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Who's currently working on an Oilfield Engine?


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Old 03-03-2019, 09:06:08 AM
Peter Holmander Peter Holmander is offline
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Default Who's currently working on an Oilfield Engine?

Kinda quiet on the O.F.E.S. board lately. Anyone working on a winter oilfield engine project they could share?
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Old 03-03-2019, 02:57:46 PM
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I am working on a Sheffield 6 hp for another collector 7" bore 2 cycle crosshead style engine. Rob
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Old 03-03-2019, 08:21:28 PM
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I m putting the cylinder on my 20hp Patton the getting rings made. Then pour cross head babitt. Wat fun they said lol ����
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Old 03-04-2019, 08:17:15 AM
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I plan on finally finishing my 15 HP Reid in the spring. Still am undecided on what I am going to use for ignition. I have the hot tube setup or I have the magneto with the eccentric. No matter what I end up with, I still want to display each system to show what was offered by the factory. Might set it up to run off a carburetor too instead of propane. Decisions, decisions lol.
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:09:36 AM
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Not on a Ried--but with a Reid. Does that count? Gotta clean the ports again soon. Seem to be getting a little too much blow by. And the last gas I got doesn't ignite as well, so I need to refigure the gasoline-to-kerosene ratio. (That might be making more blow by too.) I filled the tank on up the day before yesterday, and the wind's been stirring it; so maybe it'll run better now. Don't know til I try. I'm off work for a couple days now, so that should give it plenty of time to stir.

Since you were looking for conversation, maybe that counts. Winter'll be over soon, right? Then people in the north will want to live again. Sun does that. Or maybe it's birds. I've never figured out which.
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Old 03-05-2019, 08:26:34 AM
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Joel: Of course your post counts. Actually I've read quite a bit about your Reid on the Stak. You power your entire shop with it off a lineshaft correct? Nice hearing comments from Rob and Dirk too. I remember when this place was buzzing with activity. Lately it's been way to quiet. Hence, my post.
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Before he died, my dad had a custom trailer fabricated for his 35 HP OC Bessemer engine, but he wasn't able to get all the coolant plumbing and air starting system finished before he got sick.

The coolant plumbing is quite straightforward, and I won't have any trouble getting that finished; but I would like to find someone with an oil field engine that is set up for air starting so that I could get a better idea of what I need to do.

I have a compressor engine mounted to the trailer and have an air pressure tank that should be ok. Just not sure about the valving and whatnot I'll need to make it work. I understand you need to get a volume of compressed air into the cylinder to give the piston a push, and then get the valve closed again for the compression stroke.

It's too nice of a set-up to let it sit unfinished, but I need some advice or an example to work from.
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Yes, Peter. I run my blacksmith and machine shop with a little 15 horse. I got it in 1999 (or was it 2000?) with some of the money I had left over from a biggish railing job. Two years ago the same family built an addition on their home and wanted more ironwork, which I'm finishing now. They came to my shop, and I was able to show them the engine their money bought for me the first time. It meant a lot to them to see it and for me to show it to them. I told them I've always felt like it was partly theirs.

Since you want more activity here, I'll start a separate thread on the fuel question I've been pondering--rather than hijack this one. Thanks for the suggestion and for waking us up a bit.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:29:39 AM
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It's been a very long time since I've been active on these boards. Mostly because I have been running my kids to various activities, built a new house, took on some new job opportunities leaving the hobby to take a back seat. Well, my youngest son is now 16 and we made some major improvements to our shop last fall. (www.tremel.net).

With that, comes the opportunity to get back to work on my 16HP Acme Sucker Rod engine. I need to rebuild the entire head and valves for this engine as well as order new rings (anyone have any recommendations for 9" rings?)

Also, we picked up a 1949 International KB6 truck which we are restoring and planning to re-power and build a custom flatbed. My son said that the Acme engine would look nice on the back of that truck, and I couldn't agree more. So, work as resumed on both of these projects with no projected finish date.

I also have a 12 1/2 HP Bessemer that I would like to get up and running again. I need a connecting rod, cross-head sliders and cross-head knuckle. Anyone have 12 1/2HP Parts engine laying around?
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Old 03-05-2019, 10:18:54 AM
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Your welcome Joel !! Look forward to seeing your post on the fuel system. Appreciate the compliment on waking up the OFES guys. I always knew they were out there. At one time, this section was one of the busiest.

---------- Post added at 09:09:36 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:02:15 AM ----------

BMyrkle, I'm no expert, but someone out there more well versed on air starting than me will likely jump on here to help you. Its nice to see that you care enough about your Dad to finish the engine for him. From what I've seen and read, some engines come with air start system on them with automatic timing of the air to spin the engine. Other guys have designed their own systems as simple as a ball valve and some form of mark on the flywheel so you know the proper time to introduce the air to it. Obviously, putting the air to it at the wrong time can be catastrophic.

---------- Post added at 09:18:54 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:09:36 AM ----------

Hey Mr. Tremel,,,nice to see you back on here. I've read many of your interesting posts here in the past. I know exactly what you mean about life getting in the way of this great hobby. That is exactly what happened to me. 15 years ago I found this website and being a guy that always was into mechanical stuff, I decided I just had to own an oilfield engine. I bought my 15HP Reid from a gentleman named William Wright in PA. You might know him. It was missing some parts like most of them are, and over the years I have acquired pretty much everything I need for it. Mounted it on a dedicated trailer for moving it around when I have time to work on it. It has almost become a joke now between myself and my son in law. He's always breaking my stones about not ever seeing it run again. Being retired now with lots of free time, I plan in proving him wrong.
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