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Old 02-14-2012, 08:15:00 AM
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Default Nichols & Shepard - 2/3 scale boiler

All,

Well, some of you may know and some of you may not know that I've entered the boiler building business. Following the 40hp GaarScott project I was urged by many of my friends that I should consider this next venture. I was hesitant at first, but decided to give it a try. So here are some photos of my first boiler...well, technically this really is my third, as I had two boilers built while I was employed at Deltak (boiler shop) several years ago. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the photos.

Some of the things you may note, I have added the vertical lap on the steam dome to give it that added "eye-candy". I also added the fire inspection hole above the door ring. Although almost completely useless, I wanted to make the Nick boiler resemble the original as much as possible. One slight change though, although I originally had hand-holes in the lower corners, the client wished for wash-out plugs instead. So that is what he got.

The boiler is for a future 2/3 scale 25hp-SSG Nichols&Shepard. I will allow the client to come forward if he wishes to tell folks more about the project at hand. Don't want to steal his thunder!

Lawrence J. Swanz
Swanz Boiler Design & Mfg.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:17:04 AM
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Here are a few more shots....
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Couple of questions
1. So are you actually building boilers or farming them out, you said you've "had 2 built previous"?
2. Are the rivets going to fall off?
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Beutiful work of art Lawrence! Is this a riveted or welded boiler?
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Jboogie,

You have a point...I did the calculations, design and most of the prefab. I hired the welding out with a local 'S' stamp shop, Twin Cities Boiler Repair, who did an excellent job of welding for me. I spent a number of hours in the shop assisting the welder as we fitted the various components together. I may not have done the welding, but I sure well did my part. And no, the frivets won't be falling off. In defense of Lund Machine, he did ask if he could try a new method, obviously it was un-succesful, but he asked and the owner agreed to it.

As for my two previous boilers, one for myself and one for David Fie, the same would hold true. Although I didn't do any of the welding, I did pretty much everything else. And trust me, there is a lot to do well before a welder is turned on...and after too. I learned a lot from those first two boilers, built well over a decade ago now. Plus, the level of expectations/quality of the boiler has changed. Back then a plain-jane boiler was the accepted practice...today, folks want the boilers to as closely match the original as we can make them.

Frank,

I am quite pleased with the end result too. The boiler is an all welded boiler that, I hope, makes one wonder if it is riveted vs. welded. Thanks.

Lawrence

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Awesome work Lawrence! All those formed flanges look great and really add to it ! Chris
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Lawrence,
now when are you going to quit fooling around with other people's stuff and get to work finishing up your 1/2 scale Gaar and that threshing machine ? You have made us all wait too long to see them completed ? We are going to start a motivation thread just for you if we dont see progress soon !
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Lawrence, not bad for an amature seriously it looks fantastic!! Keep up the nice work!!

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Real nice work Lawrence. I look forward to seeing more of the projects you are work on.

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Default Re: Nichols&Shepard - 2/3 scale boiler

Lawrence,

Nice looking boiler. I like the flanged rear head. Can you tell us more about the boiler--thickness, pressure, etc? Did you have the frivets welded on like Jonas does?

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