid Oil Field Engine - the whole story...

Just thought I would show you what it takes to make a 4hp reid engine bedplate!
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Old 01-01-2007, 11:07:18 AM
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Default Re: 4hp reid bedplate patterns

John, very interesting seeing those patterns. Can you by chance give some more details on the project. I have a few questions about it like:

Are you going to make a production run of them or is this just a one off project?

Is making your own bedplate cost effective?

Any plans on having more parts made?

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Jon
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:14:30 PM
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Jon,
I am going to reproduce the 4hp REID gas engine , limited quantities, max 19 sets of castings! Currently I am going to make four units for personal use, this leaves 15 sets of unmachined castings for sale. I do not know what these will cost until the entire project is done.

John

Photo 1: Here is the first casting! Not good enough, it goes back to the furnace.

Photo 2, 3: Here are some pictures of completed parts for the REID project. I blackened the cast iron oilers with a product called brass black m-24. They came out ok! We made the oilers in two sizes, 2/3 and 3/4 of the origonal size!
Also shown is a completed governor finished in boiled linseed oil and ineral spirits.

Photo 4: Here are a few updates on the REID project. 5 Bedplates 36 bearing caps. Cylinder pattern almost finished!
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Beautiful John, brand new Reids.
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Old 06-10-2007, 05:48:04 PM
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Photo 1: First load of bedplate castings going to coolspring.

Photo 2: Crankshaft billets, ready to start machining, valves finished. Crankshafts are 4140, valves 1045 steel.

Photo 3: More pictures of the crankshaft!

jjb
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just a quick question john,

how many of theses are you making?

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I've never seen a crankshaft made or ground. I'd be interested to see how all the machining is done if you could take some pics during.
Great looking project!!
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Jordan,
We are a pilot run of building 4 engines, I am machining one extra part (will probably make one more engine). there will only 19 sets of castings max. I figure what we don't build for ourselves someone might want.

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Hi John
Have you entertained the thought of selling casting kits? I sure hope you hold on to all of those patterns!
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Castings will be for sale , up to 19 sets total.

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