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Hello All,

I have an electrically heated Empire steam engine. It will not run because the sight glass is leaking. I need suggestions as to what I can use for a gasket. I am also looking for information on Empire steam engines. Are there any books out there that show all the different models and accessories that were available?

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I just use appropriately sized o-rings to seal the sight glass on my Empire engines. There was a book put together by an Empire collector who has since passed away. I canít think of his name right now. The book shows up on eBay once in a while, but brings around $75+ when it does sometimes.
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If anyone knows the name of this book or has a copy of it I'd be interested in buying it!
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The book was written by Don Stilson.
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If anyone knows the name of this book or has a copy of it I'd be interested in buying it!
I've been an underbidder on the last 2 and one of them went for around $150! There was talk of his son re-printing, but I don't think there would be a large enough market for it to be worth it as most wouldn't pay that much. The value of the others would also drop with a re-print...
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To me it'd be good to reprint them, to get the information out there. I think the information has more value than the "value" of making money off of it
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To me it'd be good to reprint them, to get the information out there. I think the information has more value than the "value" of making money off of it
I'm with you as I also want a copy, but I don't think the guy that paid $150 would agree and the son who would be doing the re-printing probably has little interest in the hobby and would like to make it worth his time.
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