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Old 11-05-2017, 08:24:28 PM
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Default 6" Buckeye Whistle

I've been hunting for this size of Buckeye for about 5 years now and finally found one. I'm growing the Buckeye chime collection now, and have this 6" to add to my collection of a 4, 3, 2-1/2 and 2" whistles. Working on a valve for it and hope to get it mounted to my Buffalo Pitts this summer.

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Old 11-05-2017, 08:29:07 PM
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The balance of the pictures showing the inside of the bowl, languid plate, and top cap & acorn.

Enjoy.......
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Old 11-06-2017, 08:57:12 AM
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Pete are you watching Albrecht auctions iv Vassar mi. ending tomorrow night. a good batch of brass there.
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Old 11-06-2017, 09:58:52 AM
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Hey Russ -

Was not aware of the auction, but thanks for the lead. My disposable cash needs to be replenished for a while before I go snooping around for any more bronze/brass.

Pete : )
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i sent you a pm .thanks edgar in west tn
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Old 11-06-2017, 08:19:53 PM
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Pete: What did you use to polish the whistle? Thanks.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:00:55 AM
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Hey John -

During my restorations, my first focus it to try to dismantle the whistle. I have found that some come apart easily, because of the use of all brass/bronze. Others, the stem can be of steel and heavily corroded. This makes trying to soak/heat very risky, as the spyders in the bowls, or webs in chime bells (Lunkenheimers & Crosby's are like this) are the softer material. Whistles have been damaged in the past trying to release these joints, so now, if they don't loosen with minimal force, I just work around it.

Raw castings are lightly sand blasted, then very quickly burnished with a wire wheel on my bench grinder. We're only talking a few seconds of contact with the brush, so the metal doesn't try to tear, which can happen if you do the full clean up with a wire wheel. It gives a nice matt finish to the cast.

Bells are set up on my lathe and spun, using various grits of emery paper to clean them up. I usually start around 120 grit and go up to at least 400 grit, using most of the grits inbetween. A little kerosene lubes the paper and keeps the dust down. From there, generous amounts of Brasso on a large patch of leather take it to the polish. I have always had minor sanding marks after the 400, and am going to try 600 grit on the next whistle.

Small pieces like acorn nuts, valve stems & handles that have been machined are usually cleaned with a cloth polishing wheel on a bench mounted motor.

In the restoration of the bell, one needs to remove the least amount of material possible, as eventually, you will structurally weaken the bell. I usually don't shoot for a perfect surface on the bell, as often, a lot of material may need to be removed for this effect, and this affects the bell strength, so I live with the nicks & bumps it received over its history.

One needs to be careful on fine detail, that it isn't sanded away. If edges are machined crisp, or fine lettering is stamped in, be careful not to erode these areas away, and knock down the historical value of the whistle.

Springs in the valves often need replacing. Hardware store springs do not stand up well to steam enviroment, and stainless steel springs are sought out. Stainless will handle the steam and the temperature well. Places like McMaster Carr, and MSC Direct are sources for these stainless springs.

During re-assembly, grease all the threads, so the next owner will have an easy time during any disassembly.

Answer your questions ?

Pete
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Hey Pete. Thanks for the great explanation. Next you should do the large 3 chime whistle in the shed. - Nate
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Nate -

The 8" Crosby ? It's on the list.

Pete
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Default Re: 6" Buckeye Whistle

Found a near correct valve and upgraded it to a whistle valve, and piped it up to the whistle yesterday. Turning out to be a tall beast.

Hope to at least put some air on it this weekend. Steam will have to wait till next summer.

Enjoy........
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Default Re: 6" Buckeye Whistle

I like to see another guy to try complete a collection !!!

That's take time.

Me, I own a Lunkenheimer and powell, 3 chimes... 1 1/2 to 6 inches of diameter !!!

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