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Old 11-25-2012, 08:49:45 PM
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I purchased my first large engine today, a 20 hp Reid from a fellow member here- Leonard Fausset. We're loading it for transport to Louisburg KS next Saturday, then the fun begins! I'm looking forward to learning more about these big engines as it goes back together. I'll post many photos of the project, and I appreciate all of the support the members here provide.

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We loaded the Reid on an 18' trailer for a 30 mile transport on Saturday. Leonard was a big help! We used a 3000 pound come-along, and followed the Reid up the ramps with a small tractor for redundancy/safety.
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It made it's way onto the trailer slowly and carefully. We decided the center of gravity was around a foot forward of the centerline of the crankshaft, then placed the weight between the trailer axles. My jeep is lifted, so it was tricky to balance the load. The Reid was probably a bit too far toward the rear of the trailer, but it tracked well on the highway.



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Here's the Reid next to the barn where it will be brought back to life.

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This is the first project in the new barn/shop. Don't worry folks- the barn will be FULL as soon as I run power to it.



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I started on the small parts, nuts and bolts. Everything rusty was sprayed with blue lightning, then neutralized and dropped into a heated ultrasonic cleaner. The valves are being polished on the lathe with a scotchbrite pad on a bandfile.



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A large oak tree in the woods behind the barn recently fell in a windstorm. I'm considering using the wood for the running gear timbers.

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I'm going to save as many fasteners as possible. All of the burrs are being ground off of the nuts/bolts.

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Old 12-03-2012, 10:20:25 PM
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Looks like it will turn out to be a great engine! Are you going to paint it? I wouldn't..... Just my 2 cents.
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The air valve stem and bushing were in bad shape. The brass bushing was obround and the stem was pitted with rust. I made a new stem out of 1/4" steel rod, threaded 1/4-20. The brass bushing was drilled out to 3/8", then I pressed in a solid 3/8" rod and drilled it to 1/4".







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Pressing in the rod with interference fit before reaming to 1/4".



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Finished bushing.



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Stoverguy, I haven't decided on the finish. The original paint has been coated with silver paint, and the cylinders have been pained black at some point. I really like an oil finish over existing paint, but this one only has some red on part of the bed. My girls (shop helpers) voted for red paint.
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Excellent pictures and info, keep them coming!
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Does anyone have a photo of an ignitor bushing, and an overall length? The ignitor bushing was badly corroded and sheared off when I tried to remove it, so I'm planning on making a new one.
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Are you talking about the hot tube or the hot tube bushing? I would check with John Burns real quick to see if he has any left. He is getting out of the business but may still have some pieces left. He is the one that has the Reid reproduction manual listed on the oilfield engine ads right now. You need to get that one too, his is the best reproduction manual on the market, because he put a bunch of tables in the back that do not appear on the "normal" reproductions. You will also need to ask him about the Reid chimney and the chimney clamp to see if he has any of those.
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I need photos and length of the hot tube bushing.

John is out of them, but he did supply the chimney and bracket as well as the printed manual. His parts and the book are top quality.
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we are loosing a major source of quality parts with John stepping out of the business. here is a pic of the one I bought for my 20 HP from John back when he was still selling them. Mine met a similar fate to yours, SOMEONE got too heavy with a cheater bar before it was ready to come out. I can see the stub sticking out of your engine so you should have most of the dimensions already. I can supply the other ones you need. The overall length is 5.275 inches. A picture of my 20 HP on the wellsite before removal is the one that I use for an avitar.
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Thank you for the photo Ray. Do you have an extra bushing for sale?
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No, sorry this is the one I bought for my 20 HP right after I broke the original. I have some other projects in front of getting it running but since it is the only engine I have had the pleasure of removing from the wellsite I will get it done.
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If you want to repaint, '79 GM pick up truck Dark Carmine Red, NON metallic is pretty close to original. '65 &'66 Chevy Impala's used this paint also.
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Thanks Andrew. I probably will end up painting it, as the silver paint on it looks awful. I'm also considering green, as I've read here that some of the units were painted the corporate colors of the original buyers, like Quaker Oil.

I recently finished a little giant trip hammer from the same era in dark green that I may try to run with the Reid, and it would be nice if they matched.

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Does anyone think it would be a bad idea to machine the hot tube bushing out of stainless instead of mild steel to avoid corrosion?
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Here's some of the parts from John Burns, and some ebay/antique store finds. It's so much fun finding this stuff in the mail!


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Andrew, after looking at everyone's finished projects I agree that this engine should be painted the original red. Thanks again for sending me in the right direction for the paint code.
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Before I start making a hot tube bushing, does anyone have an extra one for sale? Neil
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I'll look and see if I have an extra casting.
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