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12hp Bessemer is Finally at Home


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Old 05-25-2018, 04:36:40 PM
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Hello, My 12hp Bessemer has been able to be brought home after a few years. It took help from Bill Klein to initially retrieve the engine from Ohio, along with the #1 Bessemer power and an underpull pumpjack. I waited to get a polebarn up to be able to shelter and work on this engine before I hauled it home from my relatives farm in Butler county, PA. The biggest problem I have so far though is, the cylinder has multiple freeze cracks in the water jacket. So I am actually looking to find a replacement cylinder, and maybe piston also. If anybody might have one, or know of someone that does and is looking to sell, I would greatly appreciate any help. I will look at repairing it as a second option to replacing it. I will keep you all updated with the progress. Thank you again, Sam Carroll
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:24:34 PM
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Congrats on the polebarn AND getting Bess home! Bill Klein
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:17:19 AM
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I was able to get Bess off of the trailer yesterday, and pulled the cylinder head off. Luckily, the cracks are only on the outside of the water jacket. The cylinder bore, piston and rings look good. I will follow up with some pics soon. Sam
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Some more has been done to the Bess this weekend. After making a center punch mark on the top of the piston rod, piston rod locknut, and collar of connecting rod cross slide, (all in line with each other) the locknut was backed off one turn. The piston rod packing clamp was loosened and allowed to slide freely. The piston rod, and piston were then able to be turned loose out of the cross slide threads. Each time the center punch mark on the piston rod passed the mark on the cross slide, a full turn was counted. It turned out to be between 10 and 11 full turns until the rod was out of the threads. The flywheels were then rotated back to give room to turn the locknut off the piston rod, and slide the cylinder packing clamp off. More oil was applied to the packing itself, and into the cylinder. The rod was then pushed through the rear of the cylinder as far as it could be. The piston by now was allowing the top rings to exit the end of the cylinder. A small block of wood, and a short 3/4 inch drive socket extension were rested against the end of the piston rod which is now almost flush with the cylinder packing bore. The socket extension was put up against the end of the rod, and the wood block placed between the extension, and the cross slide of the connecting rod. The flywheels were slowly turned toward the front to push the rod and piston out of the bore until the piston could be grabbed and the whole thing pulled out of the cylinder. The transfer valve cover plate and the intake valve were removed also. The next step is to loosen and remove the cylinder to bedplate nuts, after supporting the cylinder itself. The pics are of the piston and rod, and inside the cylinder. More pics and updates to follow. Probably wont get much more done until after going to Coolspring. This engine is addicting to work on!!! Thanks for viewing the progress. Best regards, Sam
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Sorry, for some reason the pics came out upside down again
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If you cannot find another cylinder, and your bore is good, look up Rob Charles. He does fantastic stitch repair!
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I know it has been some time since I have posted an update about this engine. A lot has been done since last time I have added any photos. With help from a good number of people, I was able to find out a possible lead on a replacement cylinder. It turned out Steve Tachoir had a cylinder that is a good match. There were a couple of previous repairs done to the outside of the cylinder, but they are nicely done. The only thing that really needed done to this cylinder is to clean off some light surface rust from the bore. I did rinse out the cooling water jacket, and left it dry out good. Then I came up with an idea to make a homemade cylinder hone, or a cleaner to evenly remove the surface rust, but not take off any metal of the walls of the bore. I have a video of the hone being worked and the results so far, but I will have to set up a youtube sight and post it that way. Next step is to make a new gasket for between the cylinder and the bedplate, and mount the new cylinder. Many thanks go out to everyone who has given me help on finding this cylinder, and thank you, Steve for selling me this one.
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The photos show the new cylinder, and the inside of the bore. The homemade hone is also shown. It consists of a small wooden cable spool that was cut to fit inside the bore, and adapted to fit onto 5/8" all-thread. A bracket was made to fit-up to the head end, and another to fit the studs on the bedplate end, with the all-thread and drum sandwiched in between, inside the bore. Emery cloth was stapled to the drum and folded over to make flaps 180 degrees across from eachother. A small universal joint and adapter were attached to the all-thread so a power drill can be chucked up to turn the shaft and drum. It is moved back and forth as it is turned to keep the sanding even, much like a cylinder hone is used. Here are some more pics of the hone set up in the cylinder. I will be sure to add a video soon. Thank you for watching the progress of this project. It has been a ton of fun! Best regards, Sam
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Thanks for the update Sam. Can't wait to see a video of the honing process.
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That is a pretty ingenious honing setup Sam! Bill Klein
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