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Blacksmith Built Antique Steam Engine


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Old 07-09-2018, 07:50:38 AM
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Here we have a nice old stout and chunky blacksmith built engine.
No surprise that it's a great runner.

First, I wiped some grime off it with WD-40, rags, and a toothbrush style detailing brush.

After running it a bit on air, I took it apart to strip it down for a repaint. I did not like the bright
red and green Christmas colors on it. There was evidence under the red and green that the engine
was originally black and red. I opted for something a little different and painted it with a cast iron color
paint (VHT) designed for exhaust manifolds and used primarily on restored classic cars.

I'm not sure I'm entirely pleased with the result as I had expected the
cast iron paint would be somewhat darker. I digitally manipulated the
photos to make the paint appear a bit darker than it looks in person.

Below are 2 videos and some pictures before and after.

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Here it is with the new paint.

The bolts, nuts, studs, flywheel face, eccentic, crankshaft, cylinder head,
and a few other parts have been left natural metal.








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In the 1800's and early 1900's as we became more and more industrialized, a blacksmith who
saw the writing on the wall knew that his craft would evolve radically from what it had been for
the previous 3,000 + years.

He knew he must become a machinist and even a precision toolmaker or his income stream would likely
reduce radically.

It is not that different from an analog computer processor maker understanding
that the world was going digital and far smaller in size and greater in efficiency and computing power.
Think of the Japanese dominance in electronics in the 1970's and then along came Intel and IBM woke up.
Now think of the small business in the 1990's. You either began utilizing the internet with a strong
online presence or you got swallowed alive. A blacksmith evolved in a
similar manner by adding machinist to his skill set.
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