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Just a short teaser on air, need to fix a few minor things from being knocked around and in storage for the last 20-30 years...

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Beautiful. One thing I noticed is the steering chains are loose. It takes 40+ turns from one side to another. Loose steering chains can add 10 more turns. When you start driving it around you will get tired of the cranking. Lots of brass/copper. Wenol works great on that. As good as it looks it may have a coating. That might change when it gets hot.
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Beautiful. One thing I noticed is the steering chains are loose. It takes 40+ turns from one side to another. Loose steering chains can add 10 more turns. When you start driving it around you will get tired of the cranking. Lots of brass/copper. Wenol works great on that. As good as it looks it may have a coating. That might change when it gets hot.
Thank You, the chains have good springs on them, but the link attaching them to the tractor will need to be replaced... I have never used Wenol, but have had the best results on boilers from both Maas and Simichrome. Maas can be found at Walmart and Ace Hardware and Simichrome in the Harley shops. I do like the look of the bare copper/brass and blued steel vs the usual flat black, but I am sure it will be hard to keep the look after firing...
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The previous owner (builder's grandson) believed this engine to have been started in the mid-1960's and finished late-1960's... I have Cole's catalogs dating back to 1931 and the first mention/price list I can find of the 2" is in Catalog #22, dated 1974. It is not listed in Catalog #21, dated 1970.

Here is 1974's price list and the earliest I can find the model:



And check out how much prices increased over ten years in 1984 (Catalog #24):



The 1" however is listed at least as far back as 1952 in Catalog #14, and is also featured on the cover that year. I do not have any catalogs between the range of 1936-1952...

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The blued steel is stove pipe. I looked for that when I built mine but they don't make it in 10". Wenol is used by Strausberg Railway. They also suggested everbrite as a coating (300 degree rating). Wenol leaves a protective film that retards dulling. Everbrite is a coating. Brass is beautiful but it gets to be a challenge to keep it up. The heat really expedites the tarnishing. I am finding that a draft inducing fan really keeps the firebox door area a lot cleaner. No smoking everything up. Also an extension stack helps keeping the soot/fallout off the engine. Things change when you put a fire in it.
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